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participation | media | technology | art


Your secret is safe with the canal!

Commissioned by Super Slow Way for Burnley Canal Festival, The Ripples invited visitors to speak into a tube. The secrets and stories they told were then interpreted as bubbles and ripples on the surface of the canal.

Although the secret can be seen and each one looks different, there's no way of knowing what was said. Instead the energy created by the ripples is stored in the canal and passed along its length to Liverpool and Leeds.

An engaging object in its own right, the artwork is also envisaged as something that could be permanently installed and become part of the creative infrastructure of the area - something that could be taken over by different groups and adapted to integrate within a performance or cultural activity.

Once a key transport route, the canal now carries fibre optic cables and is so once again an important communications link. The artwork invites us to consider how we see data and where we send it. Who can see it? Are we sure that we retain access to it?

The work would not have been in place without the huge efforts of Jennifer Chung and Matthew Swarbrick. Huge thanks to them! 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