Our Lunchtime Talks programmes are about providing a space for people to come and listen (whilst eating their packed lunch), and to have their minds stretched in different directions as they discover others practices, projects, disciplines and approaches.
*When you are booking your ticket please select the date of the talk you would like to attend.
Relaxed performances: Inclusive or Exclusive?
Friday 13th November 1-2pm at Kaleider
PaddleBoat Theatre Company are adapting their family performance A Little Mans Holiday’ alongside Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education; a process which will culminate in a series of Relaxed performances at the Phoenix in February.
By sharing their experiences of working collaboratively with the Academy, PaddleBoat seek to raise questions and encourage discussion around the field of relaxed performances. PaddleBoat hope to explore whether Relaxed performances are vital tools in extending the reach of the Arts to all, or whether they further separate and compartmentalise audiences of differing abilities.
They will also discuss the processes and challenges involved for artists seeking to adapt existing performances to improve accessibility.
Let’s Talk about Things
Friday 27th November 1-2pm at Kaleider
Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, and tinkerer. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.
There has been a great deal of hype over the last couple of years around the Internet of Things. But you might not really understand why it is interesting, or why you should care about it?
The average home has evolved from having “a computer in a room” to a having a network of computers. Many of these face you, but increasingly your home has a number of special-purpose devices — things — that turn the network into a network not just for your, but for your devices; a network of things.
Everyday objects are already becoming smarter. In ten years’ time, every piece of clothing you own, every piece of jewellery, and every thing you carry with you will be measuring, weighing and calculating. In years years, the world — your world — will be full of sensors.
The problem? The objects may be becoming smarter, but they’re also becoming more selfish. Your lightbulbs aren’t talking to your media centre, your media centre isn’t talking to your blinds, and nobody is talking to the thermostat. If that’s today, what about ten years from now? Your things are going to war, and you’re caught in the middle.