Digital Culture in Public Spaces: User-led design approaches to culture.


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Engagement with public audiences is a key mechanism of the insight, lived experience, and stories that live within the WE-Hope project. Considering approaches to commissioning and presentation that stems from what we know about human behavior in spaces allows us new frameworks for creating commissioning opportunities and creating cultural artefact and programmes that can have a meaningful impact.


Digital technologies afford opportunities to test and refine with audiences. To involve those that experience the project in a methodology of co-design that means that future presentation of work can involve new audiences, new creators both within the project mechanisms and with the externally facing experience.


Producers of the WE-Hope commission, project partner and Directors of Frequency festival contributed to the ‘Capacity Building for European Capitals of Culture’ project, supporting capacity building and peer-learning activities for European Capitals of Culture. Director, Samantha Lindley presented a podcast toolkit talking about approaches to developing and commissioning digital work for public spaces as part of this series.

These podcasts and activities aim to provide practical support for skills gaps with theoretical expertise, insight, best practice and knowledge to implement capitals of culture.

Samantha talks about the approaches to public spaces and artistic programming that ututilizesilises digital technologies that underpinned the development of the WE Hope commission and it’s premiere at Frequency 2021. Also, how digital technologies and data can help us to build user led design approaches to culture for social change through the context of festivals and public engagement.


Listen to the podcast here!

This article has been written by Samantha Lindley from Threshold studios.