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The Archive of Unrealised Devices

Stansbie, Lisa (2014) The Archive of Unrealised Devices. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 7 (3). pp. 447-457. ISSN 1753-5190

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Google Patents is an eight-year-old virtual searchable database containing the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO) patents, with US patent applications dating back to 1790. This searchable online archive of invention, novelty and innovation is a valuable tool for designers and researchers. As a point of departure for recent art-based research, Google Patents online database is mined by me as a creative practitioner. As an artist-hacker, the found material used in my research arises from patent searches for fantastical machines and devices developed to assist with swimming, dating from the 1870s to the early twentieth century. The retrieved patent, etched drawings and information evidence an understanding of a new sport at particular moments in time. However, almost all of these patents remained ‘unrealized’, only contained within the drawing and text of the patent itself. These patents are used as the visual and conceptual basis for The Swimming Machine Archive (2014), a growing body of collages featuring fictional devices for moving through water.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Lisa Stansbie
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 14:36
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 18:04


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