Artcodes goes to MozFest 2016

28th to 30th October, Ravensbourne, London

Artcodes is going to be showcasing our brand new wallpaper as well as getting you to interact with our Stalker wall illustration. You will also be able to be the first people to build your own Christmas with Artcodes advent calendar. With three events across the venue we are excited to showcase it all to you.

We are running our Stalker illustration and advent calendar workshop with the Tale of Two cities zone and our wallpaper is being held with the MozEx across the site.


_MG_9400 (1)The underlying sci-fy story is one of rebellion by the Stalkers against their oppressors. Opening elements of the narrative position the experience as a call to arms and the illustration as an “inter-dimensional communication device”. The associated digital experience takes the form of a game comprising a series of missions that require interaction with not only the illustration but also nearby people and places. Download the Storicodes app (AppStore, Google Play) and come and give it a go, see if you can crack the code to open the safe!

View on the MozFest schedule: Saturday 11:15am-2:45pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm


wp-wallpaper-mock2Liz Jeal and Lilli Cowley-Wood were commissioned to produce a wallpaper using our newest developments with Artcodes, colour filtering and angle recognition, enabling those stood at different angles to each other to gain different information. Various uses for the wallpaper have been discussed such as audio story-telling in a child’s bedroom to seasonal information about the British wildlife in your back garden and how you can help support and conserve it. We want you to come and explore these developments and help suggest ways in which it can be implemented.

Check out his and other works in the MozEx publication.

View on the MozFest schedule: Saturday 10am-1.30pm, 1pm-4.30pm, Sunday 11am-2.30pm, 1pm-4.30pm

Christmas with Artcodes

culgojrwcaamku6A fun customisable, interactive advent calendar to use with the Christmas with Artcodes app. We would like to invite you to be the first in creating your very own interactive calendar in our one hour workshop session, where we will help you adapt and personalise your calendar to take home with you.
The calendar comes with 24 Artcode stickers you can put under any doors. When these stickers are scanned by the Christmas with Artcodes app on a smart phone or tablet they open a digital surprise.
Learn how to draw your own Artcodes and how to connect your Artcodes to your own pictures, videos or music. A fun way of creating your own interactive art!

Click to here to view on the MozFest schedule (Sunday 11:00am-12:00pm) >>

Show and Tell at Tate Britain

Taylor Digital Studio, Tate Britain, London
10th October 2016

This Show & Tell will connect and focus on MozEx, a digital art exhibition co-curated by digital learning teams at Tate and V&A, collaborating with the Mozilla Foundation for the Mozilla Festival 2016 (Ravensbourne, London, 28th-30th of October 2016).

The exhibit explores links between art, society, and the digital world. Explore the value of art to society through web literacy, digital inclusion and accessibility, privacy, policy, and hacking. Artists, designers, creative technologists, makers, coders, scientists, visual journalists – from techies to newbies! – join the conversation that relates to our lives online.

Artcodes will be presenting the interactive wallpaper at Show & Tell with a short presentation on how collaborations between designers and computer scientists has resulted in beautiful interaction, putting human back into computer human interaction.

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Artcodes and BBC R&D at Edinburgh Festival

Artcodes have joined with the BBC at the Edinburgh Festival for one afternoon. On Monday 8th August the team will be in the Blue Tent with the BBC, where festival-goers will be able to create interactive t-shirts.

Using Artcdodes as a platform, festival-goers will be invited to create a design on a t-shirt that represents something about their experience at Edinburgh so far. They will then be given the opportunity to create a photo capturing a moment at Edinburgh, and be enabled to associate it with their design. Embedding and preserving the moment in the design on the t-shirt.

This is part of a series of workshops and public engagement events that have been planned to understand social and cultural associations between objects and media, and contexts & relationships in which they sit. To inform wider work around gifting practices. Insights will inform future scenarios and the development of prototypes in the lead up to a public stall showcasing new forms of hybrid gifts.


Image: Van Es

Artcodes at Art.CHI

Artcodes have worked and contributed to Art.CHI at this years CHI 2016 conference. Art.CHI are running a workshop on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May in San Jose, California.

As part of this, Art.CHI have produced a catalogue to accompany the Art exhibition at the SIGCHI Conference, CHI2016. This catalogue documents the work shown in the exhibition “Inter/Action: digital art that responds” along with some important historical interactive art.

We have produced an Artcode for the cover on the Art.CHI 2016 catalogue which showcases the ability to add digital media into an aesthetic piece without disregard to the design. The catalogues Artcode once scanned using the Artcodes app will take participants directly to the exhibitions website for further information.

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Artcodes @ Central St. Martins Research fortnight

csm1Artcodes have contributed a variety of activities to Central Saint Martins Research Fortnight, which took place in the Central Saint Martins building in Kings Cross.

From 14th to 16th March, we exhibited interactive artefacts in the main hall, and taught passers-by to draw on their own Artcodes. The primary audience was staff, students and visitors; CSM teaches a wide range of creative courses in which Artcodes might be used, including Ceramic design, Communication design, Graphics, Photography, Performance and Fashion.

In teaching attendees how to use our technology, we hope that some might choose to use it in future projects and explore a variety of further media and material.

csm2To illustrate the broad range of possibilities that exist with a flexible topological marker technology such as Artcodes, we brought along artefacts produced in a variety of media, all of which embedded scannable patterns with a broad range of aesthetics and purposes.

These included coasters, ceramic bowls, a hand-crafted guitar, some large public illustrations and a display composed of individual ceramic tiles. Some of these embedded into individual artcodes, others embedded multiple codes; all had been produced for a specific purpose during prior work by the project.

csm3As part of the research fortnight, members of the Artcodes team also gave talks and lead discussions. Professor Steve Benford talked about the Internet of Things, illustrated by the Carolan Guitar, whilst Professor Tony Quinn talked about designs role in the internet of things. These were attended by those involved in research across University of the Arts and leading practitioners and designers in the internet of things.

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