Snout is a collaboration between inIVA, Proboscis and researchers from
Birkbeck College exploring relationships between the body, community and
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.
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.
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.
Snout costumes and sensing technology
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.
Angus, Giles Lane, Karen Martin, Sarah Thelwall & Orlagh Woods
with Jordan Mackenzie & William Aitchison
Roussos, Demetrios Airantzis & Jenson Taylor
& Helen Idle
Council England & Esmee Fairbairn Foundation