Joel Porter

Joel Porter

Joel is a practitioner and researcher with background in photography technology, specialized in creative uses of integrating photography and interactive technologies. As a practitioner he has participated in a number of international festivals, TodaysArt (Netherlands) FutureEverything (UK), Mai de la Photo (France). His current PhD research explores fears and perceptions of collective shared public data.

Before joining the Creative Exchange he studied Media Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University within MIRIAD (Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design) after studying Photography at West Surrey College of Art and Design.

Previous work includes Ubiquitous Interactivity exhibited in the group show POI: Moving, Mapping, Memory at the Cornerhouse Manchester where radio frequency card (RFID) technology to generate images based on hidden card data. By swiping your card (ID card, Biometric passport, Oyster card) over a card reader, a unique image is generated from the hidden numbers embedded in the card's microchip. Other works have also investigated the use of Bluetooth wireless technology to produce an interactive environment controlled by an unaware public audience.  Other photographic works shown during the group show ‘The World is my Imagination’ at CUBE gallery Manchester in 2007 investigate the perception of the countryside and the visitor experience.


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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...

5000 near misses

21st Apr 2015
We asked people across the UK to tell us about their cycling experience on a particular day – the One Day Diary. Over 1500 of you told us about almost 5000 near misses. We want our findings to be used by planners and policy-makers; to inform street design, for example. We‘ll work to engage the public in an...

A day in the life of a planning application

25th Nov 2014
How does a planning application notice get published? This short film takes a behind the scenes look at Liverpool City Council Planning Office. While investigating the UK planning policy framework, the Open Planning team took a closer look at the planning application process. The A4 planning notice, synonymous with the image...

SMIDSY (Sorry Mate I Didn't See You)

25th Nov 2014
The Near Miss project aims to investigate cyclists tales, from 'Sorry Mate I didn’t see you' to close shaves and rudeness. A single near miss experience can be unpleasant and off-putting to new and experienced cyclists alike. There has been little research in to cyclists experience of close encounters which is...

Slow digital

2nd Apr 2014
The Physical Playlist project challenges the instant gratification of instant downloads by applying elements of time. The shared mix tape had an emotional and physical connection that digital shared content often lacks. Writeable CDs came to late or too close to the rise of the mp3 to become a shareable treasured...

Co-design workshop: the future of the planning system starts here

27th Feb 2014
During the last months Open Planning has focused on gaining understanding of the planning system in Liverpool, and what does it mean to "improve" it from the standpoint of different actors. We have reviewed the policy framework, dialogued with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision, Engage Liverpool and community members. We...

The zip tied laminated lamp post application

16th May 2013
The planning application notice has become a common sight in the UK, an A4 sheet of paper, photocopied, laminated and zip tied to a lamp-post. By law a series of copies are required to be sited within range of the proposed development site to allow passers-by to be informed of the...

How do we define identity in the digital public space?

8th Feb 2013
Back in 1995 the vision of our digital future was 'antispatial' (Mitchell, City of Bits, Space, Place, and the Autobahn) allowing everyone to live and work anywhere. In the antispatial city the old parameters and rules had gone, the streets, quarters and squares that once defined the use of the...