Fruits of the Thames

As part of Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone, a series of investigations into the Thames Estuary we are holding three workshops in Leigh-on-Sea to digest and map the Fruits of the Thames.

 

Because of the delicate ecosystems, each workshop is limited to 15-20 participants, please book using the booking links below.  The workshops are free, light refreshments will be provided.  Please bring a packed lunch or plan to buy your lunch in Old Leigh, where we will be at lunchtime and you can enjoy the local Fruits of the Thames, Maldon Oysters for just 75p each.

These workshops lead on from the workshop Eating and Smoking the Flowers of the Thames held in July 2014 at Leigh-on-Sea's Maritime Festival.

Catastrophe can afford a certain optimism. Many would say the worst has already happened to Two Tree Island, Leigh-on-Sea, situated on the north bank of the Thames Estuary. From 1936 to the mid-1980s the site was used as landfill and a sewage works, leaking PCBs, DDT and other nasties into the salt marsh. Southend-on-Sea and Castle Point local authorities have little data about what lurks beneath the uneven rubble, plastic bags of dog poop, half-empty 1950s Brasso tins, chip wrappers and the ruins of long-forgotten Southend-on-Sea property booms. In 2004, the Island’s chemical cocktail leached into the genomes of surrounding shellfish percolating to public attention in Parliamentary questions.

In recent years Essex Wildlife Trust and a host of local volunteers have transformed the Island into a haven, allowing wild Essex to perch on top of its abandoned urban filth. Today beautiful — and sometimes exotic — wild apples are tempting to eat, blackberries flourish and cry out to be jammed; fennel, shellfish and sea aster spring from once-contaminated soil. Two Tree Island is not too different from anywhere else in the UK, where the worst of poisonous substances and their potential hide beneath the surface.

Workshop Details 

Mud Larks among the Eel grass with Paul Huxster

Sat 13 September, 8.30am - 1pm
Picking up point: Leigh-on-Sea railway station, Belton Way, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2ET
Dropping point: Old Leigh

Using geo-locating devices such as smartphones, geo-tagging photo-cameras and GPS devices we will assist amateur biologist and gardener Paul Huxster studying Eelgrass and Cordgrass spatial fluctuations across Leigh’s tidelands. Local micro and macro biodiversity depends of these two plant species.

In the 19th century various Cordgrass species were introduced to the tidelands of Two Tree Island, as a low-end land reclamation experiment to expand Old Leigh's public land for grazing sheep. It proved a resounding failure for the positivist minds of land speculation. Today Cordgrass is an attractive nutrient for invasive grazers as they migrate toward the Estuary’s warming waters. And both Cordgrass and grazing animals are steadily establishing in the area. However, siltation processes are also altering the local environment, and as sea temperature rises, Eelgrass species are being pushed from Essex shorelines northwards, affecting in turn many other the breeding, feeding and migration of other species.

Images will be compiled using the hashtag: #mudwalkingleight. An interactive map and extensive documentation will be produced to help Paul Huxster to track this complex yet contentious process in which science oughtn’t have the only say. We want to reflect upon what constitutes native or non-native ecology and what defines novel versus historical ecosystems in an age in which human activity constitutes the main force driving ecosystems’ change. And, above all, contemplate the cultural systems we use to value them.

The tide on the day will be early, so we need to start walking by 9am. Participants should bear on mind that the event is demanding physically; appropriate gear (listed below) is essential, especially tight wellies and a strong stick for walking. It will take about 2-2.5 hours to walk the mud, then after little rest and light refreshment, participants will get a chance to add their data, images and observations to online maps produced on the day or produce their own map. 

Protective clothing and equipment
To take part in this workshop you will need comfort clothing and rainwear, tight-fitting wellies and strong walking stick (boots and stick are critical for walking on the estuary). Smartphones or GPS devices are welcome but please bring a plastic bag to keep the dry.

Free workshop, light refreshments will be provided.  Please bring a packed lunch or plan to buy your lunch in Old Leigh, where we will be at lunchtime and you can enjoy the local Fruits of the Thames, Maldon Oysters for just 75p each.

