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‘The texting’s on the wall’

21 September 2009

On Thursday 24th September a ‘high-tech’ conversation will get underway, but not of the usual kind.

From 10am, the Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff will be transformed by a tapestry of conversations projected onto the walls of the Café bar. Anyone with access to a mobile phone will be able to participate in the initiative - TXT2 Chapter - which combines experimental communication tools and social networking.

TXT2 Chapter is an exciting collaboration between Dr Ian Grimstead from Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science, anthropologist Kath Williams from the University of Glamorgan and artist Glenn Davidson of ArtStation, the internationally acclaimed art, media and research practice, based at Chapter.

Taking place everyday between 10am and 10pm and running until Saturday 26th September 2009, through a combination of mobile communications technology (TXTs), text manipulation and projection, text messages will be projected continuously on the walls of the Chapter Cafe Bar. It will even be possible to contribute without being there in person.

This is the second project combining experimental communication tools and social networking. Earlier this year, the same project team came together to project text messages and images onto Cardiff’s landmark Vulcan pub as a part of social art project to create a tapestry of publicly generated content on the surface of the building.

Dr Grimstead said: "It's a great opportunity to work in this collaboration and Chapter Art Centre Café is the perfect public place to develop these ideas. We're really looking forward to trying this intimate space with the direct participation of cafe visitors."

People are being invited to send anything they like via text - thoughts, poems, loves, loaths and memories. The aim is to open up discussions and get as many people involved as possible. For anyone interested in participating, the number to send your messages to is: 07503 186 855. Please remember, don't send any messages before the 24th.

For more information on the Chapter event and the follow its progress online, visit More information on how the technology works and how it has being used can be found at:

The project is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, UnLtd, Science Shops Wales of University of Glamorgan and the Research Institute of Visual Computing at Cardiff University.

Cardiff University

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Dr Ian Grimstead

Cardiff School of Computer Science

T: 02920 879 091