Blockchain Ruralities: Novel digital geographies in the Scottish Highlands


  • 4pm

  • Evolution House, Design Informatics Studio (T-Room, Level 2)
    78 West Port
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2LE

Led by Dr George Jaramillo, Glasgow School of Art.

Digital technologies bring to mind the urban dweller connected above and below ground amongst skyscrapers, busy streets, and within cafes, bars and other city spaces. Yet, rural regions can be harbours for innovations in technological changes, and thereby challenge the developing trajectories within cities. In this instance, we explore the rural applications of blockchain technologies through a small case study done by Masters of Design students of The Glasgow School of Art at the new Highlands and Islands campus in Forres. The brief tasked the students with investigating Novel Digital Geographies and the potential of blockchain technology for social innovation in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, directing their attention specifically to questions of ownership and presence. Its outcome being that blockchain can used to communicate and explore identity making in rural contexts. This is important because it goes beyond existing economical uses of blockchain opening up towards new socio-political regional contexts.

Dr George Jaramillo is a research associate at The Glasgow School of Art’s Innovation School. As a designer and heritage specialist, his interests centre on rural landscapes, industrial material culture, and future heritage. His research focuses on the fragmentary and distributed

Part of the 2017/18 Design Informatics Seminar series.

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