context-led and interdisciplinary practice                << 

The concept of 'context aware' technology that merges the physical and digital through creative use of digital technologies
is central to this inter - disciplinary project. Thereby providing a unique opportunity to combine context-led cultural /arts
practice with the 'end user 'research necessary to the development of emergent technologies / human computer interfaces.
Research strands: Wearable Computing / Responsive Environments

Bristol University's Wearable Computing Dept:
The Bristol Wearable Computing Project is concerned with exploring the potential of computer devices that are as unconsciously portable and as personal as clothes or jewellery. The project was set up in Bristol, England at the start of 1997 as a collaboration between the Computer Science Department at the University of Bristol and the Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories, Europe (Bristol). We have recently been joined by the Appliance Studio Ltd. who have a particular interest in e-wear. Together, we have developed a suite of programs, which use context sensing devices to enable the right information to be delivered to the wearer of
our jackets at the right time, and in the right place. As part of the newly formed Equator IRC, we are developing a range of e-wear
to assist with research into the integration of digital services and the physical world. This research is being undertaken in
collaboration with a group of the UK's leading academic researchers in this field.

Content production: Annie Lovejoy & Roger Mills:
To create a wearable item and audio content for an immersive experience triggered
by physical location extends the interdisciplinary approach of both practitioners: -

Annie Lovejoy: MA Fine Art in Context (distinction) Co-founder of the ' nor there...' international collective.
Annie's work is produced in response to particular locations or contexts. as a function of place and an aesthetic
experience which pervades other disciplines. The recent work: ‘Pillow’, exhibited by Hewlett Packard at Tomorrows
World Live, Earls Court (June 2001) was supported by a substantial South West Arts Commissions Award. The award
enabled Annie to embark on a period of interdisciplinary research in association with the Mobile Services department at
Hewlett Packard's' Research Laboratories. 'Pillow' is an intricate construction of a pillow embroidered with interconnected
electronic circuitry. Inspired by the jewel like nature of circuit boards, the working circuitry of a small video monitor was
reconstructed within a textured environment of beadwork, copper thread & electronic parts.
The process of developing 'pillow' highlighted further areas of research associated with wearable computing such as
embroidered circuitry, intelligent fabrics, and mobile communications. The Millenium Square project provides a unique
opportunity to further these aims within a context-led environment.

Roger Mills: Classically trained musician, composer and trumpet player. Experienced in composition, live performance,
sound design and audio production. Co-founder of Lemon lane recording studios, Vine and the ' nor there...'
international collective. Other work includes productions for  / with Blast Theory, Earthfall, Circomedia, Statik Sound System,
Cup of Tea Records and various educational workshops. Familiar with audio production technology, Roger is developing
a series of audio compositions to be located at specific points within the square. Drawing on a wealth of experience re.
Bristol 's music and poetry scene combined with a range of in-situ audio samples, he will create a moving and
representational mix of the city's sounds.

Annie & Roger have worked together since 1999 as part of the international collective ' nor there...'
They will focus on Millenium Square's central public artwork / lightwork 'Zenith' by David Ward as a location for
a cross -cultural audio composition which involves HNT collaborators from Bristol's twin cities of Tbilisi, Republic
of Georgia and Hanover, Germany. HNTs experience of presenting work in international contexts has confirmed
the importance of this collaboration- a moving mix of ‘Bristol sound ‘ combined with the eastern influence of
Georgian singing  - an emotive and evocative experience which rises above the limitations of language.