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Past events

  1. Launch of More Than Us

    22 November 2022


  2. Digital Nature

    Panel discussion

    09 July 2022

    Barbican Centre, London, UK

    How can digital experiences help us connect with the natural world? In this talk, join artists, activists and digital designers to consider how technology can help us restore our connection to nature. Our current age of rapid urban and technological growth is underpinning today’s ecological crisis. But how can technology help us to repair our broken connection with nature? This panel, including Ersin Han Ersin, Julie Freeman, Kim Boutin and Kalpana Arias, will explore the importance of nature connection in the digital age and the role of technology in restoring our connection to the natural world.


  3. ODI Fridays: Data, art and living systems

    26 November 2021

    ODI Artist in Residence Rohini Devasher and artist/ODI Art Associate Julie Freeman discuss using technology and data to strengthen our connection to the natural world and our understanding of climate change challenges.

    Open Data Institute

  4. Festival Panoràmic Conference

    Conversation on

    10 November 2021

    Conversation between Dr Julie Freeman and Adrià López-Baucells, on the occasion of being exhibited for Festival Panoràmic Granollers at Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Granollers, Spain.

    Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Granollers, Spain

  5. ArtSci Salon IV: From Donor to Open Data

    Human Cell Atlas

    16 June 2021

    Hosted on Zoom

    ArtSci Salon IV: From Donor to Open Data will consider our data driven society and the evolving role and application of open data within science and art. This session will bring thinkers exploring the implications of our rapidly evolving open data landscape on society, scientists engaged in open data analysis, coordination and visualisation within the Human Cell Atlas, and also with artists who critically engage with open data to create art. We will consider how Art-Sci collaborations can offer new ways to think about complex issues such as; permission and consent, collection and management, agency and ownership, bias and ethics, storage, access, use and legacy.

    Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Grant

  6. ALICE in microbe land or Why we should all be taking the piss to save the planet

    Dorkbot London

    18 December 2020

    Jonty Wareing

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  7. Online lecture for the Digital Art master’s program

    17 June 2020

    Federal Far East University, Vladivostok, Russia.

  8. Fieldwork immersive workshop

    Abandon Normal Devices

    01 December 2019


  9. Closing the Gaps

    Digital Catapult

    12 June 2019

    Digital Catapult and the Open Data Institute (ODI) conclude a series of events that delve into the relationship between arts and technology, with an interactive workshop event exploring immersive (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and future networks technologies (such as 5G and the internet of things). How does an increasingly hybrid environment – where ‘physical’ and ‘virtual’ realities are increasingly indistinguishable – affect interpersonal relationships, our sense of responsibility, empathy, who and what we care about? Closing the gaps invites artists, content makers and industry experts to respond to this evolution of technology and the role it will play in our lives, examining how the online and offline worlds are coming closer together and what social, philosophical, corporeal and emotional challenges, and benefits, arise. The Hybrid Landscapes exhibition is curated and produced by Data as Culture at the ODI.

    Data as Culture / ODI

  10. Artist Talk: Data as an Art Material

    21 May 2017

    Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

    Hermitage Museum

  11. Artist talk

    Resonate 2017

    19 April 2017

    Belgrade, Serbia

  12. Data, art, nature

    Artist's talk for Margate WI

    12 January 2017

    Margate, UK

  13. A Body Language of Objects, physical & dynamic visualisations of data

    State of Flux – soft robotics symposium

    01 December 2016

    Queen Mary University of London, UK

  14. Soft Machines

    A cross-disciplinary conversation on soft robotics in art & design symposium

    23 November 2016

    Royal College of Art, London, UK

  15. Technology is Not Neutral

    04 November 2016

    Watermans, London, UK

    Technology is not Neutral was a touring exhibition project that highlighted and investigated the work of a group of women artists in the field of digital arts. This curatorial project explored methods of working with new technologies and the themes that bring these artists together. From drone choreography, sequencing of bacteria and brainwave art to hacking reality, social media activism and telepresence, this exhibition highlighted the contribution of female artists in shaping what digital art is. The exhibition title references the challenges faced by female artists in this field where they are often under-represented. The exhibition featured existing and newly commissioned work by leading pioneering and contemporary female digital artists, such as Ghislaine Boddington, Susan Collins, Laura Dekker, Anna Dumitriu, Bhavani Esapathi, Julie Freeman, Kate Genevieve, Sue Gollifer, Luciana Haill, Nina Kov, and Gordana Novakovic.

    Curated by Gordana Novakovic, Anna Dumitriu and Irini Papadimitriou/Watermans.

    Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. In partnership with The Computer Arts Society, UCL Department of Computer Science, Women Shift Digital and Phoenix Brighton.

