CO-DIRECTORS Alice Angus & Giles Lane
TEAM/KEY ASSOCIATES Jo Hughes, Joe Flintham & Paul Makepeace
SOUNDING BOARD Bronac Ferran, Dr Myria Georgiou, Angad Kaur, Hannah Redler, Sarah Thelwall, Bill Thompson.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Alice Angus & Giles Lane


Proboscis was founded by Giles Lane and is directed by Alice Angus and Giles Lane.

Alice is co-Director of Proboscis since 1998 and an artist, her personal interests and work revolve around; an interest in using artistic practices to rethink perceptions of common space (in urban space, landscape and water) and environmental knowledge, particularly around food and water; and an interest in how artistic practice can intersect with other disciplines suggesting new models of collaboration. Over the recent years she has been creating a body of work exploring concepts of proximity and presence, against the lived experience of a place including: In Good Heart (2010) about perceptions of farming; At the Waters Edge: Grand River Sketchbook (2008) for Render at the University of Waterloo, Ontario and Topographies and Tales (2005 – 09) a collaboration and short film with Joyce Majiski. The role of food markets, independent shopkeepers and the economics of the high street is being explored in 2010 in a series of collaborations and commissions with The Empty Shops Network, with Dodolab, and with Mid Pennine Arts.

Giles founded and co-directs Proboscis. He leads its research programme (SoMa) as well as directing major projects and initiatives such as, Social Tapestries, Urban Tapestries and Mapping Perception. Giles founded and edited COIL journal of the moving image as well as conceiving the DIFFUSION eBook and StoryCube formats. Between 1998 and 2002 Giles worked at the Royal College of Art, first in the Computer Related Design Research Studio (1998-2001), and latterly as a Research Fellow in the School of Communications. He was a Research Associate of the Media and Communications department at the London School of Economics (2001-10) and a visiting tutor on the MA Design Course at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2008-10). Giles was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008 for his contribution to community development through creative practice.

Jo is Proboscis’ finance manager and bookkeeper. Jo runs her own accounts management and bookkeeping business for arts organisations – Blackdot Ltd.


Yasir is the senior developer of and runs his own software development company, Endless Void from his base in rural Australia.

Joe is a web architect, developer, research and lecturer in Interactive Media at Bournemouth University. He works with Proboscis on interface development for bookleteer – his website is

Stefan is an educator, designer and technologist with a focus on creating technologies for the built environment, collaboration, knowledge management, visualisation and simulation. He has worked as a researcher at the Bartlett School (UCL) and University of the Arts and most recently has been a Design & Collaboration Technology Specialist for the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. He has been a Proboscis Associate since 2007 as a key member of bookleteer’s development team and since Autumn 2011 has been Senior Research Associate developing new R&D capabilities in electronics, 3D fabrication and other technologies.

Frederik is a sociologist and ethnographer who has worked with Proboscis on several projects including Sensory Threads and He received his PhD from the London School of Economics and is currently a Teaching Fellow at Kings College, University of London.

Paul is a programmer and sys admin working for Apple in California. He host and administers Proboscis’ public webserver, lists and mail server. Paul was also a programmer on Urban Tapestries and upgraded the original system for the mobile phone trial in June 2004.

Gary is an artist and researcher working between the UK, Brazil and the Caribbean. He is Artist in Residence and Research Associate at People’s Palace Projects a creative NGO established at Queen Mary, University of London whose vision is to extend understanding of the transformative powers of art to progress social justice and human rights issues through individual, collective and institutional change. Gary’s multidisciplinary activities across different countries enables him to forge relationships and dialogues across disciplines that bring together international and UK artists, activists, academics and audiences. Gary works with Proboscis as a Senior Creative Associate on new creative projects combining youth and public engagement with experimental media practices and technologies.

Haz collaborates with Proboscis on new publishing initiatives arising from bookleteer. He originally joined Proboscis in July 2010 on a 6 month placement supported by the Future Jobs Fund through New Deal of the Mind and was employed as a Creative Assistant on publishing and engagement projects until August 2012.

Mandy works with Proboscis as an illustrator. She originally joined Proboscis in July 2010 on a 6 month placement supported by the Future Jobs Fund through New Deal of the Mind and was employed as a Creative Assistant using her illustration and drawing skills across a range of projects until August 2012.

Sarah is a business and strategy consultant whose skills combine blue chip marketing, strategy and business development (B2B and B2C). Sarah was Proboscis’ Consultant in Residence (2004-07) is collaborating with Proboscis on a series of business development and strategy consulting initiatives for the the visual arts sector. Sarah received her MBA from Imperial College London.


