Open Prototyping: art and creativity in city technology innovation


  • 4pm

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

Led by Drew Hemment, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee.

Drew’s talk will take a hard look at how to combine a participative society and a smart society. The focus is how to connect communities to the ownership of the technologies they use and the data they create, and the value of building on and contributing to the cultural life of the city, its artists and creative industries. The talk will draw together themes in earlier sessions and look at two important challenges: the design for legibility of data practices for citizens within the public domain, and possibilities of empowerment of citizens through access to data and data practices. Drew will present work by FutureEverything implementing citizen and artist led interventions in large scale initiatives including the Singapore Smart Nation programme, the UK's IoT Smart City demonstrator, and the EC IoT large scale pilots. He will also present open prototyping, an approach he has developed between his academic post at University of Dundee and FutureEverything to introduce art, creativity and public participation in technology innovation and demonstration. Drew will look at key issues such as transparency and empowerment, and at actionable steps ahead of us.

Drew is an artist, curator and academic researcher. He is Founder and Creative Director of FutureEverything, and a Dundee Fellow, Reader at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

Part of the 2017/18 Design Informatics Seminar series.

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