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EU app challenge

#EULife App Challenge introduction

21st August, 2015

On the 10th of September we will be opening our doors to the best of Manchester’s dev talent, excited to take part in the #EULife App Challenge - with a £15,000 prize fund.

We will be visited by the App Challenge team, who will be presenting a taster session at the mN studio. Following an introduction to the challenge with an opportunity for questions, there will be a chance for everyone to chat over drinks and nibbles about potential collaborations and anything else tech.

If you fancy coming along, register for your free tickets here. The event will run from 6pm until 8pm, followed by optional post meet-up drinks at a nearby pub. We hope to see you there!

Paths of Desire

'Paths of Desire': a design research project with Lancaster University

12th August, 2015

This month has seen us begin a fascinating new project in collaboration with the Creative Exchange (CX) team at Lancaster University. ‘Paths of Desire’ is a design research project that will explore the role of cartography (the study and practice of map-making) in the digital age. 

Alongside the core CX partners – Lancaster University, Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art – a team of PhD researchers are working together on some intensive co-creation and design research. We were thrilled when the CX research team at Lancaster University asked us to join the ‘Paths of Desire’ project as creative industry partners.  

The project was created to challenge conventions around digital cartography with the partners particularly keen to explore ways of encouraging city dwellers to stray from their normal paths and, as a result, discover ‘hidden gems’ within the city. 

Walls&Pictures - Aliyah

Aliyah Hussain adds a splash of colour to Walls & Pictures

6th August, 2015

With summer turning out to be more than a little unpredictable this year, for the second instalment of our exhibition series Walls & Pictures, we wanted something bright and beautiful to bring a bit of sunshine to the mN studio. So we were delighted when we came across the wonderful work of Aliyah Hussain. Originally from Blackburn, Aliyah is a visual artist based in Manchester. She’s a busy lady; with her practice encompassing performance, photography, painting, printmaking, collage, sound and costume. Aliyah experiments with different media and techniques to create works that reference futurist narratives, utopian visions and ritualistic practices embedded in the everyday. She is also interested in experimenting with distortion, using colours, forms and sculptural motifs as a means to create unexpected structures and disruptions in the landscape; blurring the distinction between the real and the imaginary.

Walking Tours app store

Manchester Walking Tours featured on App Store homepage

3rd August, 2015

We are delighted to see that the Manchester Walking Tours app has been featured on the home page of the App Store.

Created in collaboration with Manchester City Council and NOMA, Manchester Walking Tours is an audio visual experience that allows visitors and residents to explore the city, discover its defining movement and untold stories using routes created by the people who know Manchester best.

ManchesterInFlux - Ocean Screen - Deansgate 1

It’s festival season! Digital visualisation for MIF15

16th July, 2015

To celebrate the return of Manchester International Festival (MIF) we have been working in collaboration with Bruntwood and MIF to create an exciting new digital visualisation project.

ManchesterInFlux’ has been created to exhibit the buzz of activity and energy that the Festival brings to the city. By displaying a ‘world’ view and a view of Manchester, the project illustrates the Festival in an engaging new way and celebrates all of the individual events as a whole. ManchesterInFlux also provides an opportunity to see where commissions travel to after MIF15 is over.