Digital Mapping, Introduction to Citizen Science with Andy Freeman

Sun 14 September 10am - 4pm
Meeting point: The Fisherman’s Chapel, New Road Methodist Church, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EA (5 minutes walk from Leigh-on-Sea railway station)

With GPS enabled camera phones and free online tools its now easier than ever to make useful, fun and beautiful maps that can show anything from your holiday snaps to the distribution of edible plants in polluted soil.

Andy Freeman will introduce a range of techniques for making and sharing maps using simple digital methods. The workshop includes a walking tour of Two Tree Island where participants will learn how to collect geo-tagged images and data using either their mobile phone or equipment supplied on the day. Data we hope to collect and map on the day includes:

  • aerial photography using a drone and/or kite (weather dependent)
  • geo-tagged photos
  • air quality
  • sampling water for pollutants
  • ambient sounds
  • ambient electromagnetism
  • background radiation
  • the blueness of the sky (using a cyanometer)

Participants will get a chance to add their data, images and observations to online open maps produced on the day or produce their own map. The workshop runs from 10am-4pm and includes light refreshments. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops, tablets and cameras to build their own maps as wi-fi will be available, but this is not a requirement of participation.

Protective clothing and equipment
To take part in this workshop you will need comfort clothing, walking shoes and rainwear. You can also bring smartphones, laptops, tablets and cameras as wi-fi will be available for the indoor parts, but this is not a requirement for participation in the workshop.

Free workshop, light refreshments will be provided.  Please bring a packed lunch or plan to buy your lunch in Old Leigh, where we will be at lunchtime and you can enjoy the local Fruits of the Thames, Maldon Oysters for just 75p each.

Supported by Dave Black from BlackWing Services http://blackwingservices.com/

Wild eating amongst the rubble and chip wrappers with YoHa

(Joint workshop with Digital Housing Hub project in association with South Essex Homes)

Sat 20 September 10am - 4pm
Picking up point: Leigh-on-Sea railway station, Belton Way, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2E
Dropping point: The Fisherman’s Chapel, New Road Methodist Church, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2EA

YoHa will guide you through the potential hazards of eating wild herbs, plants and fruits of the former landfill site of Two Tree Island. We will meet you at the Leigh-on-Sea station and go for walk and collect edible plants along the way. After the walk we will move to Fisherman’s Chapel in Leigh where we will make some lunch out of what we harvest in the morning and taste them.

Protective clothing and equipment
To take part in this workshop you will need comfort clothing and rainwear and walking shoes. Bring a small sharp knife or secateurs & a plastic container for harvesting edibles.

Free workshop, light refreshments will be provided.  Please bring a packed lunch or plan to buy your lunch in Old Leigh, where we will be at lunchtime and you can enjoy the local Fruits of the Thames, Maldon Oysters for just 75p each.

Links

Mud walking June 2014 http://vimeo.com/101228535

Interview at the workshop "Eating and Smoking the Flowers of the Thames" on Leigh maritime festival July 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5DJPqsImvs

YoHa website about this project http://yoha.co.uk/wrecked

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Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone

Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone, a series of investigations into the Thames Estuary


Follow the progress of the project on the Wrecked website.


The Thames estuary is a complex collection of objects, atmospheres and flows that cannot readily be reduced to scientific methods and models. The estuary is changing rapidly with new industrial infrastructure in construction, including the largest container port in the UK. The estuary's sea marshes, tidal flats and muddy waters are critical wilderness zones for biodiversity conservation and species migration. Simultaneously, they are also zones for leisure and tourism, fishing grounds and the sites of historic wrecks.

This exploratory project, led by YoHa and Arts Catalyst, brings together a network of local people with artists and technologists to explore how local "situated" knowledge of the estuary can be combined with artistic investigations and citizen science techniques to explore and respond to a changing contested estuary.

Through a series of participatory workshops, public realm art projects and activities, which began in Summer 2014 and will continue at least to Summer 2016, Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone will profile ways of structuring information from situated knowledge (bird watchers, fishermen, mud walkers, amateur ecologists) and verifiable methods (monitoring networks and ambient sensors).

By fostering an ecology of practices, Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone aims to generate a critical interest in the complex influences governing these delicate environments.

Participating artists include YoHa, Fran Gallardo, Critical Art Ensemble and Andy Freeman.

