Aerial has been fixed to the building. Amoss to go and sort out the
network connection, possibly on Friday 18-01.
Signal has been tested. We are still waiting for the aerials that Henk
Re connecting to BCTN. Amoss to contact Neil Davies asap about
connecting to the BCTN from Explore and Watershed. David mentioned that
BCTN and Uni are both connected to Colossus, which may be useful to us.
Also need to find out about possible BCTN link from Arnolfini, and
whether it is going ahead now that they are refitting the building. It
would be a good vantage point to put an aerial on. The director of
Arnolfini has been invited to the Jan 30th event, but other than someone
needs to find out what is going on there (Constance to ask Neil Davies?).
January 30th event
The running order is more or less sorted.
David to do introductory talk on the University perspective, and closing
There will be parallel session on technical and creative aspects of the
network. These will start every half hour but are intended as Q&A
sessions rather than lectures.
Technical sessions, not sure who is organising, but at one point Henk's
name was being bandied about to run something.
The three ncreative sessions will introduce three projects: Millenium
Square, Slavery Trail, and A New Sense of Place (Morris WIlliams from
UWE). It is hoped that these, in conjunction with being able to
experience the piece in the atrium, will generate discussion on the
potential of 802.11 in Bristol, and identify who would like to be more
involved, and the nature of their involvement.
Cliff's ultrasonic system is up and running, the artists are working on
the audio pools that surround the photos. Cliff and Phil are interested
in extending the location sensing system to the rest of the atrium, so
Cliff is looking at issues of adjacent systems.
Still open for suggestions for people to invite.
Constance to contact Neill Campbell re students email lists. Will ask
Jan Ward at HP to organise transport between Woodland Road and HP.
Annie and Roger came up for meeting, talked with Amoss. Next step is to
test out the accuracy of the gps and the robustness of the system in
situ using Roger's soundfiles. Amoss is working on the software. Annie
and Roger met with Mike Rippon to record sounds in Explore, they
discussed possibility of setting up a live event at the beginning of
May. This would involve using the Imaginarium to show video footage, and
have singers/performers using wearables. Lots of ideas, so have asked
them to write it up and we can perhaps look for funding sources such as
Orange and Nesta.
Will arrange follow up meeting. There is a lot of interest from content
providers, but again we need to identify sources of funding for projects
e.g to transfer written material to to audio format. Interested parties
should be at the Jan 30th event, and there will be a time slot for
presentation and discussion of the potential of the project.
Lots of discussion on time scales of production, number of working sets
of kit we could have by end of Feb. etc.
Need to ask Henk to order more GPS, and more compasses. Chase up
aerials. Look into possibility of a high-up and big aerial like they
used at Nottingham.
Number of wearables that we have =?
Wearables in pipeline:
Annie Lovejoy is making one wacky photogenic one, and a black jacket
The owner of Sharkbite is making a belt bag out of neoprene for David to
test when running.
Constance is making contact with a designer to see if he will make us
something wearable by end of Feb.
We also have a few small backpacks that could take kit for trying out
February/March Big Launch
We are fending off press enquiries (Western Daily Press started it,
articles in WDP and Evening Post on 16-01-02) but still want to wait to
do a big launch 'to articulate the scope and potential of the technology
to a broad audience', which is why we need good wearables and
interesting content for impact 'a spectrum of different packaging'.
Suggested that we could be a launch for Science Week in Bristol on 8th
March, with the piece in Millenium Square. The launch could sow seeds
for future events e.g. Annie/Roger's live event in May. Potential for
other projects to be showcased through the summer.
Perhaps if we identify the themes that we want to show off, such as
games, sport, performance, then we could commission projects?
Next meeting 28-01-01 at 11am
Agenda is to update where we are with regard to the projects, especially
the hardware/software for Millenium Square, and plans for installing
around the Watershed. This will be useful so we can answer questions on
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