Simon Blackmore was the first resident artist on the PermaCultures Programme and was at SPACE during March 2009.
Simon makes performative sculptures and installations using sound and custom-made technology that explore the relationship between the physical and digital. Simon also works with the Owl Project - a collaborative group of Manchester based artists who share interests in human interaction with technology and process-led art.
During his time at SPACE Simon developed a drawing machine out of open-source hardware. He constructed a machine to move a small LED accurately through space. To the naked eye this looks simply like a light moving, however long exposure photographsl reveal complex 3-Dimensional forms. The resulting 'light tracings' become a range of plant structures generated through mathematic procedures and influenced by electro magnetic activity. The work offers a visualisation of the flow of data within a given space.
The project is based around a range of open-source hardware and software and includes a RepRap, a self-replicating machine that can be used for rapid prototyping and manufacturing.