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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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            Abstract

            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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            Conference
            July 2012
            July 2012
            : 212-213
            Affiliations
            [0001]Queen Mary University of London

            Media and Arts Technology

            Mile End Road

            London E1 4NS

            United Kingdom
            [0002]Queen Mary University of London

            C4DM

            Mile End Road

            London E1 4NS

            United Kingdom
            [0003]Queen Mary University of London

            IMC

            Mile End Road

            London E1 4NS

            United Kingdom
            [0004]ActiveArt

            London

            United Kingdom
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/EVA2012.36
            3c9f3d1e-48d5-40f6-b2d1-29e18f1106d2
            © Sara Heitlinger et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012), London, UK

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            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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            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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