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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.

Last month I was in Le Grand Palais in Paris, France for the exhibition ‘Artists & Robots’. What caught my attention is 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.

Bringing Your Own Workplace

The workplace where people learn and work together could not only be the professional workspaces such as coworking spaces, training centers, education buildings or offices of corporations. Lifeplaces such as gardens could also be places not only to relax but also places to develop and improve ourselves together. I noticed 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

Anne Marie Rattray also shared thoughts with me and Helen Blunden:

“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.”

Coworking places can not only be tech hubs and beautiful and expensive business buildings à la WeWork but can also be inside shopping centers and lifeplaces where we go.

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

Marie Puybaraud @mariepuybaraud, expert in Workplace Innovation & Futures, Speaker, Writer, Consultant, 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, and BYOE: Bring Your Own Everything.

Source: visual by Dennis Callahan,

In another conversation I had with Anne Marie Rattray, the third places 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. 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 to learn with and from each other, and to instigate together via coffee / tea houses in cities or via digital tools.

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

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