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Spoken Word Workshop – by The Young Consultants

After a lot of planning and organising we hosted our very first event, Spoken Word, on March 3rd. The day was delivered by the two talented artists Dean Atta and Laila Sumpton.

We began with the amazing Clive Birch from the Royal College of Art delivering an introductory presentation. He began with his historical involvement in transport then led us into an insight of the Sense and the City exhibition. Finally he left us on an inspirational note of what transport will look like in the not so distant future.
With our creative juices flowing, we dived into several activities that drew out some amazing poetry and free writing from the participants. This continued into the afternoon where we finally created our group performances.

With the support from the Museum, we had members from the Young Volunteers programme as part of the audience that were also kind enough to give wonderful feedback.
Overall it was inspirational workshop that exposed the talent and creativity of young people in London.

With connections from Dean and Laila with Keats House we were invited to showcase the work we had created as a part of the Young Poets Forum open mic, taking place the following day. A few went along and had the confidence to perform alongside other artists.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the two days and are so grateful for all the participation and help from everyone involved.

Written by Gloria Gaspard and Izara de Nobrega (Young Consultants from LTM)

Poster of the Week #17

Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes, by Mark Thomas, 2003

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This week we’re showing the film Erasing David at the museum as part of our events for the Sense and the City exhibition. The documentary explores the use of surveillance technology in modern Britain, so volunteer Jon Burdett has picked out ‘Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes’ by Mark Thomas. He explains: ‘The movie is about documentary maker David Bond’s attempts to disappear from Britain’s ubiquitous CCTV cameras, challenging two private detectives to track him down whilst he goes on the run. Can he manage it? This poster from 2002 was made to reassure the public that the use of surveillance helps to keep the transport system a safer place. The text says: ‘CCTV & METROPOLITAN POLICE ON BUSES ARE JUST TWO WAYS WE’RE MAKING YOUR JOURNEY MORE SECURE’. There was also a leaflet done explaining the measures being taken to improve security. To me, those eyes in the sky are a bit Big Brother and bring George Orwell’s famous novel 1984 to mind!

What do you think?

Erasing David will be shown on Friday 9th December 2011 18.30 – 20.00.

Sense and the City – Get Involved!

Runs until  18 March 2012

This summer a new exhibition about London will open at the museum – and you could be part of it!

Sense & the City explores the powerful new forces that are shaping the way we live, work and travel in the city.  GPS, pervasive wireless, sensing, near field communication, multi touch surfaces, open data, smart phones and a blizzard of new Apps are combining to redefine our urban relationships.  Data visualisation is beginning to work with these digital riches to help us make deals, be sociable, navigate and network in powerful new ways. There is a wind of change in London – Sense & the City will harvest straws in that wind and test which of them have most significance for the future.

How can you help?  If you or your company has an App or a visualisation you’d like to showcase then please get in touch with us.  There are several sections to the exhibition but we’d particularly like help with an area with eight 32” touch screens for which we have designed a GUI fronting a Content Management System. We’re focusing on urban movement and connection. The topics we’re covering on the screens are:

  • Re-seeing the city – The beautiful and instructive world of data visualisation
  • Open data – What does the ‘democratisation’ of data mean? And how do we deal with privacy and protection concerns?
  • Real time – How does real time information from the Capital’s systems change urban behaviour?
  • Fluid payment – Contactless easy payment systems change much more than financial transactions
  • Mobility – Will crowd sourced transport become real? What is the future for autonomous personal vehicles?  Is there a ‘cycling tipping point’ when machine powered vehicles naturally give way to human powered ones?
  • Sociability – How is social media changing the way we use London?  How are new markets opening up?  Is the future of business more social?
  • Navigational signage – Sensing and information carrying surfaces are changing the information provided to travellers – how far can this go?
  • Blue Sky – How might we live, work and create in London of the Future?

The interface allows us to show a range of visualisations – we are focusing on movement systems and London.

How to get in touch
In the first instance email us with information about your work – pointing to your site, linking to Vimeo clips and any App store links. We are not definitely promising that you’ll be in the exhibition but we’d like to hear from you.  If we like what we see and it fits then we’ll be back in touch.

For any questions about the exhibition contact the Curator for the show Stephen Feber at: stephen.feber@ltmuseum.co.uk

For any technical questions abut the exhibition contact Charles Dodgson at: charles.dodgson@ltmuseum.co.uk

Thank you!