Heartland ('Ere Be Dragons) mobile phone game 2005

Active Ingredient

Active Ingredient is an award winning artist-led collective founded by Rachel Jacobs, Matt Watkins, Gareth Howell and Zini Pandya in 1996, later joined by Robin Shackford (no one can remember quite when).

Active Ingredient created interactive artworks that toured nationally and internationally between 1996 and 2013. They were pioneers of digital and web art in the early days of the internet, creating a precursor to YouTube through their live streaming video channels developed between 1999-2007 and their early locative mobile phone games, developed with the Mixed Reality Lab and Hewlett Packard from 2005-2007.

They collaborated regularly with other artists, musicians, researchers, workshop facilitators, galleries, curators, scientists, technologists and designers.

Active Ingredient is no longer active although the ethos and vision continues as the members of the collective continue make to work, cook, write, lecture, be part of communities and engage communities, fight with and create with technology, together and apart.

More Coming Soon…

Inflatibles at Barracao Maravilha



Exploring energy and climate change through artists residencies, workshops, a schools exchange an exhibition and developing an online platform for capturing and interpreting environmental data. https://www.flickr.com

Person playing Exploding Places game on a mobile phone

Exploding Places


An urban mobile phone game looking at communities, place and history, presented at a community centre in Woolwich, London.



A Conversation Between Trees in Rufford Park - the climate machine with a projected visualisation of data captured in an oak tree in Sherwood Forest

A Conversation Between Trees


A touring interactive artwork and schools exchange in the UK and Brazil visualising environmental and climate data in forests in the UK and Brazil.