Samsung Power Sleep by Vika Nightingale

An app which taps into processing power of your phone to contribute to research...

Our mobile phones generally lie dormant while we’re asleep, which means that millions of powerful processors are going unused for hours at a time. Samsung Austria and the University of Vienna’s Faculty of Life Sciences have teamed up to try and tap the potential of all that unused processing power. Power Sleep is a new Android app that allows mobile phone users to donate the processing power of their devices to scientific research while they are asleep.

The Power Sleep app provides users with a simple alarm clock function. When the alarm is set and the user’s phone is plugged in, fully charged and connected to a Wi-Fi network, the app begins to process data sent from the Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP) database. The research is focused on deciphering protein sequences in order to help with medical advancements in disciplines such as genetics and heredity, biochemistry, molecular biology and cancer research.

”In order to fight diseases like cancer and Alzheimers, we need to know how proteins are arranged,” says Thomas Rattei, professor of bioinformatics at the University of Vienna. “This requires trials that need a tremendous amount of processing power. Power Sleep is a bridge between science and society. It promotes not only our research, but allows people in Austria to become part of the project and, at the same time, to do good in their sleep.”

Power Sleep is connected to the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), a network that links around 60,000 PCs worldwide and harnesses their processing power for computational-based research. The app extends the reach of BOINC to include mobile devices, which Martin Wallner, senior director of IT & Mobile at Samsung Electronics Austria, points out are not necessarily much less powerful than computers nowadays.

BBC Talent by Vika Nightingale

Safety for Augmented Reality by Vika Nightingale

Modern Languages by Vika Nightingale

There is a bank of information on each language and the resources associates with them here.

Magic Squares by Vika Nightingale

An arrangement of distinct numbers in a grid, where the numbers in each row, column and main diagonals add up to the same sum, is a peculiar example of ancient mathematics. 

2 7 6
9 5 1
4 3 8

(Here the sum is 15.)

The constant that is the sum of every row, column and diagonal is called the magic constant, M. Every normal magic square has a constant dependent on n, calculated by the formula: 

M = [n(n2 + 1)] / 2. 

For normal magic squares of order n = 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, the magic constants are, respectively: 15, 34, 65, 111, 175, and 260.

The earliest example is the one of the Lo Shu square (as early as 650 BC) in China. In Albrecht Dürer's magic square the sum 34 can be found in the rows, columns, diagonals, each of the quadrants, the center four squares, and the corner squares. 

16  3   2  13
5  10  11  8
9   6   7  12
4  15  14  1

A magic square is also featured on the walls of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, designed by Gaudi. 

In the mid-nineteenth century, an amateur puzzle enthusiast in New York named Palmer Chapman made a physical model of a fourth-order magic square but left out one piece so that the individual cells could slide around. This was known as the 15 Puzzle. In the 1970’s, Erno Rubrik, a Hungarian designer, was attempting to recreate the 15 puzzle in three dimensions when he came up with the Rubik’s Cube. 

Expert Workshop on Creative Visiting by Vika Nightingale


It was been a pleasure to take part in a workshop on museum and gallery visiting empowered by technology and the concept of gift-giving. 

The workshop was led by Lesley Fosh 

a PhD candidate in the Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham, whose research looks at the design of mobile visiting experiences for museums and art galleries ( both personalised and supportive of group visiting), combining human-computer interaction with museum studies.

Teamed with several arts and business professionals (the Creative Quarter, University of Nottingham, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Castle), various problem-solving, concept and business development activities constituted the day. 

Swagger for Families by Vika Nightingale

YouTube launched its people's voice campaign to look back on the best video ads in its history. There are many very powerful commercials, such as Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, Dove Real Beauty Sketches, Friskies Dear Kitten, Save the Children Most Shocking Second a Day. 

Yet this particular ad by Saatchi & Saatchi LA is the one I have not seen before and which stayed with me due to its tongue-in-cheek lyrics, the factor of the unexpected and, perhaps, faux pas hip-hop. 

