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Snout is a collaboration between inIVA, Proboscis and researchers from Birkbeck College exploring relationships between the body, community and the environment.
It builds on our previous collaboration on Feral Robots (with Natalie Jeremijenko) to investigate how data can be collected from environmental sensors as part of popular social and cultural activities.

Scavenging free online mapping and sharing technologies as a form of 'guerilla public authoring', the project also explores how communities can gather and visualise evidence about local environmental conditions and how that information can be used to participate in or initiate local action.

Snout will create two prototype sensor wearables based on traditional carnival costumes. Carnival is a time of suspension of the normal activities of everyday life – a time when the fool becomes king for a day, when social hierarchies are inverted, a time when everyone is equal. There is no audience at a carnival, only carnival-goers. Snout proposes 'participatory sensing' as a lively addition to the popular artform of carnival costume design, engaging the community in an investigation of its own environment, something usually done by local authorities and state agencies.

A public forum on 'participatory sensing and media scavenging' was held on Tuesday April 10th 2007 to demonstrate the Snout wearables, discuss evidence collecting for environmental action and how communities can reflect on the personal impact of pollution and the environment. The forum, introduced by Giles Lane (Proboscis), Gary Stewart (inIVA) and Dr George Roussos (Birkbeck) looked at 'participatory sensing' as a form of social engagement. The forum shared tactics on how to 'scavenge' free online services and resources, as well as exploring the relationship between information, aesthetics and design and how to make these ideas and issues accessible to more people.

visit the scavenged snout website

download Snout Project Documentation (PDF 8.8Mb)
or view documentation online
download Source Code for the Snout Sensing Platform (zip archive 700Kb)

Snout Event photoset

The Snout costumes and sensing technology

Snout Costumes


Snout is a collaboration between inIVA, Proboscis and Birkbeck College's School of Computer Science and Information Systems, supported by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Proboscis Alice Angus, Giles Lane, Karen Martin, Sarah Thelwall & Orlagh Woods
with Jordan Mackenzie & William Aitchison
Birkbeck College
Dr George Roussos, Demetrios Airantzis & Jenson Taylor
inIVA Gary Stewart & Helen Idle
Funding Arts Council England & Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
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