Data Culture Lab // 2017

Our data-culture lab selected nine artists from across the UK to join us for a week long residential lab in January 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University. It was an intense week of speakers, workshops, and lots of discussion, leading to fantastic emerging ideas.

Collusion Artists' Lab: Data

Folloing the welcome and introduction on day one, day two was our seminar day. We were joined by post-grad ARU students for a day of talks, hearing from a broad range of speakers interested in data culture including Dr David Stillwell (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge), Dr Trevor Woods (Cambridge Consultants), and Mark Farid (artist, Data Shadow). Day 3 included two practical workshop sessions on how live data could inform work, for example use of Lidar data in Minecraft and Json feeds for visualising data. There was also a visit to the Scott Polar Museum.

The second half of the week focused provided time for the artists to contemplate the various stimulus and start to put together their early ideas, which the artists presented to an invited audience of 50 people on the afternoon of day 5. This included representatives from Arts Council England, Arm, Cambridge Consultants, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, University of Cambridge Museums, FACT, Furtherfield, local authorities, and FE colleges.

Following the lab, two artists were selected to work with Collusion on R&D projects, allowing them to develop their emerging ideas further. Filmmaker Jo Lawrence developed a bespoke animation project called Datacosm working with Cambridge Consultants, utilising their expertise in artificial intelligence. This project has since been commissioned for our Collusion 2019 showcase.  Media artist Henry Driver experimented with VR and AR towards new immersive artworks, and as a result,  received an Alt-Barbican Accelerator programme award.  Henry went on to create Te0 with artist Barbara Taylor as part of our Bury St Edmunds R&D project, which has also been commissioned for our Collusion 2019 showcase.



Participating Artists

Anna Brownsted, Jane Glennie, Jo Lawrence, Marcus Dyer, Hwa Young Jung, Rosie Munro Kerr, Henry Driver, Richard DeDomenici, Heinrich & Palmer


  • Arts Council England
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority
  • Arm
  • Cambridge Consultants
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • University of Cambridge Museums