Dark Matters: Documentary
Dark Matters : Interrogating thresholds of (im)perceptibility through theoretical cosmology, fine art and anthropology of science
Film: 26 mins
Currently reserved for private viewing, will be posted here when released
Project website: http://darkmattersproject.wix.com/thresholds
Drawn to the Surface
A short film made to compliment the following exhibition:
Our Imperceptible Universe
A new exhibition exploring collaboration between cosmology, art and social science.
The mind-boggling proposition that 95% of our universe is invisible is the starting point for this exhibition developed by cosmologist Kostas Dimopoulos, artist Sarah Casey and anthropologist of science, Rebecca Ellis. The exhibition explores cosmological ‘imperceptibility’: the idea that our universe is entering an era of accelerated expansion, attributed to a mysterious ‘Dark Energy’ substance, whose nature and origin is unknown. In fact only 4% of our universe is visible. How does cosmology study these imperceptible forces in our universe? How are they revealed and what might this mean for our understanding the nature of our universe?
The exhibition is part of ‘ Dark Matters’ an AHRC Science in Culture Innovation Award project and is supported by The Institute of Physics and Lancaster University.
Peter Scott Gallery
Drawing, Film, Fine Arts
Catalyst Project - OnSupply
"This project will work with local communities to co-design interactive technologies aimed at reinforcing the connection between citizens and the energy from their turbine."
What is the project challenge?
Renewable energy sources challenge us to think differently about the expectation that energy is always available whenever we demand it. ‘On Supply’ will work with the citizens of Tiree, a small island off the west coast of Scotland, to explore how new energy awareness devices might help communities reflect on when energy is available and promote use at ‘greener’ times.
Due to a favourable wind environment, the citizens of Tiree generate a significant proportion of their energy using ‘Tilley’, a 900kW turbine. This project will work with local communities to co-design interactive technologies aimed at reinforcing the connection between citizens and the energy from their turbine.
Who are involved?
The project brings together University academics from Lancaster, Birmingham and Goldsmiths, Digital Westie and Cleanweb, to work with the Tiree Trust, and citizens of Tiree.
What new digital technology is developing?
The project is currently developing ideas to explicitly prototype and trial new technology designs to stimulate citizens into thinking innovatively about how to adapt their lifestyles in response to green energy availability. These ideas will be showcased at the Community Relay Event.
What are the intended impacts?
On Supply will contribute to the debate in sustainability generally and specifically in sustainable human computer interaction, generating an understanding of what would make people change behaviour regarding the energy they use. The project hopes to produce publications and outreach, a legacy proof of concept infrastructure for monitoring home use, grid load and Tilley (the turbine) generation. In consideration for longer term development the project may involve further communities (e.g. the nearby island of Eigg).
Creative Direction, Film
Integrating Physical and Digital Design through Bidirectional Fabrication
CLASP: The Technology Kitchen
''Raspberry pies, Java beans, and Ada fruits: what if we could make technologies that are ‘safe enough to eat’? Interested in ‘baking’ technologies with different, unexpected, and everyday materials? Then join the University of Lancaster crew @ Cambridge Science Festival on 21st March, 11am-3.30pm!
We will bring a kit jam-packed with tools to include accelerometers, gyroscopes, and ‘sensor mimics’; ingredients from the kitchen cupboard such as corn starch and glycerol, as well as industrial PLAs and bio-plastic. Do bring your imagination, help us to combine 3D printed shapes, mix materials, and come up with new technology prototypes that are safe to eat and good to wear. Let’s start a technology revolution in the kitchen!
Meet the team at the Cambridge Science Festival on Saturday 21 March: 11:00am – 3:30pm. Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 0FS''
Digital Brain Switch
Digital technologies – smart phones, email, social networking, etc. – are fundamentally changing our relationship with work. Digital technologies enable us to be always connected and allow us to work wherever and whenever we want. However, the question remains as to how digital technologies affect our work-life balance. Is always-on connectivity a good thing because it gives us freedom to work any time and any place? Or does it cause unnecessary stress because we can never switch off?
The Digital Brain Switch (DBS) project studied the changing nature of work-life balance as a result of digital technologies. We were particularly interested in how people switch between different work-life roles – parent, spouse, friend, co-worker, manager, employee – and how digital technologies either support this or act as a barrier.
In the age of modern communications, we all switch between multiple different roles on a daily basis. And these switches can be very rapid – one minute, we might check in with our friends on Facebook; the next we switch to work email; a minute later we go to Twitter where we see both work- and leisure-related information. How do we manage these very rapid switches? Do these rapid switches cause problems that we find hard to deal with? Or have we achieved a seamless integration of work and life where our various roles can co-exist?
