Introduce yourself on the mailing list and we may have a meeting in your honour, to find out what you’re interested in, and what you can teach us.
for next meeting
- one object for show and tell - regale us with stories of your lucky toenail
- one idea for an exhibit - remember not necessarily new, just something you like, and think you might be able to build with others’ help
- report back about the gallery space near Mecca Bingo
Matt Iles to investigate Mecca Bingo
Christchurch mansion a possibility?
Hayley might know of spaces or places?
Here is a load of fragments of thought which haven’t been turned into actual pieces for the upcoming preview and exhibition. Perhaps they will stimulate some new angles of thought when regurgitated.
- Rice paper/waterpistol lazerquest
- Guess Who
- Street Olympics
- Stalker Survey
- Bunny Killer
- Video Feedback
- Unbreakable mirror
- Self-opening umbrellas
- Conway’s Game of Life as a standalone piece
Have things on the streets
Milgram Experiments in Ipswich
Dave’s distance and time squidgy map
Truman show - making you the centre - exhibits follow you around and respond to you
People engaging with an inocuous looking piece are actually being
projected onto the town hall.
The smell and sound of singing
Using glass with cam - people writing on it
Follow the white rabbit
TV which responds to being hit, or being moved - e.g. image stays still
project fur onto people
shadow puppets then system elaborates on what you’re doing with your hands
hall going back a long way, using oil, lifts with fake holes
Being in a giant’s ear.
Jane, losing clothes interactively
Own weather system
Lists of people not allowed to die.
Bitumen dripping from the ceiling super slow
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Various people have been suggested as people we should get involved, because maybe they already know how to do some of this stuff, or could just be nice to have around - make good cups of tea, that kind of thing.
- Veronica from CSV [invited]
- Matt Webb - audiovisual specialist [now invited]
- Hayley - works in design at Suffolk College and curated ‘Twisted’ at Bury [now invited - she suggested contact her boss in the Art Dept who might point us towards funding]
- Chris Rutherford - electronics extraordinaire, just built a Tesla coil for fun - see images on his Hacking Hardware site
- Hunkin - major player in the Southwold pier curiosities, friend of John
- Damian - another friend of John - something to do with ventilators?
- Andy Gower - Recognised MDF wizard
- Paula Raffill - Photographer and Radiographer
One of the common themes which has returned again and again is showcasing weird physical phenomena and visual illusions, in common with the Victorian Curiosity theme. Below is a rough list of the phenomena which people have brought up and want to play with.
- Cornstarch holes and fingers(cefn and dave)
- inverted face (with back projection) this could be a piece already?(martin russ)
- earthquake machine (martin russ)(variant of panicroom?)
- 3d sound system (matt webb’s 6 speaker surround)
- Tesla Coil (chris rutherford)
- revolving room (variant of panicroom?)
- Holbein’s the ambassadors (reb)
- Peppers ghost phenomenon
- camera obscura
Various working principles have been suggested, to guide what we do, and help to define a shared manifesto. Some of these are in plain contradiction, but who cares.
- The experience is primary
- Pieces should invite interaction and be self-explanatory/self-exploratory
- Interactions with pieces should be childproof
- Be inclusive - our message is for all
- Be exclusive - keep the riff raff away
- Invite participation from those outside the exhibition space
- Things thinking for themselves
- Computers should never look like computers
- Originality is irrelevant, Shameless Rip Offs are fine, with accreditation
- Gadgetry should be lo-tech and inexpensive
A lot of contributors feel an exhibition will be better understood, easier to present etc. if it has a theme. Various themes have been proposed. Here’s just a few. If you want yours added, then add it or just mail me and I’ll do it.
- Optical Illusions
- Local theme (Ipswich stuff)
- Unknown Effects (people don’t realise what their causing)
- Dangerous democracy