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Cybersalon series (Guest event)

The Arts Catalyst
50-54 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5PS

30/01/2013 – 26/06/2013


Guest event:

Digital London - Then & Now

Free events, please reserve your place online here 

Cybersalon is:

  • hosting monthly events to discuss the impact of new media in London
  • bringing together artists, designers, entrepreneurs, techies, activists and academics
  • forming alliances between educational institutions, arts organisations, community groups and private businesses
  • collecting digital artefacts from the past two decades for the New Media Memory archive
  • building a better and smarter future

Website: http://www.cybersalon.org

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Twitter: @cybersalon

Facebook: Cybersalon

Cybersalon will be beginning its new series of monthly events entitled Digital London Then & Now in January 2013. These events will launch the New Media Memory project which is dedicated to archiving and analysing the development of Net culture in the city over the past two decades. Due to the constant improvements in hardware and software, many of the digital artefacts which have shaped today's new media scene have not just been forgotten, but are no longer even accessible. Cybersalon's 2013 events will revisit the recent past to inspire contemporary designers, entrepreneurs, techies, academics and activists to build a better and smarter future.

Cybersalon's goal is to create an active network of people interested in the project and to develop a process for crowd-sourcing of the assets for a New Media Memory archive.

The Digital London Then & Now events will raise awareness of the New Media Memory project, develop a taxonomy for collating material and form alliances with academic institutions for the long-term maintenance of the completed archive.

Cybersalon events will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from January to July 2013 at The Arts Catalyst in Clerkenwell. The evening will consist of guest speakers followed by a discussion along with exhibits, presentations and performances. The provisional programme is:

26 June - 20 Years of 'On The Mobile' (1993 – 2013)

From Yuppies, Chalk Marks, Emotional Maps and Geo-Location media to Smartphones and Urban Protests

Wednesday 26 June from 7pm

The introduction of mobile phones in London in the late 80′s as the ultimate Yuppie icon has initiated our long journey to today’s ubiquitous mobile computing. The ‘mobile’ was initially a tool of currency traders, stockbrokers and merchant bankers, who were all exponents of Thatcher’s politics. Over the last two decades the mobile phone has made an incredible journey to a leading tool in our everyday lives. It has also successfully been used to facilitate street protests against authoritarian governments.

We will look at some elements of that journey and explore how this unexpected and unpredicted transformation happened and which critical components on the journey powered such a radical political shift.

William Gibson in his recent novel has discussed the birth of locative media in London (“Zero History”, 2010). We also acknowledge the head-start that London had in the mobile phone movement and the pioneering role of the early art collectives in the UK su ch as Blast Theory and Node London.

Christian Nold, Pete Gomes (Chalk Marks project) and Sophia Drakopoulou will look at the difference between Checking-in to a nightclub and Checking-in at a #blockupy protest event. They will examine what happens when this kind of collective data means the participants realise they are in a majority or at least a significant political power (Paolo Gerbaudo ‘The Tweets and the Streets‘, 2012).  Some murky aspects of the mobile phone will be examined, including the ‘hacking’ of mobile phones of celebrities and crime victims and the impact of the public outrage on the new Press legislation curbing the power of the old media empires.

The Cybersalon Series – Then and Now – is supported by Middlesex University and Cyberia Foundation.
Entrance is free but please book on http://cybersalon.eventbrite.co.uk/


Christian Nold is an artist, designer and researcher working to develop new participatory technologies for communcal representation. He has written the books “Mobile Vulgus” (2001) and “Internet of People for a Post-Oil World” (2011) with Rob van Kranenburg and edited “Emotional Cartographies – Technologies of the Self” (2009). He has led large scale participatory mapping projects, in particular “Bio-Mapping" which has been staged across the globe with thousands of participants. He has developed experimental currencies, the Biijlmer Euro (2010) and Suomenlinna Kuula (2012). Christian is releasing the book “The Participation Problem – Autopsy of an Island Currency” later this year. His is currently working on a PhD in the Extreme Citizen Science Group at UCL. christiannold.com, biomapping.net

Sophia Drakopoulou is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication at Middlesex University and runs the BA in Media and Cultural Studies. Her PhD title:  ’How Long Is Now? A study into the spatiotemporal qualities of mobile media in location-specific interaction 2001 to 2008′. Sophia publishes on locative media technologies, location-based games and mobile media in several international peer-reviewed journals. Sophia is a co-founder of Cybersalon.  Sophia's Writing: A Moment of Experimentation.

Pete Gomes mutantfilm.com

Read up before the event on:

6.30pm: Doors open, drinks and nibbles.
7-9m: Discussion
Followed by drinks in the pub: The Slaughtered Lamb.

Cybersalon will restart in autumn 2013 with events on wearable computing; innovative technology; creative cities; and digital music. The Digital London Then & Now series will culminate in a conference on the archiving of new media cultural artefacts at a major London academic institution.