 

 

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Moon Stories and Make it to the Moon family workshops

Family workshops at Bargehouse as part of the programme for younger visitors to Republic of the Moon exhibition


Make it to the Moon
Sunday 12 January, 2pm – 5pm
Make it to the Moon, drop in family workshops led by artist and ESERO-UK Space Ambassador Helen Schell. 
Imagine a mission to the moon and using various art and craft techniques design and make space diaries, logbooks, rocket manuals, moon flags and mission badges. (5–11 years.  Must be accompanied by an adult.)

Moon Stories
Sunday 19 January, 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Moon Stories, family workshop with Moon Vehicle project leader Joanna Griffin.
Join a space adventure re-enacting the history of moon landings, making space vehicles and a light-based lunar installation for a new mission. (Suitable for ages 8+)

 

Support

Republic of the Moon is a touring exhibition, commissioned by Arts Catalyst with FACT. The first version of the exhibition was presented at FACT Liverpool in winter 2012. The exhibition and residency has been made possible with Grants for the Arts support from Arts Council England and Science & Technology Facilities Council.
Bargehouse is owned and managed by social enterprise, Coin Street Community Builders: www.coinstreet.org
 

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HEAT

A series of workshops for young people run by Something & Son to explore heat through creative problem solving about how and what are the best methods and materials to reduce energy loss in our homes and buildings.

Heat is essential to life. It is continuously gained and lost by buildings, industry and people.  Our understanding of it lies at the heart of tackling climate change, conserving energy, personal comfort and machines, yet it is unseen and uncelebrated.

The heating of buildings is responsible for close to 60% of UK carbon emissions with most waste coming from existing buildings. Radical and rapid approaches are needed to transform buildings so that they conserve heat yet there is an absence of creative practitioners, designers and free thinkers proposing solutions. The response is slow and risk averse. Innovation is required to develop new solutions. Can we reduce heat loss to zero in a single day? Can we engineer behaviour instead of engineering buildings? Which new materials need to be developed to change this?

This series of workshops explore through creative problem solving how and what are the best methods and materials to reduce our homes and buildings releasing heat and so wasting energy.

Workshops

Firstly looking at London using a thermal heat camera – a device that forms an image using infrared radiation. Using this technology will reveal how different buildings are losing heat in varying degrees. The camera reveals a hidden world of flowing heat passing through the city like ghosts of wasted energy, something unseen but essential. This simple idea of visualising how London loses heat will pose lots of complex problems from building to building for the workshop participants to consider. This will result in a series of intriguing photographs and video.

The second workshop will see young participants build on the knowledge from exploring the waste of energy of London, testing thermal properties of various materials from clay to aerogel, sheeps wool to celutex and discussing how different materials and applications enable a building to retain more heat.  In the third workshop they will 'build' their own house insulating it in the best methods they see fit. 

Students will work in teams and compete to make the most energy efficient building. Each team will be given a flat pack of a specially designed miniature London townhouse, a selection of insulation material, along with some dud materials to catch them out, and a 100W bulb to hang in the middle of the house. The bulb will produce the heat that the teams need to keep locked into their homes.

The final homes will be tested for the best approach. We expect unusual designs and approaches to be explored and participants to gain a greater understanding about the role of heat around them.

Contact

If you would like to arrange a series of HEAT workshops for your school or young people's group, please contact Claudia Lastra

Partners and Funders

Something & Son

HEAT is part of the KiiCs project which is supported by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme

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Family DIY Microscopy and Water Bear Hunting

A family event as part of MadLab's March 2013 residency at The Arts Catalyst.

DIY Biology is a rapidly growing global movement whose aim is to democratise, demystify and widen participation in low-cost, hands-on biology - bringing it out of the laboratory and onto the kitchen table.

Manchester’s very own MadLab will be resident at The Arts Catalyst getting their hands dirty with DIY biology. Pioneers of the DIY-bio movement, even the FBI is keeping an eye on them!

All welcome – curious amateurs with no biology knowledge encouraged!

Family DIY Microscopy and Water Bear Hunting

Saturday 16 March, 2-4pm
Come along and hunt for tiny microscopic creatures called Water Bears and then make your own USB microscope allowing you to see their bear-like figure.

Suitable for ages 6+, children must be accompanied by a parent/carer throughout the workshop.

