The Creative Exchange - Hybrid Lives

  • 12 December 2013 - 9 March 2014

This co-working space has been developed as part of FACT’s collaboration with the Royal College of Art on the Time & Motion exhibition. Here you can take a seat anytime during FACT's opening hours and log on to a high speed wifi network in order to work, study, think, dream, make and collaborate with friends and colleagues.

This co-working space has been developed as part of FACT’s collaboration with the Royal College of Art on the Time & Motion exhibition.

Here you can take a seat anytime during FACT's opening hours and log on to a high speed wifi network in order to work, study, think, dream, make and collaborate with friends and colleagues

By choosing to work here you are participating in a dynamic research project that is building new knowledge about how our working lives are changing with digital technology.

This space has been deliberately designed to be a 'hybrid' place for increasingly hybrid lives - where old divisions between office and home, formal and informal, work and leisure no longer apply.

Among the many questions we want to ask you is: what do you need from your workspace? How do you balance openness and privacy in a digital public space?  Does it affect your bio-rhythms differently when you work, rest and play?

You are also invited to come along to a series of events, which will be held in this space during the period of the exhibition. You may well meet researchers in residence from The Creative Exchange (CX) at the RCA who could invite you to be part of their experiments.

Check the Gallery Guide and information screens or ask one of the CX researchers or FACT Gallery Assistants around the space for details of the programme of talks, debates, workshops and hands-on hacking and making activities. Your feedback is also welcome.

The CX Co-Working Space contains three design interventions made by PhD researchers at the Royal College of Art, working with teams of collaborators from academia and business as part of the AHRC-funded Creative Exchange Knowledge Exchange Hub.

Hybrid Lives

Within this space, an interactive light installation measures and displays internet data traffic and video works blend live images of current and historical working life. A textured visual treatment evokes the synthesised nature of digital working.

The physical space, configured to accommodate collaborative working, hosts the visitors who come to work, play or merely observe. The installation itself is also seen as an experimental apparatus, a work in progress through which workplace behaviour and internet activities are revealed and displayed.

This laboratory of collaboration is a public facing frame for the events that take place within it, a socio-technical environment and an experimental playground where surprising encounters can happen and where people can experience novel ideas.

Developed by:

Peter Bosson - Bosson Group, Luke Connoley – Unwork, Ben Koslowski – RCA, John Fass – RCA, Karen Ingham - Swansea Metropolitan University

 

Where Do You Go To?

This installation is about geographically distributed teams of freelancers and distant collaborators sharing images of desks and workspaces as a way to stay connected.

Walking past someone's desk gives a feeling of what the owner is working on, their state of mind and even a sense of their identity. We extended this as a digital app for remote teams to sustain group belonging despite working in a digital space that lacks geographic substance.

We made an app that takes photos and displays the workspace image each team member has shared, and we tested this prototype with a group of collaborators working for the BBC.

Developed by:

Ben Dalton – RCA, Bridget Hardy - Integrans Consulting, Claire McAndrew - The Bartlett, UCL

Rhythmanalysis

How is it with the rhythm in our daily lives - is there an optimal condition for making the best work we can, to the point that psychologists call flow? Rhythmanalysis, a Creative Exchange funded art project, collected the biological rhythms of 10 people from 2 different Liverpool based workplaces over a 24 hour period. This data was used to design a physical art installation, recently shown at FACT, which visualised the biological rhythms of each employee over the course of the day allowing the viewer to see how different work environments impacted their well being.


This project was informed by the generous co-operation of workers at two Liverpool based companies, Minsky's and Sony Entertainment Group.

Developed by:
Alistair Eilbeck – Amaze, Richard Koeck - Liverpool University, Roger McKinley – FACT, Veronica Ranner - RCA

 

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