OpenSpace Events

The collaborative style of working at the OU has been incorporated into a practical expertise at hosting and running a wide range of working groups, workshops, all of which have produced research outputs.

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Patent illustrations used with permission from the European Patent Office Espacenet.
Politics of Patents: researching, making and wearing clothing inventions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 1 Deep Sea Diver by wiredforlego is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0
'Plastic Childhoods'

This talk will reflect on the initial stages of a project that seeks to instigate a critical analysis of 'plastic childhoods'. It will cut through manifold concerns about the state of contemporary Western childhoods to examine the many ways in which children's lives are entangled with the plastics circulating through social, ecological, hydrological and…

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Coastal scene, by Chris Bonfiglioli
Sounding Coastal Change: experiments with ‘sonic democracy’ on the North Norfolk Coast (UK)

The North Norfolk coast is a region of low lying sandy cliffs, dunes, mudflats, creeks, fresh and salt water marshes. These vulnerable habitats and ecologies are subject to erosion and inundation from increasingly severe weather events and tidal surges that also transform human lives and livelihoods. The region is also being transformed by other kinds of impacts…

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Clowning Around in the City as Theatre: Play, Pleasure and Participation in Joan Littlewood’s Future Urbanism

This paper contributes to a growing field of interest in urban futures through an examination of modes of play, pleasure and participation in urban life that pose challenges to a prevailing techno-utopian imaginary. My analysis centres on an archival study of the experimental urbanisms advanced by the British theatre director Joan Littlewood, who from the early…

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naplavka market
October OpenSpace seminar: alternative food networks and foraging

Edible wild product picking and hunting are the oldest methods of human food provisioning. However, over the centuries domesticated agriculture has moved towards ever greater efficiency and stability, which has allowed farming to supplant foraging and has framed wild product gathering as archaic, inefficient and incapable of supplying a sufficient amount of food…