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CX Creative Exchange: Rhythmanalysis

CX Creative Exchange: Open Planning (AHRC 2013).

This AHRC CX project falls under the cluster ‘Rethinking Working Life’. This cluster topic is being led by Jeremy Myerson, The Royal College of Art. Prof. R. Koeck (CAVA) provides the lead of academic research; core partners include FACT Liverpool and Amaze Manchester.

For many workers and employees in the UK (as well as many other countries), instantaneous digital communication technology created a sense that we are available anytime and anywhere. A recent study has shown that 83 percent of managers are regularly contacted by their employers out of working hours and more than 75 per cent of employees work regularly beyond their contracted hours (Clutterbuck 2003). This trend is expected to rise in the context of an ever more efficient integration of ‘digital public space’ with our working and private lives. And while one could argue that this might have short term positive effects on the UK’s productivity, there are concerns about its sustainability and the long-term physical, mental and economic effects of not having a manageable ‘work-life balance’.

By taking an Action Research approach to the project, we began with the principle that, through incorporating the subjective views and experiences of the test subjects – Sony Games in Wavertree and Minsky’s Hairdressers on Bold Street – as well as gathering their objective physical data using biosensing equipment supplied by Cambridge-based electronics company CamNTech, we would pursue an iterative design approach that would include the test subjects and involve them in the presentation of the work and findings at the end of the process. The measuring and visualizing physiological data was produced by Kiel Gilled.

RHYTHMANALYSIS formed a part of the exhibition "Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life" at FACT in Liverpool between December 2013 and March 2014. This exhibition provided space for CX PhD students to directly engage with members of the public through their design intervention of a collaborative co-working space, and through a series of salon and workshop events, all within the context of a high-profile art exhibition. The exhibition attracted over 16000 people. Artists included Cohen van Balen, Harun Farocki, Oliver Walker, Blake Fall-Conroy, Sam Meech, Molleindustria, Jeff Crouse and Stephanie Rothernberg, Andrew Norman Wilson and The Creative Exchange. 


Friday. 30 July 2013

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