It has been nearly three years since our first Digital Futures meetup at the V&A; the programme was initiated in 2012 as an open platform for displaying and discussing work by researchers, artists, designers, companies and other professionals working with art, technology, design, science and beyond. The Digital Futures sessions have been bringing together people from different backgrounds and disciplines with a view to generating future collaborations, but it is also a platform for networking and creative exchange.
Since our first event, Digital Futures has welcomed to the sessions brilliant people and exciting work from students and researchers to artists, designers, theorists, scientists and other professionals, exploring the impact of technology in society and culture and focussing on areas such as internet of things, open data, maker culture, e-waste, value, identity, activism and many more.
Since October 2014 the Digital Futures programme is being co-curated by SPACE and hosted at The White Building, an incubator for discursive and innovative thought, that serves as a testing ground and creative lab for artists and creatives whose work engages with technology.
Some highlights from the sessions that have taken place at The White Building since October include the Money No Object series with Heidi Hinder, initiating discussions and presenting projects on the future of currency and value as well as prototyping sessions exploring alternative exchange systems and currencies. You can find out more about how the project developed at the V&A on some previous posts on the blog: https://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/tag/money-no-object
Another popular event we had in autumn 2014 was Digital Futures: Disobedient Objects, which coincided with the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A. The event included a showcase and a very interesting (and heated!) panel discussion with contributions by Michaela Crimmin, Nina Power, Tobias Revell, Marco Monterzino among others exploring the role of technology, making and DIY media in activism and social change.
Our most recent session, Self Versioning: exploring the potentials of the digital self, which took place in March, presented work by artists who explore and test the boundaries of self representation in our age of networked culture; the discussion brought together artists such as Erica Scourti, Camille Baker, Alisa Leimane, Christina Papagiannouli, EJ Major, Stacey Pitsillides and Pete Wardle.
Our next meetup, Rebooting the Digital Commons, coincides with ‘All of This Belongs to You’ , and it is looking at how open technologies and open source communities are driving civic awareness, innovation and social change.
The event will bring together a group of artists, designers, researchers and theorists to share their work and engage in an informal discussion. Some of the people taking part include: Sarah Gold, designer working with civic design, emerging digital infrastructures, data architectures and digital tools for a more democratic society, Ele Carpenter, curator, writer and researcher in politicised art and social networks of making, John Bingham-Hal, Researcher, Theatrum Mundi, a professional network of urbanists and artists in different cities; a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion about cultural and public space in the city, Bhavani Esapathi, Writer & Speaker on Digital Innovation within the Arts, and more to be confirmed.
Digital Futures: Rebooting the Digital Commons is taking place on Tuesday 26 May, from 16.00-20.00 at The White Building, Queen’s Yard White Post Lane, #Unit 7, E9 5EN London
The event is free to attend and drop-in.