Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Dataflags: Lehmann Brothers (2014)
Somerset paper, screenprint, data from the last ten years of Lehman Brothers’ financial trading, electric paint, soundsystem,
custom code, voice soprano (Madge).
Dalziel and Pow, Engaging Space exhibit at Retail Design Expo, London, March 2015. A
combination of data projection and conductive ink is used to create an interactive mural:
The reinvention of the codex, paper and ink by modern artists is a reminder that books are artefacts.
Each one is a iunique object, like a museum object. The way in which different owners treated the
illustrations in the Voyage to Jamaica by Sir Hans Sloane tells us a lot about eighteenth-century attitudes
But to reconstruct this, we need to examine each copy of the book.
“Aestheticode is a machine readable and human readable aesthetic encoding system. It is similar in function to a barcode,
except it looks like a Sol LeWitt wall painting or Gerhard Richter's window in the Cologne Cathedral. Its complexity is
similar to that of morse code”.
Steve Benford’s introduction to the project is at:
“We’ve made a musical instrument that tells you its
own life story. It captures its history and will play it
back to you”
Tangible Memories project: http://tangible-memories.com
• An app that enables residents to work with families and care staff to create their own
interactive life history books or group history books. Stories are recorded into the book and
played back by simply scanning pages of the book.
• An interactive rocking chair that enables residents to listen to audio including sounds of
nature, poems and favourite music.
• A tactile patchwork cushion which can be programmed to play favourite music or audio
stories – personalized for individual residents, using printed images and visual recognition
• A ‘pick up to play’ music app, that makes listening to a memory filled music playlist as
simple as picking up the phone.
• The use of Virtual Reality headsets that can transport residents to local landmarks and places
they are no longer able to visit.
Physical Charts, a project by Microsoft Research Cambridge for the Tenison Road
community project that set out to encourage civic engagement with locally generated
data, such as surveys on traffic and air quality. The result is a mechanical pie chart
made from slices of sheet plastic attached to a central motor and bar chart constructed
from motorised measuring tapes, both of which animate to display real-time data.
They are now on display in a shop window in Cambridge.
The Benedictional of St Æthelwold, London, British Library, Add.
MS. 49598, ff. 90v-91: Blessing for the feast of St Ætheldreda
German books owned by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the British Library:
Tom Schofield, Marginalia Machine, part of the Poetics of the Archive
project based around the archive of the publishers Bloodaxe Books at
the University of Newcastle:
3D wearable interactive library cards:
The Library as Virtual Catalyst: befriending people from the past:
Duncan Jordanstone College of Design Dundee
Hack the University:
Apr. 28, 2015
Keynote lecture to the Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries conference, Trondheim, April 20-23 2015