WHAT WE DO
We design and make bespoke hardware and software, run workshops and events, make installations and exhibitions, and teach.
HOW WE WORK / HOW TO WORK WITH US
We run our own research projects, usually grant funded, and are registered to lead EU funded research projects (PIC 925548878).
We collaborate on other people's research (and other) projects, helping to write the funding bids, for example embedding 'impact' and 'public engagement' in ways that truly benefit the research itself and those involved.
We do commissions for clients, and routinely work on large scale projects with some of the world's most famous organisations, like the Deutsches Museum (Munich), Natural History Museum (London), and Eden Project (Cornwall), as well as with funders and numerous universities. Occasionally we'll respond to tenders.
- We’re a non-profit, which means we have no shareholders to keep wealthy. This is important to us as most of our work is public funded one way or another.
- We make everything open source and open access so it’s freely available for anyone to use for their own purposes. If it’s public funded, it should be available to all, and if it’s not public funded, it’s still better for society if it’s available to all.
- We centre the concept of appropriate technology in our work, and make technology that is understandable, fixable, and can be repurposed (or maybe even composted), yet still works reliably.
- Wherever possible, the people who the projects are for are directly involved in the design process - we see co-design as entirely integral to how we work.
- Every decision we make is grounded in the reality that climate and ecological breakdown are changing everything, and 'business as usual' is for the history books. We have a no-flight policy, work in a carbon negative building, use ethical banking, and have a studio e-cargo bike for local transport.
- We have a board of non-executive directors who keep an eye on how we do things and help bring in other perspectives.