Featured projects

The following are external links to projects, talks and research from around the world that speak to the interest areas of .birches - these links and other resources will also be shared across our social media platforms. If you have a project you would like to feature here, please let us know in the contact section.


Harvest - by Julian Oliver

HARVEST is a work of critical engineering and computational climate art. It uses wind-energy to mine cryptocurrency, the earnings of which are used as a source of funding for climate-change research. Taking the form of a 2m wind turbine with environmental sensors, weatherproof computer and 4G uplink, HARVEST ‘feeds’ from two primary symptoms of our changing climate: wind gusts and storms. It does this by transforming wind energy into the electricity required to meet the demanding task of mining cryptocurrency. 


Building Things - by Leafcutter John

Leafcutter John is a London based songwriter, electronic musician, and artist. He frequently builds innovative sound recording and generating hardware and software that he uses in his compositions, many of which incorporate field recordings and elements of country and pastoral environments. Check out some of his sound hacks at the link.


Future Tech and Country Living - by Julio Gil

Urbanization is reaching the end of its cycle, says logistics expert Julio Gil, and soon more people will be choosing to live (and work) in the countryside, thanks to rapid advances in augmented reality, autonomous delivery, off-the-grid energy and other technologies. Think outside city walls and consider the advantages of country living in this TED talk.


The Powerplant - by Živko Kondić

Živko Kondić is an artist who creates beautiful images of fantastical environments based on his native Serbia. Many of these works, especially those of his Alterslavia series, combine pastoral landscapes with futuristic industrial technology. View large form versions of these works and behind the scenes video of their composition at the link below.