For over four years, Electric Pedals has developed the Bicycle Cinema concept. The idea is simple, the energy from twenty adults and children, all working together is combined and used to power a large projector, speaker, mixer and DVD player.   What's really fun is that it's a system that does not use any batteries, so if people stop pedalling then the film stops. However, in all the years we've been doing this, it's never happened. In fact once this is setup in a field, people love cycling and will happily sit pedal and watch a film.. there is rarely a bicycle free.  You can book this event  here .
       
     
 Following are examples of what can be powered using a bicycle and bicycle generator.
       
     
  Written and directed by Mark Arends   Animation by John Horabin   Engineering by   Colin Flash Tonks  /Electric Pedals   When her best friend, a little yellow bird named Tito, goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds – a problem that she is unable to fix alone.    At the End of Everything Else is performed with puppetry, animation, music, sound and only the collective energy of the team on stage to generate all the power needed for the show. Join the Unicorn for a truly unique performance by Mark Arends, writer/director of award-winning Something Very Far Away, which captivated audiences and received rave reviews across the UK.    "Engineer Colin Tonks and Electric Pedals bring new meaning to the term physical theatre by having an on-stage team pedalling static bikes generating the electricity to power this production for over-eights. A bright idea, indeed, to spark enthusiasm in an audience..." The Stage    https://www.unicorntheatre.com/whatson/11/at-the-end-of-everything-else
       
     
 Atmen (or 'Lungs' in english) at the Schaubühne International. Directed by Katie Mitchell, 'the play is about population growth and climate change and the way these two factors make it very tricky when you're young and thinking about having a baby and you care about the world'.  The central conceit of Mitchell’s production is that both the actors are on bicycles. Two main performers are on bicycles and entire show is run on electricity generated in the room during the show. As a result, there are also four other cyclists ranged round the shallow concrete cyclorama, pedalling throughout. The performers control their own lights, the others sound, sound desk and video projection. The video projection shows the world’s population increasing.   By  Duncan Macmillan   Direction  Katie Mitchell   Stage and costume design   Chloe Lamford   Sound design  Ben und Max Ringham   Dramaturgy  Nils Haarmann   Light design  Jack Knowles   Construction of bicycles/power  Electric Pedals   With  Christoph Gawenda, Lucy Wirth
       
     
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  Thames Arts commission, the 50ft structure was designed by Block9 for ‘The Tree of Light’, a series of large-scale outdoor theatre performances and part of the London Cultural Olympiad. Lighting powered by 27 bicycles built inside the structure.
       
     
 UK charities Purple Field Productions (PFP), their partner Temwa and Electric Pedals took an innovative Backpack Cinema to Usisya in Malawi to show educational films in remote areas.  PFP makes educational and humanitarian films for and with people across the world in their local languages and through the support of Temwa, who work in Malawi on community based initiatives in education, health and agriculture, this innovative project will give access to important life saving information in one of the poorest countries in the world.  Screening these films can be problematic in remote areas which have no electricity or even the fuel to power a generator.     Electric Pedals have pioneered a Backpack Cinema which only uses human energy to generate the electricity needed to project a film. The entire kit, including the projector, fits into a rucksack and can easily be carried by a two person team and set up in minutes. Through constant but relaxed pedalling a full length film can be projected for the whole community to enjoy.    The team showed the film ULIMI MCHUMA CHATHU (Farming Our Wealth), an agricultural film made with and for Malawian farmers which demonstrates new techniques for combating the effects of increasing droughts brought about by climate change. It features local farmers demonstrating effective ways of improving productivity and sustainability, thereby improving the quality of life in the poorest rural communities.
       
