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Come along to the Creative Space, our dedicated space for play and exploration, to play an electronic Jacquard Loom. Inspired by the technology behind Kiki Smith’s tapestries, the Loom Computer Synthesiser created by Owl Project allows you to connect a loom to electronic sound.

The Creative Space is open throughout the duration of Kiki Smith: I am a Wanderer. Join in and weave your own patterns and create your own electronic soundtrack using punch cards.

Intrigued? Dive into our Virtual Creative Space to learn more here.

Inspired by their 2014 Barnaby Festival commission to create a work for Paradise Mill – one of Macclesfield’s silk museums – Owl Project have created a Loom Computer Synthesiser. It simulates how the jacquard loom used punch cards to make patterned cloth, and explores what happens if you try to connect a jacquard loom to electronic sound-making technology.

Owl Project

Owl Project is an art collective formed by Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies.

Drawing on influences such as 70s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology. Owl Project make a distinctive range of musical and sculptural instruments that question human interaction with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new and often disposable technologies.

Notable works include 2012 Cultural Olympiad commission ~Flow, a large-scale floating installation which sonified the flow and salinity of the River Tyne using a range of hand-crafted machines, and the iLog, commissioned by Crafts Council UK. They are based in Rogue studios, Manchester UK.

"Post Pansonic uppercase electronica" The Wire magazine, Nov, 2008

“The Owl Project are a wonderful combination of inventiveness, precision, lateral thinking and single-minded quirkiness” Tim Marlow, White Cube Gallery 2009