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Graffito Vintage Festival ScrapBook by Jennifer Sheridan
Submitted by on August 28, 2010 – 11:49 am3 Comments

Graffito Vintage Festival ScrapBook A4 only PDF 875Kb
Graffito ScrapBook (blank) A4 | US Letter PDF  400Kb

About : A scrapbook of screen grabs from the Graffito iPhone/iPad App as used by festival-goers in the Warehouse Tent at Vintage in Goodwood Park. The images were captured live and printed out via Bluetooth on a Polaroid PoGo printer and stuck into an eNotebook during the event by Jennifer Sheridan (project leader of Graffito) – working from the control booth. See more photos of it in action on Flickr. The ScrapBook is a tangible souvenir for any of the people who played with Graffito at the Festival to have as a memento of the experience they took part in. We’ll be exploring other ways to use bookleteer, eBooks and StoryCubes to make more personalised tangible souvenirs for Graffito users in the near future.

Make Your Own Graffito ScrapBook
If you have an iPhone or iPad, download Graffito free from the AppStore, play and draw with it, capture your favourite images as they happen and print out the pictures to stick in your own Graffito ScrapBook.

Published August 2010

Jennifer Sheridan is a researcher, interaction designer, digital artist and founder of Big Dog Interactive. She is leading the Graffito project with partners : Interactional Sound and Music Group at Queen Mary University of London, Mixed Reality Lab at University of Nottingham, Glasgow University and Proboscis. Graffito is supported by Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute.

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Measure Once, Cut Twice : a case study of Snout by Frederik Lesage
Submitted by on March 9, 2009 – 8:34 am2 Comments


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About : Measure Once, Cut Twice is an examination of how an arts organisation like Proboscis produces creative collaborative artworks – specifically their ‘participatory sensing’ project, Snout. The concept of cutting is developed as a means of understanding how objects, people, and practices temporarily come together to produce exceptional moments of social engagement.

Published March 2009

Frederik Lesage is a PhD candidate in the Media and Communications department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. His doctoral thesis deals with the collective construction of artistic conventions among artists who design and use information and communication technologies.

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  • Introducing the eBook Observer | bookleteer blog
    [...] began to take shape while conducting some research on a previous Proboscis project called Snout (read Measure Once, Cut…
    Comment posted on 8-26-2010 at 12:39
  • Mike Ipswich
    The pages in the pdf are not in sequential order and some of them are upside down. Is this…
    Comment posted on 10-17-2009 at 17:37

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Tweetomes : some epithets on practices of pithy exchange by Giles Lane
Submitted by on March 3, 2009 – 8:36 amNo Comment


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About : These 30 epithets form a kind of experimental prose poem that uses the 140 character constraint of the micro-blogging service Twitter as its structure. They were composed as a contribution to the catalogue for Larissa Hjorth’s CU: the presents of co-presence, a project exploring SMS culture. Each epithet was prefaced with the hashtag #tweetome and first published via Twitter on February 22nd 2009. 

Published March 2009

Giles Lane is an artist, researcher and teacher. He founded and is co-director of Proboscis, a non-profit creative studio based in London where, since 1994, he has led projects such as Urban TapestriesSnoutMapping PerceptionExperiencing DemocracyEveryday Archaeology; and Private Reveries, Public Spaces. Giles is a Visiting Tutor on the MA Design Critical Practice at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and is a Research Associate of the Media and Communications Department at London School of Economics. Giles was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008 for his contribution to community development through creative practice.

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Making sharing easier?
Submitted by on October 23, 2007 – 10:17 pmOne Comment

Proboscis has been looking at additional ways to share eBooks and StoryCubes that use mobile phones as the medium. In particular we have been experimenting with matrix or 2D barcodesShotcodes in this instance – enabling a mobile cameraphone to navigate to the URL of the eBook without its owner having to type in anything.

The reason behind this experiment is to consider ways that people could access and share the URL of the eBook (or StoryCube) without having to use a computer with an internet connection. We are especially interested in the potential benefit of the eBooks and StoryCubes in developing countries as publishing media that can move either digitally or as tangible goods (paper publications) and recognise that in many developing nations mobile phones are far more pervasive than internet-connected computers. Offering new opportunities for eBooks to be shared simply by capturing the eBook’s URL from a 2D barcode, could enable a much more viral re-distribution than if it was just emailed, downloaded or shared as a printed book.

