‘Thingamabobas’ is a playful, sensory experience where participants meet and interact with a circus troupe of performative hybrid mechanised sculptures crafted from sustainable and recycled materials. The installation space is a place of wonder and draws on the absurdities of British artists’ Heath Robinson and Rowland Emett’s contraptions, Calder’s Circus (1930’s), automatas, object theatre, puppetry and circus acts.
These artificial life forms have a whimsical personality with embedded artificial intelligence (AI) and capabilities for touchless interaction that responds to the audience's movements. The sculptures aesthetics and movements will reference traditional circus acts; clowns, acrobats, trapeze acts, tightrope walkers, jugglers, contortionists, trampolinists and unicyclists.
Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, UK- 29th May -6th June 2021 Book Tickets
Nottingham City Libraries- Dales and St Anns- 30th June -8th July 2021- For more information see here
Creating interactive and engaging touchless experiences
Our previous installations have relied on tactile materials and touch technologies to engage young audiences. For Thingamabobas we are experimenting with new approaches by using contactless sensing.
Experimenting with contactless sensing technologies, machine leaning and AI will serve as a foundation for our upcoming and future work. Ou team of artists and creative technologists are exploring motion tracking, proximity sensors, Infrared sensors, robotics and pressure sensors (foot based interaction) for designing participatory experiences.
Roma Patel Artistic Director & Designer
Rachel Ramchurn Artistic Director & Designer
Michelle Reader Artist
Wayne Walker Allen Composer
Liz Clark Choreographer
Graham Elstone Production Manager
Tom Hall Artist and Production Manager
Imogen Melhuish Scenic Artist and Costumemaker
Richard Statham Lighting Design
Feng Zhou Robotic Programmer & Creative Technologist
Robin Shackford Creative Technologist
Mithun Poozhiyil Robotic programmer
September 2020 R&D Experimenting with machine learning
Investigating the creative possibilities of smart moving sculpture that can learn and be inspired by a dancer’s movements. During our R&D we explored open source machine learning tools developed by Google Creative Lab.