Small Society Lab 2015 Event
Small Society Lab 2015
Date: 19 June 2015 - 20 June 2015
SMALL SOCIETY LAB 2015 – Dundee x Mexico City
You are invited to join us for 2 days on 19-20 June to explore Dundee in a new innovative and collaborative way. The Small Society Lab is an open project which explores the development and understanding of the small city of the future, the project is run by Dundee Contemporary Arts, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee and Creative Dundee.
During the Lab, two seemingly unconnected cities will come together by running simultaneous events to share a crossing of cultures – Mexico City, a megalopolis with 22 million residents and Dundee, with 149,000 residents!
This is an opportunity to show off and improve what’s happening in Dundee, a UNESCO City of Design – celebrating our culture, streets, design, food, music, art and our lifestyle – and explore the amazing rich tapestry that makes up all aspects of life in our city.
Anyone can join the Small Society Lab, please see full details here: http://www.creativedundee.com/ssl
We’re also looking for your photos, short film clips and stories showing the everyday and extraordinary aspects of life in the city - the food, drink, culture and lifestyle. We would love this before the Lab, for full details see: http://www.creativedundee.com/2015/05/time-of-your-life-in-dundee
The two day Small Society Lab
We will provide plenty of indoor/outdoor space, a festival-like vibe, an interesting mix of people, a live link to the simultaneous event in Mexico City and great lunches! We’ll also provide lots of content – films, audio, stories, photographs – generated by local people in Mexico City and Dundee about their cultural lives – the everyday and the special.
You are encouraged to come along with your own laptops, devices and sketchbooks – whatever your tools of choice are. Although we’d love you to be there for the full 2 day lab, if you can’t make the full commitment then that’s ok, just let us know.
Day 1: Friday 19 June 2015
At 12pm we’ll have some lunch, share the city content, then it’s over to you to explore and respond. Apart from working alongside others in the Dundee Lab, you will be able to collaborate across the Atlantic – exchanging ideas, files and designs throughout the event. We might even go for a wander around the city and then at 7pm we’ll catch up with Mexico City to share what we’ve discovered so far.
Day 2: Saturday 20 June 2015
We’ll continue developing the ideas during the day, then… We’ll have a drinks reception at 5pm and get ready to share our ideas, prototypes and short film with Mexico City and Dundee City. From 6 – 9pm, we welcome everyone to join us at a Bring Your Own Mexican Food event (as they enjoy Dundee’s food delights for lunch!) to watch the big screen link up and share ideas/food/culture virtually. We’ll also be screening the film featuring the crowdsourced city content with our friends in Mexico City!
Small Society Lab 2015 – Dundee x Mexico City
Where: Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, located on the lower levels of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee.
When: Friday 19 – Saturday 20 June 2015
Finale showcase: Saturday 6pm – 9pm for a live link to Mexico City - everyone is welcome.
About the Project
This project is a partnership between Small Society Lab and Digital Futures UKMX.
The Small Society Lab is an open project which explores the development and understanding of the small city of the future. Based in Dundee, the Lab is now in its 5th year. This year’s programme is delivered by Dundee Contemporary Arts, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee and Creative Dundee. Over the years SSL has worked with citizens and local and international partners to explore themes of democracy, making and digital value, through to serendipitous communities and community-run bakeries.
Digital Futures UKMX are collaborating with Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Centro de Cultura Digital, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, CENART to run a series of exchange and collaborative prototyping/making events around the themes of civic awareness, engagement, collaboration and innovation in Mexico City and London linked with the V&A Digital Futures and Digital Design Weekend programmes.
Read more about the project, Digital Futures UKMX Labs, here.