Samantha Penn is an independent practice-based researcher in the field of Critical Technical Practice. Since 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.