“Exhibition, collaboration and improvisation filled the halls of Custom House for the Room to Play showcase. This year’s cohort displayed a series of innovative and interactive installations with typical Room to Play eclecticism! Visitor spent the morning and early afternoon engaging with the individual works. From Nick Harbourne’s sometimes delicate, sometimes booming, feedback system which mixed sculpture with sound-world; to Eve King and Rhona Sword’s interactive visuals and soundscape; and Dominika Jackowska’s Rorschach paintings-come-light filters which upon viewing magically altered the accompanying soundscape. Later, stuffed toys refitted with accelerometers that detect movement and playback sound- joyous and playful inventions that had entertained and engaged all ages, by Liam Dempsey- featured as solo instruments, played by the audience, in a collaborative performance with the Tinderbox Orchestra. The same treatment was given to the light controlled instrument by Catriona Smith, made out of a recycled harp frame. The artists did an amazing job engaging creatively with the technologies they had come across, often for the first time, in the Room to Play course. The results were a polished and professional showcase that offered something inspiring and playful to the people of Leith.” –Martin Disley, Room to Play Artist.
“Had a great time at my first Tinderbox Lab today! For a while I have been wanting to experiment with audio reactive lighting using MAX/msp and Teensy boards. I came in with a vague idea of what this might entail, but as a sound artist with little experience, I did not have a clue of how to approach this. With Luci’s help, I was able to learn the basics of electronics and Arduino coding and finally put my ideas into practice. The lab’s resources make it possible for everyone to work on various projects and explore creative ideas together. I’m looking forward to also attend some Wednesday lab sessions as well as the Saturday drop ins!” – Sonia, Tinderbox Musician and Digital Artist.
“We had a great session today at our first Saturday Lab, with lots of mini electronics and coding projects and also a visit from games designers Kirsty Keatch and Florian Veltman from London games studio ustwo games!”- Luci, Tinderbox Musician and Digital Artist.