visualisation looking up through the branches of the old ash tree in fine shade woods

Active Ingredient

Active Ingredient have developed a reputation since 1996 for creating award winning interactive artworks merging art, technology and science. Active Ingredient create innovative artworks that bring together location, social networking, bio and environmental sensing, data collection and play. Their work has included installations, large scale projections, mobile phone games and performance. Their work is often interactive and generated in collaboration with the audience, other artists, scientists and technologists.

Active Ingredient are based in Nottingham. They have won the East Midlands New Technologies Initiative award for innovation and were shortlisted for Nottingham’s first Creative Business Awards. Their project Heartlands has won the Nokia Ubimedia Mindtrek Award in 2007 and the Galileo Satellite Navigation Competition in 2009. Active Ingredient is Rachel Jacobs, Robin Shackford, Matt Watkins, Matt Davenport and Rebecca Lee in collaboration with Silvia Leal, Mark Selby, Mike Golembewski, Carlo Buontempo Senior Climate Change Scientist at the Hadley Centre, UK MET office, Prof. Mario Jorge Ferreira de Oliveira and researchers at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub.

A Conversation Between Trees has been funded by Arts Council England, Nottinghamshire County Council and part funded by the RCUK’s Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub grant, EP/G065802/1. The tour has been commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World.  CCANW is grateful to the Jerwood Charitable Foundation for the grant to support A Conversation Between Trees.

The installation is sponsored by Arjowiggins Graphic and Antalis McNaughton.

With thanks to the Rio Botanical Gardens, Bruno Rezende, the Mixed Reality Lab (University of Nottingham), the Forestry Commission, Lizzie Haines, Juliet Robson, Gabriella Giannachi, Bronac Ferran, Paulo Hartmann and Mobilefest.


Horizon is a Research Institute at the University of Nottingham engaged in Digital Economy Research. Established in 2009, this venture represents an initial £40million investment by Research Councils UK, The University of Nottingham and over 40 academic and industrial partners in both a Research Hub and Doctoral Training Centre within the RCUK Digital Economy programme.

Horizon research focuses on the role of ‘always on, always with you’ ubiquitous computing technology in the Digital Economy.

Mixed Reality Lab
University of Nottingham

The Mixed Reality Lab (MRL) at the University of Nottingham is a dedicated studio facility where computer scientists, psychologists, sociologists, engineers, architects and artists collaborate to explore the potential of ubiquitous, mobile and mixed reality technologies to shape everyday life.


Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro / Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden


UK MET office

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

Rufford Country Park

Sherwood Forest

CCANW, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World

Arjowiggins Graphic

Antalis McNaughton

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