Curiosity Get Together - 26th October - McGinty’s

The next Get Together is Tuesday (26th October) in McGinty’s Ipswich as usual, at 8pm.

Bring your curiosities and curiosity.


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Curiosity Get Together - 12th October - McGinty’s

The next Get Together is Tuesday (12th October) in McGinty’s Ipswich as usual, at 8pm - no dramatic agenda, just to share what people have been doing and to share a drink.


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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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Curiosity Get Together - 14th September - McGinty’s

The next Get Together is Tuesday 14th September in McGinty’s Pub opposite the library in Ipswich at 9pm.

That’s an hour later than normal, as the plan is to visit St Mary’s beforehand to get a sense of the space and see what’s what. Let me know if you’re joining for that - I plan to be in there for 8pm.

The Time Show preparations are gathering pace - so lots to talk about.

Remember it’s dorkbot anglia next Thursday too!


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Curiosity Get Together - 31st August - McGinty’s

The next Get Together is Tuesday 31st August in McGinty’s Pub opposite the library in Ipswich at 8pm - we’ll be in the Green Room.

So the date and place is set for the The Time Show  and I’ve a really good list of things people are working on - I’ll get that sent round beforehand.

Come share what you’ve been doing and thinking about.


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dorkbot anglia two

dorkbot anglia, by Amanda Gower

Thursday 16th September, Aldeburgh Music, Snape, an evening of talks and conversations with “people doing strange things with electricity” in the East Anglian area - more

Curiosity Get Together - 17th August - McGinty’s

The next Get Together is Tuesday 17th August in McGinty’s Pub opposite the library in Ipswich at 8pm - we’ll be in the Green Room.

Righto, so plans are in full swing for The Time Show we have a possible venue and a possible date - we need to decide if we’re going with that plan or a different one. Plus we need to catch-up with everyone’s pieces… it’s about time we made a list and thought about the curation side.

All kinds of activities are/have been going on interactive beaches and algae at Snape - noise in Ipswich (tonight - Thurs 12th Aug - The Beer House aka The Milestone). The next dorkbot anglia has been announced. Come hear and share.


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A Day At The Seaside

A Day At The Seaside is a new interactive audio visual installation by Matthew C. Applegate / Pixelh8 for Aldeburgh Music. On show in the Jerwood Kiln Studio between August 6th and 14th.

RSA Animate - The Secret Powers of Time

Happy 5th Birthday Curiosity Collective!

On the 3rd August 2005 a band of curious types were drawn together in Mannings Public House in Ipswich and have since been amusing themselves and bemusing the public with their brand of electronic contraptions. It’s five years of the Curiosity Collective everyone! : )

To mark the occasion we’re get together on Tuesday 3rd August, 7pm, somewhere in Ipswich - check the mailing-list or Facebook for the latest details!

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