Culture | Data | Learning: creative lab

Join Create Gloucestershire for this hands-on lab exploring where data and art meet. 

Are you an artist interested in how data might shape your creations? Or do you work with data, and want to explore how to look at it in new ways? We want you to join us and get creative though team projects to discover, explore and represent data about the cultural education landscape in Gloucestershire. 

This one day creative lab, modelled on a technology ‘hackathon’, will be a chance to form rapid collaborations, and prototype new art-works based on open datasets. 

The event will be held from 9:30am - 6pm on September 21st 2019 at Atelier, Stroud.

Register your interest by signing up using the button below. Or for a fuller description of the event please read on below.

To make sure we have a mix of artists, developers, data specialists and other skills, we will review applications on a weekly basis and get back to you to confirm your place. 

Culture | Data | Learning: One day creative lab

What is it ?

A one day collaborative workshop to:

  • Build conversations and collaborations between arts and data specialists

  • Explore and interpret datasets through a variety of artforms

  • Design or create artworks that can communicate data in new ways

We will provide:

the space, suggested source data, expert facilitators, and a workshop structure that will help you form interdisciplinary teams and work together to produce a creative collaboration by the end of the day. 

You will bring: 

Curiosity, questions and an open mind.

Who is it for?

The lab will bring together artists, data specialists and practitioners from arts and education organisations. We’re designing it for:

  • Artists - who have a strong creative practice and an interest in how data could be a source material for their work, but want to understand more how data can be found, stored and processed.

  • Data specialists who understand how to access, manipulate and make sense of digital data, but want to explore how creative processes could be used to explore, amplify and tell new stories with data.

  • Arts and education professionals who would like to use data in a more informed and creative way, and want to build their knowledge and confidence to deploy data to shape practice and policy and creative work. 

When and where?

9:30am - 6pm - September 21st 2019. Atelier, Stroud.

Is there a theme?

The focus of the lab will be on culture and learning. 

We’ll prepare a range of datasets related to cultural education (e.g. arts teaching and schools) in Gloucestershire, but you will be free to set your own questions, bring or find other data, and explore these broad terms in any way you wish. 

How will it work?

The day has three parts:

  • Arrival and introductions: discover who else is present, find out about possible datasets and learn about possible art forms: from VR and street-art, to printmaking and digital sculpture.

  • Planning and making: supported by our facilitators, join a team and plan out a creative work that responds to data. With interdisciplinary teams, bring together data, designs and creative responses to make something by 5pm.

  • Showcase: present the plans, prototypes of creations to our panel of expert judges. 

So there are prizes?

We’ll be awarding recognition to projects in five categories. 

  • Brightest insights - the creation which does the best at finding a signal in the noise, and presenting a collection of related data points most clearly.

  • Best narrative - the creation that shares the most compelling story, whether or a single data point, or an analysis across lots of data

  • Most creative data relationships - the creation that responds to data in the most creative way, with or without a literal representation of the data

  • Most likely to influence policy - the creation that could have the biggest impact on local or national policy makers.

  • Most likely to get gallery/stage space - the creation most likely to end up in an exhibition or festival

What happens after the event?

That’s up to you! You might want to continue talking with the collaborators you meet on the day - or you might just take learning from the lab back to your own work. 

What will the agenda look like?

  • 09.30 - Arrive and introductions
    Get to know about the other participants: discovering the skills and experience available the room.

  • 10.00 - Data & Art Demos
    Learn about some of the source materials we have to work with: datasets, artforms and equipment.

  • 10.30 - Finding questions, forming teams, sketching ideas
    A chance to pitch ideas to explore, and to join an interdisciplinary team. Each team will use a design canvas to sketch out the questions, data, analysis and artforms to explore, and to make sure they have the resources they need.

  •  11.15 - Start creating
    With support from our facilitators, start creating arts-led responses to the data available. From data visualisations sculptures, to data-informed dance - the only constraint will be that the artworks created should draw on one or more datasets.

  • 13.00 - Lunch

  • 14.00 - Sketching, making, creating (continued)
    Continued space to work on your creations. You may work with a single team, or share your skills across teams.

  • 17.00 - Showcase & awards!
    Each team will have five minutes to present the outline or prototype of their creation.
    Our panel of critics will give feedback, recognising the best creations in a number of categories.

  • 18.00 - Close and drinks