ELENA FESTA (June 2011-October 2011)

MOIN AHMED (November 2010-May 2011)

RADHIKA PATEL (November 2010-April 2011)

HAZEM TAGIURI (July 2010-January 2011)

MANDY TANG (July 2010-January 2011)

SHALENE BARNETT (March-September 2010)

KARINE DORSET (March-August 2010)

JOHN MCCARTIN (September-October 2009)

DIA BATAL (January-July 2009)

NIHARIKA HARIHARAN (July-September 2008)

PETER TIMMS (May-June 2008)


DIAB AL-KUDARI ( July-September 2003)


Moin is a Web Development Assistant on a 6 month placement supported by the Future Jobs Fund through Islington Council.

Demetrios is an electronics engineer and works with Proboscis on developing sensor platforms for Sensory Threads, Snout and Robotic Feral Public Authoring.

Daniel is a programmer based in Ayrshire, Scotland. He specialises in network application design and implementation, and is a senior programmer at the Student Loans Company. He was previously CTO of Autonomous Software and Thought Ltd. Daniel was the original software architect of the original Urban Tapestries platform.

Shalene was a Communications and Coordination Assistant on a 6 month placement supported by the Future Jobs Fund through Islington Council. Shalene joined in March 2010 and worked both on projects related to bookleteer and studio coordination.

John is a games and web designer. John took part in PRPS as well as designing the project website. John led the software development on Urban Tapestries in 2003/04 and is now developing ‘Neighbourhood Games’, a research project on social gaming and mobile technologies, for Social Tapestries.

Camilla worked for Proboscis from November 2005 to June 2006 as part-time project assistant on Social Tapestries. Camilla is a practising artist and combined her role with Proboscis with that of Training Manager at SPACE Studios.

Loren is a sound artist and educator based in San Francisco, USA. He collaborated with Proboscis on the Sound Scavenging project as part of Topographies & Tales as well as 3 Social Tapestries workshop projects with Jenny Hammond Primary School from 2005-7 (Sound ScavengingEveryday ArchaeologyExperiencing Democracy)

Dima has recently completed his PhD in Computer Science at University College London. He designed and built a sensor platform for the Robotic Feral Public Authoring project as part of Social Tapestries.

Karine was a Communications Assistant on a 5 month placement supported by the Future Jobs Fund through Islington Council. Karine joined in March 2010 and worked on bookleteer projects.

Steve acted a Proboscis’ finance consultant (2004-06), assisting with bookkeeping, managing of project budgets and reporting to funders. Steve is also a practising artist and performer.

Paul is a designer, sound artist and founder of the design agency Studio Tonne. For Proboscis Paul designed and developed the DIFFUSION eBook format. Proboscis and Studio Tonne teamed up to write, edit, design and produce a book for IDEO London about their innovative design and product development for the Prada Store in New York.

Nima is a designer and principal of NMoDesign. He collaborated with Paul Farrington on the design and development of the DIFFUSION eBook format, and designed individual titles. Nima was also responsible for design and implementation of the DIFFUSION website launched in May 2002. Nima designed the CD-ROM for the Mapping Perception project.

Michael is an artist and interaction designer, recently graduated from the Royal College of Art MA Interaction Design programme. Michael designed some Flash animations about Urban Tapestries and created the original Flash Viewer for the UT system.

Niharika is a MA student at Central St Martins College of Art & Design (Creative Practice for Narrative Environments) and received her BA and Professional Diploma from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. Niharika was an intern during 2008 and has since worked with Proboscis as an assistant on the project Being in Common.

Kevin runs the community development consultancy, Local Level, and collaborated with Proboscis on the Social Tapestries project, Conversations and Connections.

Damian co-founded Proboscis with Giles Lane in 1994 to publish COIL journal. Damian was the graphic designer of the first 6 issues of the journal and a director of the company. Damian left to develop his burgeoning freelance design practice in 1998.

Natalie is a world renowned artist and engineer and a founder member of the bureau of inverse technology. Natalie was an EPSRC Visiting Fellow at Proboscis during 2004/2005 investigating the uses of her Feral Robots with Urban Tapestries. Natalie was previously commissioned by Proboscis for PRPS. Natalie runs the Experimental Design Lab at University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Joan is a freelance arts manager with experience in the independent film and video sector and a director of Supernova*, a new site for Early Childhood in East London. Recent projects include: Location Manager – a guide to East and North London’s filming locations and local services, published through her own company Lightbulb Productions. Most recently Joan has been involved in research and development for the Centre for the Cell for Queen Mary and Westfield College and Barts and the Royal London Hospitals Trust. Joan received her MA in Arts Management from City University, London in 2000.

