I'm working on my ‘Spice Ship’ with sails of recipes at the moment, when finished it will be piled much higher with cinnamon and pull nets with pepper and cloves. This will be part of ‘Fleet’ my installation in the Boundless: Transitions exhibition. The sails of the ship are covered in 15th century European recipes that uses cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, pepper and cloves - they were worth their weight in gold as the Portuguese opened up the maritime trade routes. Much as this benefitted wealthy Europeans who enjoyed food that tasted much more interesting and delicious, European adventurers predated on their trading partners and were quick to see the opportunity of expanding into the Slave trade and causing centuries of misery and exploitation. 'Sugar and spice and all things nice' goes the nursery rhyme - no so much though.....
The ship measures 66cm x 56cm x 11cm.
Fion Gunn July 2023
Fion needed birdsong for her piece ‘The Dreams of City Dwellers’. I dug into my drawers of electronics and found an old Raspberry Pi micro-processor, a very small amplifier, batteries, a speaker cone, jack plug, and a toggle switch. All I needed then was a box to put them in. A neighbour had given me crystallised ginger boxes to burn, but they were far too good to burn so had sat on the kitchen table since Christmas.
After juggling around I made them fit.
Then a quick bit of soldering to connect the components followed by quite a few hours of programming to make it work by only flicking on the toggle switch.
As always, the programming should have taken half an hour but actually took a few days of fiddling, a lot of googling and then Yay! It works. To operate just switch the toggle switch on and after 1 minute 17 seconds you hear beautiful bird song.
Drilling the holes through the box to mount the toggle switch and amplifier took far longer than it should, but in the end the result was quite neat.
Alan Hudson July 2023
From the left: Maureen Kendal, Fion Gunn and Ardern Hulme-Beaman presenting at the Electronic Visualisation in the Arts (EVA) Conference in London yesterday. We will be uploading all of the papers on which we have collaborated to the site shortly.
We are so delighted to have great partners on board for our exhibition and events in Deptford this October 5 - 29. The gallery will be open Wed-Sunday inclusive and throughout that time we will host panel discussions, a writers' evening, participatory guided tours and public workshops. The full schedule will be published on this site in early September - keep watching!