By Nadine Lessio & Lee Wilkins
Machine Yearning is generated from personal ads around the internet. It is the machine reaching back.
By Lee Wilkins
Voids is a project about creating self reflexive spaces, and amplifying the space between your brain and yourself. These spaces you can put your head into create unique relationship to yourself.
By Lee Wilkins and Hillary Predko
Liquid crystal thermo chromatic pigments heated with resistive thread. Space Suit responds to asteroids around Earth using NASA Astroid API.
This collaborative sensing project was done at the Digital Naturalism conference in Panama in 2019.
The sensor can pickup ultrasonic bat sounds, however the two wearers must work collaboratively. One person can only move the sensor, and the other can only hear through a bone conducting transducer. They must hold hands and communicate as they move through the jungle listening to bats.
By Little Dada (Lee Wilkins and Hillary Predko)
With help from Hand Eye Society, Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto Arts Council and facilitated by Joungwha No,
By Lee Wilkins (Programming and artistic direction) and Samantha Wong (Creative direction)
Tadpole Soundscapes of Gamboa is a generative soundscape made in collaboration with wildlife of Gamboa. The audio is generated via Processing through a live webcam feed of tadpoles. Recordings are compiled from various artists to create a unique soundscape based on the movement and patterns of the observed tadpoles. As the tadpoles move and evolve, so does the soundscape.
Recordings featured by: Peter Marting, Michael Ang, Lee Wilkins.
Earth Resist, Ontario Place 2018-2019
Ryan Longo, Shan Honoridez, L Wilkins
The Organ is an interactive installation currently on permanent exhibit in Toronto Centre for Social Innovation. As the player interacts with the piano, the lights respond to the notes and speed of the interaction.
Collaborators: Hillary Predko // Little Dada
Role: Designer, artist, programmer, drone pilot.
Re:Familiar explores our relationship to the technological sublime. We have reimagined the body in relationship to the server room, a key site of information exchange. Cables, fans, and ethereal UV leds cover the body, in an embodiment of the infrastructure of technology. The dress is fabricated with a body suit built from Ethernet cables covered in photoluminescent pigments that wrap around the body, encasing the model. Her peplum armature contains blower fans arranged to lift and blow streams of silk at her hips.
This project features an AR Parrot drone carrying the train of a dress down the runway. The drone is controlled by custom software, and follows the model wherever she goes. Silk chiffon connects the woman to the drone – billowing and blowing as the propellers spin. Re:Familiar explores our desire to control technologies, casting the drone as a servant.
Part spectacle, part speculation, the Drone Dress has dazzled crowds on the runway at Make Fashion, and exhibited with an AR version of the runway performance alongside digital storytelling agency No Campfire Required.
Collaborators: Lindy Wilkins, Hillary Predko: LittleDada.ca, Alanna Predko: installation and fabrication. Tom Hobson: Textiles. Matt Nish-Lapidus: Audio. Special thanks to: Daemon Retren, Dolly Deals, Rhys Mendes, Shaughn Martel, Dani Jones, Meena Dandelion.
For EDIT Festival 2017
Role: Designer, artist, electronics and Luminaudio
This installation explores untold stories of women in the space industry, both historical and contemporary, through the construction of an interactive environment that references early computational technologies. Little Old Lady Memory, or rope core memory encoded the programs that enabled the Apollo missions, woven by women in factories. We are drawing upon the delegation of craft as ‘women’s work’, and revealing the ways these crafts have supporting advanced scientific invention. This installation also explores the relationship between jacquard looms and computation, and the ways in which the textile industry laid groundwork for early programming languages.
The work is intended as a tool for learning the rich history of innovation that brought humanity off of our planet. Audio can be explored through an interactive light tapestry, using Luminaudio technology. Custom devices are used to decode the audio signals, so listeners can interact with to reveal the unsung stories of female computer programmers.. It is through exploration that we become curious and we hope to inspire all kinds of people to imagine the possibilities beyond our atmosphere.
We created custom punch cards, based on the format of Fortran cards. Over 4000 cards were punched and sewn together, commemorating the repetitive labour that went into these early forays into the stars.
Collaborators: Hosted by the festival of curiosity and Make Fashion in Dublin. Photographer Kelly Hofer. Producer: Kenzie Housego and Catherine Larose.
