heath bunting (www.irational.org) on Wed, 4 Sep 96 21:01 METDST

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RTI is an imaginative recycling project that increases access to computers 
for visual artists and solves a continuing problem for businesses that use 
information technology. It comprises an integrated programme of recycling, 
exhibitions, publication and communication to kickstart exploration of the 
creative potential inherent in technology that is currently being discarded.


-=> Many businesses find that, as they upgrade their information technology, 
    the most cost-effective way to dispose of their old, redundant computers 
    is simply to throw them away.

-=> Outside educational institutions many young artists have great difficulty 
    gaining access to computers for creative projects.

-=> RTI believes that information technology is too valuable an asset to 

RTI collects businesses' redundant computers and redistributes them to two 
principal categories of creative people:

        (1) Young artists unable to gain access to such equipment.
        (2) Established art professionals challenging the idea that outdated
            computers cannot be used creatively.


As the Arts count down to the next millennium, 1998 sees Yorkshire host the 
UK Year of Photography & the Electronic Image. Based in Sheffield's Cultural 
Industries Quarter, RTI is organising exhibitions of art made with redundant 
technology which will take place across the region in conjunction with this 
festival year.


The Initiative will publish a magazine which will highlight the work of 
project artists and share creative ideas and technical solutions with 
participants and a wider audience.


Intelligent use of the internet linked with focussed communication through 
conventional media enable RTI to provide information for its participants and 
publicity for their creative work and the donors that have made it possible.

RTI will serve as an information resource to help participating artists find 
technical support and advice, and actively encourages collaborations between 
artists and technical experts.

             For more information about RTI contact James Wallbank ---
                 Phone:  0114  2589962 (+fax)  /  0191  5152896 
                    E-Mail:  james.wallbank@sunderland.ac.uk

- london

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