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Workplace Futures & Nowness

“Outside of work (your) people are learning in connected ways.” — @MichelleOckers Yes, we do: https://rotanaty.com/2015/10/26/in-an-age-of-collective-learning— @rotanarotana

On Collective Digital Art Experiences

Do we see the emergence of collective digital art experiences? I wonder as I have been immersed in some of them lately.

Last month, I was in Le Grand Palais in Paris, France, for ‘Artists & Robots’. What caught my attention is the ‘Extra-Natural’ artefact of Miguel Chevalier, a digital interactive, generative, automated and fractal garden he created. Living in a digital garden. Mesmerizing.

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

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


Source: photo shot by moi at the Atelier des Lumières, Paris, France.

Bringing Your Own Workplace

The workplace where people learn and work together could be professional workspaces such as co-working spaces, training centres, education buildings, or corporations’ offices. Life places such as gardens could also be places to relax and develop and improve ourselves together.

Coworking places can not only be tech hubs and beautiful and expensive business buildings à la WeWork. They can also be inside shopping centres and life places where we go.

The workplace is evolving as the place we work, play, live and learn. They are consumerized, fragmented and tend to adapt to our work and learning needs.

In a nutshell, BYOW: Bring Your Own Workplace that meets your needs, and BYOE: Bring Your Own Everything.


Source: visual by Dennis Callahan, learningstreaming.com

In another conversation I had with Anne Marie Rattray, the third place can also be an artful place such as museums, galleries, art centres. As she shared with me, it is already available in London, UK, with the National Theater. Some museums of failures exist in Sweden and Los Angeles.

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

Social gatherings and learning circles enable us to learn with and from each other and instigate together via coffee/tea houses in cities or digital tools. I examine technology while using McLuhan tetrad. Below is my take on one technology: third place.

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

What do your workplace futures and nowness look like?

Tapestry goes through my flâneur’s journey over 63 pages of my personal learnings, stories and reflections in an e-book format. Through thoughts, experience, practices, inspirations, nudges, and questions, I share my story to work and learn continuously in a networked world.


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