New workshop spaces are emerging across London which facilitate making by providing an affordable workspace and easy access to tools and equipment. Invited guest speakers will provide a behind the scenes look at how these initiatives function and sustain themselves. Together with Umi Baden-Powell and representatives of the London Hackspace, Black Horse workshop, Rara Clapton, Swan Wharf in Hackney Wick, Create Space London in Wembley.
New community-driven environmental monitoring platforms reveal a nascent potential to capture many of the earths’s urban and environmental systems at unprecedented levels of detail at very low cost. Tomas Diez and Martin Dittus are practitioners and researchers in this domain, they will share their past experiences with communal DIY sensing methods and offer a preview of what lies ahead.
Showing a selection of my data visualisation and data analysis work in the context of urban spaces, including work by colleagues at the ICRI Cities. Offering a few opinions on technology-based solutions to social problems, the surprising challenge of identifying important problems, and some suggestions on how best to start looking for them.
"What are the ethics and politics of transparency, and is this is being adequately factored into design practice?" Together with Jessi Baker, Alison Powell, Gillian Youngs, and Kevin Walker.
OpenStreetMap is historically a tech-centric community, but recent growth introduces new cultural diversity: maps are catalysts for a wide range of social concerns.
For State of the Map 2013 in Birmingham, the annual OpenStreetMap community gathering.
Showcasing emerging approaches to learning and knowledge production across young London-based creative practices. Together with Lawrence Lek, Tom Harrad, Jonathan Hoskins, Eva Rowson, Lisa Skuret, Tommy Ting, Susannah E Haslam, and Lucy Britton.
Is piracy a destructive force or a necessary ingredient in cultural transmission? Together with Rachel Falconer, Geraldine Juarez, Lawrence Lek, Stuart Bannocks, Ami Clarke, and Daniel Rourke.
An interdisciplinary playground of art, technology, and entrepreneurship in the public spaces of London's Barbican Centre, community-organised and on a tiny budget. Think of it as a slowly growing city, with many imperfections but also many moments of unexpected magic. Involved as organiser and facilitator.
Can maker culture be understood as political act, as resistance against late capitalism? Together with Eva Verhoeven, Cory Doctorow, Sarah Corbet, and Nelly Trakidou.
An event celebrating creative education that is 'free as air and water', with Susannah E Haslam, Lucy A. Sames, and Lawrence Lek.
At the White Building on Sunday 30 June 2013, as part of Public Assembly in London.
About the London Hackspace, the Electromagnetic Field camping festival, and Hack the Barbican as community-created spaces.
A review of global DIY environmental monitoring activities.
At EMF 2012 in August 2012. (Slides forthcoming, unfortunately there is no video available.)
The first assessment of a large volume of volunteer sensor data published on Cosm, an online platform for sensor data enthusiasts. This is highly heterogenous, geo-referenced, and tagged time series data, encompassing a large variety of observed phenomena, and its existence reveals a new potential to capture many of the earths's urban and environmental systems at unprecedented levels of detail.
The sensor commons: structures, outcomes, promises and shortcomings of some exemplary communal radiation monitoring projects.
A series of visualisations of the individual music listening activity of selected Last.fm users. In total it encompasses 8.7 million scrobbles across ~180 graphs.
In September 2011. (Blog post.)
Pop culture snippets, opinionated commentary, and lots and lots of noise.
In July 2009. (Blog post, I've since taken the project offline.)
A random selection of hopefully interesting Last.fm radio stations, aggregated from user tag feeds, group forums, global tag charts, etc.
In May 2008. (Blog post.)