Schmelfhelp art + audio + design by Tara Pattenden

Infinity +1
Phantom Chips at Unconscious Archives
Misty Conditions
Fusion Festival 2013
Report from 'Temporary Urban Circuits' workshop
Infinity +1
Infinity +1

I’m currently in Melbourne conducting workshops as part of Signal 37, a holiday program for young people.  Infinity +1 is a workshop that experiments with physical interfaces for video performance.  We have a great group of girls in the workshop and are assisting them to create digital textile prints, costumes, knits, analogue circuits and abstract video […]

Phantom Chips at Unconscious Archives
Phantom Chips at Unconscious Archives

Phantom Chips zips up her home made wearable synths and buttons up her power supply to bring you an un-fashion show like no other. Phantom Chips is my new audio performance name.  I performed as part of Unconscious Archives at Apiary Studios earlier this month, inviting the audience to wear and play some home made […]

Misty Conditions
Misty Conditions

I’ve recently done the artwork for the soon to be released Misty Conditions album on Planet Mu.  Here’s a peek at it… Tweet

Fusion Festival 2013
Fusion Festival 2013

I took a group of costumes to Fusion Festival to do walkabouts as part of the Cabaret at the End of the World. Tweet

Report from ‘Temporary Urban Circuits’ workshop
Report from 'Temporary Urban Circuits' workshop

In March I ran a workshop in creating circuitry to install on the streets as part of the (Il)legal Aesthetics program held by the Migrating Art Academies.  This was the first time I had visited the Estonian Ptarmigan and my first involvement since leaving in March 2010.  The Ptarmigan ee space is a large and much […]

Temporary urban circuits: electronic public art
Temporary urban circuits: electronic public art

Next weekend I am travelling to Tallinn to present the following workshop Temporary urban circuits: electronic public art workshop : electronics : urban : public intervention March 09, 2013 – March 10, 2013 12:00 –> ?? 5.00€ (for materials) With the increase in DIY electronics techniques (as information is shared online and participation-based activities, such […]

Scraps Photoshoot
Scraps Photoshoot

New promotional photos for Australian synth pop artist, Scraps. Tweet

A little bit of sewing
A little bit of sewing

This week I have been sewing some head pieces and other appendages for Linttulalaa a group of wearable synths I will be showing during Summer Saturnalia in the yorkshire dales this summer.   Tweet

Sequencer beginnings
Sequencer beginnings

One of the outfits in Maelstrom 2600 will be a sequencer.  I have been experimenting with the sequencer designs in Nic Collin’s book Handmade electronic instruments.  I am thinking that this sequencer would also work as a gate to control other audio.  This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, […]

knitting nancy
knitting nancy

Testing out making stretch sensors using a knitting nancy.  I think this could be quite good.  At STEIM showed me some they had made where they used elastic to make sure they snapped back into shape.  So far I’m testing what feels good.  I think a combination of wool and resistive yarn gives a good […]

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This blog is to track my research and artworks. I create new media works and am currently focused on wearable art for participatory performance.

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