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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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dorkbot anglia, by Amanda Gower

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

Curiosity Get Together - 17th May - McGinty’s

The next get together is this Tuesday (17th May) in McGinty’s opposite the library in Ipswich from 8pm.

This week we need to put together our first draft list of what we’re showing at the Time Show II (9th to 16th July). If you can’t make it and you want to show please send an email to the list with your ideas, so your voice is in the conversation too.

Do bring along things to show, ideas to share, etc - time (or cube) related or not!

All welcome, as ever.

Cheers,
Dave

(facebook event)

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dorkbot anglia, by Amanda Gower

Thursday 28th April, CSV Media Clubhouse in Ipswich, an evening of talks and conversations with “people doing strange things with electricity” in the East Anglian area - more

Curiosity Get Together - 22nd March - McGinty’s

The next get together is next Tuesday (22nd March) in McGinty’s opposite the library in Ipswich from 8pm.

Reviewing Maker Faire and thinking about new stuff… cubes and deciding if we want to do the 2nd Time Around Show.

All welcome, as ever.

Cheers,
Dave

(facebook event)

Proverbial Posters in the IT Crowd

Jon Sutton‘s posters created for the Proverbial Show were featured in the last series of the IT Crowd. Check out Jon’s page.

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)

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dorkbot anglia, by Amanda Gower

Monday 21st February, The School of Music, University of East Anglia, Norwich, an evening of talks and conversations with “people doing strange things with electricity” in the East Anglian area - more

Open Source Creativity - Hackerspaces

   
QUEST on KQED Public Media.

Curiosity Get Together - 11th January - McGinty’s

The next Get Together is Tuesday 11th Janaury in McGinty’s Pub opposite the library in Ipswich at 8pm. We’ll be be in the Green Room, that’s the one all the way down the corridor - past the toilets.

Two things on the radar: Maker Faire and Cubes.

Cheers,
Dave

(facebook event)

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