~Flow, by Owl Project and Ed Carter, is a tidemill – a floating building on the River Tyne generating its own power using a tidal water wheel. The building houses electro acoustic musical machinery and instruments responding to the constantly changing environment of the river, generating sound and data.
~Flow spans artforms, blending contemporary and traditional methods, combining sculpture, cutting edge technology, hand crafted wooden instruments, architecture, precision engineering and electronic music to create an astonishing audio-visual public artwork. Everyone’s experience of ~Flow is unique, as the instruments respond directly to the ever-changing state of the river. The sounds created by each instrument can also be manipulated by visitors to the millhouse.
Over 40,000 people visited the free-to-board artwork, which was moored on the Newcastle quayside from March-September 2012, created as part of Artists taking the lead, one of twelve large-scale public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Ed Carter – Project lead (original concept and producer)
Owl Project – Artistic lead
Nicky Kirk – Architect
Beth Bate, Tom Higham, Nicola Singh – Programme curation and production
David Willcox – Waterwheel designer
Amble Boat Company – Construction
Buro Happold – Structural engineers
Arts Council England