Uploaded on 2 May 2010 

"Watch as the Sienna Family drops their hot new single, Swagger Wagon. This goes out to all you minivan families out there who get a Sienna SE for space but fill it with your family's swagger.
To learn more about the Sienna SE visit or download the free MP3 at"

Swagger Wagon by Toyota

"So I am waiting here... (down low)" by Vika Nightingale

The activity of looking back is hardly ever fruitless. Today I have discovered that once upon a time I was involved in music video. 

Ben Haynes - Waiting Here (Music Video by Media Arcade) Directed by Liam Joseph & Jonathan Terry, Cinematography by Alex Finlay, Filmed at The Bonnington Studios Nottingham Trent 2012.

Thanks to Media Arcade .

Faces of Nottingham by Vika Nightingale

Barney Melton and his father launched a book and an exhibition last week, cataloguing the current residents of Nottingham. All shots were made as either paper positives and tintypes on a large-format camera. Pleased to be part of this project.

Offsping Photomeet by Vika Nightingale


In March I was asked to support a wonderful event Offspring Photomeet, which provides a platform for photographers to showcase their work, get reviewed by professional editors and artists, meet new collaborators and learn. Photomeet is a great initiative by photography professionals in London to nurture links in the industry and beyond.  

Portfolio Reviewers:

Monica Allende photo editor Sunday Times Magazine / Simon Bainbridge editor British Journal of Photography / Tony Bell photo editor The Observer New Review / Helene Binet photographer / Emma Bowkett photo editor The FT Weekend Magazine / Giacomo Brunelli photographer / Polly Bradenphotographer / Tim Clark editor 1000 Words / Kate Edwards photo editor Guardian Weekend Magazine / George Georgiou photographer / Lydia Goldblatt photographer / Pal Hansen photographerEleanor Macnair Photography Communication Consultant / Mimi Mollica photographer / Johanna Neurath design director & commissioning editor Thames & Hudson / Laura Pannack photographer / Lou Siroy photo editor The Times / Frede Spencer director Twenty Twenty / Muir Vidler photographer

Afternoon Talks: 

SATURDAY - Brandei Estes, Deputy Director at Sotheby's & Helen Trompeteler , Associate Curator of Photographs at the NPG 

SUNDAY - Ken Flaherty, Founder of Doomed Gallery & Matt Martin, Founder Photocopy Club

Evening Photohub: 

George Georgiou's Last Stop official London launch.

Helen, Sun, Marley and me with  Giacomo Brunelli. Photo by Toby Brunt.

Helen, Sun, Marley and me with Giacomo Brunelli. Photo by Toby Brunt.

The Concerned - D&AD by Vika Nightingale

AS attending the D&AD Judging Week 2015 this week was a joy, and I have a long-standing interest in communications in we are.

Volkswagen. Incredibly scary. Please do not mention the air bags. 

This advert reminds me of another 'Eyes on the Road" campaign for Chevrolet. See here. 

 Prince's Trust. No explanation required. 

St. John Ambulance. A different commercial was presented during the festival, with a mother trying to get into a swimming pool, where her child is drowning. Unfortunately for her, the surface of the pool turned into a solid barrier. 

In China someone is injured in a traffic accident every three minutes, and every ten minutes, someone dies as result of one. Pedestrians and drivers failing to acknowledge and obey traffic signs is key to these tragic statistics. Working with client Buick of Shanghai General Motors, Lowe China has created a road safety campaign to alert drivers about obeying traffic signs. Lowe contacted real accident victims and invited them to participate in our campaign by holding up traffic signs at the spots where their accidents actually happened.
— Lowe and Partners (

Ladov and Observer's paradox by Vika Nightingale

Who is Mrs Robinson? by Vika Nightingale

No Church in the Wild by Vika Nightingale

Gareth McConnell by Vika Nightingale

Welcome by Vika Nightingale

So now my website will feature a blog from now on: newly curated material alongside some from my archive. Topics will include: VISUAL ARTS AND CULTURE, TECHNOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, WRITTEN WORD, and more.