I began my producing and curating career at The Media Centre Huddersfield, Yorkshire. At TEST and the Digital Research Unit I worked on some of the earliest creative technology projects including the first participatory mobile phone projects Static with Unlimited Theatre Company and Jaap De Jonge’s interactive public space platform, Speakers’ Corner)., I also worked with Ultrasound Festival and coordinated education projects with Sonic Arts Network.
Between 1999 and 2009 as the co-founder and creative director of interaction design company Blink, I devised and managed the NESTA-funded, made-for-mobile short film commissioning scheme in England and Scotland, Pocket Shorts, which showcased films at the Rotterdam and Edinburgh International Film Festival. With Daniel Blackburn, I developed a brand new device call Bluevend, a unique Bluetooth-enabled touch screen ‘kiosk’ which shared mobile phone content in public places. It was later used by Film and Video Umbrella to tour Single Shot shorts across the UK from Tate Britain.
I worked with Creative Partnerships and developed a participatory project called Podcamp and Family Tree with Cumbria-based digital arts organization Folly, Grizedale Forest and the Forestry Commission. This involved a young people’s residential workshop combined working outdoors, building a reading room for one and writing site-specific text poems. In Leeds in 2010 with Find Your Talent I created Mobile Museum, an initiative that used text messages to connect visitors with special objects across multiple Leeds museums and libraries.
We Love Technology, an anti-conference coordinated with Abby Dix, brought together some of the most interesting makers of the day partnered with Lovebytes in 2010. I mentored for the University of Bradford’s Digital Media Working Academy before moving to Finland in 2013.
Browse the Blink project archive here.