CultureLab Support Material

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The key support material is this documentation of the first development of Concept Generation.

Concept Generation (v1) invited members of the public to draw an idea or innovation inspired by three lists of stimuli (products and services; worldwide raw materials; and emotions used in focus groups to define products). After they had finished, the intellectual property was designated to Ben Landau, and the drawings were pinned on the walls. As they worked, the participants were ‘paid’ with free beer and peanuts.

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Algorithmic Misfits was a roaming discussion series as part of Next Wave 2016, introducing experts in the bewildering world of data privacy.

Algorithmic Misfits introduced audience members to professionals on both sides of the internet privacy war – algorithm nerds, freedom fighters and obsessed academics, who helped untangle what’s real and what’s fiction. Even considering known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns (to borrow a Rumsfieldian expression) how can we ever be truly free on the internet?

http://2016.nextwave.org.au/#event=270

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All images by Zan Wimberley and Next Wave

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The workshop format is a reflection on my previous work with children with critical topics such as this one on developing a new country, The Children’s Republic. I found that adults were often more engaged in the workshop than their kids.

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Money back lunch shows my aim to avoid a purely representational or cynical look at a problem. For this (collaborative) work, we examined the impact that the new Tesco hypermarket would have on the small Bratislava commercial market. We addressed that up until Tesco opened, most people from Bratislava bought their groceries, electrical equipment, clothes and stationary at small family run stores. These stores could not compete on price, and definitely could not offer a money back guarantee.

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In response we organised a lunch using equipment and wearing clothes bought at Tesco, and returned everything afterwards. We used this occasion to discuss the impact of multinational corporations in new markets as per the idea of the program, Revolution without Movement to ‘aspire dialogue and direct action for positive change in society’.

This interactive model used an active but non confrontational form of protest, in the medium it examined.

(with Marie Clerel, Cristina David, Judit Fischer, Gábor Kristóf, Miklós Mécs, Jaro Varga and András Zalavári ;  at Revolution without Movement)

Buying the equipment

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Preparing foodOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The temporary high fashion

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The meal:

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Repacking

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The mission to return the equipment

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The reaction to the money back guarantee.

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