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Market Town presents Digital Citizen
Thu 11 February 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
In the last five years, the UK’s digital economy has changed beyond recognition. Every part of the UK economy and our lives has been digitised – from how we shop and entertain ourselves to the way we travel to work and manage our health. For some the digital revolution has been seen as contributing to the decline of our high streets, but the focus of this seminar will be about the positive contribution the digital can make to communities, how it can enhance the town centre customer experience and support the prosperity of our town centres.
The seminar will consider both the huge changes that have taken place and how as an individual, or digital citizen, we can utilise digital technology in order to actively engage with the world around us.
Featuring a panel of leading practitioners, united by their research and practice, this seminar will offer an opportunity to discuss the transformational impact of digital technologies on community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. We will be hearing from a cross section of individuals working in this field:
Ben Eaton is the lead digital artist for Invisible Flock; three interactive artists based in Leeds. They make highly participatory live and digital work on a large scale. Drawing from real life, their practice invites people to reimagine the world they live in and how they participate in it, using technology to incite meaningful encounters. Invisible Flock have made seafront installations powered by apps interacting with nautical buoys floating out at sea, sound walks across Morecambe Bay accompanied by the Queen’s last Sand Pilot, created revolutionary communities via SMS, new pieces that span continents as well as work for galleries such as the V&A, MIMA and John Hansard and festivals such as The Tbilisi International Festival, Brighton Festival, L’Entorse Lille and Unbox India.
Guy Douglas recently served as the principal consultant to the government’s Future High Streets Forum’s Digital High Street Advisory Board, and was the project manager for the Digital HighStreet 2020 policy report to Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, published in March 2015. He currently runs Connected Places UK, an independent consultancy with a focus on the digital high street agenda, with emerging thinking on “Smart City 2.0” and incorporating the online-mobile-digital experience into place management.
This is one of a number of workshops/seminars that are being organised as part of the current Market Town programme. They are intended to further investigate the themes explored in the main commissions, and to further engage the local community in the debate about the future of Loughborough.