Digital and/as Public Space
March 1 - May 31
COVID has produced the greatest big tech experiment of our time, driving everything – from education to cultural programming, health and wellness to social interaction – online. It seems likely that this newfound dependence on the digital realm is here to stay, and that public life post-COVID will continue to move back and forth between digital and physical platforms.
The Bentway’s new Digital and/as Public Space initiative will explore the interaction between digital and physical space in order to re-examine public space, overcome access barriers, promote civic engagement, and support community resilience in online, offline, and hybrid contexts.
To help steer the development of this initiative, The Bentway has partnered with Toronto-based studio, From Later, a transdisciplinary team whose work focuses on understanding change and building possible futures.
Want to learn more? Read the Digital and/as Public Space 101 with From Later!
Digital and/as Public Space will also include eight micro-residencies that will explore hybrid public realms that embrace elements from both physical spaces and digital spaces. Together with The Bentway and From Later, they will investigate how hybrid spaces are defined, created, and maintained. Research findings will then be incorporated into The Bentway’s Field Guide to the Digital Real (to be published May 2021).
How to Get Involved
Together with From Later, we are conducting an Inspiration Scan that is publically accessible. The Inspiration Scan is a living collection of a diverse range of current practices and approaches to digital-physical hybrid space.
We’ve created a channel on Are.na, a visual organization tool to enable easy, collaborative collection of ideas and media. We are inviting the general public to view and contribute to the channel throughout March and April 2021. We’d love to hear how you are interacting with physical spaces in new ways and what digital tools help you to explore the city. Drop-in examples of interesting approaches, ways of thinking, tools and hacks, projects, and initiatives.
Are.na is a visual organization tool to enable easy, collaborative collection of ideas and media (image, video, link, or text).
How to Contribute:
Already on Are.na? Follow the channel and drop in files, paste a url, or type in a thought as a new block. Not on Are.na yet? Create an account HERE. Follow the channel and add new blocks!
About From Later
From Later is a foresight studio. As a transdisciplinary team of artists and foresight strategists with backgrounds ranging from arts and engineering to law and finance, they monitor and make sense of change, developing clear-sighted and judicious futures perspectives. From Later’s collaborative (arts) practice involves defining new territories for focused research; mapping consequences and imagining possible futures; and critically interpreting ideas through speculative prototypes and artifacts.
The Digital and/as Public Space initiative is supported by: