September 28, 2004

Feral Robots & UT

Earlier this summer we received confirmation of an award from the Engineering & Physical Research Council (EPSRC) for a Visiting Fellowship by artist and engineer, Natalie Jeremijenko.

During the fellowship we plan to develop interfaces between reconfigured robot dogs and Urban Tapestries for hobbyists to turn consumer toys into tools for social activism adding new sensors to detect environmental pollution and map it via UT. The aim of the research is to develop and demonstrate possibilities for people to adapt technologies for their own benefit, taking emerging technologies (like UT) and combining them with grass roots hobbyist practices for social and cultural ends.

We are very excited to be one of the first arts-based organisations to be funded by the EPSRC under its new Culture and Creativity scheme.
(30/9/2004) In fact it appears from the EPSRC's funded organisations list that Proboscis is the first such organisation (that isn't an education organisation) to be awarded funding by them.

Posted by Giles Lane at September 28, 2004 12:40 AM