1525 Radical Tech for Survival: Augmented Reality

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In collaboration with Near Now, Broadway’s studio for arts, design and innovation, this workshop with Studio Above&Below will introduce participants to ideas of critical making and producing with Augmented and Mixed Reality tools, in order to introduce shifts of perceptions of ‘technology’ in a post-capitalist world. Topics of investigation will include augmented digital time capsules, technology to connect with digital and physical natures, in order to subvert and spark new connections between our understanding of how we live with emerging technology and extended reality tools.

No prior technical skills are required - this workshop aims for all participants to step away with new skill sets for understanding uses for augmented reality, games engines and express critically about the technologies in the future.

Download links to assets will be sent out prior to workshop.

About the artists

Studio Above&Below is a London based art and technology practice founded by Daria Jelonek (DE) and Perry-James Sugden (UK). Their work combines computational design, speculative storytelling and digital art in order to draw together unseen connections between humans, machines and the environment – working towards better future interactions with our environment. Believing in research based art, Studio Above&Below works with scientists, technologists and communities to push the boundaries of digital media for future living. Over the last years the duo has created ground breaking artworks using immersive technologies such as AR and MR with live data inputs in order to make the invisible visible and give our environment a voice to express itself.


About the event

Free for 15-25 year olds.

Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.

The duration of the event is one hour and a half. A rest break is included. Seating is available.


Find information about getting here and our building access and facilities here.

This event will take place in The Space and is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing info@nottinghamcontemporary.org or phoning 01159489750.

Safety during your visit

Due to COVID precautions, please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms, or is awaiting test results.

Please observe social distancing.

Staff will be wearing face masks; all visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask in all areas (unless medically exempt).

You can find more details about how we're keeping everyone safe here.

Future of Futures is an immersive year-long research, engagement and artistic project led by young people. Borrowing from sci-fi as well as role play and scenario planning techniques, our project will be set’ in a future version of Nottingham at the end of the 21st century, to collectively reimagine the role of culture and our gallery.

This project is supported by The Weston Culture Fund and The Foyle Foundation.

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