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“Outside of work (your) people are learning in connected ways.” — @MichelleOckers Yes, we do: — @rotanarotana

On Collective Digital Art Experiences

Like collective learning via social media, do we see the emergence of collective digital art experiences?

I wonder as I have been immersed in some of them lately.

I was last month in Grand Palais in Paris, France for the exhibition ‘Artists & Robots’, especially with the ‘Extra-Natural’ artefact of Miguel Chevalier, a digital interactive, generative, automated and fractal garden he created. Hear more in French in his short interview. Below is a shot I took in front that living digital garden. Mesmerizing.

I had a similar collective digital art experience at the ‘Atelier des Lumières’ for the exhibition ‘Gustav Klimt’ in Paris, France.

What is interesting to me is not so much the new digital art lifeplace itself as it is just a big empty building to welcome visitors massively. What is much more intriguing and beautiful is the collective experience with crowds of people in the dark and lights, who become part of the digital artefacts based on Klimt’s artful masterpieces and from other artists. Digital artefacts were projected on the walls of the building.

I will be in next June at another collective digital art fair; “Bains numériques“. It is a yearly international biennale of digital arts at Enghien-Les-Bains, France. More description is shared on the website:

“With its eight editions all hailed as successes by the general public and participants alike, the biennial continues to pioneer innovation to bring the digital arts to life throughout the town. Through a digital arts programme inspired by the public space and that includes concerts, live performances and installations, the festival shines a light on the creative and social potential of the region. The pinnacle of the festival is the programme of electro concerts performed on the floating stage on Enghien Lake.”

It will be my first time in that festival. Looks intriguing. Stay tuned for more.

On Bringing Your Own Workplace

What if the workplace / lifeplace where people learn, work and have fun together were not only the professional workspaces such as coworking spaces, training centers, education buildings or offices of corporations?
What if lifeplaces such as gardens were places not only to relax but also places to develop and improve ourselves together?
I noticed on Twitter this initiative from London, UK:

“Imagine a beautiful shared space for gathering, playing, growing & relaxing in Barking Library! Come along to Tea and Toast to begin planning transformation with other residents. All the info you need below :)” — @everyone_org

On the website, more is said on what it is all about:

“Spring programmeAn 8 week season of over 100+ opportunities near where you live to cook, make, learn, grow, fix, trade, sing, play, eat and share – together with your family, friends and neighbours.

Barking and Dagenham made by everyone, for everyone”

Sounds great.

“How the project works

Every One Every Day builds on the ‘hands on’ projects that people have been creating over the last few years in their own neighbourhoods. These types of projects welcome people from all walks of life, and include:

  • Sharing skills, spaces and resources.
  • Families working and playing more together.
  • Batch cooking and community meals.
  • Food growing and tree planting.
  • Trading, making and repairing.

Every One Every Day is going to be part of the borough for a long time – at least five years and hopefully longer, and we hope to support residents to develop lots of project and businesses.

Learn more

As shared with Anne Marie Rattray @smartco and Helen Blunden @activatelearn, my learning partners, it reminds me the transition towns / neighborhoods movement in which I was involved.

Anne Marie @smartco also shared this with us in reply to my ping:

“Hello both. Thanks for the link, Rotana. Reminds me of Britain In Bloom I’ve recently been watching episodes on TV of different town struggling to overcome challenges. Seems to be as much about community building as gardening.”

I dived into the link:

“Britain in Bloom

Britain’s nationwide gardening competition has been keeping our towns and cities in bloom since 1963. For many groups, it’s now a powerful tool for building communities and tackling local issues.”

Brilliant! One way among others meaningful ones to look away.

What if coworking places were not only available in tech hubs and beautiful and expensive business buildings à la WeWork but were also inside the shopping center or lifeplaces in which we move and leave when on the go?

Well, I met again this week a learning manager from a French university who upskill students in Master on the field of corporate innovation, digital project management and facility management. She is instigating yearly projects and events to help her students to learn by doing and thinking critically together with teachers, public institutions and companies on real world problems to solve.

Bottom line: The workplace is evolving as the places we work (and learn) are consumerized, fragmented and tend to adapt to our work and learning (futures) needs.

Marie Puybaraud @mariepuybaraud, “expert in Workplace Innovation & Futures, Speaker, Writer, Consultant.” (as put on her Twitter bio) shared her take on the working day in 2040 in this interview with JLL, the leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management.

In a nutshell, BYOW: Bring Your Own Workplace that meets your needs?

When connectedness is converging, Bring Your Own Everything as Dennis Callahan @denniscallahan shares in his blog post?

Source: visual by Dennis Callahan,

In another conversation I had with Anne Marie @smartco, the third place can be also be an artful place such as museums, galleries, art centers. As she shared with me, it is already available in London, UK wih the National Theater.

What if we will see emerge around the world more museums of failures like in Sweden and Los Angeles?

“Interesting seeing the failures displayed at the Museum of Failure #CollabOutLoud” @JulesStardust

What about social gatherings / circles to learn with and from each other, and instigating together via coffee / tea houses in cities as well as knowledge cafés?

Not new as it was already done in the Age of Reason, The Enlightment, in London as Anne Marie @smartco shared with me via this video with Steven Johnson.

So which workplace and lifeplace will we see emerge where a ‘digital’ enlightenment can happen? 

“try out new ways of working and learning. There are no best practices for creativity, only unique practices” @hjarche

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