13 February 2014

Hybrid Lives 1

The Time & Motion exhibition has been running for over a month now in the galleries at FACT, exploring the rapidly changing world of work and asking important questions about what work actually is. In this digital age, technology and the potential of constant connectivity have undermined notions of a regulated working day and have blurred a clear divide between what is work, and what is pleasure.

Today, two researchers who are investigating what we might call digital public space, will be hosting a series of drop-in workshops in the Co-Working space on the ground floor. These workshops will encourage you to think differently about digital space, physical space and the relationship between the two. You are invited to join in on making digital tweets and other latent data physical, and you will get the chance to draw and model your online social networks - drop in if you’re in the area and be part of the discussion!

Ubiquitous mobile communication, remote collaboration and social networking mean we all produce a stream of digital information. Sometimes this latent data is more visible than we intended, and at other times we want to promote it to the world. Can we develop ways of better understanding the underlying dynamics and find positive uses for this data?

Jimmy Tidey will explore how organisations like FACT leave intangible digital footprints, and how the community of FACT visitors can benefit from this information. How does it mesh with the digital topology of the Ropewalks area, and how does it relate to the visitors to the galleries, cinema and café?  

Benjamin Koslowski will be investigating spatial analogies for understanding online interactions and our privacy in social networking better. What do your Facebook and Twitter look like, and can you actually control who sees what you do online? We will draw and physically model social networks and question the relationship between online and offline interaction. Are there more intuitive ways of moderating our online privacy settings, and can tactics, such as closing a door or building a wall between people, help us get to grips with this?

Jimmy’s background is as a web developer working on aggregating and understanding social media. Benjamin has a background in architecture with an interest in how technology changes our cities and the way that architecture might impact on our experience of digital space. They are Doctoral Researchers with the Creative Exchange at the Royal College of Art in London. The Creative Exchange is an AHRC funded initiative aimed at exploring the potential of the Digital Public Space and generating models for Knowledge Exchange.

If you are in the area today or are visiting FACT, do drop by to join the conversation and draw, model and make, or just come to say hi and have a little chat!

For more information on Digital Space Observatory and to book your place at the Kin Social, please visit the What's On page