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Artist Profile - Laura Pullig

My practice encompasses building responsive sculptures and working on participatory arts projects.

Technology is often seen as something that alienates or distracts people from the environment; I am interested in using it to re-enchant people with nature and natural systems. I often use technology such as simple electronics, rather more complex systems and programming. This does not mean ruling out other more technological methods of working or production, but not conforming to the pressure of following trends in new technology. My influences include responsive architecture, e-textiles, high-low tech group at MIT, Adam Somali-Fischer and Usman Haque.

Recently I have shown my sculpture 'Responsive Flower' at Nottingham 'Light Night' and 'Into the Wild' at Smiths Row in Bury St Edmunds. The sculpture is a prototype for a piece of temporary architecture that people could shelter under in the rain. This piece uses the same basic circuit repeated; it lights up when touched and on contact with water. The piece 'Rain Organ' works in a similar way; raindrops or water can trigger the notes on the synthesizer.

My interest in participation influences my choice of materials. I use simple and affordable materials that are widely accessible and the processes I use are easy to replicate, without the need for expensive equipment. I recently worked with FACT, a group of year 6 students from Pleasant Street Primary School and Jonathan Browning. We created some interactive low-tech science experiments for the Media Lounge inspired by Science Fairs that relate to the current 'Semiconductor' exhibition.

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