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

Projects

Indiedata

Enabling participation in a consumer facing fully open source product, and researching a mode of business that doesn't exploit user data.

Blockanomics

Blockanomics
Blockanomics is a system to promote playful political engagement between people and local democracy, in the shared digital space of a locally tailored minecraft world.

The Near Miss Project

The Near Miss Project
The Near Miss Project studied cycling incidents that don’t result in injuries, but may profoundly influence people’s experiences and behaviours.

Red Tales: A Participatory iDoc

Red Tales: A Participatory iDoc
An Interactive Documentary (iDoc) about red squirrel conservation in Northern England. Produced in collaboration with Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE), Wildscreen and members of the red squirrel conservation communities across Northern England.

Interglacial / Erratics

As part of the Pacitti Companies 2014 UNLOCKED programme, Prof. John Bowers and Tim Shaw were invited, as resident artists, to creatively respond to a number of artefacts from the natural history collection at Ipswich Museum.

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse

PAC-LAN: Zombie Apocalypse
A Location Based Game that explores gameplay within a combined digital and physical public space.

Latest Activity

Curating the Creatives

1st Oct 2012
Ideas. Opportunities. Passionate people. Imagining the future... Coral Grainger reflects on the mapping exercise carried out for the Creative Exchange Could I devise a more perfect assignment than to chat, in confidence, with 22 of the most interesting people in NW creative industries, and imagine the ways that their business might change...

Creative Exchange Launch Event

21st May 2012
On 19th May we  launched the Creative Exchange. It was an afternoon and an evening of speakers and discussion at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, in conjunction with  FutureEverything Festival.  We had a fascinating and diverse array of speakers.  

Constructing a Digital Public Space

31st Mar 2012
The following article was authored by Bill Thompson, Drew Hemment, Rachel Cooper, Charlie Gere on behalf of The Creative Exchange The term Digital Public Space is being used by a growing number of cultural bodies to describe the online environment which will emerge as they make their digitised collections more available...