7 Dec 2009
The Sharp Project 
Mentioned in passing at the MOSI talk: during a debate along the lines of Tony Wilson's (major developments in British popular culture are based on a) 13 year cycle, Peter Saville suggested that Manchester's 'next big thing' would not be music-oriented, rather it would based around the digital and multimedia arts.

Saville went further and suggested that, for once, Manchester City Council (of which he is artistic director) had recognised this particular 'nbt' in advance and actually started to invest in the infrastructure necessary to support the oncoming 'revolution'.

The Sharp Project would appear to be a major, if somewhat under-publicised, initiative to build a hub for digital and creative businesses on the site of the old Manchester United sponsor Sharp Electronics (who pulled out of the city in 2006).

According to Sue Woodward OBE, New East Manchester’s Sharp Project Director & Creative Media Champion: "Many businesses within the creative and digital content production sectors are highly complementary to each other – the aim of the Sharp project is to provide an environment where such an ecosystem can thrive and grow."

The complex will provide production space and sound stages, a 4000 sqft green screen visual effects studio, catering and events facilities and affordable office space.

Further information can be found on the Midas website.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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