Social Space Invaders: Playing both sides of the Great Firewall
Do online identities need to impose the same rules as an offline identities? If we embrace the freedom that network identities once promised, can we use them to effect change and have impact in the real world?
Part of the Chinese Art Centre's Liberation Exhibition, Social Space Invaders is a free workshop examining the themes of the show. We will explore a number of online social spaces and find ways we can use the digital to impact the physical through online performance and digital stagecraft.
Online and real-world communities and conversation has greater interplay than ever before; what we say electronically affects things in physical space, toppling governments, raising populist issues and seeding demands for products. Though still linked, the identity and the person are liberated from each other when communicating digitally.
MadLab and TANDOT will lead a series of workshops to establish a number of false structured identities across both English-speaking and Chinese social networking sites. These identities will be formulated to reflect a number of culturally-relevant roles and used as a departure point to examine their ability to create impact in the real world through virtual interactions. Approaches to using these virtual stand-ins will be discussed in terms of raising awareness, identifying themes and toolsets, engaging others and reflecting normative patterns. The workshop will take place on the 28th of June and the project continues throughout the exhibition in the form of reportage and updates from the participants about their virtual persona’s achievements or failures. The project as a whole aims to act as a means of informing future tactical online social action and to provide the tools for social and political exploration.
You’ll need to bring a laptop or notebook computer with wireless internet access to participate effectively in this programme.
This is a continuation of the first workshop and we have made available a few extra places for participants unable to attend last time.
When & Where
Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.
We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects.
Our courses are learning for doers. Every one of our courses, whether it's electronics or coding, writing or making, is powered by the same magic. Bring your curiosity and a little bit of imagination, and we'll amaze you with what you can do!
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