Partners and Funders

MadLab

Funded with support from The Wellcome Trust

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Deptford Market DNA FoodLab

Why amateur biology matters

Ellen Jorgensen’s biotech TED talk gives a great introduction to DIY Biology and why it matters

DIY Biology is a rapidly growing global movement whose aim is to democratise, demystify and widen participation in low-cost, hands-on biology - bringing it out of the laboratory and onto the kitchen table.

Manchester’s very own MadLab will be resident at Arts Catalyst getting their hands dirty with DIY biology. Pioneers of the DIY-bio movement, even the FBI is keeping an eye on them! If you're keen to find out what's in your food - and who wouldn't be after the horse meat burger news - come along and find us in Deptford Market and get testing food DNA.

All welcome – curious amateurs with no biology knowledge encouraged!

Deptford Market DNA FoodLab

“Get your extracted food DNA here, three for a pound and I can’t say fairer than that”. As the Lab Easy rolls to a close, we’ll be taking the show on the road with a visit to Deptford Market. Armed with a battery of ad-hoc biological tests, travel-ready DIY lab equipment and some tasty produce we’ll be bringing some wholesome Lab Easy flavours to the streets of South East London.

Partners and Funders

MadLab

Funded with support from The Wellcome Trust

Lab Easy is part of the KiiCs project which is supported by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme

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Los Ferronautas at AND Festival 2013

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

Los Ferronautas: Artist biographies


Andrés Padilla Domene

Andrés was born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and was educated there in Media Arts. He has exhibited his work in various festivals and exhibitions among which are: ISEA 2012 Main Exhibition (Albuquerque, New Mexico), The Dreams of a Nation, a year later, at The National Museum of Art MUNAL (Mexico City, 2011), 04 Transitio_MX (Mexico, 2011), What’s on your mind, Narratives of the counterfeit personae, World Bank Headquarters (Washington DC, 2011), Project Zocalo, Mexico City Museum (Mexico City, 2010) and EFRC, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Qutio, Ecuador, 2012). His video work as director and producer with Camper Media (www.campermedia.com) includes documentaries, fiction films and TV shows. In 2008 he was a Fellow of the State Fund for Culture and Arts of Jalisco with the project Ferroproyección. From 2007 he has developed along with Iván Puig the project SEFT-1 (www.seft1.net).

Iván Puig

Iván Puig Domene was born in 1977 in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. He spent his first years between the streets of Guadalajara, the tropical jungle of Comala and the car junks of Tijuana, circumstances that where important for his later art production. He did studies in electronics in Guadalajara and Fine Arts in Guanajuato.

The techniques that Puig uses are not what determines his work since he jumps from one to another. The line that connects it all is the critical perspective and the humour present in his observations of the social environment. Indignation has been an important trigger for the subjects he approaches, and one of his concerns is the time consuming collateral activity related to the professionalisation of art, such as writing biographies in third person. For 7 years he has been working on the project SEFT-1 with his brother Andrés Padilla Domene. His award winning work has been shown in Mexico and abroad.

www.ivanpuig.net

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

The spectacular SEFT-1 is a road and rail vehicle created by Mexican artists – and brothers – Iván Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, known together as Los Ferronautas.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.



On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with The Arts Catalyst.

- See more at: http://www.andfestival.org.uk/events/seft/?utm_source=Abandon+Normal+Devices+Newsletter&utm_campaign=511c8d809e-AND_2013_first_announcement_copy_027_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cef1d4c67d-511c8d809e-25495537#sthash.VTSrM3mI.dpuf

Los Ferronautas' SEFT-1 a dazzling road-rail exploration probe, the research tool for their project.

SEFT is an acronym for the Spanish Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada (Manned Railway Exploration Probe). Designed to hijack tracks and traverse natural landscapes, the vehicle functions as a research device searching for otherworldly pasts and infrastructural histories. Its early adventures include journeys along the abandoned railways of Mexico and Ecuador.

The vehicle’s premiere UK expedition will begin in September 2013 with a month-long residency. Its base will be a canalside atelier in Blackburn where Los Ferronautas will experiment with how to make the vehicle buoyant for future expeditions on canals and waterways. From Blackburn they will make a series of forays across the Northwest of England, presenting a programme of talks, film screenings and pop-up events as they wend their way to AND in Liverpool.

