Social City Talk

Speakers for this talk were Graham Harwood (artist) and Nigel Tyrell (Love Clean Streets and Lewisham Borough Council), Dr Jennifer Gabrys (academic and researcher) and Olivia Solon (Associate Editor of

The Social City talk looked at the use of social media in the city space – how social media both mobilises and monitors an individuals actions. It investigated data as capital (social, economic and cultural); the notion of the internet as a ‘walled garden’; and the use of data profiling by social media companies such as Facebook to predict and influence users behaviour outside of its construct.

A short audio recording of each speakers opening presentation is available below, by clicking on the speakers isometric avatar.



DR JENNIFER GABRYS is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Principal Investigator on the European Research Council starting grant, “Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice.” Her work investigates environments, material processes and digital technologies through theoretical and practice-based work. Projects within this area include Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics (University of Michigan Press, 2011), which examines the materialities of electronic waste, and a study currently underway on environmental sensor technologies and practices, Program Earth: Environment as Experiment in Sensing Technology.

Click on Jennifer’s isometric avatar above to hear her short opening presentation.







GRAHAM HARWOOD has lived and worked with Matsuko Yokokoji (YoHa English translation ‘aftermath’) since 1994. YoHa’s graphic vision, technical tinkering, has powered several celebrated collaborations establishing an international reputation for pioneering arts projects, including the first on-line commission from the Tate Gallery London and work in the permanent collections of the Pompidou Centre, ZKM and Manifesta07. Harwood and Yokokoji’s co founded the artists group Mongrel (1996-2007) and established the MediaShed a free-media lab (2005-2008). In 2008 they joined Richard Wright to produce Tantalum Memorial which won the Transmediale first prize for 2009, the work featured at 9 countries and 15 cities over 4 years. YoHa produced Coal Fired Computers in 2010 and Invisible Airs in 2011. Graham Harwood is convener of the MA Interactive Media, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Click on Graham’s isometric avatar above to hear his short opening presentation.







OLIVIA SOLON is a writer and editor specialising in technology, science startups and digital culture. Currently Associate Editor of, she has also had work published in The Telegraph, Marketing Week, GQ, Music Week, and Frukt Source. Prior to working at Wired, she spent five years as a business journalist focusing on the media and marketing industries, with roles at Media Week, Media & Marketing and Cream.

Click on Olivia’s isometric avatar to hear her short opening presentation.








NIGEL TYRELL is currently Head of Environment for the London Borough of Lewisham. He has a particular interest in the development and application of mobile technology. In 2004 he founded ‘LoveLewisham’ to draw residents and council workers together in posting real-time images of environmental problems to the web using mobile devices. LoveLewisham has inspired similar projects throughout the UK and beyond. LoveLewisham has delivered significant improvements in efficiency and resident satisfaction. LoveCleanStreets, a generic Cloud-based version of LoveLewisham, was launched in February 2010. LoveCleanLondon was launched by London Mayor, Boris Johnson in 2011. Nigel was selected as a 2012/3 London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission to continue his work with LoveCleanLondon.

Click on Nigel’s isometric avatar above to hear his short opening presentation.











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