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LICA Research Seminar: Drew Hemment:

Date: 16 March 2010 Time: 4.00 pm

Venue: B17 Bowland Annexe (Art Building)

Drew Hemment (Lancaster University, LICA/Imagination)

Curating living labs on art, society and technology

A discussion of the work of ImaginationLancaster with a focus on the collaboration with FutureEverything and recent projects including Environment 2.0 and Open Data Cities. Here a methodology has been developed in which participatory art-design experiments offer a means to observe, challenge, stimulate and advance applied knowledge on art, society, the city, environmental sustainability and technology. Activity can include artworks, social entrepreneurship projects, technological innovations, and projects harnessing everyday creativity.

The method is conceived as an emerging approach to Art Curation, in which the curator adopts the role of a disruptor, staging participatory experiments in modern urban living that lead to people seeing a problem differently and can contribute to change. It also has characteristics of Design and Designing Thinking, in particular participatory design, by virtue of addressing the implementation of the creative ideas within the wider process, and due to its engagement in applied societal concerns.

The most recent joint project was the Environment 2.0 collaboration with the Met Office and Natural History Museum on participatory mass observation of climate and biodiversity. The current joint project Open Data Cities, looking at how cities today are vast repositories of information, endlessly collecting and archiving data, and leading the charge to make Manchester an Open Data City. This exploratory research feeds in and out of the FutureEverything Festival, which acts as a Living Laboratory for participatory experiments


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts


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