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Thursday Scratch Nights

Talk - Playable City

Image: Farrows Creative

Image: Farrows Creative

Image: Farrows Creative

Talk - Playable City

Thursday 12 March 2015 / 7pm / Free / Pre-booking essential


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Hilary O’Shaughnessy- Producer, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol

Playable City Producer Hilary O’Shaughnessy, will introduce the ideas and inspirations behind the Playable City concept and the international Playable City Award, which attracts a huge range of ideas and attention, capturing the imagination of cities, practitioners and citizens across the world. Hilary will talk us through previous winners of the award and demonstrate how they managed to use technology to invite people to be playful in public spaces, engaging them with their environment and each other in new ways.



Elizabeth B Silva - Professor of Sociology at the Open University

Elizabeth Silva will talk about an art experiment she has been developing with NY-based artist Sheila Goloborotko. The experiment – 1001 dreams – consists of collecting ‘dreams’ which are turned into art objects, printed onto pillowcases, with pillows being distributed in urban spaces, unsettling relations which are communicated via a blog for public engagement with the project. Pilot experiments have been carried out in London, New York and Sao Paulo, to explore: (1) how this artistic practice disrupts the urban order creating a meta-theme of relationality; (2) how these cities are depicted in individual dream narratives becoming public within the collective project; (3) how social concerns are mapped out in the dreams and in the engagements with this art experiment.



This talk is part of the Hub-to-Hub initiative launched jointly by two research centres based at the Faculty of Social Sciences of The Open University: the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) and Open Space (OS).


This initiative, driven by The Open University commitment for Public Engagement, aims at creating spaces for discussion and exchanges between OU academics and MK communities. Its goal is to bridge OU campus (symbolised by the catering ‘hub’ on campus where OU researchers meet and socialise) and activities that occur around MK Hub.

March 2015


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