The Dreamland Education team have been working on some innovative STEAM workshops this year. Read about our collaboration with Genetic Moo, Dreamland’s first digital artists-in-residence, in this guest blog.
Photo by Tom Schrapnel
Genetic Moo is a digital art group made up of coding couple Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup. We moved to Margate six years ago, to escape the noise of the city and to be closer to the source of our artistic inspiration; the sea and the creatures that live in it. It was an important move for us; giving us the time and space to focus on our work and making strong links with the creative communities here, including Marine Studios, HKD, GEEK, Margate Festival, POW, Turner and Dreamland.
Photo by Peter Barnett
We have been creating playful interactive art since 2008. Using Open Source software and a range of sensors, including web cams, microphones and Kinect, we build art works which respond to the audience. We also run creative coding workshops for kids and adults to inspire the next generation of digital artists.
Photo by Peter Barnett
Since 2017, we've worked on a number of STEAM projects with Dreamland, teaching schoolkids how to be creative with computers. This year we're excited to become Dreamland’s first digital artists-in-residence. We've got a number of collaborative coding projects underway: "Parades and Cascades" a collaboration with local artists and makers and, this December, we collaborated with all the children at the remarkable Ramsgate Arts Primary School.
The aim was to show kids that you can be creative with computers. So together, over three days, we created and populated the "Underwater City” using a range of digital techniques. Every kid in the school played a part. The younger kids created underwater city buildings and made digital creatures which were brought to life through sprite making, excitable motion-capture dancing and animat building. The older kids got to grips with basic computer coding and created the background to the artwork: turbulent currents; waves; and giant, brightly patterned swimming shapes. And everyone turned themselves into Squidlets. At the end of the three days, we coded everything together into an ever-changing generative film and the kids loved it!
In March we'll be joining forces with the IT and Creative Media students of East Kent College to introduce youngsters to the exciting world of visual live-coding as part of British Science week.
All the results of these collaborations will be exhibited locally in 2019 so you’ll be able to see what everyone made. We'll keep you posted.
Genetic Moo have shown extensively in the UK and abroad, including Soong Ching Ling Technology & Culture Centre, Beijing; Margate Festival; Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax; GEEK (Games Expo East Kent), Margate; The Science Centre, Singapore; LABoral, Gijon; Watermans, London; ICC Open Sky Gallery, Hong Kong; Dreamland, Margate; D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, Dundee; Glastonbury; The Wellcome Collection, London and The Old Vic Tunnels, London.
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