The Sounds of Cambridge and Related Pollinations, Mosaic 3DX

‘It was a great ice-breaker to work with Elena because of her experience of working collaboratively. Her regular mentorship was a privilege and helped build our collective confidence, especially on the day of the conference when we were in a commercial environment and the audience were not expecting to interact with us or the artwork.’


During September to October 2013, the young people’s group at Kettle’s Yard and Wysing Arts Centre worked with artist Elena Cologni to build a group identity as well as focus on members’ individual interests and talents. They spent six weeks making a collaborative piece to present at a two-day conference event, held at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, designed to explore the use of technology in the arts.


The final piece, titled Sounds of Cambridge and Related Pollinations, was composed of a reoccurring shape identified in pictures of the city. The interlocking coloured hexagons also carried a line drawing of where the contributed pictures were taken.  Part of the work, which was presented alongside other projects including documentation on the Raspberry Pi collaboration, involved members of the Circuit group activating the sculptural piece.

Two of the young artists performed at the same time, each wearing hexagonal modules, with a third artist interacting and adding further shapes. It was hoped that the performances – or ‘pollinations’ would encourage further involvement by audience members.