On its expeditions, SEFT-1 will survey the landscape and infrastructure along selected routes, documenting its encounters with interviews, photography, video, audio and text. This activity will be transmitted online, making it possible to monitor the status of the probe, trace its location and view details of what it discovers en route.

SEFT-1 is presented in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices

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LabEasy - MadLab Workshops & Residency

MadLab, pioneers of DIY bio come to London for a residency and series of workshops

DIY Biology is a rapidly growing global movement whose aim is to democratise, demystify and widen participation in low-cost, hands-on biology - bringing it out of the laboratory and onto the kitchen table.

Manchester’s very own MadLab stay at Arts Catalyst getting their hands dirty with DIY biology. Pioneers of the DIY-bio movement, even the FBI is keeping an eye on them! In the spirit of a speakeasy, participants can swing by and join in or sign up to a workshop from culturing bioluminescent bacteria to Tiki-style DNA extraction, cellular gastronomy to genetic modification. There's also a family day, evening salon and peripatetic market foodlab to get participants experimenting.

Workshops

Shoestring biotech: Build your own lab!

Tue 5 March, 1pm - 6pm

The LabEasy kicks off with the design and build of a new laboratory. With no expensive bench top equipment in sight, the “lab raising” was an all-hands-on-deck exercise in home technology hacking, ersatz gadgetry and lots and lots of Lego. Workshop lead: Dr Marc Dusseiller.

Genetic Modification for Beginners

Wed 6 March, 7pm - 9.30pm

So you’ve got yourself a spider and you’ve got yourself a goat: how do you go about combining them? Before your ambitions get ahead of you, you might want to go back to basics and try the simplest genetic modification of all with the humble bacteria Escherichia Coli. We will work with the Genomikon kit to assemble simple genetic circuits and in turn modify our bacteria to give them new behaviours.

An Evening of Bioluminescence

Thu 7 March, 7pm - 9.30pm

Bioluminescence, from the Greek bios for living and lumen for light, is the natural phenomena that makes fireflies glow and allows deep sea squid to find each other in the dark. We will explore the phenomenon of bioluminescence both natural, thanks to some judicious bacterial cultivation following a trip to the local fishmonger, and artificial with our old friend Escherichia Coli.

Cellular Gastronomy – An Alternative Sunday Lunch

Sun 10 March, 1pm - 5pm

Move over Heston, there’s a new organism in town and it goes by the name of S. Cerevisiae. Participants will be able to enjoy the fermented fruits from our edible Lab and find out about its inhabitants – Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis (Beer), Lactobacillus Sanfrancencis (Sourdough) and Aspergillus Oryzae (Sake, Miso, Amazake, etc.) amongst others.

Cocktails and Canapés – an evening exploring genetics and flavour (Over 18s only)

Mon 11 March, 6.30pm - 9pm

Do we develop a palate as we’re growing up, or do we inherit our sense of taste and smell? What would it be like to taste things differently? There are well-researched associations between the enjoyment of eating vegetables and genetic variations in the TAS2R38 gene (AKA the Brussels sprout gene) but this is just the tip of the culinary iceberg. Why do some people find that coriander tastes like soap and others don’t? Are some people immune to the charms of cheese? Cocktails and Canapés is an evening of culinary experimentation, Tiki-style DNA extraction, taste-changing miracle fruit and the rigorously researched imbibing of cocktails, all in the name of science, of course!

Bioelectronics - Transforming Mud into Light

Wed 13 March, 1pm - 5pm

We crack out the stripboard and solder and explore the boundaries between life and machine, analogue and digital. In particular we will build microbe-powered LED lights using some local mud and a sprinkling of biological ingenuity.

DIYBio Salon

Wed 13 March, 7pm doors, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

A gathering together Europe’s foremost biohackers, artists, inventors, ethicists and novel thinkers for an evening of discourse, from DIY practicalities to speculative biological entertainments; legal and ethical grey areas (and brown areas) to outlaw science and beyond. Speakers: Ellen Jorgensen - Genspace, Kristijan Tkalec - Biotehna, Cathal Garvey, Hackerteria's Dr Marc Dusseiller, Brian Degger of Maker Space, Thomas Landrain of La Paillasse introduced by Asa Callow of MadLab.

