SCHOOL OF ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE: DI MAINSTONE
Di Mainstone is artist in residence in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science where she works with electrical engineering students. One of their latest projects has been presented this week at an exhibition called 'Surface Tension', at the Eyebeam Art+Technology Center in New York City. The project they presented is a “hydrocordion,” a machine that uses water and air to create and alter sound, with the idea that the strength required to move the water (which Mainstone knew about first-hand from the well in her parents’ village) keeps people from taking it for granted. She commented: “Research sometimes gathers dust in the lab, and art can get that data to a broader public. It also benefits both artists and scientists to collaborate with someone from a discipline that has a very different way of analysing the world."