Paisley Digital Art Commission: boredomresearch
boredomresearch is a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, internationally renown for creating artworks which explore extended time frames. boredomresearch have a deep and long lasting fascination in the mechanics of the natural world which they explore using contemporary technology. boredomresearch’s work opens channels for meaningful dialogue and engagement between public and scientific domains. For example, their work Real Snail Mail (the world’s first webmail service to use real snails) challenging our cultural obsession with speed, received worldwide attention, including: BBC, TIME Magazine, New Scientist and Daily Planet Discovery Channel Canada.
boredomresearch are now working on the Paisley Digital Art Commission by UWS in collaboration with Renfrewshire Council and Paisley 2021Their interest in coding has lead them to look at generating codes that could endlessly manipulate the designs in a Paisley pattern to an infinite number. Ultimately their commission is to produce a unique Paisley pattern for every inhabitant of Paisley, using a digital loom set up in Paisley Museum. This artwork will be open to the public from the beginning of November until the end of December. For more details on opening times, please see the Paisley Museum website.
As well as the Paisley Digital Art Commssion, boredomresearch are currently working with Dr Paddy Brock, a mathematical modeller of infectious disease transmission at the University of Glasgow, on a new collaborative project. AfterGlow, commissioned by Animate Projects for Silent Signal and supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and the Garfield Weston Foundation, developes a 3D environment to look at malaria transmission from the mosquito’s perspective. Through this project, boredomresearch have developed a strong sense of how subtle differences between art and science can be exploited to create compelling expressions relating strongly to real world phenomena.