Craig Oates

Return to Ritherdon: Light Wave



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Note: This project is no longer active.

Return to Ritherdon Overview

Before I describe what 'Eyes and Ears' and 'Return to Ritherdon' are, I though it would be best to give you some extra context surrounding it.

'Return to Ritherdon' was an arts-based two year residency, funded by Arts Council England. Nicola Ellis devised the residency alongside Ritherdon & Company Ltd. and Castlefied Gallery. Ritherdon is a manufacturer of metal enclosures and based in Darwen, Lancashire, U.K., Castlefied is an art gallery in Manchester, U.K. and Ellis is an artist. She is, also, based in Manchester. Use the links below for more information on those listed above:

Note: The residency has finished and the information of this page is more for archive purposes than anything else.

Light Wave and 'Personal Flash in Real-Time' Artworks

Light Wave was a support project to help test and monitor the 'Light Meter' devices in Ritherdon (factory). It (Light Wave) provided about a minutes worth of streamed light-reading data from the factory and displayed the readings as animated line graphs. 'Light Meter' is one-of three projects which come together to form the 'Personal Flash in Real-Time' artworks -- which were part of the 'No Gaps in the Line' exhibition, hosted at Castlefied Gallery. If you would like to know more about the exhibition and artworks, please use the following links:

Light Wave screenshot 1
Screenshot of Light Wave's full graphical user interface.

Light Wave screenshot 2
Both welding booths readings can differ by quite a bit.

I wrote Light Wave in Python and it relies heavily on the Matplotlib library. Unfortunately, this project wasn't initially part of the project so there was not much in terms of budget or time to develop it. I built it on a whim -- to begin with -- to help me test and monitor the 'Personal Flash in Real-Time' artwork system. So, it's very basic and a bit awkward to install on new systems. I managed to get it working on Windows but it was awkward. Obviously, it 'works on my machine' (Debian, Linux). For the project's Git repository and documentation, please use the links below:

Links Collection

Below is a list of all the links dotted throughout this page: