This month’s Speculative Futures Ottawa is an exploration of a scenario where the weird web intersects with the normative reality.
No time for being nostalgic about the good old 90s and the vibrant place the web once was, let’s dive in and make the web weird again!
Please bring a smartphone or a tablet for this event 🙂
6pm Doors Open
6:30pm – 7:00pm Introduction w/ Conor Byron
7:00pm – 8:00pm The treasure hunt
8:00pm – 8:30 pm Regroup, chat, connect
8:30pm – 9pm Clean up and go home
* This is a free event. If you enjoy our monthly efforts to bring you interesting future-inspired topics, please consider sponsoring this event. Thanks!
Massive thank you to SAW Video for hosting us at The Loop!
The Loop is a space of collaboration & experimental learning fueled by SAW Video Media Art Centre, located in Ottawa, Ontario. The Loop predominantly functions as a collaborative, co-working space for SAW Video producing members. The Loop also presents experimental workshops, collaborative-freeform education and development opportunities, artist residencies, community access lectures, technical demonstrations and much more for those working and experimenting in the field of media arts. The Loop wants to raise a new generation of media artists who are curiously vulnerable, collaborative and weird.
About this event
Conor Byron and Luisa Ji are co-producing an internet-connected participatory experience taking the form of a scavenger hunt. The participants will use their smartphones and tablets to access a real-time network and augmented reality experience (similar to Pokemon Go), which will be a website developed specifically for this event. In the process the audiences will engage in a discussion mediated by mechanics and interactions resembling those of social media applications, inviting them at the same time to reflect on the dynamics of our different online interactions. The discussion will be directed toward how these platforms could be altered or improved, how our interactions with and perceptions of digital media could/should be different, and how our understanding of ourselves and the world around us has already changed and will continue to change as a result of the changing technological landscape.
Conor Byron is a software artist. He is interested in the performative, participatory and sensory aspects of engaging with digital media. In addition to building applications for the web and mobile platforms, he designs and develops interactive installations for musical performances and theatre projects. Inspired by a lifelong interest in the tools and techniques of animation and electronic music, he pursues the exploration and creation of intimate and meditative audiovisual software experiences. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa.
Luisa Ji is a designer and creative strategist. Her research and work span disciplines including architecture, culture, and studies of the future. Aside from developing conceptual frameworks for digital products, Luisa looks into emerging practices in fields outside the profession of design, keeping an eye on forces shaping possible futures. With broad interests and curiosity, Luisa worked on civic tech, installations, and performances alongside artists and community-builders.