Saturday, October 21, 2006


Tuesday November 7, 7pm at the Odessa Club, Dame Court, Dublin 2. Tickets: 5 Euro.

WHAT IS "RAGDOLL PHYSICS"? How can we simulate the laws of physics in 3D games? What possibilities for artists and scientists might game physics engines present? DR STEVEN COLLINS is currently a lecturer in Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin and manager of the graphics research group, the ISG Lab. He co-founded Havok, the leading developer of real-time physics and animation middleware for the game and movie industries and was CEO and then CTO. Steve is still affiliated with Havok, and is currently chairing the Havok Advisory Board. He also acts as a consultant for various companies and government agencies and is a board member of Dyoptyka, an Irish start-up exploring innovative applications of dynamic optics, and the Irish Chapter of the International Game Developers Association. His research interests are in real-time rendering and animation and global illumination techniques.

Contact Eimear Bruen to reserve a place.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Emergence: Connecting Art, Consciousness and Ecology

An open submission for artists

Emergence: Connecting Art, Consciousness and Ecology
An exhibition at the Cultivate Centre

The Cultivate Centre for sustainable living and learning in Dublin's Temple Bar invites submissions from artists for an exhibition within a festival entitled, 'Emergence - Connecting Art, Consciousness and Ecology'. This exhibition will take place from the 27th of November to the 22nd of December and selected pieces will feature on a CD ROM learning resource that Cultivate is producing.

The theme of this exhibition is art that inspires and stimulates action in response to the issues of biodiversity, climate change and energy scarcity. Any artwork embracing these themes will be considered. Cultivate seeks proposals in all media from local, national and international artists offering challenging viewpoints on these themes, incorporating diverse and innovative approaches that explore the definition and boundaries of these issues.

Artists provide perspectives that can differ in important ways from those of scientists and environmentalists. This exhibition will allow us to focus in on the particular contribution that art can and does make, as well as creating space for a dialogue with wider constituencies about shared concerns.

Indoor and outdoor exhibition space is available. There is no funding attached to this exhibition, however all artists selected will be given passes for the festival and an opportunity to sell their work.

Deadline for submission Friday the 17th of November.

For further information, to apply or to discuss, please contact
Davie Philip, Event Coordinator
Cultivate Sustainable Living and Learning Centre
15-19 Essex Street West, Old City, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
T: 01 674 6396
E: davie[at]

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Photos from first SEED DATING event

The inaugural SEED DATING event yesterday was a great success. People involved included visual artists, musicians, inventors, architects, neuroscientists and nanophysicists including Anna Hill, Sean Hillen, Chris Leonard, Liz Allen and Oisin Breatnach. The gong rang every three minutes, and conversations happened.
View some photos of the event taken by Owen Higgins
Thanks to all who took part and helped put it together, particularly Jane Jerry of Exploration Station for suggesting the idea to SEED, Ciaran O'Gaora and Zero-G for design, Tim Redfern for developing the fantastic seed-dating algorithm, Eimear Bruen for organizing the whole evening and being the gong-mistress, and Laura Mc Quaid and Sheloa Nichols for all their help.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Coming soon ... SEED DATING

We are planning an inaugural SEED DATING event in the Odessa Club on October 17 where artists, scientists, techno-artists and artful scientists can come together to explore common interests. Contact Eimear Bruen soon to express interest and receive an invitation. Places will be strictly limited.