Tate Modern explores Living with the Internet of Things

Tate Modern explores Living with the Internet of Things

The PETRAS Internet of Things project joined forces with the Tate Modern to create a public event at the London gallery on 8-9 February, exploring how the Internet of Things is changing our lives now, and how it may influence or disrupt our futures – at home, at work and in our environment.

The PETRAS Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub is a consortium of nine leading UK universities working together to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

A series of interactive demonstrations in the Tate Exchange at Tate Modern were supplemented by talks to engage people in  conversations about "Living with the Internet of Things". Max Van Kleek (Dept of Computer Science) presented "Autonomy-enhancing technologies: granting people superpowers in an age of algorithmic governance". Engineering Science Professor David De Roure closed the event with a discussion about IoT, music, and creativity with his talk "The making of music: creative algorithmic interventions and the imagination of Ada Lovelace", including demos of arduino-based and algorithmically-enhanced electronic instruments.  Other thought-provoking talks by colleagues from PETRAS partnerss included "The art of things" and "Gender and the IoT".

David De Roure commented, "This was an exciting and lively event, exploring our possible futures in two days of conversations with highly engaged, intrigued and insightful visitors to Tate Modern. For me it was a great opportunity to bring together two of our research projects, Petras and FAST (Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies), and to revisit a conversation about machines, music and creativity that has been going on since 1843... if not before".

David's talk was preceded by a short film by Alan Chamberlain (University of Nottingham) which was specially produced for the event alongside the live premiere of his piece "Pen Dinas in Voice" on Friday 8th February? at the Bangor Music Festival. The composition used the ‘Numbers into Notes’ software produced by David De Roure, with the same algorithms used in the demonstrations in his talk.

The event was well attended by members of the public, with lively discussion and engagement with an exciting range of demonstrations, includingLiving Room of the Future, Smart Utopia, Karma Kettles, Human Sensor, Coral Love Story, The Listening Wood, Tales of the Park, Data Feeders, and Move for Me Baby. Further information can be found on the Tate Modern website.