A Conversation Between Trees goes to Rio

October 5th, 2010


A Conversation Between Trees
Estudio Movel Experimental
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

1st – 13th November, 2010

We invite you on a journey to a forest where the air speaks, as you travel across time and location – from the temperate north to the tropical south – to discover the invisible forces at play.

Active Ingredient will go aboard the EME van, an experimental mobile studio that functions as a mobile interface for the arts and sciences to take action upon the city of Rio, its urban and natural spaces through observation, negotiation, participation and play.

In collaboration with Silvia Leal (EME); Horizon, University of Nottingham and Carlo Buontempo (Senior Climate Change Scientist at the UK MET office, Hadley Centre).


New Active Ingredient New Phone Number

August 11th, 2010


Active Ingredient are under going a time of organisational change and getting a new phone number – please update your details to:

07583 601339

Matt Watkins will be moving to London in September and also moving full time to Mudlark, our partner commercial company.

Active Ingredient will be changing from an artist-led company to an artist collective.  This means in reality that we will have a new flexible way of working collaborative and be lighter on our feet (hence the mobile number).

Our office remains at 100 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3HD but we are in a smaller office share.

This year we will travelling around doing a series of residencies and focusing on A Conversation Between Trees.

The new AI collective will involve Rachel Jacobs, Matt Davenport, Robin Shackford as full time members of the collective, we will continue to work in partnership with other artists, programmers, scientists and advisors.

Rachel Jacobs will continue as Artistic Director whilst also continuing her PhD at the Horizon Digital Economy Doctoral Training Centre, University of Nottingham.

A Conversation Between Trees

August 6th, 2010

Maestro Do Floresta, Tijuca Forest, Brazil

Active Ingredient will be in residence at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park between 17th – 20th and 23rd – 29th August.

‘A Conversation Between Trees’ is a new locative artwork that connects trees in different environments, using environmental sensors to visualize and interpret the sensor data using mobile technologies, as a ‘performance of nature’. A playful conversation between artists, scientists, audience and locations.

During the residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Active Ingredient will be collecting sensory data and visualising the findings to reveal the invisible changes at play in our forests and woodlands.  Throughout the residency they will be conducting a series of experiments including a live link up between trees in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Come along to Longside Studios and participate in their interactive experiments between 1 -4pm