I am now on the board of The Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival
First staged in 2005, the Berwick Festival Film and Media Arts Festival is an inspiring, diverse and international celebration of the moving image, exploring the boundaries of film and art in one of the most unique locations in the UK.
We are sourcing funding, and will be looking to employ a new member of staff soon.
BLOG BOT PLATFORM
An open platform for creating blogging robots: Blog Bot Platform is a system, created with a Java program, that allows hobbyists to connect simple sensors to objects and give these objects ‘voices’ we can ‘hear’ via web 2.0 services, such as ‘Twitter’. Hobbyists can attach the different sensors to objects they have an interest in, and allow them to broadcast messages through text micro-blogs. These stream of text messages are then encountered in the public timeline, enabling the objects to express themselves amongst the streams of other tweets.
Again, working with this as a software platform, and utilising Steve Symon’s MUIO boxes (just bought 10) – I hope to get sensors attached to all sorts of objects which can output data from some form of kinaesthetic activity – a real “singing, ringing tree”, or something as simple as lights (DMX LED panels) changing colour when certain metrics are met.
Andy Broom field created Twitter messages which plants “generated” as they responded to light:
Image 1 : The Architecture of each bot is quite simple, and allows for sensors to be plugged directly into micro-controller / computer where they are interpreted.
Image 2 : Hobbyists would attach sensors to objects they cared about, in this instance, to follow the light environment of a plant in the wild.
Image 3 : The bots interpret their environment and send status messages to Twitter based on their sensors, these bots invade our web 2.0 space, we can follow and respond to these encounters.