The Prediction Machine

March 24th, 2014

cardboard model of the prediction machine

Rachel is producing her first artwork as an independent artist with The Prediction Machine. A machine that tracks moments of climate change, based on old end of the pier fortune telling machines. This will be exhibited in Loughborough,  To find out more about this project visit the blog:

The Prediction Machine is commissioned by Radar, Loughborough University Arts and funded by the Arts Council of England and Mixed Reality Lab / Horizon Digital Economy, University of Nottingham.

arts council funding, a doctor in the house and a new project

February 7th, 2014

climate fortunes

2014 has started with a bang in Active Ingredient’s studio. Firstly a letter came through from the Arts Council England confirming funding for Rachel’s latest artwork ‘The Prediction Machine’ which will be exhibited at Radar, Loughborough University Arts in October 2014.

If you live in and around Loughborough you can take part in the project – more information can be found on the BLOG about the project:

Rachel has also won the Nottingham University EPSRC Doctoral Impact Award as a result of her PhD exploring how artists are engaging the public with climate data, she passed her VIVA (and so can now be called Dr) and has began a part time Impact fellowship at Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub and the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham as a result of all this.

Meanwhile Active Ingredient ( are starting work putting together a project that reviews and revisits their portfolio of work from 1996 – 2011. This will result in an exhibition and a series of activities that explores interactive and digital art in the context of the 1990s and 2000s, exploring how a critical perspective on art that is digital might look in the future. So Keep Watching this space as these exciting new ventures develop…

Thinking and Making: Showing and Telling

July 16th, 2013

The Prediction Machine presented at Thinking and Making at Primary
Rachel from Active Ingredient will be presenting her practice and research that has taken place over the last 4 years, whilst she has being doing a PhD based at Horizon and the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.

As part of the first Old Skool Breaks titled ‘Thinking & Making : Showing & Telling’ artists Rachel Jacobs and Belen Cerezo are displaying some diagrams, work in progress and documentation. Besides this, in an informal presentation the artists will discuss how they are turning thinking and making into showing and telling, within the context of their current research. These presentations will be followed by an open discussion and a reflection with the artists and academics Frank Abbott and Joanne Lee.

Primary Studios, Tuesday 16th July, 6.00-7.30pm.
To book a place at the event visit:
The display will be open to the public on Tuesday 16th July from 10am-6pm

At the end of four years of thinking and making Rachel Jacobs is nearly ready to submit a PhD in Computer Science. Her research has been informed by two international projects that she made with her arts company Active Ingredient – A Conversation Between Trees(2010 – 2011) and Timestreams (2012 – 2013). She will be presenting the sketches, drawings and machines that have resulted from this work that merges art, science, technology and research.

Belen Cerezo is in the final stage of her practice-led PhD in which she is researching on how images function. More specifically she is examining the performative uses of images in connection to some techniques used in documentary filmmaking. Belen will be presenting two research diagrams and some works in progress.

Rachel and Belen hope you will join them for the event “Thinking and Making: Showing and Telling”.

Old Skool Breaks is a series of events and exhibitions happening every month in the public spaces of the building and featuring two Primary artists together. For further information click here, or contact us.