Today I found two crabs hiding in the pool of the Urchin tile. One Hermit crab and one that looked like a shore crab which I also got a photo of. Can you spot it?
If you’ve visited Hannafore beach recently you may have noticed the appearance of strange-looking concrete tiles on the outfall pipe leading from the beach.
The tiles have been designed to provide habitat for marine species on man-made concrete structures as part of my PhD project at Falmouth university. We are currently testing a few tiles on the outfall pipe on Hannafore to see if they do what we expect of them.
Paper presented at the CI for Critical Response conference 1st April 2014
*Studio Photos by Carolyn Arnold
It was never my plan to use Contact Improvisation, or any other movement practice for that matter, in my research. The weekly CI jams were the place I would go to to clear my mind and get away from the academic work.
In the last few weeks I have been completely immersed in production of the models and moulds for the concrete tiles.
And though I have left aside the theoretical aspects of the project, I feel I am starting to gain a better understanding of what it actually means to design with non-human species in mind.
I’ve spent the past week in the new Makernow lab at Uni cutting the final model for my concrete tiles.
The tiles incorporate habitat for molluscs (in the side grooves) and a surface designed to attract barnacle growth.
The facets were originally created in a software glitch passing from Rhino to Mayka but I decided to adopt them as I kinda liked them.