Diffusion Residency – Matt Huynh

August 25, 2008 by · Comments Off on Diffusion Residency – Matt Huynh 

Comic artist and illustrator Matt Huynh from Sydney Australia was resident at Proboscis studio in August 2008, playing with the Diffusion formats and creating several eBooks. Matt won the inaugural Design NSW Travelling Scholarship in 2008.

Read more about Matt’s Residency here.

Hydrous, V2 Rotterdam

August 22, 2008 by · Comments Off on Hydrous, V2 Rotterdam 

Alice Angus presented at Hydrous’08 STS and the ARTS Read Changes in Water Governance” at V2 Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam and organised by Katie Vann at the Virtual Knowledge Studio of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hydrous brought together scientists, anthropolgists, filmakers and artists to look at issues and initiatives in water management and governance around the world looking across a range of issues and areas of conflict and crisis from how small desert communities manage their water source to the governance of large watersheds. Alice brought the first of her new series of eBooks At The Waters Edge to Hydrous and
discussed how her practice and the work of Proboscis finds itself emerging into dialogues around water.

CREATOR Troubadour Study

August 6, 2008 by · Comments Off on CREATOR Troubadour Study 

Proboscis is collaborating with Sarah Thelwall to conduct a ‘troubadour’ study  to investigate artistic & creative research models and the ways in which these interface between creative SMEs and organisations such as HE institutions and the Research Councils.

In the work which culminated in Capitalising Creativity, Sarah developed a model for defining those activities which are at the core of an artist or creative organisations activities versus those which exploit the intellectual capital created and leverage it into income streams and commercial collaborations. Whilst this model of ‘first ‘and ‘second order’ activities was a good fit for some SMEs, Proboscis concluded that the research focused approach which it pursues is not well suited to the development of second order activities in this manner. Instead Proboscis, and organisations with a similar outlook such as Blast Theory, have pursued an approach that increases connections and activities with research focused institutions. 

It is these connections and methods that we would research in the Troubadour Study: 

  • what are the interactions between SMEs and research institutions? 
  • how does each side of a collaboration evaluate the partmnership and define ‘value’? 
  • how is this value communicated to funders and stakeholders? 
  • what are the limiting factors of such collaborations and why are there so few examples? 
  • what lessons can be learnt from the experiences of Cluster members Proboscis and Blast Theory and how might this contribute to influencing funding policies and frameworks? 

Team : Sarah Thelwall and Giles Lane

Funded through the CREATOR Research Cluster, part of the EPSRC’s Digital Economy programme.

Diffusion Residency – Lisa Hunter

August 5, 2008 by · Comments Off on Diffusion Residency – Lisa Hunter 

Curator Lisa Hunter of Dundas Museum and Archive spent a week at Proboscis studio in July 2008 exploring uses of the Diffusion eBooks and StoryCubes in a museum context.

Read Lisa’s comments on her residency here.

CREATOR Pilot – Sensory Threads

August 5, 2008 by · Comments Off on CREATOR Pilot – Sensory Threads 

Proboscis is leading a pilot project, Sensory Threads, funded by the CREATOR Research Cluster. The project builds upon our previous collaborations with Birkbeck College’s Pervasive Computing Lab on the Feral Robots and Snout environmental sensing projects and takes wearable sensing into new areas with new collaborations with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, the Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham and Southampton University’s School of Management.

Sensory Threads is a work-in-progress to develop an instrument enabling a group of people to create a soundscape reflecting their collaborative experiences in the environment. For this interactive sensory experience, we are designing sensors for detecting environmental phenomena at the periphery of human perception as well as the movement and proximity of the wearers themselves. Possible targets for the sensors may be electro-magnetic radiation, hi/lo sound frequencies, heart rate etc). The sensors’ datastreams will feed into generative audio software, creating a multi-layered and multi-dimensional soundscape feeding back the players’ journey through their environment. Variations in the soundscape reflect changes in the wearers interactions with each other and the environment around them. We aim to premiere the work in 2009.

Team: Alice Angus, Giles Lane, Karen Martin and Orlagh Woods (Proboscis); Demetrios Airantzis, Dr George Roussos and Jenson Taylor (Birkbeck); Joe Marshall (MRL); Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns and Robin Fencott (Queen Mary) and Dr Lorraine Warren (Southampton).

Funded through the CREATOR Research Cluster, part of the EPSRC’s Digital Economy programme.

bTWEEN08 StoryCubes

August 1, 2008 by · Comments Off on bTWEEN08 StoryCubes 

A short video of StoryCubes in use at bTWEEN08, Musem of Science and Industry, Manchester. 1 min, July 2008

Our StoryCubes installation was voted Best Interactive Exhibit by the delegates and public at bTWEEN08.