The Circular Economy is being proposed as an alternative to our current economic models that promote production, consumption and discarding goods. The Circular Economy asks us to rethink waste as a resource, and keep things in circulation for as long as possible once they are made.
A Circular Household is an attempt to understand how these principles might be applied in our homes and communities. Could we use coffee grounds for compost, or even to grow mushrooms? And could we use those mushroom roots to create a biodegradable packing material or building material? Could we grow our own onions using the leftover ends of onions from last night’s dinner?
A Circular Household asks us to imagine the world we want to live in, and creatively look at ways to make it.
A Circular Household kits are available! The kit guides you through collecting data on what you use, consume, produce, recycle and waste, and then helps you come up with a way of visualising and mapping that information so that you can look at where you might want to make changes. It also helps you imagine possibilities by providing you with existing and speculative ideas!
Join us for A Circular Household – a participatory artwork exploring how we might rethink resources and waste by applying principles from the Circular Economy in our own homes. Over the course of 24 hours our hosts have mapped everything they use, produce, consume, recycle and waste, and noted where we might be able to create new relationships. What if we used our coffee grounds to grow mushrooms? And used the mushroom roots to make a biodegradable building material? Join the conversation and get involved by contributing your ‘leftovers’ to our Circular Exchange Hub. Bring any food items, clothing, tools – anything you don’t use, and take away someone else’s ‘leftovers’ in exchange.
I am delighted to announce that I passed my PhD viva at Newcastle University on 26th July 2018! Thank you to my supervisory team of Prof. Vee Pollock, Prof. John Bowers and Dr. Fiona Whitehurst for their support and encouragement.
What is the future of food in the face of climate change?
The A to Z Unit has been delegated by the 2 Degrees Festival to jump 50 years into the future to explore the new, renewable and modifiable economic commodity of micro_organisms (bacteria & yeasts). Micro_organisms are worth more than gold, and the key ingredient to the future of our food, economic and social systems. We have identified these resources and future sustainable food sources within the local craft food and beer micro_economic system of East London.
Join the A to Z UnitWe are recruiting a select team of micro_prospectors to join the A to Z Unit for our East London mission. Using a specialised toolkit we will harvest, map and sample local items such as bread, beer, cheese and other indicators of micro_organism transformed food and beverages before transporting them into the year 2067.
To sign up for this event and for further information please see-
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I’m very excited to be starting my Northern Bridge/AHRC funded placement working with the Making Sense project at Fab Lab Barcelona!
Making Sense (http://making-sense.eu/) is a Horizon 2020 project aimed at exploring how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution.
I will be working with project lead, Mara Balestrini and Creative Director, Gui Seiz, to develop participatory and community strategies for engaging people in the Barcelona pilots.
I was recently invited to present by the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal at the university’s Insights Public Lecture Series. Here, I presented my work and research into how participatory art might interrogate the ways we experience global issues at the local level. In response, I have written a brief blog post that questions what we mean by participation – an important question to address when working within participatory art.
Thanks to NARC. magazine for tracking down archaeologists from the future who found our notebook from beyond The 404th Wall! The notebook will be launched at NewBridge Books, May 27th, 2015, 6-8pm. There will be snacks.
I’m delighted to announce a new project and exhibition I am working on with artists, Dominic Smith and Anthony Schrag: The 404th Wall and DIY-wania. The multi-phase project has been selected as part of ISEA2014 in Dubai and aims to investigate notions of place-making and the role of the artist in increasingly mediated landscapes. The project will take place between The NewBridge Project in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) and in Dubai, 30 October-8 November 2014, and will be viewable online.
The 404th Wall invites submissions to our open call for interpretations of the dreaded 404 error code. For more information and to apply, please visit our project website: http://www.404th.com/commission-opportunity/. Deadline: 10 September!
“What brings us closer potentially tears us apart. This is the underlying theme of The 404-th Wall, an experimental springboard of new platforms for participatory and new media practices. Hosted by The NewBridge Project and spearheaded by artists Alexia Mellor, Anthony Schrag and Dominic Smith, The 404-th Wall is a satellite project of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), taking place in Dubai, 30 October-8 November, 2014. Referencing both Denis Diderot’s term “breaking the fourth wall” in which the boundary between audience and performer is removed, and the dreaded 404 Internet Error Code, The 404-th Wall presents a series of daily live-streamed events between Newcastle and Dubai, and new media interventions in the NewBridge Project Space exploring the connections and tensions created by our ubiquitous screen-based experiences. From Google Hangout Tea Parties, to commissioned new media pieces made visible only when the Internet connection drops, The 404-th Wall investigates our changing modes of communication as our interdependence with our screens increases.”