Summer Update

We’ve spent the summer working on all sorts of projects that we’ve totally failed to blog about, so we’re making up for it now with a special back-to-school round-up.

As well as a number of strategic and policy projects, during the summer months we’ve delivered the following:

A content and communications strategy for the British Council Architecture exhibition Venice Takeaway, part of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

For the BBC Proms celebration of John Cage’s centenary, we created a website, a participative phone line (call 020 3322 4687) and a slightly uncanny Twitter bot.

We helped the RSC celebrate the Olympic Torch relay by creating a one-day Shakespeare-themed Alternative Ping Pong Games, featuring a dozen specially devised games and activities (including Shakespearean bingo – “Hal and Poins. A pair of drawers – 44” – and Pin the Ball on the Bard) …

… while also developing a series of digital commissions, helping the RSC to explore “Shakespeare’s Digital Heartbeat” for My Shakespeare, part of the World Shakespeare Festival. The commissions will be launching throughout the autumn, but you can see the first hint of what we’re up to in this post from Nat Buckley, which documents her experience of placing sensors around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in preparation for the first commission.

Picture by Nat Buckley

We programmed the last of the BBC Academy/Arts Council England Digital Capacity seminars, this one bringing to life the tricky subject of Rights and IP. Speakers included the John Peel Archive, London Review of Books, Imperial War Museum, the V&A, and South London Gallery. A podcast of the event is available to download.

The pilot phase of our NESTA/Arts Council Digital R&D project Happenstance project came to a close in June. We’ll be writing about this in more detail, but if you’re keen to hear more, then do come along to our event at NESTA on 24 September – sign up here. In the meantime, you can see one of the outcomes from the project in this lovely film by Anne Hollowday, which documents James Bridle’s project “This is a Working Shop”.

Work is being done here from Anne Holiday on Vimeo.

And of course, our summer started with Culture Hack East – two amazing, collaborative days in Cambridge that saw nearly 80 developers, designers artists and art managers work together to create digital prototypes. This event was the result of an almost year-long programme in the Eastern region – the next steps for which will be announced in at an event in Cambridge on September 28th. Register your place here. We captured most of the activity of the day on Storify, but there will – we promise – be a full report very soon!

We’ve also been out and about, giving talks and delivering workshops at, among others, Shift Happens, the TENSO International Conference and the REACT Heritage Showcase at Watershed, as well as working the Crafts Council on their annual conference Assemble.

Looking ahead, we’re currently pairing technologists with academics for a short Creative Technology Lab with Leeds University (apply here, if you’re interested) and developing a next release of Map the Museum, with Brighton and Hove Royal Pavilion and Art Gallery.

We’ve also worked with some great people to deliver these projects, including Nat Buckley, Dean Vipond, James Bridle, Kat Sommers, Beckie Darlington, Natalie Shaw, Tim Wright, Anna Bewick, Tom Armitage and Matthew Somerville.

And that has been our summer! If you’re interested in working with us, then do get in touch – we’re always interested to talk about new projects and opportunities. Email us at

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