Spring Update: what we are up to

May 20, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Over the past six months or so we have been developing some new partnerships and working on several collaborative projects:

Alice is collaborating with Dr Katrina Jungnickel of Goldsmiths College’s Department of Sociology (and a former Proboscis associate from earlier days) on the Bikes and Bloomers project. She has been creating a series of illustrations – inspired by Katrina’s research into early women’s cycling clothes and the “rational dress” movement – which are being digitally printed on fabrics as part of recreations of some of the early designs for freedom of movement in clothing.


Alice has also received an Artist in Residence award to collaborate with the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham on their Aestheticodes project, embedding smart codes for visual recognition into drawings and exploring the properties of working with printed fabrics for physical and digital storytelling.

Giles has been continuing to select works from bookleteer for our monthly subscription service, the Periodical – ranging this year from a tactile history of an ancient Scottish kingdom, to works of new poetry and fiction, memoirs of growing up in Soho in the 1920 and 30s, to a republication of John Milton’s 1644 call for unlicensed printing (and a free press), Areopagitica. He is also running a series of Pop Up Publishing workshops in May for the LibraryPress project, introducing new people to bookleteer and self-publishing in public libraries in Hounslow, Islington & Wembley.


Giles has recently been collaborating with the Movement Science Group at Oxford Brookes University who are leading on the development of a Rehabilitation Tool for survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI), which is being funded by the EU as part of the CENTER-TBI project.

Giles has also been developing a new collaboration with the ExCiteS (Extreme Citizen Science) research group at UCL to bring together the work he has been doing with Professor James Leach and the community of Reite in Papua New Guinea on Traditional Environmental and Cultural Knowledge (TEK), with ExCiteS work with forest-dwelling communities in Congo and elsewhere. We aim to develop a prototype for indigenous people to be able to digitally record and share knowledge using a combination of machine learning software, mobile devices and their own traditional craft and cultural practices. This is being developed alongside our planning for further field work in PNG to expand upon our pilot TEK toolkit experiments using hybrid digital/physical notebooks formats.


Hot Science, Global Citizens Symposium

April 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on Hot Science, Global Citizens Symposium 

Next week I’m travelling to Sydney to participate, as a ‘provocateur’ in the Hot Science, Global Citizens Symposium, held at the Powerhouse Museum. I’m taking part in a session called Creative Agency and Programming in Museums and Science Centres with Seb Chan, Wayne LaBar, Tara Morelos & Declan Kuch. I’m also hoping to do one or more City As Material/Anarchaeology events whilst I’m there – more on that soon.

My talk is called Oblique Devices :

In Proboscis’ work we rarely address problems like ‘Climate Change’ head-on. As artists we feel empowered to raise questions but cannot claim to have definitive answers or solutions. Our practice is to entice, provoke, humour and challenge, not to preach or claim authority. However, change is a constant feature of history and how humans respond to it reflects our social and cultural adaptability, the dynamism and resilience of our cultures and civilisations. By creating projects that provoke dialogue within and across communities we hope to challenge some of the powerful, and often misleading, nostrums of our age; to pause and reflect before we commit ourselves to unequivocal outcomes. What we offer is critical dissent; what we hope is that people are inspired and empowered to shape their own responses, to weave their own patterns within the changes that surround them.

About the session :

Panelists will address key aspects of creative thinking and creative practices about climate change, discussing their own projects and visions on climate change in response to some of the key themes being addresses by the HSGC ARC Research Linkage Project in order to stimulate debate around climate change. Possible themes may include: climate change and citizen engagement; artist-led projects on creative mitigation and environmental education; creative strategies for audience engagement and civic participation; developing awareness campaigns and critical consciousness on climate change action; the role of interactive and pervasive technologies for collaborative initiatives and local community engagement on climate change, such as sensor technologies, alternate reality games, social media, smart phone apps, GIS mapping, etc.  Speakers are invited to present ideas for museums/science centres creative programming design and to offer their views on opportunities of transdisciplinary and collaborative research.

More information about the symposium :

HOT SCIENCE, GLOBAL CITIZENS: the agency of the museum and science centre sector in climate change interventions Symposium,
Sydney, Australia, 5-6 May 2011

Climate change is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon that is reshaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. This symposium presents the research findings of the Australian Research Council international Linkage project, Hot Science, Global Citizens: the agency of the museum sector in climate change interventions along with other leading research to develop new knowledge about what constitutes effective action around climate change, the critical roles that institutions can play and visions for the future of museums and science centres. The second day will feature an ‘unconference’ session to tease out innovative programming ideas and engage participants in discussions.

