Birgitte Aga, Mike Phillips & Rebecca Sinker

About the collaborative work, TIWWA

‘This Is Where We Are’ (TIWWA) was an immersive and interactive algorithmic sculpture fuelled by the data we collectively generate, created by i-DAT working with Tate Collective London and Intercity for the opening of the new Tate Modern building. London, UK, on the 17 – 19 June 2016. This technological fusion of interactive light and sound asks audiences to consider the data they generate and the algorithms that increasingly influence their behaviour through offering a glimpse into a future where we work rest and play with and through algorithms. The event saw 197,000 people interact with TIWWA through direct contact with its mediated surfaces and through online real-time interactions through social media and the TIWWA AI chatbot.


Birgitte Aga is an interdisciplinary designer, artist/maker, technologist, researcher and producer. She creates collaborative and data driven prototypes, sometimes as art works, cultural probes, interventions, or proof of concept and other times just to play. For the last fifteen years she has been part of the i-DAT Research and Design Collective. Her research currently focuses on prototyping intimate data-driven experiences to question the use of predictive algorithms and personal data for human enhancement and commercial gain. Underpinning her work is a belief that one must embrace the opportunities created by digital technologies to be open and collaborative in order to sustainably co-create.


Mike Phillips is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Plymouth University (School of Art, Design and Architecture), the Director of Research at and a Principal Supervisor for the Planetary Collegium. His R&D orbits a of projects that explore the ubiquity of data ‘harvested’ from an instrumentalist world and its potential as a material for revealing things that lie outside our normal frames of reference – things so far away, so close, so massive, so small and so ad infinitum.


Dr Rebecca Sinker is Convenor: Digital Learning at Tate, working with colleagues across the organization, along with artists and external partners, developing digital learning practice and research. Previously Head of Young People’s Programmes at Tate Britain (2006-11), Rebecca leads the strategic development of Digital Learning for Tate London which includes the HLF-funded Archives and Access learning project and the collaborative research project, Art Maps, in partnership with Horizon Digital Economies Research Centre at the Universities of Nottingham and Exeter. As a practitioner, tutor and researcher since 1990, Rebecca has worked with participants from early years to post-graduate, in formal and informal art and education settings, exploring innovative ways to make and think through audio-visual media.


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