Hi there 🙂 I have just finished a new interactive work to be shown at the HYPE exhibition at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, during freshers week. The show runs from 23rd – 28th September and the opening event is actually on the last night on the 27th from 5:30 – 8:30pm! Hope to see some of you there 😀
Gameboy Color (Limited Edition Hardback)
Hardback Book, MaKey MaKey Microprocessor, Computer, Graphite, Wiring Components
Stemming from research into how technologies define society I am creating a series of pieces which mix technological devices from different eras. In this interactive installation the audience can use a book to control a computer. When the printed word became common place the world changed drastically just as it did with the introduction of the computer and the internet. In this work the viewer can use a preceding technology to control a new one and the book becomes an input device into its technological successor. All new technologies absorb elements of the old allowing the user to experience something familiar before grasping new functionalities and uses. Here the book acts as a gamepad controller and emulates that of the 1998 Nintendo Gameboy Color, so if you are a child of the nineties you can experience the nostalgia of Mario, Kirby & Pokemon in a whole new way.
This work is made using a MaKey MaKey, an Arduino based microprocessor, specifically designed for altering computer inputs.
Gameboy Color (Limited Edition Hardback) is an Interactive Installation by Alice Woods
For the Art Hackathon Showcase we undertook a complete redesign due to the dangerous and potentially flammable nature of our original device! The heating element was replaced by a miniature shredder and the structure of the machine was reduced, formalised and made into one complete object. The night was a massive success with hundreds of people texting in to get things off their chest from within the event, and from afar where people were watching on the live stream. Keep your eyes peeled at http://www.wearenotlistening.com for further info on when the machine is next being exhibited, for now I’ll leave you with a photo and video round-up of the final project:
Some last minute tinkering (Photo: Paul Clarke http://www.paulclarke.com)
The texts are coming in! (Photo: Paul Clarke http://www.paulclarke.com)
This was our original design and pitch at the end of the hackathon weekend:
And this is the final WeAreNotListening installation in action:
Bye for now 🙂 Look out on the 3beards YouTube site for more info on the Art Hackathon plus highlights from the opening night at The South Place Hotel.
Introductions (Photo: Paul Clarke)
What happens when a group of developers, programmers, artists, musicians, and polymaths meet for an intensive 48 hour art hackathon in luxury 5 star hotel? Fantastic question, lets find out.
Team Formation (Photo: Paul Clarke)
With ideas pitched, team formation began. I’d been having some thoughts about a printer which destroys what it prints by perhaps adding a corrosive substance to the ink tanks so the paper destructs itself over time. I threw the idea out hoping to get together a group of people together to transform it, improve it, and make something happen within 48 hours. The brief was to “Take data and turn it into something artistic/creative”, so we decided that our project would focus on putting a bit of humanity back in to tech. The refreshing thing about this hackathon is the ethos behind it. It is a place for ideas to enter into a melting pot and come out twisted, kooky and even more insane than before.
The thermal printer is working! (Photo: Seb Potter)
Our team ‘WeAreNotListening’ came up with a project where the audience can partake in a sort of modern-day cathartic experience. The idea is that if you want to get something off your chest, perhaps an old lie, a guilt you’ve been hanging onto, a dark thought, or something you wish to release from yourself you can text it in anonymously to 02380000476 and watch your deepest darkest secrets materialize physically through our thermal printer and then subsequently be blackened to obscurity in real-time. The process is also streamed live to our website so even if you are not at the event you can contribute from afar. The remaining blackened scroll of secrets is them rendered to ash and given away at the end of the event in viles for you to do as you will.
Burning Secrets to Ash (Photo: Paul Clarke)
Setting Up (Photos: Seb Potter, Paul Clarke)
Tim, Betsy & Sam (who saved us with his power supply!) (Photo: Paul Clarke)
By the end of the weekend we had a working prototype thanks to the incredible effort from everyone in the team. A big shout out must be given to the 3beards for organising such a unique event, I had the most fun I’ve had in years and met some truly incredible people. Everyone’s projects will be exhibited at the South Place Hotel on the 16th, 17th and 18th of August so come along to shoot fireballs out your hands, ride a bike with your friends to make music together, engage in some public safety with the Citizens Office of Communications Safety, play God and control rising sea levels, enter a state of sensory deprivation and have your brain create music and graphics, and see some amazing leaps of imagination and ingenuity.
Team photo! Seb, Betsy, Tim and Alice 🙂
(Thanks to Paul for photographing the weekend! www.paulclarke.com)