Design Informatics has recently taken part in this year’s FutureLab in Shanghai, China representing Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
FutureLab is an international platform dedicated to the research and presentation of innovative teaching practice for future art and design education.
Last year ECA took part with the Talbot Rice Gallery’s Trading Zones exhibition and featured alongside 30 other universities and institutions from around the world including Aalto University, the Royal College of Art, the University of Florence and New York University Shanghai.
This year’s exhibition was entitled Critical Digital Economies and included works from the Institute for Design Informatics. Peak15 was commissioned to create the exhibition design with curator Jane MacDonald. Peak15 studio works with academics to communicate and visualise their research and was founded by ECA masters alumna (2013) Sigrid Schmeisser.
Each piece asks questions about our place within the ever-changing digital economy. As we move to a society in which data replaces money as the primary representation of value, we find ourselves entangled in the complex data streams of personal, social and environmental information making it increasingly difficult to know who has power, who is designing the rules, and how we should break them.
Work from across the Institute’s research projects - Qualified Selves, OxChain, After Money and Creative Informatics - were represented.
Pip Thornton’s Arcadia screens greeted the visitor and mimic an LED stock market ticker that displays the text of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project as priced by Google’s algorithms; whilst the word ‘tea’ is £1.88, the word ‘delight’ is £2.06, the word ‘art’ is priced lower than both at £1.70.