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      The Talking Quilt – Augmenting Domestic Objects for Communal Meaning-Making

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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      10 - 12 July 2012

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          The Talking Quilt is a traditional textiles quilt that has been augmented with digital technology to allow for enjoyable and reflective engagement. Produced by over 80 staff, volunteers and visitors to Spitalfields City Farm in East London, the quilt presents a snapshot of the farm at this point in time. Measuring 2 x 1 metres, it consists of over a thousand hexagonal fabric patches, many of which have been hand-printed and painted by participants, and with specific significance to their makers’ lives. New technology in the form of RFID (radio frequency identification) buttons that trigger playback of oral history interviews is used to bring the everyday domestic object to life, to make it contemporary and augment the experience of interacting with it without changing its qualities as a visual, tactile, and hand-made object. Rather than aiming for a solely playful interaction, the research looked at how socially meaningful themes integral to the quilt – i.e. food, food growing and community – could be communicated through the interaction.

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          Contributors
          Conference
          July 2012
          July 2012
          : 212-213
          Affiliations
          Queen Mary University of London

          Media and Arts Technology

          Mile End Road

          London E1 4NS

          United Kingdom
          Queen Mary University of London

          C4DM

          Mile End Road

          London E1 4NS

          United Kingdom
          Queen Mary University of London

          IMC

          Mile End Road

          London E1 4NS

          United Kingdom
          ActiveArt

          London

          United Kingdom
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/EVA2012.36
          © Sara Heitlinger et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012), London, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012)
          EVA
          London, UK
          10 - 12 July 2012
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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