– (an edited collection) Transmissions: critical tactics for making and communicating research, to be published by MIT Press in 2017
– Bikes & Bloomers: cycling, sewing and suffragette storytelling, to be published by Goldsmiths Press/ MIT Press.
I continue to talk and publish about an ESRC Knowledge Exchange funded project that takes two parts:
(1) Bikes & Bloomers – Freedom of Movement: the bike, the bloomer and female cyclist in late 19th century Britain – focuses on lesser-known stories about Victorian engineering, early wearable technology, hacker culture and radical feminist cultures of invention. More specifically, it is about cycle wear inventors and their contributions to cycling’s past. In addition to conducting in-depth archival research, the research team (hand)made a collection of Victorian cycle wear based on British patents lodged between 1896-1899 in collaboration with a pattern cutter, weaver, filmmaker and artist. The project has produced lots of talks, demonstration/performances Open Days, Sewing Workshops, Bike Rides, articles, sewing patterns and an exhibition.
(2) Transmissions & Entanglements – a series of meetings with interdisciplinary partners engaged in cutting edge representational knowledge practice (i.e people who transform their findings into a range of objects, sensory engagements, events, interventions beyond that of talk and text etc). This new funding builds on work conducted early 2013 with support from Intel’s Interaction and Experience Research group to develop a series of international interdisciplinary symposiums/workshops. Event 1: April 8 2013, University of California, Irvine. Event 2: June 13-15 2013, Goldsmiths, UK. Event 3: June 11-14 2014, Goldsmiths. Event 4: July 1-3, 2015, Digital Cultures Research Lab, Lüneburg, Germany.
This ongoing experimental project explores critical making practices for sociological
research. EMs are a series of hand-made artefacts that seek to open up landscapes of enquiry about difficult or slippery ideas and in doing so render visible the processes, limitations and mechanics of knowledge production, interface and interaction. There are currently three in the series: EM#1 Interview machine, EM#2 Serendipity Engine, EM#3 Failure Châtelaine and EM#4 Dewey Organ. This problem-making machine was shown/ performed at The Imagination Festival in Glasgow (4-6 Sept 2015). More about it here. I’ve also been running various Enquiry Machine workshops in conference/seminar based contexts. In 2012 I co-ran a full workshop sponsored by Microsoft Research Cambridge and studio INCITE, Goldsmiths, that was held at the joint 4S/EASST (Society for the Social Studies of Science and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology) Conference in Copenhagen. In 2013, Dan McQuillan and I were awarded a Learning Enhancement Fellowship at Goldsmiths to experiment with EM’s in a teaching/class context. Recently, Enquiry Machines were made in a Critical Wearables Research Lab at UAL, at a Digital Cultures Research Lab about Un/Stable Infrastructures in Lüneburg and in the AHRC funded Protopublics event at Makerversity exploring material mechanisms of political engagement.
Near Miss Cycling Research
I have been part of the research team on a Creative Exchange funded project led by Dr Rachel Aldred (University of Westminster) in collaboration with Blaze (Bike Lights) looking into the common, yet under-researched phenomenon of the ‘ordinary’ experience of cycling near misses and other non-injury incidents. Findings and updates on the project are here.