Role: Technical director, programmer, electronics and design development.
Ally Nolan (Overall Winner)
Queen of the Night
Curiosity Studio 2017 future/fashion Design Award
‘Contact / Comfort’
Maureen Selina Laverty
‘Where’s my Arm Hole / My Head’s Stuck’
Dearbhla O’ Beirne
Collaborators: Hillary Predko // Little Dada.
Working alongside a lyra dancer, Android Apparatus was built to work with the performer and the lyra, enhancing her performance without hindering her movement. We created a heat map along with the dancer, determining what areas of the body were in high contact with the hoop, and which areas had low contact. The piece was built to cover the non-dominant arm, and the chest. These areas do not make contact with the hoop, and were thus ideal areas to place the constructed armour.
An accelerometer was attached to the dancer while she rehearsed, and we collected data from her movements. This data was visualized using a custom Processing script, and integrated with the pattern pieces for the armour. We iteratively combined the data visualization with the pattern while laser cutting and testing the form. The final piece is laser cut vegetable tanned leather formed into shape using traditional leather moulding techniques.
The piece has LEDs that respond to an accelerometer built into the garment. As the dancer performs, the costume glows responsively, brightening and dimming, changing colour to compliment both the range and intensity of motion.
Collaborators: Dushan Milic and the Gladstone Hotel for Grow Op 2017
Role: Designer, Artist, Programmer, fabricator
Orchestrion is an audio and data visualization installation based on the weather in Toronto in 2017. The room consists of 3 music boxes, each playing a score generated by the local weather data – One playing moisture, one sunlight, and one air pressure. Together, these 3 individual tunes create a soundscape throughout the room.
Collaborators: Hillary Predko / Little dada
Readymades V0.1 is a prototype of a platform to allow E-Textiles to be used without soldering or difficulty. This consists of 3 custom designed boards, the FizzPop which allows for simple control over high powered components, the ScuddleBug which allows for movement, and the Luminous BeepBoop which allows for control large amounts of light without code. These are alpha versions, with further iterations scheduled for release in 2018.
Collaborators: Design Workshop Architects. Interior Design Show 2018, Alex Leitch, Jane Hacker
Role: Technical lead
How Bright Is Our Future is an interactive immersive installation that collects data on the viewer’s opinion about the future of technology. Over the duration of the installation, data gathered appears on the screen indicating a live feed of how the crowd is feeling about the future – hopeful or fearful.
The installation uses screen-printed capacitive touch sensors connected with a local wifi signal.
Make change is an annual conference about Maker Culture and social change run by Lindy Wilkins, Hillary Predko, Izzie Colpits Campbell, Erica Tiberia and Dani Jones.
Collaborators: Hillary Predko / Little Dada for Maker Festival 2015 Launch Party
Role: Programmer, Artist, Laser operator
Toastraits is an interactive installation that allows people to have their faces etched into toast! Step 1, take a photo, step 2, eat your toasty face.
This featured a custom piece of software that converted webcam photos into assembled laser-able files across a local server.
Make Friends is a meet up hosted by Little Dada since 2015 in Toronto. We invite Makers, creators and educators to discuss the future and current state of the Maker movement in Toronto. This event has been hosted in dozens of spaces across the GTA, exploring business models, hosting workshops, and creating a more connected community.
Collaborators: Nadine Lessio, Tom Hobson, Jon Griemen, Josh McLain
The Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas hackthon is an annual tradition to create complete garbage in the world
Splice is a project about genetic mutations. Each suspended shape is programmed to represent a genetic mutation. There are 4 types of shape behaviours, each representing TCGA, and are sequenced to mimic the human genome.
Collaborators: Dushan Milic
Role: Programmer, fabricator
The Sublime Apparatus is an interactive installation that allows the viewer to ride a bicycle on the surface of Mars, in the depths of the ocean, and the data of the stock market.
By using real data, a bike has been fitted with a device that controls the difficulty of peddling to match data sequences, allowing the rider to map the un-ridable topographies of our universe.
Sagan Yee art / unity programming / art
Lindy Wilkins peripheral fabrication
Nadine Lessio networking / arduino programming
Alicia Contestabile Producer / PR / magical girl
Jenn Woodall character art
Maggie McLean music