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Bloomsbury Festival weekend was great fun !
After testing the electronic components for the Threads & Yarns artwork in the workshop, Kavin, Nanda and Pollie joined CSM team for the installation on Friday evening at the Brunei Gallery, overcoming some interesting challenges (let’s just say that next time the modular structured artwork is retrieved from the storage, the number of panels and the legs going into the van will be counted at least 7 times !).
Over the weekend, the exhibition attracted an interesting bunch of visitors of all ages and occupations. Pollie and myself had lots of fun polishing our flower-making skills with the assistance of wonderful CSM team, whilst talking to visitors about G.Hack and its involvement with the project as well as exchanging tips on what to do when you get a bicycle puncture, how to survive summer holiday in Italy without air-conditioning and where to recycle old shoes so they don’t end up in a landfill. It’s fascinating what you can learn from complete strangers whilst threading a piece of paper yarn through a complex looking double flower loom !
Until the next Threads & Yarns event, I will leave you with some photos !
I snapped away for two days and run out of battery when Nanda came to help us de-install. Miaow ! Next time Nanda I promise to catch you in action with wires and screwdriver
Threads and Yarns: hands-on crafting!
Back in July 2011, G.Hack partnered with Central Saint Martins to provide the interactive component for an interactive installation Threads & Yarns. The installation is a table full of flowers created by CSM textile students and the people they interviewed regarding healthcare. The installation is accompanied by workshops run by CSM.
Threads and Yarns will be part of the Bloomsbury Festival the weekend of October 22 & 23.
It will be at the Brunei Gallery,
SOAS University of London Thornhaugh Street Russell Square
Link to Directions and Maps: http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/visit/
There is no rest for the wicked ! The Threads and Yarns exhibition opened at the V&A on Monday and by Friday the preparation for Chi-TEK exhibition already gathered momentum with emails flying around and G.Hack wiki filling up with ideas on possible design concepts, context and technology.
More info on this in weeks to come but for now let me just say a BIG THANK YOU to Jo Morrison and Rebecca Hoyes from Central Saint Martins for giving us a wonderful opportunity to work on a high profile public engagement project, students from BA textile Design for helping out and teaching us the art of flower-making, V&A staff for making the installing and dismantling of the exhibition go so smoothly and of course, Peter McOwan from Queen Mary University of London for getting the ball rolling in the first place !!!
Last but not least a HUGE THANK YOU to my superb G.Hack team for making it all happen ! GIRLS YOU ROCK !!!
Until the next report I will leave you with a few images from a VERY BUSY weekend indeed !
*photos courtesy of Jo Morrison
G.Hack has completed our first collaboration project with an installation in the Threads & Yarns Exhibition at the V&A Museum, July 18th 10am – 5pm. Check it out!
G.Hack worked with Joanna Morrison, Rebecca Hoyes and the Central Saint Martins BA Textile students to develop the interaction component for the installation. The installation is a table of crocheted flowers that were created by Central Saint Martins BA Textile Design students and senior citizens over conversations around biomedical themes. The conversations were recorded and nine soundbites of about 1 minute were chosen to be featured in the installation.
The final installation is a sea of flowers over a table top. Nine of the flowers were matched with the nine sound bites and made interactive. When one of the nine buttons is pushed on the table, an audio soundbite plays and the flower and its button light up for the duration of the audio.
G.Hack edited down and optimized the audio of the nine featured sound bites. Each soundbite is matched with an interactive flower and a momentary push button. There are a total of nine interactive flowers in the installation. These flowers are woven with superbright LEDs. The buttons used had an embeded LED so that the LED could be controlled separately from the button.
Leading up to the installation, we ran a workshop with the Central Saint Martins textile students to introduce them to integratation of physical computing into textiles. The workshop was run in the newly opened MAT Workshop in the basement of the Electronic Engineering Building.
The final result can be experienced on Monday July 18th at the V&A in the Sackler Center.
G.Hack Threads & Yarns Press:
- Threads & Yarns workshop
- Threads & Yarns: health and wellbeing over the past 75 years
- Threads & Yarns Pamplet (PDF)
G.Hack Flower Power Team
Pollie Barden (MAT)/Nela Brown (IMC) – Project Management and Pcomp Support
Alice Clifford (C4DM) – Lead Audio Designer and Testing
Nanda Khaorapapong (MAT) – Lead Pcomp and Circuit Board Designer
Nicola Plant (MAT) – Lead Solder and testing
Sam Duffy (MAT) – Audio consulting
Kavin Narasimhan (IMC) – Pcomp support
The project is supported by the Wellcome Trust
We now have blog and here is the video from this afternoon. We have the audio, buttons and Led’s working.
[QUICKTIME http://ghack.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/videos/flower_prototype__22_6_11.mov 640 480]
After the video, Nic and Pollie added one additional LEDs to 2 of the arrays. So we are able to run 9 LEDs off one pin o the Arduino.