Foghorn Requiem is a musical performance to mark the disappearance of the foghorn from the UK’s coastal landscape. Conducted from afar, the requiem is performed by the Souter Lighthouse Foghorn, three brass bands and an armada of vessels at sea, sounding their horns over great distances, in accordance with a musical score. Foghorn Requiem is an attempt to incorporate space and reverberation of the landscape directly into the musical composition: Sound-influencing factors, such as atmospheric conditions, tide, distance and the sonic impact of the landscape, are calculated to position vessels off the coast and programme their horns to perform along with conventional brass instruments and Souter Foghorn on-shore. Foghorn Requiem is a celebration of a strong sea-faring culture and a requiem for the de-commissioning of foghorns in the UK, which are set to disappear as a melancholic and very human sound that connects the land with the sea.
A spherical LED “globe” and visualisation platform for live global information connected to climate change and migration.
Most Blue Skies is an enquiry into the changing psychological perceptions of the sky space. The project responds to real-time changes in the atmosphere using a complex system of satellite data acquisition and atmospheric simulations, in order to visualize and locate the ‘bluest skies’ in the world.
a planetarium running on a live feed from the worlds stock markets. Stars in the planetarium represent companies on the markets that move into constellations, galaxies or black holes, depending on the movements on the markets. Trades happening on the stars generate light, which provides food for an ecology of artificial life creatures that live within the starry sky.
project inspired by the acoustic mirrors, a military defence system for listening to the sky created between the two world wars. The project is constructing two new sound mirrors – one in England and one in France. The new mirrors will face each other across the English Channel, and will enable the French and the English to speak across the sea. (ongoing since 1998)
a children's think tank set up in support of The Sound Mirrors Project.
A video journey to the Dungeness peninsula in search of information about the so-called Acoustic Mirrors, a forgotten acoustic defence experiment from between the two world wars locally known as “listening ears”. Fragments of research, recollections and memories tells the story of a unique, isolated place and of the slowly disintegrating sound mirrors.
a research programme for the Free Town Christiania in Copenhagen.
Designs for wearable tables that physically impact on human conversation.
A critical reinvention of the historical video game Pong
News about the journeys of the good ship Zeldenrust III
a new kind of harbour on the Thames in central London
a campaign for the right to live on the river Thames.
a Goldsmiths Curating Project from 1996