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EXPLORATION DAY: Constructing the Shopping Cyborg. What kind are you?

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EXPLORATION DAY: Constructing the Shopping Cyborg. What kind are you?

Time: November 7, 2015 from 10:30am to 3:30pm
Location: Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park
Street: Park Gate on Seven Sisters Road
City/Town: London
Event Tag: cyborg, data, shopping, finsbury park, mocc, body, local, technology
Posted By: Chiara Garbellotto
Latest Activity: Oct 23, 2015

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Event Description

Join anthropologist and Museum Studies researcher Chiara Garbellotto for a group research day into how our relationships with technology in retail spaces make us into shopping cyborgs. Working with tools from anthropology, media studies and visual culture we will observe, discuss and represent the embodied experience of the shopper. Through indoor and outdoors activities we will share our ideas on how our bodies interact with technology whilst shopping and what kind of data we produce and mediate.         

(Places are limited to 12 - bookings on a first come first served basis) BOOK HERE                                                  

In association with the Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC)   


Arrive from 10am for a 10:30 start.

Coffee and cake provided. 

Please bring with you a printed image (photograph/clipping/drawing) of a shopper. It can represent any kind of exchange process and environment.

Dress for the weather as we will spend some time out and about in the Finsbury Park area.

Please bring a means to take photographs and download the images, laptops are not needed.

The shopping body represented

We will share our personal views, discuss what is our experience of shopping and to what extent our bodies are involved.

Group ethnography

Through a rapid group ethnography in the local area surrounding Finsbury Park, we will explore different shop environments, collect information and create narratives to understand how we interact with technology and which data we generate during shopping.

Body mapping

Have you ever mapped yourself? In this session we will create a 1:1 representation of what a shopping cyborg is and what it could be, reflecting on how technology could improve our life.

Image Credit: Ars Electronica Solutions

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