Digital Innovation Week Wales, 8th July

Our presentation at DIWW, “Dancing with [co] Design”, will focus on the potential of camera and projection technologies to extend the typical, sometimes limited, range of movements among people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) in their day service settings. We will describe our co-creation methods for Somability, and how we are now visualising and generating graphical representations of body movement in real time.

The event takes place at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre, Weston Studio. To enrich the experience of digital innovation, we have invited our partners in Somability to offer a preview of work in progress. This short performance with the True Colours dance group, aims to reveal the poignancy and sensitivity of the relationship between carers and service users with profound disabilities, and to invite the audience to reflect on their own experience of participation.

Dancing with [co] Design will be introduced by Marek and Wendy. The Somability sequence will be performed by True Colours, co-ordinated by Zoe Martin and Linzi Robinson from Artis Community with service users from Rhondda Cynon Taf Skills for Independence.

RE.WORK The Future of Education

Cariad Interactive presented work in progress at RE.WORK as part of London Technology Week. The question for participants was “how will emerging technologies and innovation impact the future of education?”. Our presentation began with a quote from Fals Borda, (1995) “do not monopolise your knowledge nor impose arrogantly your techniques, but respect and combine your skills with the knowledge of the researched or grassroots communities, taking them as full partners and co-researchers” to explain our approach toward community co-creation. Ending with a quote from Brenda Laurel (2003) which nicely captures our methods, including paper prototyping “…to design objects and experiences that enable people to perform themselves somewhat differently in those same situations-with greater pleasure, ease and agency”.