Senster drawing by Edward Ihnatowicz (1969-1970)
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    Life | Art | Us showcases art from the UK that explores modern life and investigates the impact of technology on contemporary experience.

    Over the last century, daily life has become more and more packed with technological experience. From ordinary everyday stuff like electricity, TV, telephones, video games, transport, CCTV and the internet to more complex stuff across military developments, science innovation, nano-technology and Artificial Intelligence.

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iPad Portrait of Howard Rheingold at Work in His Garden: "Welcome to My World" by David Newman

What happens when geeks go camping?

In her session at FutureEverthing 2011, Professor Sue Thomas talked to us about her fascinating paper, When geeks go camping – finding California in cyberspace, which explores the relationship between nature, the outdoors and technological development. So, before you read any further, pack away that image of the speccy young geek, hiding away in his … Continue reading

Let's make friends

Let’s make friends with the robots

In his session Where the robots work, James Bridle led a provocative and inspiring talk about the role of robots in today’s society, and why he thinks we should make friends with them – sooner rather than later. The proposition at the heart of James’ talk was the idea that for centuries we’ve built our … Continue reading

The fruits of Media Sandbox

Run by Watershed in Bristol, Media Sandbox 2010 was set up to award a series of £10,000 commissions to stimulate innovation in public services and support research and development in innovative content, applications and experiences using open data. The projects commissioned were not primarily charged with producing services or tools for audiences directly. From what … Continue reading

A Planetary Order by Martin John Callanan (2009)

Transparency and open data is great, but is it enough?

Liz Turner from iconomical has been involved in some really quite good public service open data projects in the last few years, including Where does my money go?, Research funding explorer and the London Gazette. Each of these projects ticks the boxes of a good open data project. They make non-personal public information more accessible … Continue reading

Train by MichelKuik on Flickr

The train to FutureEverything 2011

So, it must be that time of year again. I’m on the train up to Manchester to get my annual dose of all things art-tech at FutureEverything 2011. The countryside is whizzing past the window, Talking Heads are on the ipod and I’m attempting to catch up with the gazillion emails in my in-box from … Continue reading