We bring together pioneering companies and the best academic thinkers to explore the potential of something we are calling digital public space where anyone, anywhere, anytime can access, explore and create with digital content.

Together we are creating new products, experiences and business opportunities which empower anyone, anywhere to access, explore and create with the newly accessible collections of media, public information and personal data trails which form the digital public space.



Public Service Innovation and Democracy

Individual and community empowerment, new public and private sector services, data collection and sensing, data visualization and service design.
11 Projects
22 Commercial Partners
28 Academic Researchers

Performance, Liveness and Participation

Exploring how digital prototypes can be used to offer new forms of participation in live events, broadcasts and in public spaces.
11 Projects
14 Commercial Partners
20 Academic Researchers

Making the Digital Physical

Transforming the digital space trapped inside screens and devices into physical experiences in the real world.
7 Projects
5 Commercial Partners
16 Academic Researchers

Rethinking Working Life

What opportunities does Digital Public Space afford for new working practices? 
5 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
12 Academic Researchers

Stories, Archives and Living Heritage

Exploring new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing personal stories and cultural heritages to create new experiences.
5 Projects
8 Commercial Partners
11 Academic Researchers

Building Social Communities - Dynamic Structures for Growth

The lab under this cluster topic will focus on the following area: Designing the Digital Public Space - Dynamic Structures for Growth
3 Projects
3 Commercial Partners
5 Academic Researchers


Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre

Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre
Exploring what an art centre can be when populated by and co-designed with/between the communities it serves.

Sound Spaces

Sound Spaces
Sound Spaces explores the potential of spatialised sound through public making

Exploring improved ways of visualising blood test results

Exploring improved ways of visualising blood test results
The project’s immediate objective is to explore and test different creative options and prototypes for improving how data is visualized in support of renal patient engagement and understanding of their blood test results.

Polyphonic Futures

With this combined project and field trial we aim to develop a 'digital silk library' that will be an exemplar for a new form of knowledge exchange between arts and science.

Perceptive Media

Perceptive Media
Exploring different digital technologies to create new approaches to content production.    

Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life

Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life
Time & Motion used artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office. 

Latest Activity

Creating adaptive storytelling content for the future of radio

11th Nov 2015
Mozilla Festival 2015 run between 06.11 and 08.11.2015 and we were invited to run a workshop at the festival. The workshop encouraged the participants to create their own adaptive stories for the Perceptive Radio. A one hour workshop was designed and successfully run by the team. The participants were first introduced to...

Photos from Sound Spaces

3rd Nov 2015
Photographs made during the Sound Spaces project are now available online. Including the Sound Lines public making workshop, Sound Spaces exhibition, and public performances by Philip Jeck, Tim Shaw and John Bowers. https://www.flickr.com/groups/2847758@N20/pool/

Project Update: Exploring Improved Ways of Visualising Blood Test Results

23rd Oct 2015
Heather Hill (Renal Dietitian Lancashire Teaching Hospitals) and Jeremy Davenport (CX PhD) presented an overview of the CX project Exploring Improved Ways of Visualising Blood Rest Results and its prototype at the Annual General Meeting of the British Kidney Patients Association (North West region) on the 27th of September.     Following the...

Sound Spaces Exhibition reveals Liverpool's hidden spaces

18th Oct 2015
Exhibition at FACT Liverpool (19 - 23 October) uses unique photography and sound techniques to transport visitors to new realms - and in new ways. Sound Spaces transports visitors to some iconic and unusual Liverpool locations - without them moving a muscle. Release inhibitions - shout in the library, curse in...

Co-designing the perfect garden in a most playful way.

5th Oct 2015
Following the success of our first workshop and our groups' shared interest in gardening, in the second workshop we explored the design of the perfect garden. Our co-designers created a series of perfect gardens with very rich stories to accompany them. Using creative toolkits, such as textile material, plasticine and Lego...

So what is Perceptive Media?

5th Oct 2015
Unlike interactive narrative, in which users create or influence a dramatic storyline through their actions, ‘perceptive media’ looks at narrative from a different perspective; it adapts a story to the audience by using information about them, gathered through the use of a range of sensors and sensing technologies, whilst shaping...