Digital Arts & Creative Technology

Colony Artists In Conversation with SHIFT Creative Director Louise Shannon

Hosted by Alison Ballard & Mike Blow

Colony: Artists In Conversation, Friday 30 Jun 2017 at 18:00 Circle Bar, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Commissioned as part of SHIFT, celebrating digital discoveries across Cheshire East, Colony is a visually arresting and aurally entrancing work that transforms the environment into an alien landscape through light and sound.

Join the artists Mike Blow and Alison Ballard in conversation with Louise Shannon, Creative Director of SHIFT, to find out about how they created Colony. These large, tactile, sonic sculptures allow the audience to experience the physicality of sound through listening, touching, and hugging.

Refreshments will be provided.

Colony is on display in Crewe Market Square on Friday 30th June 1pm-7pm, Saturday 1st July 10am-4pm, and Sunday 2nd July 10am-4pm.

Please RSVP to give us an idea of numbers (no need to print your eventbrite ticket)


Colony is a collaboration between visual artists Mike Blow and Alison Ballard.

Alison Ballard examines human relationships to objects, places, and one another through a range of mediums including film, installation, audio, and performance.

Mike Blow is an academic and artist working in interactive installation and performance. Mike is active in the DIY electronic music scene and recently performed Handel’s Messiah on his own homemade instruments as part of Max Reinhardt’s Instant Orchestra.

Hogarth Productions presents multi-disciplinary contemporary art events and new in non-traditional spaces, with a focus on attracting and engaging new audiences. Our work ranges from commissions tailor made to specific locations or environments as well as touring projects. We are Artistic Directors of The Whitley Arts Festival – an annual contemporary arts festival in Reading which has been a commissioning festival since 2009.

Produced by Hogarth Productions. Co-commissioned by Hogarth Productions and Oxford Contemporary Music with funding from Arts Council England and Reading Borough Council.