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ThingBot – mangled Heidegger

  I can read Heidegger but it helps if I approach his writing like a novel instead of something that should make sense. I love his 1967 essay “What is a Thing?” because in amongst the nonsense words there are phrases that deeply move me in the same way that Milton or Blake can make me feel a shifting of …

Tangible Conversations: Permanent records of British Sign Language

The ‘Tangible Conversations’ project is a research collaboration between Bristol Robotics Lab, University of Bristol and members of the signing deaf community. It is funded by the Brigstow Institute via Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Impact Acceleration Award (IAA).  In Antonia Tzemanaki’s talk for the Brigstow Institute she mentioned that part of the French Deafhood Principles (The Paris …

one musical note and my mind made up new tunes than you La Monde Young

Notes on drone notes

Via the Velvet Underground documentary (dir.  Todd Haynes 2021) I found out about La Monte Young, the composer and performer who influenced John Cale to use long drawn out notes. Cale mentioned that when playing with Young they used drone notes tuned to the 60 cycle fridge (“The 60 cycle hum is the drone of western civilisation” Cale). This minimalist …

this research into the way we communicate in silence with signs

Sign Language/Deaf Resources

Pointed Questions with Brent Weinbach · Episode 19: Sign Language https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_featuring_the_deaf_and_hard_of_hearing

Drawing machine #2 with support from Bristol Robotics Lab

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to gain support from the Robotics Innovation Facility which is part of the Bristol Robotics Lab. They have given me their time, expertise and advice to help me advance the original sound to pattern drawing machine I developed as a project for MA Design at UWE. Making patterns out of sound The original machine was cobbled …

Bird and Wind drawings at the People’s Art Fair in Bristol

Bird and Wind drawings at the People’s Art Fair in Bristol The People’s Art Fair is an open group exhibition curated by the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft. Based in central Bristol, this campaigning group work to raise awareness of climate change, corporate advertising and social justice. They also support local artists like me. I’m very proud to be showing 5 …

this was a day out with Arianne at Exmouth we had ice cream too

The year in colours

This idea comes from the genius mind of Claire Haley (@haleybirddesign). I’ve been thinking of printing some colour behind the bird drawings for a while now. Claire suggested I find colours that reflect the month they were drawn in. I’ve gone through my photos and picked out ones that represent that month, which is rather personal. The colours might not …

Philosophy, art and science intersect in interdiscipline

Interdisciplinary collaboration as a catalyst for innovation

Introduction Scientific breakthroughs are based on facts, precisely measured and analysed. Major philosophical theories are born from concepts and thought experiments. I suspect art lies somewhere in between. This essay is an exploration into: The common factors that link art, science and philosophy Whether these commonalities can inspire creativity and promote innovation Cyclic movement is congruent to science, philosophy and …

Pinterest robots neatly ordered in columns metallic humans

Thoughts about robots

Notes and thoughts after the introductory session of Robots and Everyday life from the Brigstow Institute which was incredibly stimulating. Speaker Genevieve Liveley started her history of robots with Talos (Huge bronze man who guarded Crete by throwing rocks at ships in Greek mythology). I’d never considered robots existed before the 20th century. Dr Genevieve Bell is another interesting Genevieve who’s …