On Saturday the Evening Star reported, Suffolk: Anger over ‘curious’ slogan adopted by tourism chiefs. Visit Suffolk are to use the slogan The Curious County in 2013 to attract visitors to the area and this has met with some rather extraordinary comment from local politicians:
David Ruffley (Conservative MP for Bury St Edmunds), “Idiotic and meaningless, if not positively dangerous.“
Daniel Poulter (Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich), “It has got to be stopped!“
Therese Coffey (Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal), “Curious County does not give a very clear message about Suffolk. It [the word curious] is often used as a euphemism for something that is not quite right!“
Guy McGregor (Conservative Suffolk County Councillor for Hoxne and Eye), “There is nothing curious about the attractions of Suffolk. There is nothing curious about our wonderful coast. There is nothing curious about the success of the Port of Felixstowe or about the horseracing industry at Newmarket.“
We think Curious County is rather a good slogan and represents much that is important and special about the people and history of this area. We believe curiosity is to be cherished and encouraged.
Curiosity is the idea around which we are formed and the process by which we have made works and engaged with people for the past seven years. Curiosity by definition starts with a personal act of self expression. It can then develop to include and inspire others. In this way we have found so many kind and talented people in Suffolk, together making and sharing some curious and we hope wonderful projects.
Suffolk is certainly a curious and wonderful place. With the strange stories of Dunwich, Orford Ness and Cobra Mist, the Black Shuck, Rendlesham Forest and the Witchfinder General, to reward the inquisitive visitor.
David Chatting, Co-Founder of the Curiosity Collective
Our next Get Together is Wednesday, 15th August, at the Brewery Tap, Ipswich - 8pm start, but come along when you can. We’ll be in the Long Room.
Bring curious thoughts and curious things.
Hack Days have come to Ipswich! Come and join a talented group of developers and designers to build something awesome…
9am to 9pm, 28th April 2012 - Atrium Studios, UCS, Ipswich.
An excellent Start the Week on Radio 4 this morning, with a discussion of the requirement of curiosity in science with Philip Ball and his forthcoming book Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything.
The next get together is this Thursday (5th April) in St Judes, St Matthew’s Street, Ipswich from 8pm.
Do bring along things to show and ideas to share. All welcome, as ever.
Thursday 1st March, Ipswich Arts School Gallery, an evening of talks and conversations with “people doing strange things with electricity” in the East Anglian area - more
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):
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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Thursday 30th June, Smiths Row Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, an evening of talks and conversations with “people doing strange things with electricity” in the East Anglian area - more