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life time

We were delighted to continue our longstanding relationship with Luke Jerram when he invited us to develop the technology underpinning his new Life Time work.

from Luke's website:

Created as an object to contemplate, this piece of silver digital jewellery displays how long the wearer has to live. The jewellery automatically takes data from a Death Clock website and presents it on the LED display. As well as telling us our predicted date of death, the jewellery can also show how many days we have left to live.

In the longer term, the plan is to connect Life Time to a sports activity watch, so as to add or subtract time to a persons life expectancy, depending on how much exercise they do. (Any companies interested in developing this project should contact Luke Jerram).

The jewellery currently displays the artists expected date of death. Luke says:
For me, the object is about becoming conscious of the short time we have on this earth and a reminder to make the most of the time we have left.

The artwork raises many questions and forces us to consider our philosophies of life and death.

If we were to know exactly how long we had left to live, would we want to know and would we want other people to know? Why is talk of death, in the western world, often a taboo subject? How might people of different cultures and religions feel about this artwork? How might wearing this device effect how we live our life? How accurate can a device like this ever be?

Our solution follows our successful principles of reusing off-the-shelf components and coupling them with web based technologies. The product uses an LED name badge which is charged and programmed using a RaspberryPi. The RaPi uses a WiFi connection to the internet to receive updates via our Glue system whenever a user updates information on their online profile.

More information on Luke's website: t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029

site design by David Boultbee ©2013

we are BREAD art

We create unexpected encounters which gently ask you to slow down, stop for a moment and take in your surroundings in the hope that you'll notice something new.

We are artists, makers and creative thinkers, with strong social focus, inspired by spaces and the public realm. We use light, sound and interactive technologies to create the unexpected and seemingly impossible.

We create original and engaging works - multi-sensory experiences, often integrating visual, audible and interactive elements, that invite discovery, develop a sense of place, and encourage audience interactivity with both the work and each other.

We have wide expertise. We develop exciting and ambitious projects. Our creative thinking is backed by the experience to deliver. We work across varied locations, indoors and out, in harsh environments and on sensitive sites.

Our work ranges from community consultation and design and build for the public realm to bespoke creative technology development for private projects. Clients include local authorities, arts organisations, national museums and international companies.

Access to art and creativity is empowering. It engenders a feeling of having a voice, develops a profound sense of identity, ownership of and belonging to the places where we live, and provides a forum from which to explore our own surroundings and links to others.

BREAD delivered its first project in 2009 and is led by David Boultbee t:+44 (0) 774 884 7029