Monthly Archives: June 2012

Rotating barrels by Louis Nixon and David Sandbach.

An installation at Crossings, the 10th Biennial of Visual Arts Serbia in 2002. Rotating barrels is a kinetic sculpture consisting of 4 large barrels rotating across a room using a hidden mechanism, with importance placed on the fact that you can’t tell what is in the barrels, or how they are moving.

Item type: Artefact/Device, but with keyword: “installation”.

Sadly I have been unable to find a photograph of the piece but there is more about the work here.

Hat tip: This piece was pointed out to me as an example defiant object by Susan Miles, E-Services Analyst at Kingston during IRMW12 at Senate House.

Creative resource: sustainable materials archive and library by Jakki Dehn.

This is a library of material samples and case studies that were collected by Jakki Dehn during her research looking at sustainable materials for the construction industry.

It is certainly a research output, though this is the first time we have come across a whole library recorded as a singe item in a repository!

Here is a link to the online resource

Item type: Other.

Bridging the gap (Ha-Ha!) Thanksgiving banquet by Julienne Dolphin-Wilding and Linda Lee.

This was a site-specific public sculpture project at Blickling Hall, Norfolk.

The wooden table / bridge crosses the boundary between Imperial land and common land, and the cakes on the table are made from compressed hardwood dust.

Item type: Artefact/Device

Bridging the gap (Ha-Ha!) Thanksgiving banquet.
Clicking the image will take you through to the artist’s website.

The item records for these three items rely quite heavily on the ‘additional information’ field to give repository users an idea of what these works/outputs actually are. Luckily there is quite a lot of information given, but this does rely on the person depositing the item (not necessarily the creator of the work) to make sure that this field gets filled in with enough detail.

Item page with the additional information field highlighted.
Click the image to go to the item record in Kingston’s repository.


We were invited to introduce the Defiant Objects project to other institutional repository folks at IRMW12, hosted by ULCC at Senate House on 15th June 2012.  This event covered all sorts of things related to institutional repositories including embedding repositories; open access, the problems of setting up e-theses at SOAS; research data curation, digital preservation; to special collections repositories and using Pinterest to showcase new items in an NHS repository. Nerves struck as I started speaking – as you can see from the picture below, it’s quite an intimidating space! But hopefully it was coherent enough, and several people approached me afterwards showing an interest in the project and it’s outcomes, offering to tell us about ‘defiant objects’ in their repositories.

Presenting in the imposing Senate Room at Senate House

The flickr gallery from the event is here.

The twitter hashtag is #IRMW12 if you are interested in what was being tweeted throughout the day.