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21 March 2013

Journey to the endless archive

Future Everything launches with a downloadable collection of essays that explore the ideas behind ‘digital public space’

Future Everything, just opened in Manchester, is tackling the issue of ‘public space’ in the digital realm.

You can read some informative and speculative articles about the topic in Digital Public Spaces, which is available for download at the Future Everything site. The 42-page pdf contains contributions by Tony Ageh (BBC), James Bridle, Neville Brody, Jeremy Myerson and Mo McRoberts of the BBC’s Archive Development department.

Cover image by Kiosk.

Digital Public Space cover

In the introduction, Drew Hemment and Bill Thompson describe the central, utopian vision behind the idea of digital public space – ‘to give everyone everywhere access to an open resource of culture and knowledge’ – what the final essay (‘Constructing a Digital Public Space’) describes as ‘a high street, not a shopping mall’.

Digital Public Spaces
Edited by Drew Hemment, Bill Thompson, José Luis de Vicente and Rachel Cooper. Layout: Joe White.
Published by FutureEverything, free download.

James George, Clouds.


Eye will be reviewing the Future Everything conference next week.

Read ‘From scraping to chirping’ a review of Future Everything 2012 by Pamela Bowman and Matt Edgar on the Eye blog.

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