Call for artists to join exciting heritage project with new technology

Nenescape and the University of Nottingham are looking for artists to join an innovative new project bringing together art, new digital technology and the history of Rushden. As part of Nenescape’s wider Heritage Lottery funded landscape-scale work to promote and conserve the natural and cultural history of the Nene Valley, this project is using a new technology called ‘artcodes’, developed by the University of Nottingham. The project aims to encourage people in Rushden walking between the town centre and the new Rushden Lakes development along the Greenway path to find out about the former branch railway line and other interesting places to visit in Rushden, including the Historical Transport Museum, Rushden Museum and the many independent shops in the town centre.

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Artcodes is an interactive image recognition technology that places the open collaboration between artist and programmer at the centre of creation (Benford et al 2017). The opening of the technology affords the artist the opportunity to design interactive imagery that is more in line with art than computer programming. Artcodes allows all manner of decorative surfaces to become interactive through the simple act of drawing. In following a set of drawing rules artists create a coded topography. Mastering the construction of this topography affords artists freedom to create more complex interactive imagery with minor imperceptible tweaks enabling different interactions through interactive relationship to a specific context or narrative.

We would like to invite visual and illustrative artists along to a workshop on Tuesday 10 July at 6.30pm to find out more about the project and begin playing with this technology, with no expectations of commitment from you at this stage. The workshop will be held at Rushden Historical Transport Museum and if you would like to attend, please reply to alison@rnrp.org by Thursday 5 July. In this workshop, we will also discuss the next steps with anyone who would like to be involved further in the project.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you think may be interested in joining this exciting project.