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Mark Kobine talk

Mark Kobine talk

So what do you Do? Mark Kobine, ECA / Independent Designer Thursday 23rd January 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]


Design Informatics Research Talks Winter 2014

Design Informatics Research Talks Winter 2014

Download the PDF here Research Seminars Semester 2 T-Room, Floor 1, Evolution House, ECA – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]


Take Me I’m Yours: Beyond the Supermarket

Take Me I’m Yours: Beyond the Supermarket

Beyond the Supermarket is a show that features supermarket goods as actors. Using the publicly available smart phone app Take Me I’m Yours, a human actor interacts on stage with local products that are usually found in the cupboards and fridges of our kitchens. Beyond the Supermarket was first performed at the Expanded Narrative symposium […]


Dancing with Robots Workshop at TEI2014

Dancing with Robots Workshop at TEI2014

If you’re heading to TEI 2014 in Munich in February, please consider joining us on the Sunday 16th 9.00-18.00: see bottom for signup details ­Studio: Dancing robots Chris Speed, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh Larissa Pschetz, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh l Jon Oberlander, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh Alexandros […]


Co-Things

Co-Things

Way back at the end of July, Jen and I came together to present some of the data portraits that she’d collected from the Comob Net database of groups using the iPhone app. The data portraits were gathered during her residencies at ISIS arts and Pervasive Media Studio. The portraits soon became enduring images of peoples connection to […]


Digital Human BBC Radio 4

Digital Human BBC Radio 4

Quick post on the BBC Radio 4 Digital Human programme produced by Peter McManus and presented by Aleks Krotoski. I was invited to talk about the old Shelflife / Remember Me / Tales of Things project for Oxfam in the context of value: “When almost anything we want is available to buy at the click of […]


Shaping Things

Shaping Things

Transposition and Mutation During the Edinburgh International Festival, August 2013, we ran two interlinked events to stimulate conversation and practice about the use of 3D printers and the role of digital and social systems. Part 1 consisted of a game of 3D Chinese Whispers that took place over 12 days between students of an Edinburgh […]


Things move people around

Things move people around

So this is interesting for Internet of Things experiences. Objects telling us to where they want to go… Part of the Tourism Work Package led by Janet Dickinson and Julia Hibbert from Bournemouth University has involved working with visitors to the Tom’s Field campsite in Purbeck. The visitors have been using the Sixth Sense Tourism app for iPhones […]


MapLocal Community Mapping

MapLocal Community Mapping

Last year and into this year I was involved in an AHRC Connected Communities project led by  Phil Jones with Colin Lorne and Antonia Layard (University of Birmingham) in which we designed an Android app that allowed residents of communities to gather information about their neighbourhoods. The app was developed by Chris Blunt (Plymouth Software) […]


Breakfast ‘things’

Breakfast ‘things’

Crude network of objects and services connected during a Speed family week day breakfast. Surprisingly limited, but then we have to be out and on the road quite quickly. I expect that weekends would be much more complex… PDF here


7-9pm

7-9pm

6.45 Steph leaves to the train station to go out for a drink with a friend in town, leaving me with my son (Eric 10), his friend who is sleeping over for a treat (Ollie 10), and my daughter (Mary 7). Eric and Ollie and playing out the front with Nerf guns, armed and completely […]


Showertime

Showertime

Shower routine… Auto-ethnography of my shower routine for the HAT project   1. Get the shower running. It’s a Mira shower running from a combi boiler downstairs in the kitchen so it takes approx 2 mins to get up to heat. It’s a nice simple shower, possibly the best I’ve ever had – it has […]


From Wolpertingers to Co-Things

From Wolpertingers to Co-Things

The first in the series of Design Informatics Research Talks is by me…! From Wolpertingers to Co-Things Chris Speed, School of Design Thursday 19th September 4pm T-Room, 1st Floor Evo House This presentation will use case studies from recent RCUK funded projects to explore the shifting role of artefacts within social networks. These include: collaborative […]


Design Informatics Research Talks

Design Informatics Research Talks

The Design Informatics team are pleased to invite you to the Research Seminar programme for this semester. You will see from the poster that we have a mix of Intra-talks from members of the Schools of Design and School of Informatics, and Extra-Talks from like-minded folk from across the UK. We have scheduled the Intra-Talks on Thursday afternoons […]


Design Fictions and the Domestic

Design Fictions and the Domestic

Part of my initial work for the HAT project involves scoping some of the Design Fictions that feature domestic systems that engage with the human and in some cases non-human. The concept of domestic may be at times obvious, at others it may be tenuous but I hope that I can reveal these in short […]


Patch-Scape; pads, pods, phones and Spatial data

Patch-Scape; pads, pods, phones and Spatial data

Digital Landscape Architecture Workshop, June 2013 This is a chance to show off some of the  fascinating work that Chris Barker and Pierre Forissier developed for the DLA workshop in Bernberg in June. The workshop developed an interesting Patchscape that took live data from a bespoke iOS app, Comob Net and used Processing to manifest […]


Flash Crash May 6th, 2010

Flash Crash May 6th, 2010

Casting Time #2

Casting Time #2

Casting Time #2 Chris Speed, Margaret Stewart, Jules Rawlinson & Jane Macdonald 17th – 28th June 2013, Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art Part of the Cast Contemporaries exhibition in the 2012 Edinburgh Art Festival, Casting Time #1 presented a ‘real-time’ digital representation of a live nude model that was transmitted from a painting studio within […]


Tales of Things / Omnimuseum

Tales of Things / Omnimuseum

FEATURE taken from Omnimusuem Project website – Original page here, June 12, 2013 The Omnimuseum Project recognizes even the most common things in our world as part of a vast network of informal learning opportunities, rich with history, science and culture. Many emerging technologies are setting the stage for content to be delivered anywhere, associated with […]


Digital Sentinel funded by Carnegie UK Trust ‘Neighbourhood News’

Digital Sentinel funded by Carnegie UK Trust ‘Neighbourhood News’

Great to see that the work funded through the AHRC Connected Communities project Community Hacking has attracted more funding to develop the third phase – community journalism. This press release was written by Whale Arts: “An emerging community news agency in Wester Hailes is to receive £10k of funding after winning a competition to help local […]


Time of the Clock and Time of the Encounter

Time of the Clock and Time of the Encounter

This AHRC funded project investigated the difference between the time of the clock and the lived time of experience. We live in a world dominated by the time of the clock, yet many aspects of life have a different rhythm and temporality. The time of community, especially, is very often more complex and differentiated that standardised […]


Drawing With Satellites #3 book

Drawing With Satellites #3 book

Well that took a while! Following the workshop in February I finally got around to laying up the images and text into the Drawing With Satellites #3 book. Softback available on Blurb: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4290049-drawing-with-satellites-3 and PDF available for free here During a very cold and grey winter, 104 second year architecture students worked in teams to draw the city […]


Evaporation of Things Symposium

Evaporation of Things Symposium

Maria Grade Godinho and I have worked up this event: The Evaporation of Things 13th & 14th March 2013, 12:30pm. Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB The Evaporation of Things symposium will explore the increasingly digital interface to biological ‘things’. From the phylogenetic analysis of plants, to the data representation of the human genome […]


Temporal Tactics for Mr. Seel’s Garden

Temporal Tactics for Mr. Seel’s Garden

Time to blog on The Memories of Mr. Seel’s Garden AHRC Connected Communities project… Many of the projects that I get involved in highlight the stress that network media is placing upon a processional model of time in which the present day is somehow at the edge of time, and all that has gone before […]