Shotcode encodes the URL in a 2D barcode (other types include QR codes, Semacodes etc) which a mobile phone can read and access via a mobile internet connection. It is not even necessary to download the PDF to the phone – the URL can be saved as a bookmark and shared via SMS, something particularly important given the cost of mobile internet access. However, should the PDF be accessed and saved to the phone it could then be shared in a number of ways; by downloading to a PC for printing (via bluetooth or USB cable); by sending to other bluetooth enabled devices; printing direct on a bluetooth-enabled printer. All these options rely on the mobiles having a camera with bluetooth for connectivity, however it may be sufficient for people simply to share the URLs by SMS and then manually type them into an internet-enabled computer to download the PDF.

We are wondering whether the addition of both the eBook’s individual URL and a 2D barcode of the URL to the back cover of each Generator created eBook would facilitate even easier sharing, especially in places where mobiles are more prevalent than computers and broadband internet? Should a future version of the Generator include these features and, if so, what of the many 2D barcodes would be the most appropriate? Below are two eBooks we have created Shotcodes for – we’d love to have any thoughts, comments or suggestions about this idea (to test the Shotcodes you may need to download the Shotcode Reader for your cameraphone).

This is not a book A4 This is not a book US
thisisnotabook A4 shotcode thisisnotabook shotcode
Peckham Rising A4 Peckham Rising US
Peckham Rising A4 shotcode Peckham Rising US shotcode

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Peckham Rising by Paul Goodwin
Submitted by on October 11, 2007 – 12:41 pmNo Comment

Peckham Rising

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About : the first in a series of eBooks created by Paul Goodwin as part of Proboscis’ Generator Case Study Residencies. This eBook acts as a catalogue for the Peckham Rising exhibition curated by Paul.

Published October 2007

Paul Goodwin is a writer, curator and urban researcher. He is director of the Re-Visioning Black Urbanism Project based the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London. The project explores new modes of inhabiting, imagining and making cities from progressive black and culturally diverse perspectives by organising exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, seminars and publications. Paul is also a creative consultant for IniVA‘s (Institute for International Visual Arts) Mapping Project and a member of the Franco-British Council for whom he co-organised (with Bonnie Greer) an international symposium on the “Challenges of Cultural Diversity in the UK and France” in November, 2006. Paul is currently in the process of setting up a new strategic urban intervention office and think tank with the architect John Oduroe that will launch in London in 2008.

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A4 Version US Letter Version
Peckham Rising A4 shotcode Peckham Rising US shotcode

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Urban Tapestries: Archilab 2004 The Naked City by Giles Lane & Nick West
Submitted by on October 10, 2004 – 11:43 pmNo Comment

Urban Tapestries: Archilab 2004 The Naked City

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About : an overview of the Urban Tapestries project by Proboscis, created for the Archilab Biennial in 2004.

Published October 2004

Giles Lane is founder and Co-Director of Proboscis.

Nick West bio to come

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Social Tapestries: Creative Lab documentation by Giles Lane & Sarah Thelwall
Submitted by on October 10, 2004 – 11:41 pmNo Comment

Social Tapestries: Creative Lab documentation

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About : documentation of the outcomes from a Social Tapestries Creative Lab and Bodystorming Experience held at the London School of Economics in September 2004.

Published October 2004

Giles Lane is Founder and Co-Director of Proboscis

Sarah Thelwall bio to come.

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Urban Tapestries: Bodystorming Experience documentation by Giles Lane, Alice Angus & Victoria Peckett
Submitted by on April 10, 2004 – 11:38 pmNo Comment

UT: Bodystorming Experience documentation

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About : documentation of a bodystorming experience workshop held at the London School of Economics in April 2004.

Published April 2004

Alice Angus is an artist and co-Director of Proboscis.

Giles Lane is founder and co-Director of Proboscis.

Victoria Peckett was an LSE student volunteer on Urban Tapestries.

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Urban Tapestries: a brief introduction by Giles Lane
Submitted by on March 10, 2004 – 11:32 pmNo Comment

Urban Tapestries

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About : an introduction to the Urban Tapestries project, originally written to accompany a talk by Giles Lane for BBC R&D in March 2004.

Published March 2004

Giles Lane is founder and Co-Director of Proboscis.

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How Many Movements? by Caroline Bassett
Submitted by on May 10, 2003 – 7:34 pmOne Comment

How Many Movements?

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About to come

Published May 2003

Caroline Bassett researches and writes about new technology. She is currently working on the Arc and the Machine, a book about digital media and narrative. She works at Sussex University.

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