Installation, mixed media



3. June – 06. July Turner Sims Concert Hall

‘Flows’ explores Manuel Castells theory of the Space of Flows, proposed in The Rise of the Network Society (1996), which relates to network society and technologies role in a new type of space. Flows bring things and people into synchronous, real-time interrelationships made up purposeful, repetitive, programmable sequences of exchange and interaction. Therefore we can define flows as consisting of three elements – the medium through which things flow, the things that flow, and the nodes among which the flows circulate. ‘Flows’ interprets these three elements through vehicles, CO2 emission ratings data and the A354’s ANPR cameras.

‘Flows’ scans registration plates in real-time across the six camera sites on the A354 between Dorchester and Weymouth. As vehicles pass the cameras a vehicle lookup enquiry is made to ascertain data on their CO2 emission rating, which is then used to drive Arduino controlled air turbines, generating movement in six particle filled acrylic tubes. As the total amount of CO2 emitted ebbs and flows, the air rate is increased and decreased in correlation, changing the velocity of the particles, and at the same time the tubes are flooded with light corresponding to the now ubiquitous environmental ratings charts. In this way, the viewer gains a material insight into the immaterial flow of CO2 between Dorchester and Weymouth at any given moment in time.

Thanks to Mark Kobine, Centre of Design Informatics and Simon Box, University of Southmapton.

Credit Mark Kobine


Duncan Shingleton is a PhD candidate and digital artist based at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. His research is based in the emerging phenomenon known as the Internet of Things (IOT) refers to the technical and cultural shift anticipated as society moves towards a ubiquitous form of computing that facilitates the connection of everyday objects and devices to all kinds of networks. The Internet of Things creates a link between concrete objects and abstract data, producing a hybrid of physical and electronic spaces that enables communication and interaction between people and things, and things themselves. It is an all-encompassing framework to reflect on and design towards more digital connectivity, a system that is local and global, accessible in real-time from any location. His research and practice explores theory relating to the attachment of data to objects, and the resulting the role these objects might have in our networks.