Hybrid Lives: mapping interactions, people, and places.
Developing a physical co-working space to capture the way working life is changing for many people as technology enables different and more digitally mediated ways for communication, sharing, and collaboration.
2 Commercial Partners
3 Academic Researchers
We propose to design a digitallly augmented installation that reveals how the spaces we inhabit, reflect patterns of personal online behaviour and how they relate to physical and virtual environments. The boundaries between life in the home and life in the workplace have become blurred.
As more work is dependent on digital technologies, so the workplace is transforming into a hybrid, mixing the physical with the digital and creating new opportunities for designers, researchers, and artistic practice. Human behaviour at work and at home used to have clear differences dictated by hierarchy, job description, relationships, and the social organisation of time, among other factors. Current working life seems to be in a constant process of adaptation and negotiation between the physical and digital worlds. The modern workplace is more about flexibility than hierarchy.
By designing and making an environment that provokes conscious reflective engagement we hope to elicit an understanding of how digital technologies have brought about a form of working life characterised by hybridisation. This hybridisation of work space and home space demands equivalently hybrid objects and environments to capture its possibilities.