Show and Tell at Future Everything

Our Open Source Swan Pedalo is one among 10 projects being presented at Future Everything’s “Show and Tell for Sendai” event, which is taking place at Cornerhouse in Manchester on the 14th of May.

Some info regarding the rest of the line-up is copied here:

Presenters include:

Louise Gardner and Angela Roche (Design by Day); Elliot Woods (Kimchi and Chips); Dave Griffiths (artists, Babel Fiche); John O’Shea (artist, Swan Pedalo), Eddy Rhead (Manchester Modernist Society);  Brendan Dawes (Magnetic North); Jon Grant (Cahoona); Hwa Young Jung (artist & co founder madlab) plus a DVD presentation from WOW agency in Sendai.

It will be great to share our work so far, in getting the Swan afloat, with a new audience – and to meet some very interesting practitioners from across the North West.

Tracking a swan

Hi all just wanted to update you on some tracking ideas and this brilliant site

At various points in our swan’s life Ive liked the idea of always being able to see where the swan is on a handy embeddable google map much like the one used above and I’ve been thinking of cheap and easy ways to do it. With a few

I’m working on a blog project looking at technical celebrations of marine traffic around the coast for bloc in Wales Fishermen Friends inspired by MarineTraffic OldWeather amongst other things and most recently @amcewen ‘s work on @merseyshipping on twitter. Anyway have a look at the Fishermen Friends link.

I’m  planning on organising some kind of tracking mini event soon with our pedalo just to experiment with a GPS device like this maybe initially just around the docks with the aim of getting something we can use in all future activity that might need tracking from a canal trip to Leeds to a channel crossing (gulp). So my bloc project could be a context for prototyping and testing something out. Love the idea that at any time we could see where the Swan was and tag it with what it was up to.

Would be nice to meet tomorrow Thursday 13th May 2011 5pm at STATIC in Liverpool and discuss this and the upcoming light night event and maybe we could hed down to Simon’s test at Wowballs at the docks.

In the meantime do delight in the progress of some real Whooper swans in Iceland above and my last slightly surreal waterbourne project Close Encounters in Poland below. I worked with a local canoeing club (who ended up towing me) and the owner of a spanish galleon (yes really) to sail a cardboard ship attached to a canoe down the canal in central Gdansk Poland for Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art. If only I could have tracked it live… hope to see some of you tomorrow!



Do Open Source Swans Dream of Fibreglass Sheep?

Lots of interesting new things since Swan number one made a nest next to Liverpool Albert Dock – here’s a list of a few:

  • @wimpyking came down and did an interview – straight from the Swans beak!

  • And the loads of people uploaded their photos and videos during our first week where we had a special codeword each day to ride the white swan for free:

(above) photo by @clairelsutton

(Thanks also for twitpics/yfrogs/videos from: @alannolan, @BabaOnos, @p3dro, @onthepennines, @artinliverpool, @minapop & anyone I may have missed.)