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2nd Oct 2015

Member Challenge: Design and Build a Scrambling Message Machine

Image: Section of 1873 Atlantic Telegraph cable encrusted with coral and shells

Info and Application Form

To commemorate the successful laying of the Atlantic Cable in 1866, The AHRC-funded project, Scrambled Messages: The Telegraphic Imaginary 1857-1900 is planning an art-and-science exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London which will run September 2016- early February 2017.  

The exhibition title is Victorians Decoded:  Art and Telegraphy

We are inviting imaginative preliminary designs for an interactive messaging machine, to be displayed at the exhibition. 

The exhibition will be free and open to a broad public. Our aim is to display the connections between ideas relating to the history of telegraphy and the art and literary culture of the Victorian period for visitors, including school students, tourists from the UK and abroad, technophiles and consumers of culture spanning a wide age range.

The machine should be visually effective, arresting, surprising, amusing, and create an engaging encounter with the visitor.  It should hold its own amongst the display of large-scale Victorian painting.  

Download the full breif and application form

The Prize

- receive a cash prize of £600 upon completion of machine
- be named in press releases about the exhibition
- be invited to present the machine at the Grand Opening Party and/or Press Preview or the exhibition
- the opportunity to present your work for the machine at the international academic conference which accompanies the exhibition

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