Work

Panel: R-Urban Wick: Open Workshops

New workshop spaces are emerging across London which facilitate making by providing an affordable workspace and easy access to tools and equipment. Invited guest speakers will provide a behind the scenes look at how these initiatives function and sustain themselves. With Umi Baden-Powell and representatives of the London Hackspace, Black Horse workshop, Rara Clapton, Swan Wharf in Hackney Wick, Create Space London in Wembley.

As part of the Wick Sessions event series, on Friday 28 March 2014, at Swan Wharf in Hackney Wick. (Slides)

Talk: DIY sensor networks: community-driven environmental monitoring

New community-driven environmental monitoring platforms reveal a nascent potential to capture many of the earths’s urban and environmental systems at unprecedented levels of detail at very low cost. Tomas Diez and Martin Dittus are practitioners and researchers in this domain, they will share their past experiences with communal DIY sensing methods and offer a preview of what lies ahead.

As part of the Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014 on Friday 21 February 2014, at the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London. (Slides)

Talk: Urban data work: a practitioner’s perspective

Showing a selection of my data visualisation and data analysis work in the context of urban spaces, including work by colleagues at the ICRI Cities. Offering a few opinions on technology-based solutions to social problems, the surprising challenge of identifying important problems, and some suggestions on how best to start looking for them.

As part of Urban Data Hack on Sat 15 February 2014, at Hub Westminster, London. (Slides)

Panel: Transparent Design: what does it mean?

"What are the ethics and politics of transparency, and is this is being adequately factored into design practice?" Together with Jessi Baker, Alison Powell, Gillian Youngs, and Kevin Walker.

At the V&A on Friday 10 January 2014, as part of the Design Culture Salon event series. (Slides)

Panel: Educations in Practice

Showcasing emerging approaches to learning and knowledge production across young London-based creative practices. Together with Lawrence Lek, Tom Harrad, Jonathan Hoskins, Eva Rowson, Lisa Skuret, Tommy Ting, Susannah E Haslam, and Lucy Britton.

At Parasol unit on Saturday 28 September 2013, organised by Journey/School.

Panel and exhibition: Piracy Today

Is piracy a destructive force or a necessary ingredient in cultural transmission? Together with Rachel Falconer, Geraldine Juarez, Lawrence Lek, Stuart Bannocks, Ami Clarke, and Daniel Rourke.

At Penthouse 4C on Wednesday 28 August 2013, organised by Hardcore Software.

Event: Hack the Barbican

An interdisciplinary playground of art, technology, and entrepreneurship in the public spaces of London's Barbican Centre, community-organised and on a tiny budget. Think of it as a slowly growing city, with many imperfections but also many moments of unexpected magic. Involved as organiser and facilitator.

Open daily throughout August 2013 in the Barbican's public spaces. (Website, Twitter, interview.)

Panel: The Politics of Making

Can maker culture be understood as political act, as resistance against late capitalism? Together with Eva Verhoeven, Cory Doctorow, Sarah Corbet, and Nelly Trakidou.

At the V&A on Sunday 7 July 2013, as part of the Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire in London. (Slides, video.)

Panel: Digital Technologies and Knowledge Production

An event celebrating creative education that is 'free as air and water', with Susannah E Haslam, Lucy A. Sames, and Lawrence Lek.

At the White Building on Sunday 30 June 2013, as part of Public Assembly in London.

Talk: Creative Community Spaces

About the London Hackspace, the Electromagnetic Field camping festival, and Hack the Barbican as community-created spaces.

At Bartlett Nexus 6: Uncharted in May 2013. (Slides, video.)

Talk: Communal Sensor Networks

A review of global DIY environmental monitoring activities.

At EMF 2012 in August 2012. (Slides forthcoming, unfortunately there is no video available.)

Dissertation: The Cosm Sensor Data Set

The first assessment of a large volume of volunteer sensor data published on Cosm, an online platform for sensor data enthusiasts. This is highly heterogenous, geo-referenced, and tagged time series data, encompassing a large variety of observed phenomena, and its existence reveals a new potential to capture many of the earths's urban and environmental systems at unprecedented levels of detail.

At the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL in August 2012. (PDF)

Paper: Collective Sensor Networks

The sensor commons: structures, outcomes, promises and shortcomings of some exemplary communal radiation monitoring projects.

At the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL in March 2012. (PDF)

Project: Last.fm Heatmap Calendars

A series of visualisations of the individual music listening activity of selected Last.fm users. In total it encompasses 8.7 million scrobbles across ~180 graphs.

In September 2011. (Blog post.)

Project: Music Feeds

Pop culture snippets, opinionated commentary, and lots and lots of noise.

In July 2009. (Blog post, I've since taken the project offline.)

Project: Pool Radio

A random selection of hopefully interesting Last.fm radio stations, aggregated from user tag feeds, group forums, global tag charts, etc.

In May 2008. (Blog post.)

You can find slides of select previous talks at talks.dekstop.de, and further data visualisation work at datavis.dekstop.de.

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