Mixed Realities & Social Histories: Can tech create empathetic connection?

Our Creative Director Samantha Lindley talks to artist Thomas Buckley about his Digital Democracies commission and ArtHouse Jersey residency




Our Creative Director Samantha Lindley and Digital Democracies commissioned artist, Thomas Buckley, discuss why mixed reality and technology offer new ways to engage with social and local histories.

Thomas Buckley was Digital Democracies’ first artist in residence last year, and presented his brand new commissioned work at Frequency Festival 2021 as part of the Cornhill High Streets Heritage Action Zone Cultural Programme.

Through his work with local communities and archival objects, Thomas retold stories of the city through his multi-sensory installation, Repositorium.

In this online talk, Samantha and Thomas¬†will catch up on how¬†Thomas’ work has developed since Frequency Festival,¬†and¬†his recent residency with ArtHouse Jersey exploring collaboration between artists, writers, perfumers and mixologists.

They will ask:

How do people from completely different mediums connect and collaborate?

How we can develop shared language and open conversation?

Can technology open new routes into storytelling that let us empathise and connect viscerally?

Is this tension of practitioners a tool for creating a work that is full of empathy and connection?

Free and open to artists and creatives at all stage of their career.

About the Speakers

About Thomas Buckley:

An alumni fellow of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Thomas makes work exploring the potential of mixed reality and emergent technologies in drawing out our humanity. Thomas uses both digital and sensory mediums to propose new ways we can archive and share our social histories – exploring new ways heritage can engage with new media.

The event is finished.


Jun 08 2022


7:30 am - 8:30 am

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