brainchild of broadcaster Anthony Wilson and Yvette Livesey, the
pair are committed to combating the capitals' creative drain.
founded the In The City music showcase in 1992, it has since grown
to include 500 bands playing in 50 venues in neighbouring Manchester.
Livesey & Anthony Wilson
that have benefited from the ensuing media scrum include Coldplay,
Oasis and silvered sequin junkies, The Darkness.
is of enormous historical interest that Liverpool is not a natural
port," explains Wilson.
"In the 19th Century it became the largest in the world because
someone had the vision of creating a wet dock in a small, tidal
was the great communications centre of Britain as a seaport.
city aims to reclaim this title in a digital age."
information architects, programmers, web consultants and venture
capitalists traded dreams as tropical temperatures transformed the
surrounding piazzas of the newly revived Ropewalks into a net-savvy
Cannes of the North West.
the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology that opened just
over a year ago at a cost of £10 million, was the central
hub for IC'04.
country's largest dedicated arts screen complex with galleries,
media labs and digital production facilities, patrons include renegade
film director Alex Cox and Sex & The City's bedroom gymnast,
titles courted such provocative topics as 'Show Me The Money!' 'Power
to the People' and popular closing address, 'London Scum' which
sought to champion new media life outside the M25 ghetto.
|Local outfit Bizarre Creations are responsible for the Wipeout
franchise, which didn't so much launch PlayStation 1 as launch
Sony upon the world. We've got a lot to answer for!
Wetherall, Onteca/M62 Games Network
most popular subjects of the two day event, both on and off the
soapbox, were the failure of interactive TV to meet expectations
and the much-touted convergence of complimentary hardware - citing
the Nokia N-Gage as one such example: a phone that is also a games
console, radio and mp3 player.
is a red herring," expounds Ross Sleight of Virgin Games.
driven by technical companies wishing to market new products and
doesn't take into account user behaviour.
what point other than as a five-minute boredom buster would you
play a mobile game?"
not everyone shared this view, it was widely acknowledged - not
without irony - that despite a recent slump in the independent market,
the industry had now come full circle.
was due to the switch in demand from the high-end graphics of PC
and console projects for simple yet compulsive content suited to
mobile LED screens and televisions.
are some very, very good web, mobile and interactive games companies
out there using old-school gaming talent," enthuses Dominic
Mason of Babel Media.
using graphics guys who worked on the Omega and the Atari and similar
understand pixels - they know what low bandwidth means."
keynote address by Phil Redmond, Chairman of Mersey TV and creator
of Brookside, Hollyoaks and the new series of Grange Hill, included
a passionate criticism of channel bosses for failing to address
|Follow the Barnum & Bailey's Circus principle: Give them
what they want. You can't force people to accept gee-whiz technology.
This is where mistakes are made
Redmond, Chairman & Founder, Mersey TV
you look at the television schedules you're likely to see some kind
of celebrity crazed, politically apathetic Britain," he voiced.
if you go outside and interact you'll find it's the complete opposite.
are politically aware
they're just cynical."
then revealed that future DVD releases from his production stable
would be available for home-burning online, while soap's belligerent
anti-hero Jimmy Corkhill would be resurrected as the star of a highly
or rather actor Dean Sullivan, will encourage individuals and communities
to engage in debate via public service information and links for
issues as diverse as literacy, recycling and of course 'drucks'.
Corkhill: voice of the people? © Mersey TV
predictions came thick and fast as to the next phase toward a Borg-like
assimilation of rapidly expanding technologies.
Endemol, responsible for TV smash Big Brother, revealed plans to
roll out a daily soap opera via mobile phones aimed at teenagers.
forecast the expansion of the 'blogging' phenomenon - highly personalised
online diaries with a limited audience - into an all-singing, all-dancing
'Channel Me' replete with picture albums, audio and streaming video.
talk of the next big thing, it was that old staple alcohol that
helped oil imaginations and ankle joints both.
series of evening events included noWax, billed as digital democracy
for the dancefloor as punters plugged in iPods and parried track-to-track
at the Albert Dock's Baby Cream.
can learn a lot about conferences by going to the loos," joked
the men's I noticed that the condom machine had been broken open.
completely empty of condoms and Anadin Extra
so it's been
a great conference for somebody!"