The people are the city

The people are the city

This is a guest blog by social artist Dan Thompson. It first appeared on the a-n blogs page here — If the last few years have taught us anything, it should be that democracy is more complicated than asking people a binary question. That creates instability, uncertainty, and a dangerous space where bad ideas rise to the top. We need every citizen to understand issues, interrogate policy, question authority, and find local solutions to global problems. This week, I spent a couple of days working with Ludic Rooms, to look at how their Open Citizens projects start to find ways to create such an enabled, empowered and emboldened citizenship.. The Coventry-based studio are now working on their second Open Citizens project, and it’s important to understand that this is less a distinct project, more a methodology which underpins a series of projects. Open Citizens encourages people to start to understand problems at a local level, to try and test ideas that use technology to fix them, and through that process understand more about how citizenship might look in the near future. Ludic Rooms are particularly interested in the idea that we live in a postdigital world; that is, where there was once a clear line (maybe…) between the ‘digital’ and the ‘real’ world, that divide no longer exists. So their projects combine cardboard and computing. The current Open Citizens project was commissioned by the team behind Coventry’s bid for UK City of Culture. It is funded by a range of local commercial bid partners as well as Arts Council England. It looks at Coventry’s city centre. The area is...
Work with us – Creative Internship

Work with us – Creative Internship

Ludic Rooms has an opportunity for a bright, motivated, self-starter to work with us on a major interactive art project taking place across Coventry from June to October 2017. Ludic Rooms is a postdigital organisation that creates art and technology projects that engage with people and take place in the real world. The details of this project are currently under wraps, but all you need to know at the moment is that it’s guaranteed to receive major press and media attention and lots of online traffic once it goes live. The internship involves supporting the design and build of a public exhibition in Coventry in June, as well as documentation, marketing and logistics tasks towards the final event which takes place 9-15 October. We would be looking for approximately 100 hours of your time, but there’s the potential to get more involved if that suits you. We would pay you at £10/hr. We’re looking for someone with good design sense, communication skills and lots of energy, experience of participatory arts or media is a bonus. If you think this is you, send a one page CV and covering letter to us@ludicrooms.com by 12 May 2017 explaining why you’re interested in this opportunity, plus any relevant links to previous...
BANG! CRASH! All change

BANG! CRASH! All change

We love our studio here at the Canal Warehouse but for the last year we’ve had a rather stinky problem. Calling an 18thC warehouse our home certainly has its benefits but around a year ago we discovered that one of our lovely exposed 200 year old brick walls had a problem. A leak…from the canal…into the studio. This has meant heaps of damp, mould and general mankiness. It has taken months of wrangling to get the problem seen to but finally some rather major renovations are taking place. We’ve had to condense everything in our unit into a fraction of its usual space – no workbench or build area for around two months while the building work goes ahead. As part of the process, however, we are expanding! We’ll be consuming another unit on the end of the building, which we’ll be turning into a print studio and additional area for workshops. This also means we’ll get more floor and wall space, running water (from a tap rather than through the wall hopefully) and another window! Aaaah, precious daylight. When we come out of the other side we’ll be working from nearly 1200 sq ft of space. We’ll be sure to update with the ‘after’ pics when it is all...
March and April News

March and April News

There’s lots going on in LR towers (and beyond) over the coming few weeks: At the end of March, Dom is travelling to Aarhus in Denmark to present and lead a workshop at CounterPlay, a huge gathering focussed on Playful Cities / Playful Citizens. Dom will be talking about LR’s work including Open Citizens and playtesting a brand new deck of ideation cards that we have developed for a huge soon to be announced project later this year. We also have another performance of Virago with Sonia Sabri Co at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton. Last show ahead of the tour starting this Autumn. Tickets and details here. Anne and Dom will be travelling to Serbia for our fifth time at the Resonate Festival. Looking forward to catching up with lots of friends at this amazing...
Autumn adventures

Autumn adventures

This month we are lucky to be travelling all over, meeting new friends and playmates, checking out festivals and events and sharing the work we’ve been doing on the Random String Fellowship programme. We started in October with Dom & Susan making a flying visit to Amsterdam to check out the MediaLab at Cinekid. Great to see such a well established (and well supported!) festival in full swing, particularly with such a focus on participatory practice. In November, things start to get a little crazy: Nov 8th, doing our best to distract ourselves from the US election, we will be hosting a Pecha Kucha Night takeover at The Tin Music and Arts on the theme of Adventures in Art and Technology. Nov 9-13th, Susan & Paul will be heading north of the border to the NEoN Festival and Symposium in Dundee Nov 10-11th, Anne will be in Manchester for the Crafts Council Make:Shift innovation conference building our networks and looking at how we can get contemporary crafts better represented at Random String next year Nov 18th, Dom & Anne will be taking the RS Fellows down to Bristol to host a lunchtime talk at Pervasive Media Studio and catch up with our friends at Knowle West Media Centre If you are coming along to any of the above, please do drop us a line on us@ludicrooms.com or @ludicrooms in all the usual places. We like making...
Random String is go for 2016!

Random String is go for 2016!

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just confirmed the support needed to deliver the Random String programme again in 2016. Random String is a wide-ranging development programme based in the West Midlands, offering opportunities for artists, arts organisations and the wider public to explore creative, interactive and connected technologies. The project is a Ludic Rooms production in association with Warwick Arts Centre. Random String consists of: A public facing festival in June, with performances, workshops and artist showcase. A sector-focused Symposium at Warwick Arts Centre on June 10th, with talks, workshops and exhibition. Public workshops at Warwick Arts Centre and in Coventry City Centre. A Fellowship programme to support artists’ professional development. Engagement with academics and researchers in the development of new applied research projects. Head on over to randomstring.co for more information and to get involved! Random String is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the Coventry City Council Project Development Grant programme, building capacity for Coventry’s bid for City of Culture...