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A Folded Path – exclusive performance

A Folded Path

Supersonic Festival have very generously reserved an entire performance of Circumstance’s A Folded Path exclusively for attendees of Bees in a Tin 2015.

Starting at 5:15, the hour-long pedestrian speaker symphony invites you to become the city’s orchestra, creating soundscapes while walking on a choreographed journey through the streets.

To further whet your appetite, Duncan Speakman will be giving a presentation on the ‘The social composition of A Folded Path and the myth of interactivity’ during the day at Bees in a Tin.

You’ll need to sign up for one of the 30 available places when you arrive at Bees in a Tin. Please make sure you wear appropriate shoes for walking in etc etc.

We’ll be at The Woodman pub after clearing away the conference, so come and find us there after the performance, or be waiting for us if you’re not lucky enough to get a place on A Folded Path. Either way, don’t book your return tickets home too early!

(We also have more information about Supersonic Festival here if you’re thinking of making a weekend of it.)

Bees in a Tin – audio recordings

Thanks to the combined efforts of Kim Wall, Leon Trimble and Pete Ashton we garnered enough equipment to be able to record the presentations at Bees in a Tin.

Here they are for your listening pleasure…

Introductions and thanks




Henry Cooke – The Throne at Game of Crowns




Kate Andrew – Marvellous Minerals, Brilliant Building Stones




Dr Rebekka Kill – Facebook is like disco and Twitter is like punk




Morning panel session (chaired by Jen Southern)




Workshop introductions




Holly Gramazio – Games in Places, Places in Games




Gareth Briggs – Animated Typewriter




Keynote: Sarah Angliss – Tuning in




Afternoon panel session (chaired by Hannah Nicklin) and close



Additional thanks to Kim again for minding the sound levels all day and for preparing these files for use here.

Labeling Bees in a Tin

We held the Bees in a Tin event on Friday (the last in our programme of events supported by The Public and Arts Council England).

It was really rather spiffing, but you don’t need to take our word for that: you can see what everyone else was saying on this Storify collection we assembled here.

The hordes waiting to hear about the afternoon workshops in store for them

We’ve been overwhelmed by a deluge of positive, enthusiastic feedback about the day: nearly 70 curious people gathered together to listen to and take part in 13 contributions from interesting and exciting people working across and inbetween loads of different subject areas. Choreography, art, geology, psychology, technology, music, game design…

In the pub afterwards a few of us were trying to find a term to describe the type of projects and people we had encountered during the day. My first attempt was “interstitial studies”, following on from this post and the observation that people didn’t quite fit the usual labels. This was dismissed though, as it felt like it implied that people somehow didn’t have bodies of knowledge behind their work, which we know to be untrue. My second attempt was “impingement studies”, thinking of the interlocking grains of igneous rock crystals that I’d been looking at through a microscope a few hours later. Dismissed for sounding a bit rude.

Stuart shared a nice term from genetics: “hybrid vigour“.

Jen used a nice metaphor in her summary about “bumping up against the edges”.

In the end we decided it was probably best to avoid trying to apply labels…

Below is a slideshow of photos and videos from the day. You can also view them via this set on Flickr.

We also have audio recordings of the presentations.

Bees in a Tin – call for stuff

The call for exciting and interesting things has now closed and we have published our final programme of exciting and interesting things! See http://manyandvaried.org.uk/projects/bees2014/ for full details. Tickets available from http://beesinatin2014.eventbrite.co.uk/

Bees in a Tin

21st February, 2014 • Birmingham

CALL FOR EXCITING & INTERESTING THINGS! Do you do exciting and (or) interesting things? Then this is for you!

Bees in a Tin is a gathering happening on the 21st of February 2014 for interesting and exciting people who make unique interfaces for the world around them. And we’re currently looking for people to present… interesting and exciting things, experiences, performances, talks, artefacts, ideas and other nouns, at the event.

If you have devised (or are devising) a novel way of interacting with your surroundings that makes people stop, think or just go “wow!”, then we would like to be in the same room as you. Your project could be a performance piece; guided walk; GPS-triggered device; interactive object or something completely different. Surprise us!

We’ve started the programming with a keynote presentation from composer, multi-instrumentalist, roboticist and sound historian Sarah Angliss. What happens next is up to you.

We’ll be in a space that can accommodate talks, workshops and/or playtesting and feedback on work in progress. Tell us how you’d like to feed into the day and we’ll do our best to squeeze in as much amazing stuff as we can.


  • We are unable to offer any technical support beyond provision of Wi-Fi and a laptop and digital projector for the presentations. Please ensure you can be technically self-sufficient if you are proposing an alternative activity.
  • Presentations are likely to be capped at something like 10-20 minutes each in order to allow time for discussion.
  • Although we cannot offer fees for speakers, we have a very limited budget to support workshops and the like that incur materials costs. We’ll pick up conversations about money with individuals after the selection process when we have a better idea of how the event will manifest itself.
  • The event space is at ground floor level, wheelchair accessible and equipped with a hearing loop

To apply:

If you’d like to submit something to our selection panel (Nikki Pugh, Hannah Nicklin and Jen Southern), please download and complete the expression of interest from the link below and send it and any supporting images (less than 3MB total size) to bees2014 [at] manyandvaried [dot] org [dot] uk by 5pm on Wednesday 8th of January, 2014.

Please rename the file with your first and surname at the beginning of the filename. For example: ‘Nikki-Pugh–Bees-in-a-Tin-2014-EOI’

If you have any queries, please contact us.

Key dates:

Deadline for submissions: 8th of January, 2014
Notification of successful proposals: 22nd of January, 2014
Event date: 21st of February, 2014

Event location:

The Gatehouse
The Bond Company
180-182 Fazeley street
B5 5SE


You can download the expression of interest form from either of these links

Bees in a Tin 2014 – EOI (.doc format)
Bees in a Tin 2014 – EOI (.rtf format)


Bees in a Tin is supported through funding from The Public and Arts Council England.

The Public

Arts Council