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together_apart

together_apart poster

The Curiosity Collective are delighted to announce together_apart at the Atrium Studios, Ipswich, Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April 2013.

Proximity and synchronicity, physically and emotionally. Experiments in art and technology, together and apart.

The Slotin Incident - John Benton
On 21 May 1946, with seven colleagues watching, Slotin performed an experiment that involved the creation of one of the first steps of a fission reaction by placing two half-spheres of beryllium around a plutonium core. The upper beryllium hemisphere fell, causing a “prompt critical” reaction and a burst of hard radiation. This work reconstructs the position of each scientist in the room and reveals their fate.

Pendulums - John Benton

Distant Drums - Mike Challis
Two drums connected by microphones and transducers to provide a feedback loop. Hit one drum and the other plays after a delay, then the first, then the second and so on.

Conductable - Mike Challis with Ed Perkins
A five player flexible musical instrument. Originally created for Aldeburgh Music as part of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra 2012.

Drifters - David Chatting
Two balloons drift together and apart. Each reacting to the other with illumination. The molecules of helium within will shortly escape the Earth’s atmosphere, apart forever. Arduino, computer vision, meteorological weather balloons, helium. Work in progress.

Empty Premises - Amanda Gower

We are held together by more than we imagine… - Pamela Harling-Challis
Wood, glass, paper, ink, epoxy, metal powder, wire mesh, gilt cream, vegetation, images, words.

Goodbye Cibachrome - Tim Hunkin
Cibachrome, also called Ilfochrome, was a chemical process for producing colour photos. It went out of production in 2011. About fifteen years ago, I used the process a lot to take portraits of my friends with my ‘roadsign’ camera. Now its obsolete, I felt sad that I’d never videoed the process of taking the photos. So using fresh developer for ordinary black and white photos, I tried one last time with my old stock and miraculously it just about worked.

Exploded Object - Tom Jennings

Which Cuntree are you from? - Kerry McCarthy
A sculpture representing the four corners of the world, uniting the global community.


Friday - reception 7pm to 10pm
Saturday - 10am to 5pm
Sunday - 10am to 5pm, tea and talk with the artists at 3pm
Free entry

Atrium Studios, West Building, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich. IP4 1QJ (map)

together_apart is our ninth show in Ipswich since we were formed in 2005.

Publicity design by Amanda Gower. If you would be kind enough to help promote the event, here’s our poster and flyer.

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Maker Faire Brighton

The Curiosity Collective will be showing a few of our recent Time Show projects this Saturday (3rd September) at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire

Our classic project, Grass is Greener, even makes an appearance in their promotional video describing what you can expect at a Maker Faire (0:50):

Welcome to Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2011 from BuildBrighton Hackspace on Vimeo.

Curiosity Collective Rewound

Curiosity Collective Rewound - poster design: Amanda Gower

Curiosity Collective Rewound was held at the Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich between Monday 11th and Saturday 16th July 2011 - a free public exhibition of interactive curiosities on the theme of time.

This Evening Star article reviews the show and our story.

The Perfect Hindsight Machine - Cefn Hoile and Neill Keywood
A one-of -kind device developed by the US Military in the 1950s. Combining recovered alien technology with a state of the art RF receiver, it’s dial can tune into video action live from history all the way back to 1894.

Sands Everything - Cefn Hoile and Clare Bowman
An interactive digital hourglass, showing the seven ages of man through audio visual grains of sand.

The Tortoise and the Hare - Tom Juby
Two balls roll down an identical slope at different speeds.

Re-Possession - Angela McLellan
This piece was inspired by the rituals surrounding endings. A selection of items that have come to the end of their life with me, can they begin a new life with you?

Atmospherical Clocks - John Bowers
A collection of clocks which take their sense of the seconds, minutes and hours from fluctuations in atmospheric and environmental conditions including temperature, light, air pressure, electro-magnetism, sound and radioactivity.

Canto VII - Melanie Zimmermann
Realised using a Camera Obscura, better known as a Pinhole Camera. This ancient style of photography works without lenses. The camera is a simple box with a tiny hole, allowing the entering light to expose the film. Inspired by the works of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri my images should realise the beauty of the long lost memories of a different time and place, memories of Dante’s Paradise.

Reel to Reel - Mike Challis
Three tape recorders share one loop of tape and the operator can record sounds onto this loop. Sounds can be superimposed and feedback used to create complex soundscapes. The Elizabethan and the Robuk recorders belonged to Mike’s grandmother and the Garrard to his mother. They are about 50 years old now. The Akai is Mike’s from the 70s. He says “I thought it was normal to have a grandmother with a reel to reel recorder and this influence probably provided the seed for my sound work today.”

Weir(d) - Mike Challis
Exploring the strange world of weirs. The moving, but timeless, sometimes seemingly in stasis world of water flowing over a weir and the sounds of the turbulence in the pool beneath recorded underwater using hydrophones. Hypnotic, strange, Weir(d). Recorded during a walk of four days from Newmarket to Manningtree, the material begins at the ‘source’ of the Stour at Kirtling Green Pumping Station and then continues at various weirs on the Stour as it makes its way to the sea.

