Ideas Labs are designed to bring together researchers and practitioners from a diverse backgrounds who have mutual interests in particular topics and who are interested in meeting other colleagues with a view to exploring future research bids and/or encouraging conversations with interested parties beyond the academy.
As part of Inter/sections 2017, TCCE has hosted a workshop that set out to unpick some timely and also challenging and complex questions around how the arts are using digital technologies now and the wider political, social, ethical and indeed economic contexts in which such uses and relationships are unfolding. The workshop Technology, Ethics and the Arts Now, was run by TCCE’s Co-Director Evelyn Wilson with provocations from Prof. John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Ruth Catlow (Co-Director, Furtherfield).
Our first Ideas Lab took place in February 2016 on the topic of Ageing and the Arts and Culture Sector in collaboration with the Drama Department at Queen Mary and Split Britches Theatre Company. The second was Museum of Futures, in April 2016, in collaboration with The Community Brain, a discussion about how the engagement with Museums, Galleries and Archives will be re-shaped in the near future.
The Crafts Council and The Culture Capital Exchange ran a RobotTechCraft Ideas Lab in July 2016. The event aimed to build a network of academics, makers, artists and entrepreneurs interested in applied robotics, and provided a platform to come together and explore the future considerations, applications and sector crossovers.