Over a period of 28 months, DBS carried out an in-depth study of these phenomena and developed new tools to allow us to manage switching between different roles.
''Access ASD is a new research sprint in the Catalyst project that will devise digital tools to help adults in the community with autism.
The principal research question is : To what extent can digital technology be effective in reducing barriers to societal and civic engagement amongst people on the Autism Spectrum?
‘ASD’ stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder a medical category that includes people with a wide range of conditions including what is sometimes called Asperger’s Syndrome. For some people autism is a very restrictive condition and they need continual help and support but for many others it means they have a slightly different experience of life than most people. Some people on the spectrum of autism are ‘high functioning’ and able to live independently in the community – indeed it is thought that has many as a one percent of adults are somewhere on the spectrum and if this is the case, many of them don’t even know it!
Those who are aware of it might have difficulties with sensory sensitivity – perhaps being very sensitive to loud noises, to particular lighting environments or having a strong reaction to the taste of food. Others have difficulty in communicating with words, with empathising with how other people are feeling and some will find difficulty in organising their lives. Many people on the spectrum find difficulties in interacting with other people, perhaps because they feel they have very different interests or that they are not sure what other people are saying or feeling. Reading body language or facial signs can be difficult, jokes, sarcasm and metaphors can be confusing. Interaction or communication difficulties seem to go both ways; for people on the spectrum it can seem difficult to get others to understand how things feel for them. Autism is not a single or simple condition and its origins in the organic structures of the body are unclear - medicine has little to offer.
Access ASD is Catalyst Sprint that brings together university researchers and those working in the community to help people with autism to research and design digital tools that would be useful for people on the spectrum. The focus is on adults living independently whose ability to cope may be enhanced with a device, or a system or simply access to information that is relevant to their lives. There are a number of devices that exist currently, especially applications for smart phones and computers, but mostly these are aimed at helping children and their carers. The Sprint will work with adults on the spectrum to identify what things cause them difficulties and to devise tools that might help – contacts through the local authority, health services and the National Autistic Society will help the Access ASD team to meet and work with people in the North-West who are living with autism.''
Catalyst Project Documentary
A documentary looking at Catalyst, a £1.9M project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPRSC), which brings together academics and communities to jointly imagine and build the next generation of tools for social change, and to explore innovative, bottom-up technology-mediated solutions to major problems in society.
PATCHWORKS Lancaster University
This film documents a fascinating hack day at Manchester's own MADLAB for the PatchWorks project. PatchWorks is a postdisciplinary collaboration between Lancaster University, Manchester Digital Lab (MADLAB) and The SignPosts Community.
The project sets out to innovate and design the next generation of social and health care products.
Creative Direction, Film, Product Design
Sustainable Consumption Institute Flagship Project
Together with the SCI we developed a video to promote their flagship research project 'Climate change mitigation and adaptation in the UK food system'.
Flagship team: Dr Alice Bows, Dr Carly McLachlan, Dr Mirjam Roeder and Dr Ruth Wood
Cinematography, Documentary, Editing
''Hopeful Monster is a series of four installations by Jen Southern developed through a combination of digital art practice, the sociology of mobilities, and speculative software design. You are invited to become part of the work by taking a GPS enabled phone for a walk while the speed of your journey is tapped out on the walls of the gallery by a chorus of tapping and whirring devices.
The work explores the double-edged potential for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to link people spatially, socially and imaginatively, and was produced through collective experimentation with artist-designed mobile phone apps Comob Net and Space Metronome. This investigation of GPS technology is unexpectedly rich in poetic and sensorial resonance, as a multiplicity of perspectives is visualised and sonified in the gallery space.''
Our interactive video platform for the Catalyst Research project showcased at the Synergize Conference, Lancaster University.
Art Direction, Cinematography, Film
MBA Consultancy Project
A short documentary on the MBA Consultancy Project with Chetham's School of Music and Manchester Cathedral
Quinteassential Fine Teas - Tea Cocktails Series
6 part series of cocktail recipes for Quinteassential Fine Teas.
I Love Manchester
A promotional video for the I Love Manchester campaign
Advertising, Cinematography, Editing
Make that Change
Make That Change - A seminar to help your business thrive
Joan Wilson Cosmetic Acupuncture
A promotional video on the Cosmetic Acupuncture practice of Joan Wilson
Cooking With Shrimoyee
Pilot episode of a cooking show developed for food blogger Shrimoyee Chakraborty
Cinematography, Directing, Film
Plus 91 Event - Branding
Conference coverage of the plus 91 Event on Branding.