Highlights from 2013 at Caper…

We were very pleased to be selected as one of Artangel’s Open 100 for our Molinology idea, transforming an old windmill in Brixton, the home of pirate radio, into an operational radio transmitter to create a persistent audio artwork.

We were both mentors and mentees: we offered support to creative practitioners through Blast Theory’s mentoring programme and we were part of the Nesta Creative Business Mentor Network, gaining support from Mike Kelly of Northern Alliance, previously finance lead at the UK Film Council.

We successfully pitched the online audience engagement product Concert Club to the Technology Strategy Board and BBC Radio 3, leading to us developing a user-facing prototype.

Concert Club Front Page

TMitchell_130523_5146We continued to develop our prototyping formats with three key lab projects…

We started development of the National Maritime Museum prototyping lab which will run in early 2014.

King’s Cultural Institute invited us to design and produce a creative lab series for academics, arts organisations and technologists, including Coney, Crafts Council, Wellcome Collection, London Review of Books, Fuel Theatre, and the Natural History Museum. Some incredibly innovative prototypes were created including a ‘haptic hand’ that allows gallery visitors to virtually handle 3D sculptures and Inkvisible, a Kinect hack that allows gallery visitors to add “digital graffiti” to gallery walls.

In Cambridge, Hoipolloi, The Junction, Wysing Arts Centre, ADeC, CRASSH and Cambridgeshire County Council took part in the Culture Hack East ideas lab which lead to a number of commissioned prototypes.

We were very happy to hear that one of the teams on the University of Leeds technology lab, which we ran in 2012, was awarded a significant grant to develop their original prototype.

We worked with the University of Cambridge Museums to help them map opportunities for collaboration and digital development.

2nd birthday cake


We celebrated Caper turning two by bringing together all of our favourite people for a party. Hosted at Microsoft’s Shoreditch space, Modern Jago, we asked Leila Johnston, one of our Associates, to curate a ‘Hack Circus’ to entertain the crowds which included Sarah Angliss and her theremin, James Larsson and his pressure controlled Pong game, Alex Deschamps-Sonsino showing off her internet-connected Good Night Lamp, and Leila’s and James Jefferies‘ internet-enabled thermal printers.

We took temporary tattoos, designed by Wes West, to Maker Faire, enabling people to badge themselves physically with skills –  Physical Making, Digital Making and Electronics.

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Caper diagram end of day

Six to Start commissioned us with a Technology Strategy Board innovation voucher, to research opportunities around cultural data for game development.

Rachel provoked debate with an article in Sync about being ambitious and unexpected – and investing properly in digital work and makers. She spoke at Watershed, Women Shift Digital, the Open Data Institute and at an AMA workshop on her paper about being a ‘social organisation’.

Katy was on the judging panel for the British Library Labs, an open call to experiment with their digital collections. She started running a Code Club in her son’s school in Hackney, offering a weekly opportunity for kids to get involved with learning the basics of computer programming using Scratch.

We started working with the British Council Creative Economy team on helping them identify their audiences and to tell their story more effectively.

The Articulate speaker directory went live on Lanyrd, with hundreds of women showcasing their specialisms including service design, architecture, software engineering, entrepreneurship and biomedical science.

Culture Hack launched, not one, but two new resources: an open data repository, showcasing all the open cultural data in the UK in an accessible and informative way; and the toolkit, a guide for producing your own digital prototyping events.

We produced a joyful new website for the Fun Palaces project, Stella Duffy’s new movement of creativity, inspired by Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price who conceived the concept as a ‘laboratory of fun’ and ‘a university of the streets’.

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Fun Palaces


And finally, Caper expanded in a slightly different way with two new babies – Rachel’s son Ivor and Katy’s daughter Ada were born.

Many thanks to all the wonderful people who supported the work that we do and made it happen. Special thanks go to our team of  2013 Associates: Sophie Sampson, Beckie Darlington, James Jefferies, Linda Cockburn and Lauren Parker.

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