Category Archives: Departees

HeartsOfLondon

Former resident Graham McLoughlin has just made these lovely installations around london, check what else he gets up too here.

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A god’s algorithm

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A “God’s algorithm” is an algorithm that produces a solution to a puzzle with the fewest possible moves. Researchers have determined that this number (known as “God’s number”) for the Rubik’s Cube is twenty moves. In other words, ANY Cube can be solved in twenty moves or less (which is notable, considering that there are approximately forty-three quintillion configurations).

Previous resident Nathan Phinney whilst at Floda made this wonderful info graphic, yes a real rubiks cube was involved and the full explanation of the info graphic can be found here.

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Supericelander

Previous collaborators on the Venus project Supercollider have been on a new expedition to Iceland, looked like a nice trip, check out what they got up to here.

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F31 and things

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Oavsett

The making of the applied narrative design leaders, thanks guys it’s good stuff, I am pretty sure the lake was a bit cold when this filming was done.

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Oavsett – Applied narrative design leaders

Here are some more results of a three month residency by Oavsett, they were here to create, film and produce the below leaders among other shenanigans.

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Fresh blood

Regi is here, another Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs entrepreneur, and we’ve put him straight to work.

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Nina is here

Nina has arrived, another resident supported by Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. While she is very busy writing her dissertation she also seems to find the time for some other activities, such as making a beautiful log table, digging, and generally carrying heavy stuff from A to B.

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Nathen was lichen it!

Nathen phinney has been a resident here for the last 6 months, fingers crossed he will be back as we miss him already. Now he’s gone the bears are not afraid anymore, as one was spotted in Floda the other day. As Nathan says “Whoa. Suppose they have nothing to be afraid of, now that I’m not around”.

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I believe…

Hello Floda31,
It’s been a while. I hope you don’t think I’ve been ignoring you. I’ve been working some things out and not really coming to any conclusions, such is life.

Last week I helped organise and attended the TippingPoint Newcastle event; 200 artists and scientists and others (I nicely fit into the “others” category) joined us for a 3-day event exploring creative responses to climate change. What do I think the future will be? What can I do about the future? These were the key questions for the event. You can see some responses to the event on twitter using the #TPNewcastle – we had balloons and trips to the seaside. Aces.

The event started with a debate between “rational optimist” Matt Ridley and climate scientist Kevin Anderson and a debate it was. Matt, in the blue corner, argued that our responses to climate change are worse than climate change itself; the “cure worse than the disease”. Kevin, in the red corner, argued that we must act now, must dramatically reduce our carbon emissions to avoid imminent tippingpoints of the near future. The debate raged and raged. Voices got louder. Arguments more personal.

It led to quite the debate amongst the audience too. What was really interesting was the backlash at allowing Matt to voice his opinion. “He shouldn’t be allowed to say things like that” was something I heard more than once. Well why shouldn’t he? Everyday I listen to things I don’t want to hear, to people I think are wrong. Experts on the news, neighbours on the buses, my Mum when she reminds me yet again to clear out my crap from the loft, quite honestly I don’t want to hear climate scientists when they tell me increasingly depressing news about ice caps. But I listen and I interpret, happily ignoring the things I don’t want to hear and thus the loft remains uncleared for 16 years.

Climate change has been turned into a belief system; you’re either with us or against. You, the “non-believers” will be the destroyers of the future. Us, the “believers” its saviour. Religious connotations are impossible to ignore. At the same time as this somewhat contrived belief system has been hoisted upon us, we want this belief system to be based on fact. The facts from the Climate Scientists. The facts about carbon emissions. But if religion has taught us anything about belief systems it’s that facts get lost along the way and by the time you come to killing your neighbour 2000 years after Jesus died because he’s dared to touch the skin of a pig on a Sunday, the facts don’t really matter.

The facts really do matter with climate change. What matters from a global long-term perspective is that we stabilise and reduce the carbon parts per million. Reducing our parts per million relies on action, on ensuring that people understand why we must make changes and if not to be the makers of those changes to embrace any changes that are thrust upon them. The nature of a belief system, of a “them” and an “us” means that if there’s one person standing in the blue corner telling us the world is fine and another in the red corner telling us we’re fucking fucked then we’re all going to head to the blue corner. This doesn’t mean we should silence those who happen to disagree, free speech will prevail. Action will be the Creator of the future and not standing from the red corner shouting “YOU’RE WRONG, SHUT UP”.

It would probably help if I cleared out the loft too.

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