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Bristol Is Making a Smart City for Actual Humans

  • 24th January 2016
Bristol Is Making a Smart City for Actual Humans

We're working on a project that's looking at the perils and promise of pervasive technology, This article from Wired magazine shows how Bristol's a forerunner on the promise front.  

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The Strange World of Urban Exploration

  • 24th January 2016
The Strange World of Urban Exploration

We're developing our Sentient City project, celebrating and revealing forgotten and hidden away buildings and spotted this article in the Guardian, have a read, exciting stuff!

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Losing the Earth’s Languages

  • 24th January 2016
Losing the Earth’s Languages

This incredible article from The Guardian demonstrates the deep links between ecological diversity and cultural diversity, examining the loss of languages in relation to shrinking habitats and the necessity of a healthy biosphere to assist healthy cultural output.

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Seed Ideas – Sentient City

  • 24th January 2016
Seed Ideas – Sentient City

Sentient City expands on an original concept devised by Part Exchange Co in 2011 for its performance event, Drive in Deco; www.hiddencity.org.uk - that buildings are sentient, absorbing and retaining significant changes and events in their own lifetimes as well as being repositories for the stories and experiences of the humans who have used and loved them. The 2011 event took the form of a large scale awakening of a forgotten and at risk heritage art deco building, through ‘new technology’ that allowed spectators to experience the story of the building through a fusion of projection mapping...

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Super Everything – Inspiration for Sentient City

  • 24th January 2016
Super Everything – Inspiration for Sentient City

Tom Lumens shared this piece as the pinnacle of the audio-visual-narrative artform. 'This type of live cinema shares similarities with much abstract art, in that it gives you motives, snippets and elements and you create your own narratives or meaning from it.' It's this style of work that the Sentient City artists can use to inform their collaboration.

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Floods Unearth Forest Myths – Earthed

  • 24th January 2016
Floods Unearth Forest Myths – Earthed

4,500 year-old trees were revealed in Cardigan Bay following the incredible winter storms, giving rise to physical evidence which links to the legend of the lost city of Cantre'r Gwaelod. This news item directly fed into our thinking regarding how a myth based narrative coud be spun around the appearances of physical aspects of that mythology in the green spaces and landscapes in Bristol.

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Edward Snowden Talks Data Collection – Future Tourist

  • 24th January 2016
Edward Snowden Talks Data Collection – Future Tourist

In days gone by the US government used to go to a judge, outline a case and receive permission to investigate an individual by tracing their data. Now, they've decided it’s a good idea to collect everything from everybody before that even happens. Beginning with the administration's initial reaction to 'circle the wagons' around the NSA upon news of Snowden's leaks - rather than around the public - he goes on to outline the power of semantics in data gathering (gathering doesn't have to mean spying) and the loopholes in place that allow the UK's GCHQ and the NSA to look at one another's records...

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The Garden of Cosmic Speculation – Earthed

  • 24th January 2016
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation – Earthed

“Gravity is a law of nature. Electromagnetism, the four forces—those sort of things are nature and they underpin all of growing nature. And so a garden is a really interesting place to speculate on the ultimate forces of nature and laws of nature and constants, and that’s what I do with scientists and artists and friends and philosophers.” Charles Jencks See more images from Jencks' compelling work in the full article. 

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Seed Ideas – Earthed

  • 24th January 2016
Seed Ideas – Earthed

Rachel Aspinwall, Part Exchange Co and The Engine House's Artistic Director writes about the seed idea and explains what inspired its inception. Earthed is a project to create a new earth sculpture on an epic scale on a piece of land in Bristol and for its form to emerge through exploring the stories, myths and folklore of the landscape in which the city is built – and for the citizens of the city to be an integral part of helping make it. The Inspiration for it came from seeing the landscape sculptor Mick Petts’ jaw dropping earthwork landforms that are the Stonehenge’s and white...

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Text and Technology – Beating Out Language

  • 24th January 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=4XwTGJ_ftnA We were shown this by one of the Engine House partners, Jerome Fletcher - Associate Professor of Performance Writing at Falmouth University - as an example of writing 'off the skin' in relation to tattooing and writing 'on the skin.' A digitally-treated drum kit plays pre-recorded text on each strike of each drum, with each drum 'skin' able to deliver particular sequences of words. The title of the piece refers to the etymology of the word 'tattoo' - a Dutch phrase 'doo den tap toe' which means 'turn off the taps'. It was beaten...

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