Dominic Smith
Since 2011
Works in Whitley Bay United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Dominic Smith is a UK based artist and curator whose practice explores open source methods of project development through a hands-on, open approach to working with art & technology.

He has a doctorate with CRUMB at Sunderland University that examines the relationship between open source production methods and methods employed by artists and curators. His current research focuses on the connective nature of digital platforms and materialisation of transient media.

Up until April 2014 he was in post at the Tyneside Cinema as Curator of Digital Media Art, curating the Pixel Palace digital arts programme. As part of this programme he developed a highly regarded sound art web radio station that embraces collaboration and experimentation. He is now freelance developing a number art and technology based projects including working as Curator of Digital Memorials for the Society of Chief Librarians and works as consultant curator with Queens Hall Hexham building a creative digital media programme.
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Breaking the 404th Wall

Wed Sep 10, 2014 17:00

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The 404th Wall

**Project information:

What brings us closer potentially tears us apart. This is the underlying theme of The 404-th Wall, an experimental springboard of new platforms for participatory and new media practices. Hosted by The NewBridge Project and spearheaded by artists Alexia Mellor, Anthony Schrag and Dominic Smith, The 404-th Wall is a satellite project of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), taking place in Dubai, 30 October-8 November, 2014. Referencing both Denis Diderot’s term “breaking the fourth wall” in which the boundary between audience and performer is removed, and the dreaded 404 Internet Error Code, The 404-th Wall presents a series of daily live-streamed events between Newcastle and Dubai, and new media interventions in the NewBridge Project Space exploring the connections and tensions created by our ubiquitous screen-based experiences. From Google Hangout Tea Parties, to commissioned new media pieces made visible only when the Internet connection drops, The 404-th Wall investigates our changing modes of communication as our interdependence with our screens increases.

**What we want:

We are commissioning a number of 404 error pages from artists. This is an open call for more pages. Proposed work can be embedded video, animation, interactive, prose, sound, etc. Anything we can embed in the error page. It’s a small commission and what we are really looking for is a playful, inventive take on the usual 404 page.
What we are offering:
The successful applicant will receive a £200 stipend
The work will be shown both online and in the gallery from 30th October – 8th November whenever things break (that’s what it’s for!) it will remain in use online as one of the website’s 404 pages.

**How to apply:

Please visit and use the submission form to apply. Please note, due to time restrictions we can only reply to the successful applicant.


• Deadline for Submissions 5pm GMT 10th September
• Deadline for delivery of work 1st October
• Successful applicants will be informed by 15th September 5pm.


Inaugural Curator

Mon Sep 30, 2013 17:00

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Pixel Palace & Tyneside Cinema are looking for an Inaugural Curator to set the curatorial vision and artistic programme for a brand new gallery and cinema space opening in 2014.

Tyneside Cinema is one of the UK’s leading independent specialised film and media venues, housed in its spectacular Grade II listed building in the heart of Newcastle. As well as showing the best films from around the world, in 2011 the cinema launched Pixel Palace, a new programme of digital media art.

The curator will input into the final design of the new space and curate and deliver the inaugural programme of work for this Arts Council funded space, helping to shape the future direction of the organisation’s wider artistic programme. This post holder will make a significant contribution to Tyneside Cinema and leave a lasting legacy for the future.

Job title: Inaugural Curator, Screen Based Media

Tenure: 2 days per week, 1 year fixed term contract, commencing October 2013.

We are happy to consider proposals from freelancers to provide this service.

Salary: £25,000-30,000 dependant on experience (pro rata) or flat rate by negotiation.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 30 September 2013.
Interviews will be held on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October 2013.

To see the full Job Specification, and for more details of how to apply, please visit our website.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact us at


A Roundup of Online Art Radio

There is also - an art radio station we have been running for the past year at Pixel Palace



Mon Dec 17, 2012 17:00

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

WHO: This commission opportunity is for artists currently based in the North of England who have had previous experience with the commissioning process and an interest, knowledge and application of critical and social engagement methods.

WHAT: Engage with a mapping project to generate a conceptual artwork that detours from the obvious ‘data visualisation’ model, placing significance upon the creation of work that compliments the investigative aims of the larger project.

WHEN: The time frame for production is between January and March 2013

PAYMENTS: £10k (Inclusive of artist fee, materials fee and any other relevant costs) An additional budget is available for travel across the northern region

DETAILS: See full project background and context on our website

APPLY: The full application process can be found at:

EVENT presents ’128kbps objects’ on

Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:00 - Sun Oct 28, 2012

128kbps objects is a week-long internet radio exhibition by, which explores ideas of objects in transformation across a variety of artistic practices, mediums and sites.

22 – 28 October 2012 at

Tune in from Monday 22 October at 12noon

Download Full Radio Schedule at

With new commissioned works by Jamie Allen, André Avelãs, Victoria Bradbury, Helen Brown, Ellie and Oliver, Claudia Fonti, Juneau Projects and Sara Nunes Fernandes; works by artists featured in previous online programmes and events (Angus Braithwaiteand Beth Collar, Erik Bünger, Rob Canning, Patrick Coyle, Benedict Drew, Extra-conjugale, Jamie George and Richard Whitby, Emma Hart, David Horvitz, Irini Karayannopoulou and Yannis Saxonis, IOCOSE, Tamarin Norwood, Radiomentale, Adam Rompel, Richard Sides and Simon Werner, Maria Theodoraki, Tonylight,Nathan Witt); works by artists selected from 128kbps Open Call (Sol Archer, Steven Ball, Sarah Boothroyd, Paul Carr, Osvaldo Cibils, Ami Clarke, Richard Crow/Institution of Rot, Steven Dickie,Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Adam Knight, Haydn Jones, Scott Mason, Material Studies Group, Chiara Passa, James Prevett, Stuart Pound, Erica Scourti, Andy Weir, Tom White and Mark Peter Wright), along with curated interventions by (CYT), Tim Dixonand Anne Duffau, a workshop by Daniela Cascella, and many other sounds.

128kbps objects presents newly commissioned and already existing artworks in the form of sound works, live performances and recordings, interviews, readings, thematic playlists and music. These works contemplate and expand on notions of object-hood, looking at the potentials of displaying objects sonically, such as exploring ideas related to the erasure of visual language and the loss of direct interaction with artistic content. They also reflect on the characteristics inherent in the medium employed for the exhibition, an internet radio, interrogating the relationship between speed and quality in the transmission of information on the web, where all the sonic data above a quality threshold of 128 kilo bytes per second is cancelled out.

How would an object manifest itself, be described or narrated when its inherent material quality is taken away, when the viewer is not confronted with its visual appearance?

How can an art object be thought of in relation to the nature of its reception and social presence within the context of an internet radio broadcast?

These were the two questions proposed to the artists, curators and writers contributing to 128kbps objects.

What the audience will be listening to throughout the week are explorations of the malleable and fluctuating relationship between object-hood, medium and site, and their possible impact on the listener. This broadcast is an exploration of ideas of objects in transformation that stretches the often rigid borders created by definitions of materiality and immateriality, interrogating a terrain which is, perhaps, that of a “realism without materialism” (Graham Harman, 2011)*.

*In his essay On the undermining of objects: Grant, Bruno, and Radical Philosophy Graham Harman defines his philosophical position as one which “amounts to a realism without materialism”. (in The Speculative Turn, 2011. Melbourne:


More details about each of the featured artists and their respective work is available in full on during the broadcast via clicking on the read more link next to each listed item.

128kbps objects is supported using public funding by Arts Council England in partnership with (a Pixel Palace project based at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and The Northern Charter.