CX Cluster Project

Interglacial / Erratics

As part of the Pacitti Companies 2014 UNLOCKED programme, Prof. John Bowers and Tim Shaw were invited, as resident artists, to creatively respond to a number of artefacts from the natural history collection at Ipswich Museum.

Using the collection as artistic material we designed and developed a number of sonic instruments which made up a multi-channel sound and image installation. 

The artwork directly responded to locally found artefacts, including a 330 million year tree root, a fossilised elephants ear and a number of Neolithic tools such as spear and arrow heads. Our approach to the sonic explorations included sonification of historic data, sonification of real-time sensor data and conductive material synthesis. 

The 6 day residency took the form of a drop-in workshop and the work culminated in a public sound installation. 

Our findings have been published in the proceedings of this years New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME): see here.

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