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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to express interest in participating.