An Update on Work In Progress
As part of the Dick Institute Museum & Art Gallery’s summer exhibition Ayrshire Innovators, artists Guy Bishop, Alan Brown & Matt Hulse have been commissioned to create an interactive exhibit, Dunlop’s Pedal Powered Time Machine.
Participants will be invited to sit upon & pedal a hand-built bicycle, powering a series of visual effects including moving imagery produced by a zoetrope, which rapidly rotates static images to create one of the oldest forms of optical illusion.
The work is inspired by Ayrshire-born John Boyd Dunlop’s invention of the ‘practical pneumatic tyre’ & his contemporary, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, credited with the invention of the pedal bicycle, or ‘velocipede’. Matt proposed the original idea for the exhibition & the three Scottish-based artists developed the idea collaboratively, designing & constructing devices that could be used to explore the emergence of the world’s most popular form of sustainable transport.
The exhibit will be set in an imagined workshop-come-drawing room, creating a ‘hive of activity’ in which inventors such as Dunlop may have worked, with experiments, half-finished inventions & new ideas spilling over into the domestic environment.
The materials used in the exhibit will be sourced from scrap yards & recycling centres, ensuring that the project stays true to its aim of re-using where possible. Some of the Dick’s own museum artifacts will be incorporated to help set the scene. The complex network of handle-bars, tyres, wires & spokes will create a sense of playful experimentation, reminding us that innovation is often the result of a seemingly chaotic & untidy process of trial & error.
Guy Bishop runs his own studio in Edinburgh working mainly in mechanical construction & sculpture for exhibition & national theatre companies. He previously worked with Matt on the major touring kinetic installation project, The Harrachov Exchange.
Alan Brown works in moving image & new media, modifying consumer devices & circuitry, creating tools for exhibition & performance. He too has worked with Matt, designing the website Dummy Jim.
Matt Hulse’s CV can be found here.
The show runs from May 30th – September 12th at the Dick Institute Museum & Art Gallery.