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.

 

Clusters

Public Service Innovation and Democracy

Individual and community empowerment, new public and private sector services, data collection and sensing, data visualization and service design.
10 Projects
20 Commercial Partners
25 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.
3 Projects
5 Commercial Partners
3 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

Projects

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

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. 

Bretton Buzz

Bretton Buzz
This project aims to develop and test the potential of LocalNets, an innovative social media digital analytics tool created to drive community action and promote the take up of community rights.

States of Mind

States of Mind
The States of Mind project has developed an interactive tool allowing exhibition visitors to easily create colourful 3D objects to visually represent their feelings and cognitions at that moment.

Latest Activity

Visualising the lamp post sign

17th Jun 2015
Despite the availability of 24 items of planning data, only 6 items are currently used and none of these are visual. The majority of content within existing signs covers the legal framework and provides the public an overview of how to contact the planning department. This is to comply within the...

Interactive documentary 'Red Tales' launched

14th Jun 2015
Unique, interactive documentary explores the secret life of our Red Squirrel through the eyes of the British public. Led by researchers at Newcastle University’s Open Lab in partnership with Red Squirrels Northern England and conservation charity Wildscreen, Red Tales is the first interactive documentary of its kind, bringing together red squirrel...

TILO Report published

8th Jun 2015
The report from the TILO project is now available for download. The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts has now published the final report for the MeYouAndUs TILO project, which developed a hybrid display system for Arts and Cultural venues using digital screens situated in the public spaces.  You can download the...

Living Assemblies Workshop - Design Your Silken Self. 6-7th June at Furtherfields Commons

2nd Jun 2015
‘Living Assemblies’ is a hands-on workshop, led by designer and researcher Veronica Ranner, investigating the coupling of the biological material silk with digital technologies. During this two-day workshop, organised in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst as part of the CX Polyphonic Futures project, participants will collaboratively explore the potential of reverse...

Swaythe Band at Create 4 Dementia

2nd Jun 2015
"The Confabulators” win Best Project at the Create 4 Dementia hackathon at the Great North Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. This exciting event brought together designers, coders, hackers, makers and researchers to share knowledge, experience, and create new digital designs for dementia. We formed our design team “The Confabulators” with Kellie Morrissey a researcher from University...

Group Therapy

27th Apr 2015
This post will look at three projects that form part of the ‘Group Therapy’ exhibition, on show at FACT Liverpool until May 17. These include the design for the exhibition, the new commission ‘Madlove: A Designer Asylum’ for the vacuum cleaner, and a collaborative project under the umbrella of The...