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Blog posts for May 2017

Accesslab Pilot 1 Notes May 31, 2017, 5:15 p.m.

We launched the accesslab project last week with two pilot workshops. This is a write-up of how the workshops were run and why, together with some of the feedback and modifications we will make in future.

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Pattern Matrix 2 May 31, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

A few weeks ago we kicked off the new Penelope project, one of our first jobs was to deliver the prototype pattern matrix (built with the help of Makernow) to the Museum of Casts of Classical sculpture in Munich for exhibition over the summer as part of our Penelopean lab. Our next mission in Cornwall is to design new pattern matrix hardware so we can start manufacturing a small run of alternative versions with more sensors to try new experiments with them. Some of them will be used for public exhibition, others for the researchers to use in talks and seminars, others for musical livecoding performances where we want to try tangible programming.

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Viruscraft next steps May 30, 2017, 7:10 p.m.

Following on from the first viruscraft workshop, we can now start planning the viruscraft game. The field of virology from genetics and interactions on the microscopic scale to the spread of disease and it's effects on the ecosystem is huge, so we used the workshop primarily to identify the core things that are the most important to convey, and promising ways we can use to explain them. Getting high quality feedback so early on has allowed us to get a good sense of what is important with a diverse mix of people - the things that they picked up on (and just as importantly the things that they didn't) saves a lot of time - and sharpens our focus right from the start.

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Thoughts on mongoose data moving May 30, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

Moving Mongoose data from Uganda to the UK is a problem as the current Mongoose2000 system has no automatic data transfer step. Dave and I sat down and tried to think of some stratagies.

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Accesslab Ingredients Research May 24, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

For the Accesslab workshops this week, Hoon has devised a menu with a mix of cultivated and foraged ingredients. The workshop is all about helping people to access peer-reviewed scientific literature to benefit their work and artistic practices. We've spent a bit of time applying the same process to the ingredients that Hoon has chosen for the food he will make for the events.

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Tasting Tomorrow May 12, 2017, 11:19 a.m.

Tasting Tomorrow is a series of futuring workshops about food as a manifestation of Maltese and European diversity. Together with local experts and enthusiasts we explored the question "What might a thriving food culture in Malta look like?" We searched for answers in the mapping of interesting food initiatives, through designing divergent scenarios and prototyping speculative dishes and artefacts. Since all futures are rooted in the present, we wondered what was currently emerging or changing in Maltese food culture. How could these changes propagate in a range of possible futures?
 

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Viruscraft Workshop 1 May 3, 2017, 12:41 p.m.

The first workshop for Viruscraft is now complete – merging biologists with craft practitioners and researchers, we began to prototype a tangible interface game to understand why viruses infect some hosts but not others. This blog covers the event and our notes for future events.

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