Speakers include:

Professor Mike Hulme School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK
Elaine Heumann Gurian International Museum Consultant
Dr Emlyn Koster CEO Liberty Science Center, USA
Professor David Karoly Climate scientist and public commentator
Dr Saffron O’Neill Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne
Giles Lane Director, Proboscis, London, UK
Dr Dawn Casey Director, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Frank Howarth Director, Australian Museum, Sydney
Professor Graham Durant Director, Questacon, Canberra
Tara Morelos d/Lux/MediaArts
Wayne LaBar Vice President, Exhibitions and Programs, Liberty Science Center, USA
Seb Chan Head of Digital, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Declan Kuch Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition

Project researchers Academic team: Dr Fiona Cameron (Lead Chief Investigator); Professor Robert Hodge; Associate Professor Brett Neilson and Dr Juan Salazar from the Centre for Cultural Research, with Professor Jann Conroy from the Centre for Plant and Food Science and Professor David Karoly from the University of Melbourne, Dr Ben Dibley, Dr Anne Newstead, Dr Ann Deslandes, Dr Carol Farbotko

Partner organisations and researchers: Museum Victoria, Melbourne; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Australian Museum, Sydney; Questacon, Canberra; Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, US with the University of Melbourne, Earth Sciences and the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK.


Autumn 2010 Special Offer/Fundraiser

October 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Last weekend the Proboscis studio was burgled for the 2nd time this year. As a result we need to install a new alarm and security system (costing over £2k) so we’re hoping to raise funds for it with a special offer on some of our publications.

We’ve bundled together 100 copies of the Social Tapestries Case of Perspectives, Alice’s Endless Landscape Magnet Set & the Catalogue of Ideas from our Being In Common project – all for less than 50% of their combined usual price.

The magnets and cards make ideal gifts, while the Case of Perspectives is a limited edition artists bookwork created by Alice and me as part of the Urban Tapestries and Social Tapestries projects.

*** Buy your set here ***

Giles Lane

November 16, 2008 by · 6 Comments 


Since 1990 I have worked as an artist, designer and researcher, devising and leading numerous transdisciplinary and cross-sector creative projects, working with funders and partners across the arts, business, academia, civil society and government. In 1994 I founded Proboscis, a nonprofit creative innovation studio, which became the first artist-led organisation to be given “Independent Research Organisation” status by the UK Research Councils (2005). I am skilled in strategy, analysis, problem-solving, innovation, facilitation & project management.

My core interests are in how people create and share knowledge, stories and experiences – making the ephemeral and invisible tangible; giving shape and form to abstract knowledge and unfathomable experiences; allowing us to perceive the world and our relationships to it anew.

Visit my personal website

Professional Affiliations

2016 Research Associate, Human Centred Computing, University of Oxford
2014-18 Honorary Research Associate, ExCiteS Research Group, University College London
2010 Research Affiliate, Crucible Research Network, University of Cambridge
2008 Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacture, London.
2001-10 Research Associate, Media Dept, London School of Economics & Political Science

Employment History

1994-present Founder and Managing Director of Proboscis, a non-profit artist-led social and cultural innovation studio. I lead Proboscis’ research & consultancy activities as well as specific creative projects.

2019 Specialist Researcher in Art-Science, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London

2014 Creativeworks Entrepreneur in Residence, Pervasive Computing Lab, Birkbeck College, University of London

2014 Visiting Practitioner, MA Communication Design, Central St Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London

2007-10 Visiting Tutor & Research Consultant, Design Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London

1998-2002 Research Fellow, Royal College of Art, London
Research Fellow in School of Communications, 2001-2002
Writer, Editor & Curator for Computer Related Design Research Studio (founding editor of CRD RESEARCH publishing imprint), 1998-2001

1992-1993 Founder and Curator, KROL, Bloomsbury London
Artist-run space curating exhibitions, performances and screenings of experimental film & video

1990-1996 Freelance writer and filmmaker
Writing, editing and filmmaking mainly with independent architecture practices in London

Guest Lecturing & Speaking

Since 1995 I have given Guest Lectures at numerous international universities and colleges and spoken at conferences and other events:

United Kingdom
Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London), Birkbeck College (University of London), Central St Martins School of Art (University of the Arts London), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (University of Dundee), Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths College (University of London), Imperial College London, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, John Moores University Liverpool, Kingston University, Surrey, London College of Communications (University of the Arts London), London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), Middlesex University, Royal College of Art, Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art (University of Oxford), Slade School of Art (University College London), University of Cambridge / Cambridge-MIT Institute, University of East London, University of Westminster, Wimbledon School of Art, London.

Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (Holland), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam (Holland), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

North America
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), New School University, New York, New York University, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Canada), School of Visual Arts, New York, University of Alberta (Canada), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Waterloo (Canada), University of Western Ontario (Canada).

South America
UFBA (Federal University de Bahia, Brasil).

Asia-Pacific / Australasia
University of Goroka (Papua New Guinea), University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Sydney (Australia).


1996 Goldsmiths College, University of London
BA Hons (1st Class), English Literature and History/Theory of Art

1990  Reigate College, Surrey
A Levels –  English Literature, History & Latin
AS Level – Ancient Greek

1988  Whitgift School, South London
GCSEs – English Literature, English Language, Maths, History, Latin, Ancient Greek, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology.
AO Level – French
O Level – French