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02/06/2009

Interactive Work-table and Escritoire at The House of Words exhibition in London (2 June – 29 August 2009)

Interactive Work-table and Escritoire is a work developed by artist and University College Falmouth lecturer Jason Cleverly in collaboration with iRes technologist Tim Shear and Celtic Internet. It is exhibited at The House of Words in London which opened on 2nd June 2009 for three months. Interventions and installations by contemporary artists are exhibited at Dr Johnson’s House in celebration of 300 years of his birth.

Interactive Work-table and Escritoire is a recreation of Dr Johnson’s table in the very space where he compiled his famous dictionary. Using technology which combines the commercial Digital Pen & Paper solution from Celtic Internet, based on Anoto functionality, and open source content management system Drupal, the work invites visitors to engage in a collaborative process of writing a dictionary.

Tim Shear developed the specifications for the technical foundations for both the online version of the project (www.drjohnsonsgarret.net) and the museum installation designed by Jason Cleverly. Tim used Drupal as a digital hub to power Adobe Flash-based on-screen imagery displayed within Jason’s design in the Garret. In the online version, users can watch the project grow and can also search through the entries online. Tim brought in Celtic Internet - developers of complex data-driven Internet based applications including Digital Pen & Paper solutions - as the commercial partner and technological consultants to collaborate on the project.

Jason Cleverly trained at Crewe & Alsager College. He has produced interactive works for museums throughout the UK including the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (2007); the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (2006); the Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent (2004); as well as public artworks such as The Green Man (2003) for the Midlands Transport Authority, Birmingham. He is Course Director of Contemporary Crafts at University College Falmouth.
Tim Shear is the Research Technologist with the iRes research cluster. His current technical explorations are centred on physical and environmental interaction within networked art and online communities; his programming supports the artists and researchers within the cluster.

iRes is a dynamic research environment focusing on the ethical production and dissemination of cultural forms within network societies. Bringing together practitioners, theorists and communities of interest working across a broad spectrum of art, performance, design and media, iRes encourages the pollination of experimental ideas across disciplines. Research is practice-led and is underpinned by discourses around networks, technologies, art and trans-subjectivity. It is disseminated online and offline as network art and performance through exhibitions, publications and conferences.


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