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Samantha Penn

Samantha Penn is an independent practice-based researcher in the field of Critical Technical Practice. ┬áSince 2016 she has researched washing machines as influential but unnoticed agents of cultural and technical change. While at Metal she will develop prototypes ahead of a public installation with Andy Freeman – the installation looks at the journey of microplastics from washing machines to riverbeds. She will work on models for a scaled down Waste Water Treatment Plant and will test ways of programming washing machine parts (such as motors and solenoid valves) using arduino/Raspberry Pi. Some of this work will be in collaboration with local artists she has worked with previously – the residency will build on this past work. She will also spend time researching the journey of copper and rubber from source to landfill/recycling plant.