Watch & help 'A New Kind of Garden' grow...

www.whatwilltheharvestbe.com

The Useful Arts are pleased to - belatedly - announce our latest work with Nina & Karen at somewhere, for their community gardening project in Stratford, East London. What Will The Harvest Be? is an experiment in creating a productive vegetable garden for the community, started from some waste ground that the local residents wanted to see developed.

Over the next 3 years the process of growing and working together will be document via the website, and will build up anecdotal experiences from those involved in the garden, and document what's involved in growing your own in a shared urban environment.

We are particularly happy with the webcam archive and timelapse player, which is still a bit of an experiment and we've got some refinements to do on the interface. The plant database is, similarly, coming along nicely.

published 2009.08.25

Grizedale Arts Website

www.grizedale.org

Grizedale Arts is a residency and commisioning organisation based in the Lake District, who's practise is "adding complexity to confusion". We have been working with them for a number of years on various projects, and are pleased to have launched a new website for them at the same time as their new residency space at Lawson Park was launched. As ever this is a work in progress and part of an ongoing relationship, so expect it to develop and transform over the coming years.

published 2009.07.21

Web Server Failure

On Thursday the 25th at approximately 20:42 a power failure with another server in the rack cause a breaker to trip, powering down my server. Initially the server seemed to come back fine, but errors were later spotted. These were due to a physical error on one of the hard drives where all of your websites are hosted, causing the disk array it is on to fail. At approximately 23:48pm the server was rebooted in an attempt to get the drives back on line, and again failed to recover fully.

My ISP were informed of the issued and worked through the night, but were unable to recover the hard drive arrangement. I started a recovery of the data from backup to a second disk array within the system with the aim of bringing up the core of the web sites in as short a time as possible - though the 146GB of data would have taken a long time to copy up!

In the meantime I also tried to recover data on the second local drive - the drive which had failed was one of a pair storing all website data in parallel, and the secondary drive was also failing to recover for unknown reasons.

At around 17:30 yesterday I managed to recover and get access tot the data on the spare hard drive which had failed, and proceeded to copy the data from that to a new pair of master disks. This was completed at 21:45 yesterday evening, and full service was restored. As far as I am aware no data was lost.

The system which went down was purely used for website hosting, and so none of your email was affected during the outage.

published 2009.06.27

head to toe for ross phillips at the design museum

www.designmuseum.org/headtotoe

Head To Toe is a site specific installation by Ross Phillips for Super Contemporary at The Design Museum, featuring a network of kiosks capturing video clips of eitehr head, body, and legs which are then sent to a pod at the Design Museum where they can be viewed in the style of the classic children's book, flipping through the videos to see each clip.

We're happy to have built much of the software for this installation, including the video processing infrastructure, data synchronisation, moderation and web and kiosk interactives.

Visit the pods at the Design Museum, Selfridges, Covent Garden or Ideas Store and get yourself in on the action.

published 2009.06.03

colchester inn website

www.colchesterinn.net

Completed earlier this year, but only just put live, is a new website for public works project Colchester Inn. This is the first stage of a project with First Site in Colchester, working with local communities to create works for the new First Site building.

The website is part blog, part mapping tool, part documentation of process, designed to show how the network of people involved in the projects grows and ideas are formed. To deal with this it switches from the standard blog format to something a bit more dynamic.

Whilst it uses horizontal navigation which is something I don't usually agree with - it goes against usability norms - here I am using it because it best represents a timeline, and more clearly delineates the entires. JavaScript is used to make the interface work more dynamically.

With any luck this will turn into a more full mapping project in the future, with more cross linking and different visualisations of the underlying structures and relationships created throughout the process.

published 2009.05.22

Part 6: myvillages.org/public works: Village Produce Films

Village Produce Films

Exploring the stories behind comunity produced goods, alternative channels of distribution and the value of goods we have now added the Village Produce Films produced by myvillages.org and public works to the growing body of work that was Agrifashionista.TV and is now ToadBall.TV

These films are part of an ongoing project, which has crossed over with Somewhere, Grizedale Arts and Nomad as they start create a network of Village Kiosks selling local produce, a network that anyone can join and evolve over time.

View the village produce films

View article on website

published 2008.11.14

Part 6: myvillages.org/public works: Village Produce Films

Village Produce Films

Exploring the stories behind comunity produced goods, alternative channels of distribution and the value of goods we have now added the Village Produce Films produced by myvillages.org and public works to the growing body of work that was Agrifashionista.TV and is now ToadBall.TV

These films are part of an ongoing body of work, which has crossed over with Somewhere, Grizedale Arts and Nomad as they start create a network of Village Kiosks selling local produce, a network that anyone can join and evolve over time.

View the village produce films

View article on website

published 2008.11.14
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