360 Degrees of the Year - Ross Mackenzie and David Chatting
A series of photographic prints summarising a year of daylight in different locations in the world.

train_clock - David Chatting
train_clock shows how the “shape” of the UK changes over th day with the coming and going of trains from Ipswich. Each of the “stars” is a different town, where it’s size reflects the population. As time passes, towns move closer as a train is about to arrive and spring back when it leaves.

At the exact moment - John Benton
Disasters are often marked by the recovery of stopped clocks that show the exact moment that the disaster happened.This piece takes an everyday annoyance - in this case running out of chocolate biscuits - and gives it unwarranted status by smashing a clock.

We are grateful to our hosts at Lakeland.

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Curiosity at the Maker Faire, 11-13 March 2011, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Things are getting busy at the Collective as we update a few of our Time Show pieces to exhibit at Maker Faire UK.  If you are a maker/crafter/hacker/enthusiast and find yourself in Newcastle between 11-13th March the faire is well worth a visit. Details of our projects below:

Curious Time

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Reel to Reel - Three tape recorders share one loop of tape recording, superimposing and feeding back to create complex soundscapes. (Mike Challis)

Atmospherical Clocks - A collection of clocks which take their sense of the seconds, minutes and hours from fluctuations in atmospheric and environmental conditions, including temperature, light, air pressure, electro magnetism, sound, radioactivity. (John Bowers)

The Perfect Hindsight Machine - A one-of-a-kind device developed by the US Military in the 1950s. Combining recovered alien technology with a state of the art RF receiver, its dial can tune in to video action live from history all the way back to 1894 (Cefn Hoile and Neill Keywood)

The Interactive Eggtimer. (Cefn Hoile and Clare Bowman)

The Time Show

The Time Show
(poster design by Amanda Gower - download)

We are delighted to announce the Curiosity Collective’s Time Show, Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October 2010.

Friday - Open 5pm to 9pm, reception at 7:30pm
Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Sunday - 10am to 6pm, talk by the artists at 3pm
Free admission

A playful exploration of time and timekeeping with strange clocks, unusual photography and interactive curiosities.

The Time Show will be our seventh exhibition in Ipswich since we emerged in 2005.

With thanks again to our friends at Key Arts for the use of the space.

St Mary-at-the-Quay is an easy ten minutes walk from the bus and train stations, with nearby parking (map).

At the exact moment - John Benton
Disasters are often marked by the recovery of stopped clocks that show the exact moment that the disaster happened. This piece takes an everyday annoyance (in this case; running out of chocolate biscuits) and gives it unwarranted status by smashing a clock.

Atmospherical Clocks - John Bowers
A collection of clocks which take their sense of the seconds, minutes and hours from fluctuations in atmospheric and environmental conditions in St Mary’s, including temperature, light, air pressure, electro magnetism, sound, radioactivity.

Pendulum - Mike Challis
Inspired by Foucault’s Pendulum this item will explore, playfully, the swinging of a pendulum. It will have two modes of operation. The ‘bob’ can spread sand in patterns over the floor to give immediate feedback. It can also be left to swing and appear to rotate as the earth rotates under it. This should amount to about 12˚ per hour.

Reel to Reel - Mike Challis
Three tape recorders share one loop of tape and the operator can record sounds onto this loop. Sounds can be superimposed and feedback used to create complex soundscapes. The Elizabethan and the Robuk recorders belonged to Mike’s grandmother and the Garrard to his mother. They are about 50 years old now. The Akai is Mike’s from the 70s. He says, “I thought it was normal to have a grandmother with a reel to reel recorder and this influence probably provided the seed for my sound work today.“

Fates - Amanda Gower

Time-Traveling TV - Cefn Hoile
A television which allows viewers to tune between years of television and film history.

The Tortoise and the Hare - Tom Juby
Two balls roll down an identical slope at different speeds.
 
Time to Die - Angela McLellan, Tom Juby, John Bowers and Alex Healing
A death clock designed to encourage individuals to spend time considering their own death, with a little help from a curious raven and a cheery Charon.

Game of Death - Angela McLellan and Amanda Gower
Hours of fun to be had with your friends telling their deathly fortunes. The game of death: be afraid, be very afraid!

The End of the Road - Angela McLellan
A collection of graphic photographs depicting scenes of death.

Timepiece - prototype 1 - Anne-Laure Misme & Jennifer McColl
An interactive installation presented as part of their research methodology based on a constant development of prototypes.  It is part of long term project of data collection in which the concept lays on time, measuring everyday life actions looking at the analysis of the conditions in which the human body lives everyday conscious and unconscious actions.

The art piece portrays people’s time and activities throughout different hours of the day presenting a possibility to the audience to interact with the projection in term of presence/absence triggering a collection of videos from different timezones.

Almost right… - Chris Reason
Inspired by the many misunderstandings that happen in everyday life. Thymus x citriodorus.

Design-A-Clock - Ross Scrivener
An exploration of the forms of a clock face.

