The Creative Exchange – Hybrid Lives

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This co-working space has been developed as part of FACT’s collaboration with the Royal College of Art on the Time & Motion exhibition.

Here you can take a seat anytime during FACT’s opening hours and log on to a high speed wifi network in order to work, study, think, dream, make and collaborate with friends and colleagues.

By choosing to work here you are participating in a dynamic research project that is building new knowledge about how our working lives are changing with digital technology.

This space has been deliberately designed to be a ‘hybrid’ place for increasingly hybrid lives – where old divisions between office and home, formal and informal, work and leisure no longer apply.

Among the many questions we want to ask you is: what do you need from your workspace? How do you balance openness and privacy in a digital public space? Does it affect your bio-rhythms differently when you work, rest and play?

You are also invited to come along to a series of events, which will be held in this space during the period of the exhibition. You may well meet researchers in residence from The Creative Exchange (CX) at the RCA who could invite you to be part of their experiments.

Check the Gallery Guide and information screens or ask one of the CX researchers or FACT Gallery Assistants around the space for details of the programme of talks, debates, workshops and hands-on hacking and making activities. Your feedback is also welcome.

The CX Co-Working Space contains three design interventions made by PhD researchers at the Royal College of Art, working with teams of collaborators from academia and business as part of the AHRC-funded Creative Exchange Knowledge Exchange Hub.

Hybrid Lives

Within this space, an interactive light installation measures and displays internet data traffic and video works blend live images of current and historical working life. A textured visual treatment evokes the synthesised nature of digital working.

The physical space, configured to accommodate collaborative working, hosts the visitors who come to work, play or merely observe. The installation itself is also seen as an experimental apparatus, a work in progress through which workplace behaviour and internet activities are revealed and displayed.

This laboratory of collaboration is a public facing frame for the events that take place within it, a socio-technical environment and an experimental playground where surprising encounters can happen and where people can experience novel ideas.

Developed by:
Peter Bosson – Bosson Group, Luke Connoley – Unwork, Ben Koslowski – RCA, John Fass – RCA, Karen Ingham – Swansea Metropolitan University

Where Do You Go To?

This installation is about geographically distributed teams of freelancers and distant collaborators sharing images of desks and workspaces as a way to stay connected.

Walking past someone’s desk gives a feeling of what the owner is working on, their state of mind and even a sense of their identity. We extended this as a digital app for remote teams to sustain group belonging despite working in a digital space that lacks geographic substance.

We made an app that takes photos and displays the workspace image each team member has shared, and we tested this prototype with a group of collaborators working for the BBC.

Developed by:
Ben Dalton – RCA, Bridget Hardy – Integrans Consulting, Claire McAndrew – The Bartlett, UCL

Rhythmanalysis

The Rhythmanalysis project offers an alternative experience of body data. It acts as a magnifying glass into the body of workers and their daily lives by translating a collection of body and subjective data into a rhythmic light installation.

It sits on the edges of the self-tracking movement, biomedicine and data privacy, balancing the advantages and drawbacks of continuous self- measurement.

This installation, which is currently at the beta-testing stages, has been designed by Veronica Ranner at the Royal College of Art whose doctoral research is part of the AHRC funded Creative Exchange. Her research investigates artefacts and experiences of the biodigital – the intersecting space where the digital and the biological overlap.

FACT would like to thank the staff from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited, Minsky’s Hair Salon and CamNtech who generously gave their time to this project.

A special thank you to Professor Steven Fairclough and Kiel Gilleade (School of Natural Sciences and Psychology) at Liverpool John Moores University for their assistance in data capture and analysis.

Developed by:
Alistair Eilbeck – Amaze, Richard Koeck – Liverpool University, Roger McKinley – FACT, Veronica Ranner – RCA

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