Poi Risograph



Room 13 international Artist in Residence 2015/2016

Interactive artwork and collaboration with third year Music class & Mr Young

Lochaber High School May/June 2016


Watch: https://vimeo.com/193563875 Documentary film 2m45s

A homage to John Cage prepared piano by Lochaber High School S3 Music class; applying new and experimental ideas and methods to music, art and technology. The film showcases the pupils; pictures and film, sound from field and voice recordings; sculptural objects, drawings and interactive artwork.

21st Century Tool

The project began with a electronic tool called a Touch Board – allows any surface to connect to the digital world by conductive material or electronic paint. A Touch Board has 12 electrodes that can be extended to create individual touch sensors. I saw this tool as a potential to engage with pupils and teachers from a range of subjects in the high school. Third year Music class used the tool to make sculptural sounds/‘instruments’.

The word Poi comes from a tradition of performance art using voice, music, objects and dance (originated from New Zealand). It also means object manipulation and is used here as a symbol of young people shaping and constructing their own learning.

Poi Artist Statement

Lunch Ideas Group – page two