I’m excited to announce that I’ve been granted a four-week residency in the Orchard Square shopping centre in the centre of Sheffield, which has been organised as a collaboration between the Making Ways project and the retail property investment firm London and Associated Partners.

The project is what you might call a “virtual petting zoo”. From 5th August, I will be taking my fleet of recycled computers to a small retail space on the first floor of Orchard Square, and showing some little virtual pet programs. You can come and pet them and see what they’re up to. They will start out very simple, but over time will become more complex as I develop them to resemble the people who come to visit.

I will also be hosting a virtual pet-themed game jam on 19th August, and a mini-conference on animals and games on 26th. If you’d like to be involved in either of those I would be delighted to hear from you!

After I’m done, three other exciting residencies from other artists will follow, everyone doing something rare and unusual with the retail space.

More details coming over the next couple of weeks – subscribe to my email list to get the latest information every week.

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