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A Conversation Between Trees by Active Ingredient
Submitted by on December 15, 2011 – 10:15 amNo Comment

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About A Conversation Between Trees is our latest project, a touring artwork that connects forests in the UK with forest regions in Brazil. This book is a literal exploration of the Materials needed, Conditions set, Research conducted and Audience involved, creating a series of snaphots  – new conditions of practice – to share with those interested in our work.

Published December 2011 in the Material Conditions series

Active Ingredient is an award winning artist-led group founded in 1996, creating interactive artworks that merge art, technology and science, bringing together location, social networking, bio and environmental sensing, data collection and play.

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Tangled Threads by Mandy Tang
Submitted by on September 20, 2010 – 2:22 pm4 Comments

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About : an illustrated storyboard for a new film about Proboscis’ Sensory Threads project, illustrated by Many Tang and scripted by Karen Martin & Alice Angus.

Published September 2010

Mandy Tang recently joined Proboscis as  a Creative Assistant on a 6 month placement supported by the Future Jobs Fund through New Deal of the Mind. She has worked on various iPhone games projects as a Junior Concept Artist and is currently interested in expanding her knowledge in the field of Creative Arts.

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  • Pop-Up eBooks: ‘Tangled Threads’ | bookleteer blog
    [...] Download, make and read ‘Tangled Threads’ for yourself. [...]
    Comment posted on 4-12-2012 at 11:15
  • October Newsletter | Proboscis
    [...] Streetscapes eNotebook by Proboscis Tangled Threads by Mandy Tang Graffito by BigDog Interactive & Proboscis Topographies…
    Comment posted on 10-27-2010 at 11:20
  • Proboscis Newsletter October 2010 |
    [...] Streetscapes eNotebook by Proboscis Tangled Threads by Mandy Tang Graffito by BigDog Interactive & Proboscis Topographies…
    Comment posted on 10-26-2010 at 13:56
  • Tangled Threads | Proboscis
    [...] Tangled Threads consists of a storyboard in the form of a Diffusion eBook, that reflects upon the different projects…
    Comment posted on 9-20-2010 at 14:38

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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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    [...] 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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Social Tapestries by Giles Lane
Submitted by on November 20, 2008 – 11:21 amNo Comment

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About : Social Tapestries was a programme of projects run by Proboscis between 2004 to 2008, and followed on from the Urban Tapestries project. This eBook provides an overview of our aims and objectives as well as some of the key projects which we undertook, including Snout, Robotic Feral Public Authoring, Conversations and Connections, Everyday Archaeology and Experiencing Democracy.

This publication coincides with the Digital Cities: London’s Future exhibition at the Building Centre in London (21 Nov 2008-17 Jan 2009).

Published November 2008

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 Tapestries; Snout; Mapping Perception; Experiencing Democracy; Everyday 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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Sensory Threads Workshop eNotebook by Proboscis
Submitted by on September 15, 2008 – 11:26 amNo Comment

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About : Proboscis are running a creative workshop on September 18th at ZAIM, Yokohama as part of the Dislocate08 festival. The workshop is the initial stage of our research for Sensory Threads, engaging artists, urbanists, designers, technologists, musicians and dancers in an active investigation into the sensorial patterns and rhythms to be found in our environment. The area around ZAIM in Yokohama will become our research field as we seek out and evidence the recurring, overlapping and intersecting sounds and movements that take place as we act in, and react to, our environment.

Sensory Threads is a work-in-progress to develop an instrument enabling a group of people to create a soundscape reflecting their collaborative experiences in the environment. For this interactive sensory experience, we are designing sensors for detecting environmental phenomena at the periphery of human perception as well as the movement and proximity of the wearers themselves. Possible targets for the sensors may be electro-magnetic radiation, hi/lo sound frequencies, heart rate etc). The sensors’ datastreams will feed into generative audio software, creating a multi-layered and multi-dimensional soundscape feeding back the players’ journey through their environment. Variations in the soundscape reflect changes in the wearers interactions with each other and the environment around them. We aim to premiere the work in 2009.

Sensory Threads is being created by Proboscis in collaboration with Birkbeck College’s Pervasive Computing Lab, The Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary (University of London), the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham and the School of Management at University of Southampton.

Published September 2008.

Proboscis is an artist-led creative studio based in London, UK. The Sensory Threads workshop is being led by Giles Lane and Karen Martin with Frederik Lesage.

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