The Urbonas Studio residency at Modern Art Oxford finished last week with the maiden voyage of our biomimetic raft inspired by jellyfish and lilypads, made from recycled materials and neoprene, and using a yuloh paddle (thanks to Mike Bedwell). We had an exciting journey down river from Medley Sailing Club on Port Meadow to Osney Mill Marina. We plan to develop the raft to incorporate a water filtration system and a media lab enabling us to undertake a journey interviewing people along the river and recording and broadcasting underwater. During our MAO residency we made 15 film interviews.
Many thanks to all the people and organisations who helped make the project possible including Emily Korchmaros, Michael Stanley at Modern Art Oxford, Laura Degenhardt, Stephanie Turner, Scot Blyth, Lucia, Paul Teigh, Sarah Plumb, Julie Turley, Matt, Chris, Kay, Itzsy, Rectory Farm, Orinoco, Tony Munsey at Osney Mill Marina, Philip Colbourn at St Edward’s School Boatyard, Kate Rew at the Outdoor Swimming Society, Tim Eastop at the Canal & River Trust, Oxford Brookes University, Association of Art Historians, Jonathan & Jane at The Isis Farmhouse, Barry at The Goldfish Bowl, Ryan Pink, Mike Blow, Ieva Kausteklyte, Taz Majid, Haavard Helle, James Hudson, Rachel Cheer,
and to our film subjects in Oxford: Mike Bedwell, Mark Davies, Sarah Markham at Godstow Lock with Mick Lyons and Tony Cross, Russell Robson at the Environment Agency, Richard Bailey of City Barge Rowing Club, Liz Lake, Will McCallum, Vicky Sweetlove, Zena Kamash, Neil and Sem at Salter’s Steamers, Chris Perrins, Bill Heine, Peter Travis at Falcon Rowing Club, Oxford Academicals Rowing Club and wild swimmers at Radley, and in Cambridge, US: Kurt Hasselbach at MIT Museum, Joseph A. Paradiso at MIT, Karl Haglund, Fran Charles at MIT Sailing Club, Renata von Tscharner from the Charles River Conservancy Trust.
Our blog: www.vilma.cc/river