Over the last few years, I have been loading my bike with increasingly heavy loads for field research and workshops sometimes in remote locations. More recently I have been mapping my local 'research realm' that I can access from my doorstep by bike, This includes interesting ecological sites, rivers and ponds and reclaimed land that was once waste tips. Middlewood Trust WorkshopUnder the Darkest Sky I thought a bike trailer would be a great option to increase my load capacity. The problem is that although it is possible to carry more stuff - it is not any easier to pull these loads. These two images show my fully loaded Cotic Escapade carrying roughly 30kg. Full workshop load [45kg +] shared between Burley flatbed
Above - Rob's Wonderful Jarman inspired Sheds. These timber slats and corrugated steel sheets look fantastic, but how can these translate into a light mobile trailer? I also Like the colour scheme - black [like the traditional bitumen paints used to protect wood] green and greys. I've always been fascinated by weather stations, Something about these mysterious beehive like boxes with the wooden slats and instruments sticking out of it particularly attracts me. I have always wanted to build one that was incorporated into a bike trailer. I am keen for one side of field station to incorporate a slatted section. Dereck Jarmans Prospect Cottage https://www.dezeen.com/2020/04/03/derek-jarman-prospect-cottage-saved-art-fund/ https://www.dezeen.com/2020/04/03/derek-jarman-prospect-cottage-saved-art-fund/
Recordings of the sound of dry clumps of Moss rehydrating [various species] growing in the woods Alderley Edge, absorbing the moisture from a fine vapour, using hydrophones put into the soil underneath the moss. See https://www.invisibleworlds.ac.uk/ . This is a technique I developed through the bryophytes project at Gallery Oldham. Antony Hall · bio-crust study: Moss rehydration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs48nJo3ukU&feature=youtu.be Emergent strange face from recent workshop at Manchester Science Park A night vision camera captured video during the experiment from behind the mirror[see diagram here]. This used the program Isadora to detect movement using a ‘difference filter’ and building up an image using 'shimmer' and 'motion blur' filters with a long decay rate. An image builds up based on the collective movements of all 3 participants. A collective strange face. Emergent strange face from Proximity project Emergent strange face from Proximity project
My alloy backpack arrived and has proved perfect for the job of supporting a laptop and a 2m long boom. As an object, It certainly has a vintage feel and a clear aesthetic reference to Roman Signer. this seems entirely appropriate, something about the strangeness of the endeavour as well as the metaphorical notions of escape and travelling through the imagination.
Images of my first GSR [Galvanic Skin Response] sensor hacked from a toy lie detector circuit works well but currently looking for better DIY versions to use in experiments. More research on this to be posted soon.