exploring the collective behaviour of Hackney Wick

Event

Escaping the Lawscape

2-4pm | 22 & 23 July

(start at arebyte 49 White Post Lane)
DIRECTIONS

Escaping the Lawscape

who determines how you move? where you stop?
who belongs where? who is excluded?
where is justice? and how do we build it?

The lawscape is an invisible structure that controls our actions, affects our choices and alters our behaviour. Escaping the Lawscape is a series of games winding through the local environment exploring conflicts and cooperations that make up the fabric of Hackney Wick. We will reveal the hidden architecture of control, the layers of influence that keep us in line, that limit our choices. First you will comply, then you will resist, and finally find the space of justice. Open up your bodies to the atmosphere; go deeper into the lawscape of bridges and canals; emerge with your desires, enter into conflicts, and form posthuman partnerships.

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Event

Migrations of Cool

3-5pm | 22 & 23 July

(start at arebyte 49 White Post Lane)
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Migrations of Cool

Find a warehouse! Cheap Rent. Do Art! Build a Scene.
Then you’re cool. And they all want cool.
Cool sells… and so the regeneration begins.

Migrations of Cool is a live action street game about the movements of artists throughout the city. The pattern is well known: artists seeking low-cost work spaces find a foothold in old industrial areas and gradually, creative communities emerge. But the commodification of cool turns creative scenes into targets of regeneration and, with rising rents, the artists are often forced to up sticks and move on. Is this pattern inevitable? Or are the other ways of operating? This game is an invitation to play your way towards some potential answers.

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Event

Nesting Groups

11am-1pm | 22 July 2017

(meet by St. Mark's Gate, SE corner of Victoria Park)
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Nesting Groups

You make a home with what you have. Your neighbours make theirs.
You coexist just fine.
Then everything changes and you have to make some difficult decisions…

Nesting Groups combines art and ecology in a creative game of resource distribution and sustainable living. Through processes of making and negotiating, explore the complex interconnections between communication, cooperation and competition as you attempt to protect your local interests whilst maintaining diversity and balance across the ecosystem. What are the most successful strategies for social evolution to survive?

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Event

Testing Station Opening Event

6-9pm | Friday 21 July

arebyte, 117 Wallis Road
DIRECTIONS

Crowd Control Exhibition
Testing Station
An exhibition of experiments and visualisations from observations of collective behaviour, simulations, motion tracking and data mining in Hackney Wick.

arebyte 117 Wallis Road
Opening event: Friday 21 July, 6-9pm
Exhibition continues Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July, 12-6pm

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Event

Animal Collectives

11am-1pm | 23 July 2017

(meet by St. Mark's Gate, SE corner of Victoria Park)
DIRECTIONS

Animal Collectives

Explore the mechanisms at play in coordinated group behaviour.
Social animals are experts at this; they’ve evolved effective strategies over millenia.
So how do humans compare when following the same simple rules?

Animal Collectives is a series of games for grown ups, exploring how individuals operate within groups and respond to environmental cues. Inspired by the collective behaviour of other living systems such as birds, fish and sheep you are invited you to lose individual human ego for a couple of hours and test your capacity to coordinate and cooperate as part of a collective. Play games whilst contributing to scientific research – data collected will form part of a research study on crowd behaviour for Swansea University (SHOAL group) and inform the collaborative work they are doing with Artist in Residence (Heather Barnett).

Please note that as part of the ethical approval for scientific study, participants must be aged 18 or over.

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