Kat is a socio-cultural researcher on business, non-profit and academic projects. Her work focuses on new technologies and social behaviour, mobility and place. She was a team member on Urban Tapestries and contributed to other projects such as Mapping Perception and LILT.

Angad is a curator, editor and art consultant. Her work for Proboscis included co-editing Performance Notations (DIFFUSION eBooks), and research and development on Topologies and, more recently, planning the marketing and promotion strategy for Mapping Perception. She is a Contributing Editor of Portfolio Magazine and was Managing Editor of Afterall Magazine. Angad consults widely for artists and organisations, editing several CD-ROMs for FACT, developing a contemporary commissions programme for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (1999-2001) and working as development officer for Blast Theory.

Brandon is a writer, editor and sound artist, and the founder of Errant Bodies. Brandon has performed and created installations for art and music venues and festivals in the USA, Japan, UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Holland and Denmark, such as for ISEA 98 and at NTT ICC, Tokyo. Recordings of his work have been released by labels such as: Unique Ancient Tavern , Fringes, Selektion, Ground Fault, meme, digital narcis. Brandon curated the Social Music series of experimental sound works for Kunstradio Vienna, which were broadcast from May to October 2001.

Joyce is an artist and wilderness guide based in the Yukon, Canada. Joyce is collaborating with Proboscis on the Topographies & Tales project.

Karen has worked for Proboscis in a variety of roles: on interface design for the Robotic Feral Public Authoring and Snout projects,  facilitating the Diffusion Case Study Residencies and developing the Diffusion website. Recently Karen has been a team member on, Sensory Threads, Being in Common and Sutton Grapevine. Karen is an artist and researcher studying for an EngD at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London.

Rachel is an interaction designer and principal of Rudegirl Designs. She has worked as a Usability Consultant for Motorola and a Conceptual Designer for Lego Futura and Hewlett-Packard Research Labs. Rachel was a team member on Urban Tapestries and is a commissioned artist for Navigating History.

Dikaios is studying for a PhD in Computer Science at Birkbeck College, University of London. Dikaios worked with Proboscis on the development of a Java client for mobile devices for the Urban Tapestries platform.

George is studying for a PhD in Computer Science at Birkbeck College, University of London. George has taken over the role of software architect and system programmer for the Urban Tapestries platform and is led the development of version 2 of the system.

Radhika is a Marketing Assistant on a 6 month placement supported by the Future Jobs Fund through New Deal of the Mind. Radhika joined in November 2010 and is working across projects on marketing and promotion.

Victoria recently completed her Masters in Media and Communications at at the London School of Economics. She was a social researcher on Urban Tapestries.

Diab read Computer Science and Management at Kings College, University of London. He was on a STEP Placement with Proboscis during Summer 2003, working on the DIFFUSION eBook Generator proof of concept prototype.

Zoe is a PhD candidate in Media & Communications at the London School of Economics. She is a social researcher on Urban Tapestries and Social Tapestries.

Carmen is a MA student at Central St Martins College of Art & Design and has a postgraduate Diploma in Design for Visual Communication at the University of the Arts, London (London College of Communication), and a BA in Advertising and Public Relations, at the Communication University in Seville, Spain. After completing a 4 month internship with Proboscis in 2008, Carmen has since been commissioned to design several print publications for Proboscis projects as well as contributing template designs and other graphic material for

Marcel is a programmer and principal of metaobject. Marcel collaborated with Proboscis on the development of the DIFFUSION eBook Generator proof of concept prototype.

Nick is an information architect and researcher, currently studying for a PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has managed research projects at New York University (with Bell Atlantic/ Nynex and Viacom), National Museum of Fine Arts, Rio de Janiero as well as posts at Paramount Pictures and Apple. Nick worked on Urban Tapestries and Social Tapestries.

Orlagh Woods is an artist whose work explores how diverse people and communities engage with each other and their environment – how they connect, communicate and are perceived both through digital and non-digital means. She worked with Proboscis from 2004 to 2010 on projects such as Social Tapestries, Snout, Everyday Archaeology, Experiencing Democracy, Render, Lattice:Sydney, Perception Peterborough, Being in Common, Sutton Grapevine & With Our Ears to the Ground. Orlagh also curates a professional development programme for British Asian theatre company, Tamasha, in London.