Proboscis March 2008 Newsletter

Welcome to Proboscis’ March newsletter, keeping you posted on our latest projects, activities and resources.

This very busy Spring sees us returning from our residency with ICE (Information & Cultural Exchange) in Sydney with the first stage of our project Lattice; launching a new series of Diffusion eBooks; about to undertake the second part of Anarchaeology with Render at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and preparations to begin our new commission with AdeC on Virtual Venue in East Cambridgeshire.

Diffusion News
We launched a new series of eBooks sourced from public domain texts this month – Short Work – each of which is a short work of fiction, poetry or prose intended to be enjoyed in those frequent moments of inbetween-ness that punctuate modern life. The initial selection of 43 eBooks includes work by William Blake, Saki, Gertrude Stein and Jonathan Swift.

Programming Internship – we have an internship/placement opportunity to assist the development of the Diffusion Generator. We are looking for someone who is familiar with Python and has experience of developing cross-platform web applications. For more details please visit –

Alice Angus and Orlagh Woods recently returned from working with Information and Cultural Exchange in Sydney on our new work Lattice::Sydney which included a collaborative workshop with Western Sydney artists, musicians and film-makers. Lattice undertakes ‘Collaborative Anarchaeologies of the City’ exploring the ways diverse communities engage with their environment and issues of cities and sustainability; imagining the city through the eyes of those who live in it. Lattice::Sydney is an element of our larger Lattice East Asia project which is part of the British Council’s “Creative Cities” – a three year cultural and artistic partnership between East Asia and the UK.

Anarchaeology at Render
Giles Lane and Orlagh Woods will be visiting Render at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) this month to complete the second phase of our collaborative studio/seminar course Anarchaeology: collecting, curating and communicating culture. We will be helping the students finish the project and prepare an installation of their work, as well as planning for a new project in the Autumn – an anarchaeology of the city of Cambridge, Ontario in partnership with Render and the School of Architecture at UoW.

StoryCubes Workshop & Talk at University of Alberta, Edmonton
Giles Lane and Orlagh Woods will be running a StoryCube Workshop in partnership with the University of Alberta and iHuman Youth Society in Edmonton, Alberta Canada during early April. We’ll also be giving a talk at the university on our work in social and cultural contexts, and the tools and techniques we’ve developed to facilitate these projects. |

Virtual Venue
Proboscis has been commissioned by ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire) to develop a new participatory digital arts project in a rural community in East Cambridgeshire. Focused around food, stories of food and cultures of food, the project will respond to the lack of permanent cultural spaces in rural locations and will create a a hybrid space between the technological and tangible, where local residents have room to explore place and identity.

Recent Diffusion eBooks
Saki (H H Munro) – Beasts and Super Beasts (36 eBooks) –
Gertrude Stein – Tender Buttons (4 eBooks) –
Jonathan Swift – A Modest Proposal –
William Blake – Songs of Innocence & Experience (2 eBooks) –
Proboscis, ICE et al – Lattice::Sydney Unwrapped –
Todd Williams & S Squire – 27Drums –
Gillian Cowell – Exploring Greenhill –
Sarah Thelwall – Planning for Success in 2008 –
Sarah Thelwall – Market Day (9 eBooks) –

The Proboscis Team
Alice Angus, Giles Lane, Orlagh Woods, Karen Martin, Catherine Williams & Carmen Vela Maldonado (intern)