"Robots Against Routine", a work by Nat Buckley - one of our Happenstance creative technologists in residence.
"Robots Against Routine", a work by Nat Buckley - one of our Happenstance creative technologists in residence.

HAPPENSTANCE - Residencies for Technologists



Happenstance puts creative technologists in deep immersion residencies in arts organisations. The Happenstance residencies are designed to change arts organisations' relationship with digital technology. The residencies are at Site Gallery in Sheffield, Lighthouse, and Spike Island in Bristol.

James Bridle
James Bridle

We are very pleased to announce the six creative technologists who will be undertaking residencies as part of the Happenstance project. They are:

- James Bridle and Nat Buckley at Lighthouse
- Kevin Walker and Linda Sandvik at Spike Island in Bristol
- Leila Johnston and James Jefferies at Site Gallery in Sheffield

About our Residents
James Bridle is a writer, publisher and technologist based in London. He is a partner at the Really Interesting Group. He has founded innovative publishing start-ups and helps publishers and arts organisations understand digital media. At the moment he’s particularly interested in networks, architecture and digital behaviour. He makes things with words, books and the internet, and writes about what he does at Booktwo
James is a regular speaker at technology and design conferences, such as South by South West, Lift and dConstruct. You can watch an interview with him here
And you can follow him on Twitter at @jamesbridle

Nat Buckley is an interaction designer based in London. They are interested in exploring the ways we interact with technology, and how in turn our technologies shape the way we live. Nat graduated from Goldsmiths with a BA in Design, and since then has worked for Flockedu and Yarned, and as an independent developer and designer. In their spare time Nat plays with electronics and builds digital ephemera. Nat blogs here
And you can follow Nat on Twitter at @ntlk

Read about the first day at Lighthouse in the blog

About Happenstance
The Happenstance residencies are opportunities for creative technologists (web designers, developers or digital thinkers) to think, make and prototype digital projects and products as part of a small creative team. Each technology resident works for two short sprints from 26 March to 29 June 2012.
Happenstance aims to transform the idea of how technology can work in the arts, showing that digital innovation can be glanceable and ad hoc, rather than purely related to major technology builds and capital projects. Our intention is to spark a new approach to digital management and production, and test the proposition: How do embedded technologists transform arts organisations?

The programme is managed by digital agency, Caper and is supported by the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture, run by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and NESTA.

Open House Events
We want to share some of the amazing work the Happenstance residents are undertaking with you. So we are hosting two Open House events at Lighthouse, which give you an opportunity to meet James and Natalia, and find out more about what they’re doing.

Lunchtime Open House, Wednesday 23 May, 1300
At this informal lunch-time seminar, James and Natalia introduced some of the projects they’ve started working on during their residencies. Read more

Evening Open House, Tuesday 19 June, 1830
At this event, James and Natalia will present their final projects and reflect on the experience working at Lighthouse.

Both Open House events will be open to the public, and will be free, but booking will be required.

About our Partners

Site Gallery is Sheffield’s centre for contemporary art. The gallery offers a changing programme of free exhibitions alongside regular artists’ talks, conferences, workshops, screenings and publications. The gallery focuses on newly commissioned work, UK premieres, and provides a base for international residencies and supports artists at critical moments in their career. Site has produced new work with 5 artists who went on to win the Turner Prize, alongside some of the leading UK and international artists living and working today.
Site is hosting residencies by Leila Johnston and James Jefferies

Spike Island is a centre for the presentation and production of contemporary art and design based on Bristol’s harbourside. The organisation is unique on two fronts: it is a place where artists and the public can meet, enabling audiences to engage with artists’ research and production; and it creates pathways for artists and other creative producers by nurturing a rich arts ecology that supports professional development beyond the confines of the organisation. It plays a key role in fostering a creative culture for Bristol and the South West as it builds relationships nationally and internationally.
Spike Island is hosting residencies by Kevin Walker and Linda Sandvik

Caper is an agency that inspires disruptive thinking and digital innovation across the cultural, creative, technology and not-for-profit sectors. Caper is co-founded by award-winning producers Rachel Coldicutt and Katy Beale, who also run the international Culture Hack programme. Caper developed the Happenstance Project with Site Gallery and Lighthouse during Summer 2011, and will be managing all aspects of the project and its delivery.

The Centre for Cultural Policy Studies at University of Warwick is undertaking research into Happenstance. The centre focuses for research and postgraduate teaching in the fields of cultural management, cultural policy and the creative industries. The Centre’s researchers examine the connection between one-off digital innovation and longer term organizational transformation. The team comprises Dr Chris Bilton and Ruth Leary from University of Warwick and Katherine Jewkes from Arts Collective. The researchers will be working with the Happenstance partners to identify how organizational creativity and disruptive innovation feed off each other through the duration of the project.

Funded by NESTA, Arts Council England and the AHRC Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture.

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