     
 London Southbank Centre commission for their Winter Festival. Christmas Trees powered using bicycles and hand-bikes. The power generated from the bicycles wa
       
     
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 It's been a year and a half since we met the Head Teacher, Julia Clark of Horniman Primary School at the Green Man Festival. Julia had this big idea to build a bicycle powered radio station in the school playground.A few months after winning one of three £5,000 prize funds, up for grabs in The Guardian 'Schools We'd Like' competition, Julia's dream came true and the Horniman Primary School Bicycle Power Radio Station was launched!   This is an almost real-time system, so there are no batteries. Instead the pupil have to work together to provide a constant energy supply for the DJ by either pedalling the bicycles or turning the hand crank inside the shed. There is a little bit of storage in the shape of an ultra capacitor inside the shed before their energy is turned into mains power.   The teachers plan to use the equipment for science classes and for engaging the children about renewables.  The project was a collaboration between artist Randy Klein, Horniman Primary School Students, Parents and Electric Pedals.
       
     
 In late 2009,  The Great Apes Film Initiative  was struggling in its efforts to bring conservation education to communities located on the edge of the Mgahinga national park, Uganda. It was a victim of its own success, all too often turning people away from screenings due to overcrowding, with some children having to walk more than 20 miles back to their homes without seeing a single image of the mountain gorillas that live unseen alongside them.  What was needed, founder and director Madeleine Westwood saw, was an affordable, sustainable and eco-friendly way of bringing film to even the smallest of villages. The solution? The Pedal-Powered Cinema Project.  Like similar initiatives popping up in cities across the UK, the technology is relatively basic, with the back wheel of a stationary bike fed into a generator, which then powers the projector and sound system. But, even by pedal-powered cinema standards, the screenings taking place across this part of east Africa are simple affairs, with just two children's mountain bikes hooked up to the system and a single guitar amp providing the sound. This means that the whole cinema can be set up and dismantled by a team of two in a matter of minutes. Moreover, it's lightweight enough to carry up to most hilltop villages, yet sufficiently robust to withstand the bumps and potholes of a typical road in rural Uganda. Its carbon footprint and running costs are minimal.  But it's not simply a matter of the bikes being cheaper or greener to run than a petrol generator. In fact, just as in London or New York, the success of the pedal-powered cinema is due in no small part to both its quirkiness and its ability to add an extra element of audience participation to a screening. In short: hook up a petrol-powered generator in a school in Kisoro district to screen a film on gorillas and most of the school's pupils will show up. But do the same using pedal power instead and their teachers, parents and grandparents as well as local officials will not only come along as well, but they'll even queue up for a turn on the bikes.  Since the project was launched around 150,000 children and adults have been able to attend a screening. For many, this will have been the first time they have seen images of gorillas, despite the fact they live right alongside the national park set up to protect the great apes. According to Westwood, the screenings are not just popular, but they are effective too, not least in teaching people about the plight of the gorillas and their natural habitat, even if the mating scenes tend to be the most popular with both children and adults alike.  SYst
       
     
 We worked with artist Jacqueline Passmore to develop bicycle powered Zoetropes and projections inhabit the Tate Modern Tanks for Undercurrent: Young People’s Programme. The public had to pedal hard to power up visuals and project their own views onto the walls of the Tanks to contribute to the discussion around issues that concern young people today.   Tate Modern's Young People’s Programme - Undercurrent, a series of events, installations and interventions by audio, visual, digital and performance artists. Over eleven days the programme invited a diverse range of artists and audiences to explore the relationship and influences of subcultures upon dominant or mainstream culture. At the core is the exploration of the ‘underground’ and the under-represented.    The programme captured the nuances, signifiers and codes of the transference of counter culture, as well as providing participatory and ephemeral art platforms to examine the parallels, contrasts and connections that make or define culture. The Tanks represent a space for new modes of experimentation and participation. Undercurrent, structured and developed for and by young people, re-considers how the exchange of ideas, creative actions, learning and artistic collaborative practices can affect and reconfigure the role of galleries and museums of the twenty first century.
       
     
Human Power Shower - Bang Goes The Theory - BBC One
       
     
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 The success of the Sevenoaks School Science Week has been dramatic over the last five years with 5000 local students visiting in 2011, over 10,000 in 2012 and in excess of 12,000 for 2013. So we were really pleased to have been involved this year, kicking off supporting a Bicycle Powered Skype session with the school's 'twin' in the Maldives. During the session the Maldives school was able to communicate first hand the dramatic effect of climate change on their island.