Tinderbox Lab Members

Welcome to our Tinderbox Lab Members! Find out more about the creative practitioners based at the Tinderbox Lab and the work they’re involved in. 

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Sarah Calmus

Sarah Calmus is an interdisciplinary artist, programmer, creative director, arts advocate and creator of large-scale immersive installations and provocations, working across a multitude of mediums from glass and light, social intervention, moving image and sound. Interested in building spaces to connect and reflect, her practice is intentionally interdisciplinary and participatory, viewed as a series of experiments underpinned with explorations into interaction. Building on Connected Innovators funding from Creative Informatics and Creative Edinburgh (2020), Calmus is exploring new interactive sound and light works that feature performance. Calmus has been nominated for the STV Digital Spark Award (2015), received VACMA funding from Creative Scotland & City of Edinburgh Council (2018) and was nominated to be the President of Visual Arts Scotland (2020-2023). In 2021, Calmus was shortlisted for The Leadership Award, through the Creative Edinburgh Awards and in 2022 was awarded Creative Informatics Resident Entrepreneurs funding.

W: sarahcalmus.com
I: instagram.com/sarah.calmus
T: twitter.com/sumlacs

VPE- still- Sarah Calmus
Sarah Calmus_23_etd_photo credit Laura Meek
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Shankar Saanthakumar

Hi, I’m Shankar,

I’m a visual artist who enjoys exploring themes of computation and robotics.

Currently with Tinderbox Lab I am developing the Ximulacra project.
Ximulacra consists of six robots, each with unique digital behaviours as responses to analogue photographs of mountain scenes.
This behaviour driven piece seeks to explore the interaction between artificial and natural entities to generate novel digital-analogue hybrid scenes.

W: shankarsaanthakumar.com
I: instagram.com/ssaanthakumar
T: twitter.com/ssaanthakumar
V: vimeo.com/ssaanthakumar

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Deborah Shaw

Deborah Shaw (Aurora Engine) is a multi instrumentalist, composer, vocalist and producer living in Edinburgh. Her works blend real instruments, voice, found sounds, effects pedals and electronics.

Recent works she has worked closely with nature especially birdsong and bee sounds collecting , responding and manipulating sounds weaving them into new works ‘Terra’ which will be presented at Soundfest 2022.

Deborah was composer-in-residence at Earth In Common in summer 2022 and worked to creatively document through the medium of composition the cultural and social landscape of the earth today. Research took her to the local apiary recording honey bees, the Water of Leith recording birdsong, local beaches collecting waste and observing the tides and inspired this series of sonic portraits. This work will be presented at Scotland’s Soundfest in October 2022 . As part of this work she developed a series of nature inspired sound art workshops for young people.

Recently her process as a composer has seen her take instruments and develop soundscapes and scores blending traditional and extended instrumental and vocal techniques with electronics. Other recent works include 2 cinematic live-scoring commissions from BFI / Film Hub Scotland in partnership with Cinetopia for 2 silent films ‘Seashell and the Clergyman’ and ‘Meshes of an Afternoon,’(July 2022) and a series of fixed media film scores (Spiral Out Pictures, Cinetopia, Hot Aches Productions).

Deborah was recently awarded funding by Creative Scotland to record and release an album under her artist name ‘Aurora Engine’ due to be released later in 2022. She performs with Warp – a contemporary electronic inspired chamber ensemble and ‘Machine Orchid’ and experimental all female trio blending folk, jazz, electronica and improvisation with musicians Emma Lloyd and Caro Overy.

W: auroraengine.com
I: instagram.com/aurora_engine
T: twitter.com/auroraengine
F: facebook.com/auroraengine

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Lab Membership

If you are an artist or creative technologist looking for a space to work, alongside a supportive community of practitioners, get in touch about our Lab membership at lab@tinderboxcollective.org – we are building a creative network and are offering workspace in our Lab (at The Wee Hub, Ocean Terminal) for free.