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AHRC Funding for Collaborative Project: Internet of Cultural Things

Published: 20 April 2015
Professor Jussi Parikka

We are happy to announce that AHRC has granted funding for our Internet of Cultural Things (IoCT) project, a one year research partnership between Winchester School of Art, Kings College London, and the British Library.

The Internet of Cultural Things project examines the cultural dimensions of data via the born-digital material generated by the British Library, ranging from items ingested to reading room occupancy to catalogue searches.

Professor Jussi Parikka is the Co-Investigator in the project that will use art practice to engage this otherwise hidden cultural data, and hold a series of pop-up installations to make it visible and interfaced with the public to think through our data interconnectedness.

By focusing on cultural institutions, we can move beyond the integrated operating system of the ‘Internet of Things’ and its purported productivity gains, efficiencies. Instead, we will use critical creative practice to rethink cultural institutions as living organism of data that is both dynamic and recursive. We propose the IoCT as a means to discuss the networked and data-rich nature of cultural things that constitute institutions.

The project starts in September 2015, and is led by Dr Mark Cote (KCL) as the Principal Investigator and Prof Jussi Parikka as the CO-I with partners from the British Library (Jamie Andrews) and collaborating with the artist Richard Wright.

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