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Algo-Walk for Humans

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Birmingham Open Media

1 Dudley Street

Birmingham

B5 4EG

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Please see http://instructionsforhumans.com/algowalk for more information.

Created by Pete Ashton and Andy Howlett, this is a walk guided by the mobile phone masts of central Birmingham.

The communication infrastructure of the city is mostly hidden, tucked away on top of buildings and under pavements. Its most obvious extrusion are cell towers, landmarks on a map of the invisible territory of radio waves and electronic pulses which brings the internet to our pockets, wherever we are.

Andy has devised a walk around the city using these towers as landmarks or waypoints and invites you to traverse Birmingham as your data does.

At each waypoint you will be asked to contemplate your environment using an algorithm created by Pete. This will be available as a mobile-friendly website or, if you prefer, a printed flowchart.

The algorithm will give you an instruction based on your perception of the city. Will everyone recieve the same instructions?

Embrace your innate subjectvity and achieve enlightment through engagement with the algorithm!

After an introductory chat, the walk will last up to an hour and will take place regardless of the weather, so wrap up warm.

Afterwards there'll be a chance to talk about the experience of living like data over a hot cup of tea.

There are a maximum of 10 places. Please only book if you are certain you can attend. If you realise later you cannot, please let me know.

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Birmingham Open Media

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B5 4EG

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