The Creativeworks London Festival celebrated four years of exploring the capital’s creative economy, bringing London’s researchers, creative entrepreneurs and businesses together.
The Digital Economy research strand conceptualised and curated its research findings in the installation London’s Digital Ecologies of Collaboration.

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Reflections from the future

10:00 – 19:00, Friday 29th April 2016
Great Hall – Ground Floor, King’s College London

No need to book just drop in!


Step into the future. Use our reflective surfaces imaginatively and re imagine our future learning and research spaces. Use your power of reflection to see anew. Show and tell us all what you see – reflect your power of knowledge and send a #reflectspace photo and/or message back in time through Twitter or Instagram. Share knowledge and create connections across time and space.

It’s year 2050 – you are the masters of refection – the future learners and researchers, whose mission it is to re-imagine our future learning and research spaces. Beam messages back in time to help year 2016 envision mid 21st-century education. Your messages about our future spaces will be searchable online (#reflectspace) – and become reflections of the future. The more messages you generate, the more powerful will be our collective insight into future learning spaces.

The Future Spaces stand is a legacy from “SPACE 2050: Seeing and Seers”, a unique interactive event where participants travelled into the future of 21st Century knowledge spaces, at Cass Business School on the 28th January, 2016. The project was created by Tine Bech as part of her Creative Entrepreneur in Residence project funded by Creativeworks London.

During the residency, Tine explored how playful interactive spaces can help organisations innovate. She spent time in the business school both physically, and in engagement with faculty and students. As a result, she decided to build the theme of her event around space and knowledge, a crucial issue for the school in the light of its strategy looking for significant improvements in its physical estate. The residency culminated with an event titled SPACE 2050 – In Seeing and Seers, participants were the masters of illumination – the future learners and researchers, whose mission it was to re-imagine our future learning and research spaces. Wearing unique wearable lighting (by Tine Bech Studio) participants had to complete a quest – finding seven reflection colour zones and solving a challenge at each site with their power of radiance. Using social media, players send illuminating messages back in time, reflecting what the future education spaces look like, to help year 2016 envision their 21st-century education space. The players’ messages of images and text were gathered online – becoming a glowing legacy. In SPACES 2050 players were not simply passive observers, but actively participating and engaging, creating new artefacts which were shared with others digitally, both locally and globally.

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Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.