RCA CX Lab: FACT, Liverpool

Re-defining Working Life in The Context of Digital Public Space

On Monday 8 October 2012, The RCA (Royal College of Art) in partnership with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), one of the UK’s leading media art centres,
held a one-day workshop at FACTs premises in Liverpool. The Workshops focus within the wider CX theme of digital public space was to explore  redefining working life in relation to digital advances.

FACT, led by director Mike Stubbs, intends to develop a new programme of digital innovation in art, design and media around the theme of changes in working life – to be showcased in a major exhibition and conference at FACT in 2014-15. For FACT this provides ‘a great opportunity to experiment with exhibition formats and curatorial strategies, potentially merging dissemination, field trials with a 'laboratory' of publication outcomes in digital, gallery and urban realms’.  

A selected group of around 30 workshop participants were invited from the fields of art, design, architecture, research, consulting, technology and media to work together through the CX Lab process. Together they explored:

• The effects of digital technology on current working practices;

• Opportunities for digital innovation in relation to changes in working life;
• New ideas and developments that connect to the potential of digital public space;
These discussions generated six project ideas from which four went forward for further development. The RCA is now working with the collaborative projects of SME’s, arts and humanities academics and the CX PhD students to develop the projects and capture the projects progress.

The Next RCA Lab will explore Modeling Digital Public Space – Dynamic Structures for Growth and will be held at the Royal College of Art on 19 February 2013.