Sensory Objects present at ENGAGE 2014 Conference

The Sensory Objects project was represented by co-researchers Judith Appiah and Tim Elson supported by Beverley Agard from the Tower Project, who co-presented with Nic and Kate at ENGAGE 2014 conference in Bristol. The picture below shows Judith and Tim preparing for the presentation with Beverley on the train to Bristol.

Preparatory Work on Train

Preparatory Work on Train

We arrived just at the Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel just in time for lunch where we met up with Nic. The picture below shows all at lunch.

Lunch at conference

Lunch at conference

Our presentation was at 2pm we presented work from the three years of the project then had a hands-on workshop. The picture below shows Tim and Judith presenting.

Tim and Judith Present

Tim and Judith Present

We showed some of the work from MERL, Sian’s mooing boot and Rumena’s Chicken. Judith explained about her chosen object, a pair of leather slippers, African treasure and how she has made her sensory label. As we were presenting our audience were tweeting so some of the the images below show the tweeted response from the audience.

How Judith developed her sensory label

How Judith developed her sensory label

Judith invited people to try her sensory label.

Judith sensory label

Judith sensory label

Judith Pic

Judith Pic

Next Tim spoke about the development of his Sensory Label. He showed a slide of the miniature sarcophagus in the Enlightenment Gallery and explained using his wiki his research of the object and how he had drawn an aeroplane because it reminded him of flying to Eygpt.

Tweet of Tims presentation

Tweet of Tims presentation

Tweet of Tims plane

Tweet of Tims plane

Tim invited the audience to try out his sensory label the picture below shows the audience tweet.

Tweet of Tim’s Box

Tweet of Tim’s Box

We told the audience about some of the other ideas for Sensory Labels including Justin’s ideas for the Warwick Vase reminding him of the FA cup and that he wants the smell of his box to be the smell of Cheese and Onion crisps and Beer as he thinks of this as the smell of success! This made people laugh and a response on Twitter, where some people liked the idea of the smell one did not. The picture below shows the discussion.

Cheese and Onion Crisps and Beer

Cheese and Onion Crisps and Beer

Then we moved on to the hands on workshop part of the presentation we invited the audience to tryout some of the tools we have used in our workshops to help understand triggers, controlling sounds with sensors. We demonstrated Squishy Circuits, littleBits, sound boxes and littleBits go Large.

LittleBits go LARGE demo

LittleBits go LARGE demo

The picture below shows a tweet during the demos of little bits go LARGE.

Tweet Enjoying handson workshop

Tweet Enjoying handson workshop

Tim and Judith sat at a table each and demonstrated how little bits and little bits go LARGE work while Nic explained more about the research ideas behind the workshop. The pictures below show everyone during the hands on workshop.

Workshop with bits

Workshop with bits

TIm during littleBits workhsop

TIm during littleBits workhsop

TIm demos littleBits

TIm demos littleBits

Judith shows triggers

Judith and Nic demo little Bits go LARGE

After the workshop we went listen to a presentation by Mohit Bakaya a commissioning editor for BBC Radio 4. He spoke about the need to widen the types of people presenting programmes to widen the audience who listen to Radio 4. We wondered if he would commission Sensory Object to make a programme?

Listening to Mohit Bakaya from Radio 4

Listening to Mohit Bakaya from Radio 4

Listening at the Conference

Listening at the Conference

We found the conference a really valuable experience, we learnt a lot and found the audience in our presentation were really ‘engaged’ asking lots of interesting  questions and were keen to find out more about the Sensory Objects project, discuss new ideas and opportunities. The picture below shows Tim, Judith and Bev about to leave the conference hotel.

Hotel with Tim Bev and Judith

Hotel with Tim Bev and Judith