  16. Panel discussion for Data as Culture

    ODI Summit

    01 November 2016

    BFI, London

  17. Technology is Not Neutral

    Group exhibition

    02 September 2016

    Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK

    Technology is Not Neutral was a touring exhibition that targeted the frequent under-representation of the achievements of women in the field of digital art by highlighting the contribution of female artists in shaping what digital art is today.

  18. Data for Life

    Group exhibition and conference

    30 August 2016

    Jakarta, Indonesia

  19. Drop-in Mentoring

    Women of the World festival

    13 March 2016

    Southbank Centre, London, UK

  20. We Need Us

    Right Here Right Now exhibition

    12 November 2015

    The Lowry, Manchester, UK

  21. Data as Culture – Generation O

    Open Data Institute Summit

    03 November 2015

    London, UK

  22. Paper presentation: A Concise Taxonomy for Describing Data as an Art Material

    28 October 2015

    IEEE VISAP, Chicago, USA

  23. Speaker at Transforming Data

    AHRC Digital Transformations event by CREAM

    24 October 2015

    University of Westminster, London, UK

  24. ‘Data Champion’

    Nesta’s Digital R&D event: Making Digital Work

    07 October 2015

  25. Data as Culture

    Digital Shoreditch

    11 May 2015

    London, UK

    Hannah Redler

  26. Lecture/workshop for Open School East

    Open data and art, data art, Data as Culture.

    06 March 2015

    Open School East, London, UK

  27. Guest Lecture

    Curating Art after New Media Course

    25 February 2015

    University of Sunderland, UK

  28. Digital Utopias Conference

    Workshop on Open Data with Gavin Starks

    20 January 2015

    Hull, UK

  29. Short TED talk and launch of We Need Us

    06 October 2014

    TED Global, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  30. Digital Data and Artistic Expression

    Panel discussion

    10 September 2014

    British Library, London, UK

    Speaking with Ernest Edmonds, Anthony Lilley, Michael Takeo, Kevin Walker *Computational methods for the creation and interpretation of digital Data is an established activity among researchers in all fields of scholarship. Huge amounts of information collected from multiple digital resources are used and combined by scientists, helping them to approach their research questions from interesting angles and innovative perspectives. But the fact is that digital Data is moving beyond research practices to become an inspirational motif in other areas, as it is the case of contemporary artistic expression. Artists are integrating digital Data into their work, helping to translate large amounts of information into meaningful content to their audiences.*

  31. Speaking at TEDx Stormont

    Data as an Art Material and Digital Art

    05 September 2014

    Houses of Pariliament in Belfast, UK

  32. Launch of The Space at Tate Modern

    Preview screening of We Need Us

    13 June 2014

    Tate Modern, London, UK

    Work-in-progress [We Need Us]( presented alongside works by Ai Weiwei, Lillian Schwartz, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Jeremy Deller, David Hockney, Olafur Eliasson, Universal Everything (Matt Pyke), Jim Boulton & Craig Blagg, Anneika Rose, Sue Austin, Paul Pfeiffer, Sally Reid, Elastic Future, Pierre Hebert, Larry Cuba, Bart Vegter.

  33. Artist Talk

    30 May 2014

    members only venue

  34. Restless Futures: Open Data as Creative Material

    Data Jam with Central Saint Martins students

    17 May 2014

    London, UK

  35. Restless Futures: Open Data as Creative Material

    16 May 2014

    LVMH Lecture Theatre E003, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

    ***Join stellar guests Julie Freeman, Chris Downs and researchers from Goldsmith’s Interaction Research Studio for an evening exploring creative uses of data for art and design.** As data plays an increasingly significant role in shaping our society, it is important to consider its meaning and impact for our social, political and cultural lives. The speakers will present their current projects and discuss how they critically evaluate the promise of open data to democratize information flows and access.*

  36. In conversation with Shiri Shalmy

    11 April 2014

    Open Data Institute, London, UK

    Art curator [Shiri Shalmy]( talked to Open Data Institute’s Art Associate Julie Freeman about the curatorial process behind the 2014 Data as Culture exhibition. This explored our relationship with surveillance, privacy, and personal data, taking a critical and sometimes comedic look at the power of open data. Works included pneumatic contraptions, satellite imagery, data collection performances, and knitted data discrepancies.

