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Walking Distance Dorchester is a unique way to experience the town of Dorchester. Parasite Ceramics have partnered with Aestheticodes, the developers of a new app that will change how smartphones access information. Using emerging digital technology, each clock contains an embedded code that can be scanned by any smartphone and will direct it to a digital Dorchester with information about the project, including the glossary and the maps for each trail.


  1. Go to the App store and search for Artcodes.
  2. Download the Artcodes App for free on to your smartphone.
  3. On your next visit to Dorchester, locate a clock, open the app on your smartphone and scan the images on the surface at close quarters. There is a recurring element on each clock that is recognised by the app and it will flash green around the correct image to confirm it has been recognised.
  4. The app will take you directly to the glossary page of the website. Here you can find the meanings to the words on each clock.
  5. Once you have activated the project glossary onto your smartphone you can navigate your location, view the remaining clocks on the trail, and access the maps of other trails near you.


Using scanning technology to read information on smartphones is not new. QR codes are now used widely on all forms of media to help the user interact with the product. Aestheticodes are a design and research company who has developed the Visual Recognition App (VCA) so that illustrations and graphics can be scanned in place of the QR codes. The VCA does not recognise the drawing itself, but scans the topography of the drawing and identifies regions within it as codes. The app then uses these codes to trigger a URL. i.e. a unique webpage.

For more information about visual recognition technology, and the design team behind its innovation, please visit


Parasite Ceramics is a creative ceramic practice specialising in community engagement and narrative environments. They respond to a variety of briefs in the commercial and public sector, and produce site-specific ceramic installations, collaborative outcomes, and commemorative products for a wide range of audiences.

Their work draws upon local histories, landmarks and visual language and is often informed by local communities and experts. They celebrate little known or unacknowledged landscapes and places, bringing them back into the public consciousness and into popular culture through the medium of ceramics.

For more information about Parasite Ceramics, please visit