The Sun Never Sets - Ross Scrivener
Time is relative - at some point, somewhere in the world, it’s lunchtime. A computer programme takes still images from a global network of cameras from each minute for 24 hours.

Canto VII - Melanie Zimmermann
Realised using a Camera Obscura, better known as Pinhole Camera. This ancient style of photography works without lenses. The camera is a simple box with a tiny hole, allowing the entering light to expose the film. Inspired by the works of Italian poet Dante Alighieri my images should realise the beauty of the long lost memories of a different time and place, memories of Dante’s Paradise.

Judgment - Melanie Zimmermann
9 prints, each 9 x 9cm, of cemetery pinhole pictures. The number nine consists of 3 x 3 = Trinity. Completeness of completeness. ‘9’ is mentioned as the hour of prayer in the new testament. It is the last and largest digit and just before 10 - so a sense of ‘nearly there’. So ‘9’ in the bible stands for judgment or finality.

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Maker Faire Newcastle 2010

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the dark show

the dark show
(poster design by Jon Sutton - download)

We are delighted to announce the Curiosity Collective’s dark show, Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January 2010.

Friday - Open at nightfall (5pm) until 9pm, reception at 7:30pm
Saturday - 5pm to 9pm
Sunday - 4pm to 6pm, talk by the artists at 4pm
Free admission

The setting is the mediaeval St Mary-at-the-Quay Church, in the heart of Ipswich’s historic dock area, where the creations of the Curiosity Collective will be at play after dark.

Using a mixture of sound and light, our technological curiosities will delight, surprise and perhaps confound. Allowing the visitor to experience this atmospheric space in new ways.

We anticipate it being pretty cold, so please wrap-up warm.

The dark show will be our sixth exhibition in Ipswich since we emerged in 2005.

With thanks again to our friends at Key Arts for the use of the space.

St Mary-at-the-Quay is ten minutes walk from the bus and train stations, with nearby parking available (map).

Darknoise - John Bowers & Angela McLellan
Sounds produced, heard and understood in the dark - of the dark, about the dark, from the dark.

Bubble Machine - David Chatting, Craig McCahill & Robert Lenne
A child’s toy modified to be triggered when a torch illuminates it in the dark making bubbles.

Can you keep it up in the dark? - Matthew C. Applegate
LED lights inside balloons. Challenging adults to play like children.

Inflatable Sculpture - Tom Juby & David Chatting
Explores the use of light and air to create an illusion of life.

Drawing in Light - David Chatting & Tom Juby
Drawing with light pens in the air, computer vision simulating a long exposure photograph.

(de)construction - Tom Juby & David Chatting
Reprojection of an old photograph back into the space, interacting with computer generated objects.

Laser Light - Tom Juby
Laser shins through a rotating lumia wheel to generate interference patterns.

Cock Robin - Angela McLellan & John Bowers
Cock Robin is a natural sound observation experiment of this active night songbird.

Reflections in Cider - David Chatting
An interactive video mirror made from 64 cider bottles.

Lunula - Mike Challis
In Lunula a culture of living Pyrocystis Lunula algae in seawater create their own light when agitated by sound waves.

Trickle Down - Jonathan Clift
An animation of LEDs light trickling down the wall, reflecting on economic theory.

The Cube - Chris Reason
Make a path through the EL wire maze.

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The Proverbial Show

We are delighted to announce our next exhibition The Proverbial Show - 26th to 28th June - in the Graham & Oldham Gallery, Electric House, Ipswich.

The Proverbial Show, The Curiosity Collective - Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts
(download flyer)

The Curiosity Collective would like to thank IP1, Ipswich Borough Council and Turnstone Arts Grants for supporting this event. Free Entry.

And here it is on Facebook.

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The Curiosity Collective @ Maker Faire

There’s much activity right now as we prepare the Curiosity Collective’s exhibit for the first UK Maker Faire in Newcastle this weekend (14th &15th March).

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We’ve got a whole bunch of projects to share with people, including five proverbs from our forewarned is forearmed show: A Watched Pot Never Boils, Curiosity Killed the Cat, The Grass is Always Greener, Medicine Man and the Perverbator! All are interactive and playful interpretations of proverbs. In addition we’ll have iPhore, the semaphore interface for text-messaging and some of our other old favourites; such as the the zoetrope.

All of our projects demonstrate a range of tools, techniques and influences. These include Arduinos, RFID, computer vision (OpenFrameworks), PD and the Pepper’s Ghost illusion.

forewarned is forearmed

We present, forewarned is forearmed - a preview of our forthcoming proverbs show, where we shall give you a sneak peak at our reinterpretations of proverbs - many as strange machines and computer trickery - as you’d expect!


The show will be on from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th November, in St Mary at Quay, Key Street, Ipswich (thanks to the cooperation of Key Arts)

Friday: 5pm to 9pm - reception at 7pm
Saturday: noon until 5pm
Sunday: 2pm to 5pm - talk at 3pm

The final show will be in the New Year; keep an eye on the website for details.

Ipswich Borough Council and Turnstone - Arts Grants aided

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