  37. Women in Tech

    Women of the World festival at St Paul’s Roof Pavilion

    07 March 2014

    Southbank Centre, London, UK

    *What role are women playing in the tech and digital industry, and how the many aspects of the web can or should be influenced by women’s voices? Does it matter?* *As the percentage of female internet users who use social networking sites surpasses that of men (approx 75% vs. 63%, respectively) it becomes increasingly clear that women are in a powerful position to shape the future of the web and new technologies.  We are also beginning to see the barriers to learning code diminish; the languages and constructs of the web and technologies are becoming more accessible, intuitive, applicable and creatively applied.* *We ask key female influencers, creatives and entrepreneurs in the fields of technology and media about the opportunities they see for women now and in the future. We’ll focus on how women are making, shaping and contributing to the web and new technologies but also question why we still face so many gender inequalities within the digital, technology and media industries.* *Cheryl Bart, board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) looks at the future of the media at a time when we’re all journalists. The speakers are Mariéme Jamme, CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions and founder of African Gathering, Open Data Institute artist in resident and computer scientist Julie Freeman and Emma MulQueeny Co-Founder of Rewired State. Chaired by Olivia Solon, deputy editor of*

  38. An Open Data Christmas at the Open Data Institute

    Lunchtime lectures

    20 December 2013

    Open Data Institute, London, UK

    *To end the year with a sparkle, we asked three Friday lunchtime lecturers – Julie Freeman, Jeni Tennison and Patrick Hussey – to return and tell us their version or vision of an Open Data Christmas.*

  39. Drawing by Numbers in the Media Space

    Science Museum Lates

    27 November 2013

    Science Museum, London, UK

    *What does the drawn line look like to a computer? Take part in a life drawing class in Universal Everything & You and find out how to turn your drawing into code with artist Julie Freeman, who will also introduce her art practice working with algorithms and software.*

  40. Strata EU Conference, London Session: Data as an Art Material.

    Case Study: The Open Data Institute

    11 November 2013

    London, UK

    *Artists use data as an art material in many ways: materialising them physically, sonifying them to amplify natural phenomena, coalescing them to create new realities. They question how objective the treatment of data is, and how much truth do we expect from an artwork with statistical roots? And we are asked to consider whether it matters. If we accept that there is dogma in the artists code, do we accept that it plays a part in other code too?* \ *At the Open Data Institute (ODI) we see the creative use of data as an intrinsic and essential part of our cultural landscape. As part of it’s ongoing operations, the ODI has an Art Programme committed to facilitating artists in the exhibition and creation of works which translate data into something that is meaningful to people’s lives.*\ – Julie Freeman, Art Associate at The ODI

  41. Talk on Data as Culture

    The Open Data Institute Annual Summit

    29 October 2013

    Museum of London

    Open Data Institute

  42. Data Visualisation Workshop

    Technology Strategy Board and The Creative Industries KTN

    10 October 2013

  43. Speaking on Data as an Art Material

    Women in Data

    08 October 2013

    Presentation of case studies on how data is being used by artists in their work.

  44. TED Fellows Retreat

    17 August 2013

    Vancouver, Canada

  45. Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

    Post-award ceremony celebration

    25 June 2013

    Tate Modern, London, UK

    Featured works from the PROTOTYPE series were on display: Lepidopteral and Bird + the Moon *At the event which showcased innovate artworks, engineers **Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee** and **Marc Andreessen** were announced as the winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Prize is a £1million global engineering prize designed to reward and celebrate the individuals responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity.*

  46. The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

    International conference on human-computer interaction

    27 April 2013

    Paris, France

    Participant in Crafting Interactive Systems: Learning from Digital Art Practice.

  47. FutureEverything

    Facilitating Artistic Practice panel

    21 March 2013

    Manchester, UK

    *The FutureEverything conference is a meeting ground for the digital and creative communities. It is focused on the trends and innovations in the digital sphere. In 2013 there were three main themes – **Creative Code,** **Future Cities** and **The Data Society**. Exploring the interface between technology, society and culture, it is the crucible that allows artists, technologists and future thinkers to share, innovate and interact.* Julie Freeman spoke on the Facilitating Artistic Practice panel about a career as a digital artist, and the cycle of facilitating herself and facilitating others.

  48. The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered.


    25 February 2013

    Longbeach, California, USA

    Attending as a Senior TED Fellow, speaking at TED University on the Data as Culture collection of data-driven art.

  49. Friday Lunchtime Lectures

    Open Data Institute: Data as Culture

    11 January 2013

  50. Private view of Data as Culture

    29 November 2012

    Open Data Institute, London, UK

  51. Speaking on data-driven art

    22 November 2012

    Cameron McKenna, London, UK

  52. data-driven art. Info

    01 October 2012

    O’Reilly Strata Conference, London

    Unprecedented computing power and connectivity are bringing new layers of experience to our lives: a change that brings both opportunity and the challenge of new technologies and skills. The future belongs to those who understand how to collect and use their data successfully.

  53. speaking at ISEA2012 Albuquerque on data-driven environmental art, with ANAT

    19 September 2012

    The Eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature.