Becca Rose’s project Bear Abouts explores new ways of storytelling in mobile devices, mixing physical and digital components, questioning the future of narrative and publishing. Becca Rose is designer and educator. She makes work at the intersection of craft and technology, and designs playful and interactive curriculum, tools, and events for learning electronics and programming.
Pictures of the Floating World by Common Works is an experimental moving image project, which explores digital automation and traditional printing processes. Common Works are a multidisciplinary design studio specialising in interactions, moving image and art direction.
Harry Sanderson is a CSM graduate who uses moving image and technology to create installations. Harry Sanderson’s light sculptures made of algorithms, materialise code in a unique way. Using caustic imaging, an emerging field of optics in which algorithms model a surface which will produce a pre-determined image from the usually abstract patterns made by refracted light. The resulting surface is then milled using a CNC machine and polished by hand to achieve the required optical clarity.
Europa Mon Amour (2016 Brexit Edition), is a virtual experience by Lawrence Lek using virtual reality to immerse the visitor into a simulated world referencing the upcoming European referendum in a reconstructed Dalston landscape. Lawrence Lek creates speculative worlds and site-specific simulations using gaming software, video, installation and performance.
Liam Donovan’s board provides a platform for enhanced technical capabilities which allow makers to explore new unimaginable realms. A new embedded linux development board designed specifically for the needs of makers, artists and electronics tinkerers, combining the processing power and capabilities of boards like the Raspberry Pi with the low-level control and ease-of-use of Arduino. Liam Donovan is an artist and researcher working at the intersection of the digital and the physical, with an interest in developing better tools to do so.
OUR OWN SKIN, a project by designer Liz Ciokajlo, proposes a radical new way of making footwear, by using advanced scanning techniques alongside 3D printing. The aim is to use the mechanical properties of our foot skin to inspire and inform the design of 3D printed shoes. Liz is the lead designer on the project with collaborative input from artist Rhian Solomon of sKINship, bio medical engineer Manolis Papastravou and advice from medical reconstructive surgeons. Liz Ciokajlo is footwear designer investigating future manufacturing ideas through designs. The aim is to bring a fresh look at how materials and technologies can underpin and reshape fashion footwear at the most emotive levels.
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez collaborated with Julien Deswaef to create Shiv Integer, a bot that generates sculptures assembled from 3D models found on Thingiverse that have been shared under a creative commons license. The bot has generated over 300 objects, sharing them with the community it feeds from and stirring debate about whether the bot is automating the production of art or spam. Matthew Plummer-Fernandez interests span algorithmic systems, bots, copyright, file-sharing and working with 3D model files. He is also known for his blog Algopop that documents how algorithmic systems increasingly mediate popular life and culture.
Mayku are on a mission to make the tools usually found in factories accessible to everyone. Their first machine, the FormBox is a desktop vacuum former that uses a domestic vacuum cleaner as it’s source of suction. It’s Kickstarter campaign was funded in the first 24 hours and is live here until June 2nd.
Tom Armitage and Richard Birkin
Twinklr is a modern music box: a physical, digital musical instrument. Performers enter notes onto a touchscreen, rather than punching paper. Twinklr makes it easy to write tunes in any scale or key, changing them at will, and any mistakes can be erased with a tap. It can also control any other MIDI-enabled device, opening up new ways to play existing instruments. Developed in collaboration with composer and designer Richard Birkin, it’s a tool for performance, improvisation and composition, built using computer-controlled manufacturing techniques – and it’s entirely open source.
Tom Armitage is a technologist, designer and writer. He makes systems, tools, toys, and art out of hardware, software, and the network. Richard Birkin is a composer and creative technologist, known for combining his own modern classical music with touch-sensitive installations and experimental digital manifestations.