scurvy-salad

Cook

LOCATING THE FLOW: SCURVY SALAD

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2 May 2015, University of Plymouth, UK

http://mediacity.i-dat.org/scurvy-salad

During lunchtime on Saturday delegates are invited to play a small role in a promenade performance in and around the conference venue.

Provided with smart phones, participants will play a vital part in the sourcing of ingredients to prevent us all from getting scurvy. Working together using a locative media app, the workshop will recover the trading practices of Captain James Cook who, after sailing from Plymouth on the 26th August 1768 in the Endeavour to Tahiti, traded nails, iron tools and cloth with locals for pigs, fruit and coconuts. Join us over lunch in the cooperative sourcing and making of anti-Scurvy salad.

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DURATION

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The event will take place over lunch and we won’t want to ruin anyones eating routine, so taking part will only require 15mins of your time.

Your task will involve trading and gathering ingredients for use in the Scurvy Salad.

Please note that we will schedule your 15 mins at some point within the hour that is allocated for lunch.

Once all of the ingredients are collected, the Scurvy Salad will be available for all to sample.

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SIGN UP

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Please email organisers to confirm an interest in taking part:

Beverley Hood: b.hood@ed.ac.uk

Chris Speed: c.speed@ed.ac.uk

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BACKGROUND

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The networks that constitute businesses, organisations and social groups often retain consistent patterns of movement and flow across time and space. Tourists visit the same locations in cities, shops use the consistent suppliers who in turn use the same routes to supply goods to the shops, and social networks walk the same streets to the same bars on a regular basis. Although not predictable, these patterns may allow opportunities for exchange, interaction and potentially energy saving if networks are shared and commonalities correlated at a database level.

The aim of this participatory promenade performance is to introduce participants to a new smart phone App that demonstrate how network technology can use patterns within existing industrial and social activities to reveal new opportunities for sharing. The Locating the Flow promenade performance will set the scene of the research challenges that explore how to reduce and re-distribute daily routes, through a flexible interpretation of time.

This event will loan smartphones to participants and embed them within a social network using the Sixth Sense Travel App to explore the flow of objects and information across the Media City conference. The Sixth Sense Travel App, designed for a campsite community, gives people a sense of being in time by enabling users to follow the collective physical traces of other users in the past, present and, based on space-time memories, into the future. This enables users to make sense of network movements so they can reflect on their place in the social network across space and time. Performance participants will be set travel tasks based on the collection of objects around the Media City conference venues. This replicates everyday activities and demonstrates how an awareness of others within a social network might create opportunities for collaboration, social engagement and serendipity.

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ORGANISERS

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Beverley Hood (School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)

Chris Speed (Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)

Chris Barker (Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)