Flunstellas are flocks, clusters and constellations of ideas, memories and emotions. Flunstellas are all around us. The project asks people to imagine that our thoughts are visible things, with a life of their own inhabiting the spaces we share.

Flunstellas and the Future of Learning was an artwork by Neil Winterburn and students from year 8 & 9 at Weatherhead Media Arts Academy for the FACT atrium space. It was shown as part of the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition. The artwork included a giant papercraft installation of the thoughts of a character called Charlie, 3D models of thoughts and computer games in which avatars thoughts could be explore by flying around a classroom space.


As part of a residency in the school, students participated in he first ever Flunstellas course. Students were introduced to Flunstellas and explored what it would be like if they could see thoughts floating around their classrooms. They categorised different kinds of thoughts, designed 3D models of different ideas, memories and emotions and programmed them with emergent interactive behaviours.
This is a 3D model of an angry emotion, created by a student at Weatherhead Media Arts Academy whilst taking part in the first ever Flunstellas course.

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‘An Angry Emotion’ is part of ‘The Weatherhead High Flunstellas Model Library’ by Weatherhead High Fact/Flunstellas Group which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.flunstellas.org.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at neil.winterburn@flunstellas.org.

For more information about this project see the Flunstellas website or the HowToSeeThoughts.org site which documents and shared the creative process.