Smart City Lab took place at Deptford Lounge from 4-9 March 2013. We worked with ten participants drawn mainly from Lewisham, and including artists; a poet; a marketing director and music entrepreneur ; and a fraud examiner.
In the GPS and coding workshop, Dane Watkins took participants through the possibilities of geo-locative media and Google API. Brigid Howarth, the Creative Industries Officer from Lewisham Borough Council, took us on a walk round Deptford looking at the current regeneration plans. We also had a presentation and discussion from Christian Nold, and a workshop from Jo Reid of Calvium, on their app building software, AppFurnace. David Chatting ran an Arduino workshop. Gareth Jones ran a workshop looking at the recording, processing and dissemination of sound. Participants presented their pilot projects on the last day of the lab to an invited audience.
The Smart City Lab was funded by Lewisham Borough Council and Arts Council England
We make history obvious.
Close and Remote are Sophie Mellor and
Simon Poulter, based in Plymouth.
We have an ongoing practice that responds to history as a dynamic form of representation. We like to work with the everyday, marginal or peripheral as starting points, making artworks that are formed from observations of public places and events. In our recent work we are dealing with the emerging issue of the exponential growth of data, the process of archiving and the idea of landscape as database. Recently we have worked in a number of locations where the history of a place has been played back into itself. Working with small groups of people, historical information is reprocessed, such as with ZONE and Lost Characters.
Close and Remote work with an informal set of understandings that inform our practice and process:
• The obvious is always present
• The edge of a situation has value
• There is no such thing as content
• Lifestyles are not defined only by technologies
• Uncertainty is preferable over innovation
• Aesthetics contain cultural currency and agency
Recent interests include Andrei Tarkovsky’s film ‘Stalker’, HMS Hood, Frank Hampson, Althea and Donna, Birkenhead North and Bidston Moss, Giambattista Vico and Trafalgar Square.