Slowing Down Time

Introduction

That moment when it all makes sense! (3/31/2016) - Yesterday we had a meeting about one individual, who we will call GEE.  Artists Kevin McPhee and Francesca Nobiluci have been working closely with GEE, getting  to know him, building trust  and exploring areas of interest. GEE tends to be …
Feedback on Slowing Down Time research (12/1/2015) - F: Today I had a few tech difficulties as I was hoping to use the pc in the room but the internet was very slow and could not stream anything! F is absolutely looking forward to the sessions now, she is very very exited when she sees me, knowing that I ll provide some cats cinema.  I pretty much recreated a similar scenario to the previous week with Kevin but I had to use my iPhone to stream the videos.  I occasionally interact with her using foam blocks as I have done already in previous sessions as well as feathers. …
Researching Slowing Down Time (11/24/2015) - These notes are part of the ongoing research work as part of Kelly Dobsons Slowing Down Time Project. Its detailed work, finding out about each of the individuals and artists Kevin McPhee and Francesca Nobilucci are working on a weekly …
Prep work for Slowing Down Time  (7/8/2015) - We had a great Skype meeting with Kelly Dobson (Slowing Down Time) yesterday.  George, one of the people she will be working with, got to meet her and ideas started to flow.  Artist Miriam Walsh who has been collating information …
Staff Training for Slowing Down Time (7/3/2015) - As preparation for Kelly Dobson’s ‘Slowing Down Time’ project we organised a workshop for care staff at Cherry Road day centre.  As part of the prep work we asked artist Miriam Walsh to interview care staff and family members of …
Slowing down time re-imagined (4/10/2015) - An amalgam of Fiona’s weaving and Kelly’s drawing. Is this what the pods will look like? The plan is to start soon on combining the things people like to make with the actual construction of the pods. So, Fiona’s pod will be constructed from her weaving. It’s an interesting collaborative process Kelly has come up with……. hi tech and lo tech
A new  collaborator on Slowing Down Time (4/2/2015) - George makes objects out of cardboard. Usually they are related in some way to Dr Who. A show he loves. We are speculating about his involvement in Kelly’s Slowing Down Time project, getting him to design the prototypes for the pods.
Prep work for Slowing Down Time (3/4/2015) - Kelly Dobson is an artist and engineer. She has a Ph.D. MIT; Master of Science in Media Arts and Sciences, MIT. In her work she believes that exciting things can happen between people and machines that aren’t driven by profit, instead designing personalised appliances that address everyday human needs. The next year will involve getting to know the individuals and the ways in which they could work with the artist to design and build a series of social vehicles. Each vehicle will be built to respond to the specific interests of individuals in the group. Static dodgems that ‘move’ in …
Fiona’s Weaving – the foundation for future work (1/7/2015) - Fiona weaves. The fact that she is so interested in this is the perfect starting point for working with her.  If she can create something as complex as the weaving in these images, then what can she do if she …
Beginning to make the textiles for the time machines (12/2/2014) - Back home in Boston, Kelly is working on ways of weaving innovative cutting edge textiles, inventing new upholstery and cloth with integrated sensors and actuators. She is creating test pieces at MIT which she will send back to Scotland to be used by Fiona and her team. By the time the material has been sent, the team with additional support from an engineer, will be ready to work with Fiona with the material. We need to make sure that its relevant to her and that its something she is very comfortable with. We therefore intend to take a great deal …
sketch idea for time machine (11/21/2014) - Kelly Dobson’s initial drawing of Fiona’s car. An extreme sculpture that will support profound shifts in the way that Fiona accesses her inner and outer worlds. At present the car in imagined to be partly constructed in Fiona’s favourite woven textile. Based on the fact that Fiona loves wool and fabric. Back in Boston, Kelly has begun to weave the first test strips of textile which will use sound, light, movement, temperature, texture change and responsiveness to support Fiona to take control over the way she wants to interact with the outside world. The textile will be incorporated into sculptural …
Meetings to create portraits for the time machine (11/15/2014) -   In order to ensure that the individual remains central to the development of the artwork, we establish many different ways of collating information which further enhance the function of the artwork (and its relevance to the individual) . We needed to ensure that information as much information as possible was being collected to inform the making of the time machines. We enlisted Artist Miriam Walsh to interview staff, friends and family to create a more whole picture of Fiona.  We wanted to know more about her interests from the perspective of the people around her, to gain a greater …
Weaving staff involvement (9/4/2014) - It looks like time and patience (and the exhibition) have paid off. The staff are weaving with Fiona. Laura Spring and Laura Aldridge are giving staff and Fiona the materials and the frame to weave. She is doing it in her own time! Look what’s happening as a result!
Paul’s car – initial idea (8/3/2014) - This is a very early sketch for Paul’s car, made after spending the night at the circus with him.
Early ideas for time machine – Kelly Dobson (6/2/2014) - this is a previous social vehicle / shelter of sorts drawing for a textile project its more of a time out machine… but might develop into part of something for the time machine. Kelly visited artlink on a regular basis. During these visits she would meet with different people who would help her to form her ideas. Her interest in personal spaces for people kept being talked about. What sort of space would each person require? How would it benefit them? Was it one space or several? If someone demanded high energy involvement what would be appropriate for them? The …
PAE WHITE’S BARTER (5/29/2011) - For her particpation in the 2009 Venice Biennale, artist Pae White invited the italian song bird impersonators known as ‘Chioccolatori‘ ( they are amazing BTW) to become part of her installation – visitors could’nt tell where the birds sounds were coming from, and many believed that there was actual birds flying in the installation – the  ‘Chioccolatori‘ were dressed as tourists you see, so they blended in. Hearing the bird sound, meant peoples eyes were drawn to parts of the exhibition space they wouldnt normally see – as they were looking for the birds. In exchange for their involvement in …