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selected projects

  • Sonic Bodies: Being Human Festival, Leeds, UK
    As part of the Being Human Festival, I was involved in the technical support for the Sonic Bodies installation. This is a project by Maria Kapsali. It brings together Sonolope and some new explorations. Bringing sculpture to visually impaired people was one of the overarching goals. Artwork ‘Pan’, and ‘Kiss’ were prepared based on artworks that were present in the gallery. These pieces were then sonified. They are created into experiences through movement. This was done through Sonolope. More about the project and Being Human can be found: https://beinghumanfestival.org/event/sonic-bodies-a-multisensory-exploration/  and written up at The Wilberforce Trust who supported this project:…
  • House: a site-specific performance, behind closed doors for a conversation in the dark
    House was an exciting project I was involved in as a technologist. I implemented Sonolope (designed and created by Maria Capsali and Simon East) to add interactivity to the performances happening over the week of Tuesday 30 January 2018, to 3rd February. Details of the project: HOUSE begins with the story of Robert Arthington, a rich man locally known as the Headingley Miser. He built a large house for his bride; but the bride never came. So he lived alone in one room, on half a crown a week, and received his visitors in the dark. Around him 19th Century…
  • Secret Deposit Box, read the secrets of others & share yours
    The context for this piece was to create something that would have engagement and appeal to someone who would use it. Ultimately I wanted to try to create a “machine” that could in some way provoke a reaction, an emotion or a need to use it again for that hit. Edit: This was published a few years back. I’ve bumped the post forward.   The Inspiration This lyric from The Verve seemed to capture the thought perfectly; Imagine the future Woke up with a scream I was buying some feelings From a feeling machine” – The Verve Looking at the…
  • Apps and Hats: a quirky iPhone application review show
    This is a bit of a retro post for me. I wanted to capture some of the Apps and Hats show that myself and the lovely Hattie did. This was back when the iPhone was first launched and the App Store was just getting started.
  • Slow Technology: Last Planet
    Last Planet is introduced as a retail solution designed to increase dwell time, reflection and interaction. The project set out to investigate the use of Slow Technology[1] (ST) in a retail environment, this is a point of departure from a study (Boehner et al 2005) where a museum exhibit raised the profiles of the other visitors, leading to emotion in interaction as well as an increase in dwell time. This study pertains to traditional bricks and mortar stores and not online shopping experiences. The iPad in the housing for display in a retail environment. Image shows the final solution for this…
  • Yo! Create (iOS App)
    Yo! Create (iOS App), Oct. 2011 An app to help creativity, through the use of exercises and activities to try. Coded in Xcode.The app needs work and a lot of additions still but was an initial idea to try to incorporate ideas about creativity, and idea generation exercises to help people who are trying to think projects through etc. It is something I want to continue work on and I think it would work really well as an iPad app, with more space visually and possibly more varied techniques for them to try. Backstory Almost a year ago (2010) I…
  • Travel Cash (iOS App)
    Travel Cash (iOS App), March 2011 I completed this app after noticing that feedback and comments suggested that my Allowance app was also useful for creating an extra generic account and some had used it for holiday budgets. Made a clean simple, essentially one function app – to keep track of travel cash. I’ve been working on a new app for the last few weeks, called Travel Cash and have now submitted version 1 to the App Store. The goal with this app was that I had a few people saying to me / commenting that they had also been…
  • Re-writing Freud (iOS App)
    Re-writing Freud (iOS App), Feb 2011 The re-writing Freud app became available to purchase in the App Store from February 4th. It is the next logical incarnation of the artwork Re-Writing Freud which was first created back in 2005. This was my first Universal iOS app. It took a lot of research and drafting out of several interactions of the app because it is such a new dynamic platform. It seemed I kept focusing on re-creating the initial interface, which was designed for a powerful computer. I knew this was not the same device or experience and it needed to…
  • Allowance (iOS App)
    Allowance  (iOS App), November 2009 This app is one that we have been working on for months. From the initial concept to its updates and maintenance. We spent a long time planning and focusing exactly what people would need from an app like this and were constantly revisiting the design and implementation of it. “Allowance App: Your Pocket Money, is an easy to use app that tracks how much allowance you are paying your child. It lets you add allowance, or any other money (birthdays/gifts…) and also make a withdrawal. There is a balance sheet so you can see how…
  • Black Page, Exhibition at Shandy Hall
    The Black Page exhibition at Shandy Hall celebrates the 250th anniversary of Vols I & II of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne. Page 73 of Volume I is a Black Page which marks the death of Parson Yorick. 73 artists/writers have each been asked to create a ‘Black Page’ for exhibition and sale by auction. ‘Night divides the day’ The music is Lillibullero whistled by Patrick Wildgust, the curator of the Laurence Sterne Museum. Tristram’s uncle, Captain Toby Shandy, a British Army veteran of the fighting in Ireland and the Low Countries during King William’s reign, whistles the tune to…
  • Apps and Hats (iOS App Now Available)
    Apps and Hats (App), May 2009 I made this tabs based design app that loaded the web pages about the show, which taught me a lot about iPhone app design. It’s a free app to support the show. The Apps and Hats app was to accompany the quirky iPhone app review show. This was made so folks could access the latest episodes, read the tweets from the twitter account and see images from the show. You could also enter competitions and email to send review requests or let us know about your favourite app. I have been wanting to update this…
  • Apps & Hats: The quirky online show reviewing iPhone apps
    Concept created early 2009 and the first episode aired in March.  We were a “Quirky online show reviewing iPhone applications”.  We wear unusual clothing items from Victorian to sharp suits. Video Webcasts show there is a lack of females in the UK presenting these. The show was viewed on Miro, Blip, Youtube, Vimeo, Viddler, and Mevio, who have 5 million unique hits monthly (we are getting around 60K monthly uniques from that site alone). We have caught the attention of app fans worldwide with our unique take on it. No one does what we do. We did 38 Episodes, with around…
  • Sucking on words Kenneth Goldsmith (Documentary Film)
    Sucking on words Kenneth Goldsmith (Documentary Film), 2007 Film work has included editing a film on New York based poet Kenneth Goldsmith: Sucking on Words. The film was screened at Shandy Hall in Coxwold, UK, where Lawrence Sterne wrote Tristram Shandy, and in London. The film was premiered at the Eccles Center at the British Library in London and subsequently screened at the Oslo Poetry Festival in November 2007. It was edited with Final Cut Pro over a period of several months. Available to view online at UbuWeb http://www.ubu.com/film/goldsmith_sucking.html  More information about Kenny can be found online and includes details of his…
  • Re-writing Freud (touch screen kiosk edition)
    Re-writing Freud (touch screen kiosk edition), 2005 Arts Council and British Council funding received. This was first exhibited in the exhibition Un Art de Lectures, in Rennes France. It has since toured Scotland, London, Leeds and an electronic festival Prog:Me in Brazil. I created the technical aspect to the work, including the choosing of the kiosk, the installation and programming. A wall mounted touch screen kiosk, first shown in Rennes, France in Un Art De Lectures / An Art of Readers curated by Yann Serandour. This program re-wrote the entire book, The Interpretation of Dreams, but in completely random order. It was different…
  • Re-writing Freud (book)