Open Source Embroidery Artists Arrive

The Open Source Embroidery exhibition opens at BildMuseet on Saturday at 13.30 and we are busy installing the exhibition this week. It’s been brewing since 2005, and has taken the truly interdisciplinary vision of both HUMlab and BildMuseet to realise this major exhibit.

I’ve just got back from a welcome Pizza with Jen Southern from the UK and her collaborative partners Jen Hamilton and Chris St Amand from Canada, and their two beautiful children. They are here to host their Running Stitch project inviting people in Umea to make a GPS hand stitched map of the town. It’s great to have them town for the next 12 days, and they hope to visit HUMlab and find out more about Sami use of GPS to track reindeer. They’ll be at BildMuseet on June 6th and 7th, so do come by and say hello and find out about their work. Artists from Sampler – Culture Clash and SketchPatch will also be arriving this week.

Hamilton, Southern & St Amand have a social and tactile approach to the use of technology. They work with groups of people to explore a location and are currently interested in how technologies, such as satellite navigation, can be used to explore a kinaesthetic sense of place through movement. Their work is made through residencies that engage with local people, producing installations, performances and websites. Hamilton & Southern have also worked closely with a games company to produce ‘Landlines’, a collaborative mapping tool for mobile phones.

Jen Southern is a practicing artist and PhD student in Sociology at Lancaster University, England.  Her art practice is collaborative, process based and participatory, working with audiences to explore movement and sense of place through mobile technologies. In 2004 she was awarded an ITEM commission from FACT gallery Liverpool, NESTA and Arts Council England to collaborate with industry partners on the development of new tools for collaborative mapping, which resulted in the exhibition ‘Running Stitch’ at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, UK (2006). Jen was an invited expert at the Sagasnet European Creative Lab Concepting Mobile Multi-User Applications in Oulu, Finland, (2004) and Stuttgart, Germany (2005) and a participant in the BBC Innovations Lab, UK (2007).