Deptford Market DNA FoodLab

Fri 15 March, 9am - 2pm

“Get your extracted vegetable DNA here, three for a pound and I can’t say fairer than that”. As the Lab Easy rolls to a close, we take the show on the road with a visit to Deptford Market. Armed with a battery of ad-hoc biological tests, travel-ready DIY lab equipment and some tasty produce, we bring some wholesome Lab Easy flavours to the streets of South East London.

Family DIY Microscopy and Water Bear Hunting

Sat 16 March, 2pm - 4pm

Children & Families come to Arts Catalyst to hunt for tiny microscopic creatures called Water Bears and then make their own USB microscope allowing them to see their bear-like figure.

Support

KiiCs (Knowledge Incubation in Innovation and Creation for Science) is a 3-year European Commission-funded project.

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A Conversation on Science in Contemporary Performance: Part 2

Across the synapse: A practical discussion and workshop about walking the genesis of an idea for a science/performance project through the creative/producorial steps to getting it in front of audiences.

An informal workshop and discussion for theatre practitioners, writers, scientists and artists who would like to discuss ideas of science in theatre practice. This discussion and workshop will be chaired by Jack Lowe, director of theatre company, Curious Directive, which believes 'that theatre can communicate scientific ideas like no other experience'.

Curious Directive
"By traversing theatre and science this troupe has pulled off something special", New Scientist
"Jack Lowe and his ensemble continue to fire imaginations and push boundaries", The Metro

This workshop follows A Conversation in Science and Contemporary Performance held on 19 September 2012 chaired by Vivienne Glance which a variety of theatre practitioners and scientists attended.  The conversation brought to light the array of diverse theatre practices that are engaging with science and the need to develop an informal meeting group to share ideas and methodologies around the mergence of these two disciplines.

Part 2 took a more practical step towards practitioners discussing/ dissecting ideas and the difficulties in producing ambitious theatre with a critical discourse in our relationship with science.

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Bionic People: workshop with John Williams

Two-day filmmaking workshop for disabled artists and filmmakers, part of DadaFest and Shape/The Arts Catalyst's Specimens to Superhumans programme

Gary Thomas from Disability Arts Online, attended as reviewer/participant and made this short film about the workshop.

A two-day practical workshop with award-winning filmmaker John Williams to create short films that imaginatively address themes of disability, bioethics and prosthetics. This practical and inspiring two-day workshop is for disabled artists who already work with film/video and disabled emerging filmmakers who want to explore and extend their work in these media.

John Williams is a writer/director with over 10 years experience. His films combine live action, animation and visual effects, engagingly dealing with highly sensitive subjects, including mental health (‘Robots’), young children dealing with the death of a friend (‘Hibernation’) and a child’s complex feelings towards his robotic dialysis machine (‘Paraphernalia’).

Williams’ graduation film 'Robots' won over 10 international awards, and his films continue to win major awards across the globe, from the Young Director’s Award at the Cannes Lions to ‘Best Drama’ at the LA Short Film Festival for his short film ‘Paraphernalia’. His powerful film 'Hibernation', about two boys who try to bring their friend back to life, won over 20 international awards and has been screened in over a thousand cinemas worldwide. Williams recently directed 'Magic', starring Jane Horrocks, for Channel 4's Coming Up series, and has just completed his first feature script with Sound Films entitled 'Here on Earth' the story of one man's mission to the moon. He also works on pioneering music videos for the likes of Coldplay and Radiohead.

Context

Bionic People is the final event in the Specimens to Superhumans series curated by The Arts Catalyst and Shape exploring contemporary issues around biomedical science, disability and ethics, and how these are explored, represented and critiqued in art.  Earlier events included Labyrinth of Living Exhibits at the Hunterian Museum with Aaron Williamson, Sinéad O'Donnell, Brian Catling and Katherine Araniello, Alternative Ways of Thinking at Cheltenham Science Festival with Simon Baron-CohenJon Adams, Gabriel Hardistry-Miller and Ben Connors and "All that happened to us..." at Roehampton University with Ann Dickie, Anna BergströmTrevor Mathison, Professor Raymond Lee, Dr Siobhan Strike and Dr Jin Luo.

Websites

DadaFest

John Williams videos

John Williams abstract

Shape

Support

Wellcome Trust People Award and Arts Council England

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