Digital Citizen

Thu 11 February, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: The Swan in the Rushes


Book Tickets

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
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
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.


November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

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Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

An exhibition of artistic research conducted as part of the practice-based PhD project ‘Co-working with Things. How Furnished Spaces Contribute to the Emergence of Artworks’, supervised by Gillian Whiteley and­­­­ Eleanor Morgan, within Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama. All prints were produced within SAED Printmaking Workshop with the help and advice of printmaking tutor Pete Dobson. Exhibition curated by David Bell, with support from Radar­.  


In 1947, artist Anni Albers urged us to consider ‘materials as our co-workers’. In so doing she invited us to develop new relationships with machines, tools, materials and working spaces. This exhibition explores how the things with which artists work can be seen as co-workers. All the artworks presented are based on simple sets of rules derived from what was possible within a particular, contingent context: working at home or in the printmaking workshop. The works are ongoing, and insist on labour intensive relationships with materials, tools and machines arranged within particular furnished spaces.

The most important aspect common to the works is that they are not autonomous pieces produced by an autonomous artist: their dependence on situations, contexts, equipment, and the willingness of others to do some of the work is written within the ‘code’ that structures their ongoing development. The modular installation Vertical Studio is formless, until someone helps to make it by arranging the elements. Aquatint Etchings is a series of double-sided, multi-layered prints: exhibiting them always involves outsourcing the process of deciding which print is visible, and which is concealed. To make the Photo-Etchings, I asked friends to select from thousands of drawings. Those chosen were then turned into a multiple through the complex photo-etching process which produces uncontrollable variations.

The myth of artistic autonomy is challenged by artworks that depend on contingent contexts and can only emerge from specific arrangements of things. Focusing on the role of things within furnished spaces also reveals the importance of maintenance activities that are not usually seen as part of artistic labour. It is the work of setting up and looking after spaces such as homes, studios and workshops that makes the emergence of new artworks possible.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

01509 222 948

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