The Happenstance Project

My first ever residency was The Happenstance Project in 2012, an innovative 12-week scheme organised by culture/tech brokering agency Caper.

Happenstance was funded by NESTA, the AHRC and the Digital R&D Fund, and was an open-ended experiment that aimed to find out what happened when digital creativity was intensely embedded within a cultural organisation.

James Jefferies and I were teamed up and installed in Sheffield’s Site Gallery, where we worked with thermal printers (we made them mobile, and gave them phone numbers, amongst other things). We also forged links with Sheffield’s digital community, extensively explored arduino, and demonstrated various cutting edge hacker tech of the time, including a drawing machine.

This project significantly influenced the course of my career. I left a fulltime copywriting job in London to move to Sheffield for three months – and I liked it so much that here that I’ve stayed to this day!