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Designing Digital Commons for the Performing Arts

July 14, 2015

$1 – $75

This workshop is part of the British HCI 2015 Conference (15 – 17th July) at Lincoln, UK.

This workshop aims to bring together HCI designers, creative technologists, Performing Arts practitioners and theorists to discuss issues and opportunities in designing digital tools for communication, artistic collaboration, sharing and co-creation between artists, and between artists and actively involved creative audiences.

There are numerous existing online platforms that provide immediate and easy access to a vast range of tools for creative collaboration, yet their majority create and maintain networks within a ‘noisy’ social media environment, are based on a centralised model of collaboration, and are built on corporate infrastructures with well-known issues of control, identity, and surveillance.

Focusing on the Performing Arts, this workshop will take a bottom-up approach on how to design online collaborative tools without the noise of social media, drawing on peer-to-peer decentralised practices, infrastructures for building communities of interest outside the imperatives of corporate control, developing new kinds of narratives and synergies  that add depth to artistic practice, blurring the distinction between artist and audience, and contributing to a true sharing economy.

In brief, the workshop’s goals are:

  • to gain insights on how to design platforms for collaboration that empower the emergence of communities of interest, without the noise of generic social media platforms  
  • and discuss how to build them free of corporate control and to ingrain into the design the choice of anonymity and multiple identities (privacy preserving by default)
  • consider how to use such platforms to overcome, through increasing digitally-enabled creativity,  the negative effects of funding-cuts in the arts and the imperatives of the austerity economy
  • and how to produce, through emergent creative practices, models for gift and sharing economies that can be facilitated by digital cultures (e.g. open-source software, file-sharing)

During the workshop we will discuss, challenge and analyze existing projects and practices towards this direction, listen to what matters to performing artists, what participation, collaboration, and co-creation means for them and their audiences in an online networked world. Identify and articulate the needs, desires, fears, expectations and aspirations of the artistic community. Then, analyse in depth recurring issues such as privacy, ownership, anonymity or multiple identity and prototype collaboratively with designers and HCI practitioners possible design blueprints for such platforms.

We highlight the importance of gathering a multidisciplinary group of participants as the most appropriate approach to designing such a digital tool. We invite a diverse group of artists, researchers and practitioners in the two core areas of HCI and the Performing Arts. We also welcome networking technologists, social scientists, (h)activists, political philosophers, as well as other artists/researchers/activists who would like to contribute.

Please click on the following links for further information about the HCI conference and to register for this workshop.

HCI Conference


Workshop details

A free pre-workshop Symposium addressed to performance artists, activists, and practitioners who might be interested in the discussion will be held in mid-June in London, please contact Mariza Dima for further details or to express interest in participating.


July 14, 2015
$1 – $75
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Brayford Pool campus, University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS United Kingdom

Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.