What I’m doing at Hack The Barbican #htb2013 #socialart

I have a residency for the rest of August at Hack The Barbican which is a month-long experiment in creative collaboration in the public spaces of the Barbican Centre – the hashtag for the whole thing is #HTB2013.

The aim of the group as a whole is to make the most of the mix of people involved in art, technology and entrepreneurship that seems to be coming together in London at the moment.

I’m interested in all these things and so I’ve proposed a research project to investigate new business models for networked and technology-savvy creative people.

As usual, I’m starting my thinking in public, so much of this will look poorly-thought through at first. Join in. Let me know what you think.

What does it mean?

  • Well, the industrial approach to creative work is dying away on all fronts. Creative people are finding new ways of co-creating value and meaning in networked environments. 3D printing will mean that the production of huge classes of physical goods will be subject to the same pressures as music, books and film have struggled with for the last decade. Nobody really knows what works best, where and for whom. There’s disagreement about how radical a shift this really is. Much of the discourse about this subject is dominated by the industries that are dying and those who thrived from the old models. So what do artists themselves think? What new forms of art are being made as a result? What new organisational forms do we need? How can we keep making good art that benefits from technological advance and still make a good living?

What I want to end up with

  • I want to create some sort of model that supports us having this conversation; something that helps people working in a particular field to see what they have in common with others and help people think about how they might apply our thinking to their businesses.
  • I want to experiment collaboratively with forms of digital distribution and print-on-demand.
  • I’d hope that we’ll form a community of people interested in continuing the conversation, perhaps we’ll have an unconference later in the year.
  • I shall be trying to use my own creative practices and business as a way to demonstrate and test so me of the ideas that come up
  • Maybe we’ll form a new collective organisation to keep playing with these ideas.

How you can get involved

  • Share your experience
  • Point me to other people’s work on the subject
  • Bring a critical perspective to what I’m writing
  • Come in and have a conversation, don’t wait to be invited, take this as an invitation, let me know when you want to come.
  • Have a conversation elsewhere and make something
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4 thoughts on “What I’m doing at Hack The Barbican #htb2013 #socialart”

  1. Hi Lloyd.

    i like all you’ve said above.

    I’ll pick on just one bit – reference – “I want to create some sort of model that supports us having this conversation; something that helps people working in a particular field to see what they have in common with others ”

    I’d like to explore this with you.

    It ties in with what I’m thinking about ref Landscape of Change – and how we are all like unintentional time travellers – facing a life in situations and places that are simultaneously familiar and unknown. And we are like time travellers who are definitely not able to go back to the times/realities where we first came from because that is a reality that is vanishing.

    And so, like you, I want to help find ways to accelerate the ways that people find each other. I want us to recognise each other more effectively, because we need to support each other as we go forward.

    The people who go first will help to make the way easier for those who have to come with less thought and preparation (people who may come in confusion and as “displaced people”). The visionaries and creatives are like explorers and pioneers and map-makers and the tellers of travellers’ tales. As we go into a new reality we have a great need to help each other along the way and we need people to help with the myth making and role models and all the rest.

    I can’t be at Hack The Barbican today or Wednesday but I’m looking out for other opportunities. I’ll look out for you and hope I may be able to contribute something to help you towards what you want to end up with.

  2. Thanks Pamela, it will be great to see you along here when you can make it. I’m drawn particularly to your mention of map-makers – that’s what I’m primarily aiming for here. At least for now 🙂

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