Digital Space Observatory

23 January / 1.30pm - 6pm / FREE / Followed by the Kin Social in The Garden by LEAF

This drop-in workshop consist of a series of short exercises to help us to think differently about digital space and physical space.

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?

Benjamin Koslowski will be investigating spatial analogies for understanding online interaction and controlling privacy. We will physically model social networks and question the relationship between online and offline interaction. Are there more intuitive ways of moderating our online privacy settings, using analogies such as closing a door or building a wall between people?

Jimmy Tidey will explore how people who visit 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 FACT as an organisation?  

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. Jimmy’s background is as a web developer working on aggregating and understanding social media.  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.

Following the Digital Space Observatory event, the Kin Social will be taking place in The Garden by LEAF. If you would like to attend the Social, please RSVP here.

Led by Benjamin Koslowski and Jimmy Tidey