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Project 1. Degree Show at Chelsea College of Arts 2012 Sculptural installation with projections Keywords/Themes/Overview: architecture, landscape design, landscape painting, the image of nature, science labs, inside outside, growing food crops (cress, grass, chickpeas, mustards etc.), the performative/live/ time based.


Project 3. Grass installation and live video projection 2015 - 2016 hypothetical/work in progress Keywords/Themes/Overview: Self-contained room/space where grass seeds grow in near darkness. There is a projector and live video stream of the grass growing within this space. The light from the projector is the main/only source of light to allow the grass seeds to germinate. Therefor the image of grass seeds itself is what brings its self into being. Tenses between object and image, virtual and physical space, technological and organic.


Project 4. Uncertain Landscapes 2016 - present hypothetical/work in progress Keywords/Themes/Overview: Photographic images of seeds germinating are coated/become the skin for new sculptural objects/containers/pools/ponds which house the very physical seeds growing. New hybrids of image and organisms, new creatures and alien habitats. Blue paint/backgrounds also will act as blue screens for new interactive video installations. Hoping to use sensors connected to the outside going on’s in nature to feedback new images to be chromo keyed into the blue spaces of the sculptures. New hybrid gardens uncertain landscapes in a state of flux between organic and data.


Project 5. Current works and developments 2017 - present hypothetical/work in progress Keywords/Themes/Overview: More multi species (plants, insects, bacteria, fungi, algae) synthetic and want to start to bring in bio integrated/synthetic biological objects and to develop the work being tested in ‘uncertain landscapes’. Fungi, slime mould, microbes, lichen, earthy, abject, the other, connected networks and systems, mutations, biological hacking, data and research on species extinction, evolution and survival, Jurassic, trilobites, primitive and ancient creatures. This is where I have now begun to start contextualising what I’m doing and the work of Octavia Butler and Elizabeth Kolbert have come in, which has also helped me identify other readings and topics to look in/have already read.


Project 6. Buzzed Off in collaboration with Haper Hunt and Mindy Lee Part of ‘Eccentric Interfaces, Environmental Interventions’ a short course at Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design (CIID) 2016 Keywords/themes: Honey bees, pollination, food sources, economy, eco tax Bees are in trouble, we are in trouble. A vast percentage of our food relays on bee pollination, but honey bee populations are falling due to mono crops, pesticides and viruses from the veroa mite. So what would a menu in a restaurant look like if bees went extinction? We created a concept restaurant called ‘Buzzed Off’, the restaurant was split into two, like a mirror image of one another. On one side we served a full bee friendly menu represented with wild flowers and an overgrown lawn table cloth. On the other side a paired back menu, where all food ingredients that relied on pollination had been removed, a mowed lawn table cloth represent a sterile environment hostile to wildlife. Additionally bees are hard workers, if we paid bees a minimum wage (which in Copenhagen is around $20 hour) and this was added to our food bills (a so called bee tax) would this make us act faster to save them and change our food production cultures?


-------------------------------------------------------------- It takes 22,700 bees to produce one pot of honey It takes each bee between 10 – 20 days to collect the nectar (15days average) A bee works throughout the daylight hours – (approx. 16hrs a day in Summer) Minimum wage in Denmark is 110 dkk ($20) 16hr x 15 days = 240hrs worked x $20 = $4,800 x 22,700 bees = $108,960,000


Bibliographies 1. Visual 2. Written


Ian Thomas Robinson portfolio  

Portfolio of work and research

Ian Thomas Robinson portfolio  

Portfolio of work and research

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