Forget free speech. Our freedom of thought is under threat. Through its design, online media is affecting our ability to process our thoughts. Is it possible to make a contemplative intervention to regain control of our own headspace in the information age?
Our names are Ben Peppiatt and Stephanie Bickford-Smith. We are artists commissioned by 1215.today to make a new online artwork in collaboration with young people.
Our provocation focus was digital but we were keen to approach the first stage of the project with as much “offline” research around the areas of contemplation that we could collect. We produced a selection of films exploring different spaces, rituals, environments and behaviours around contemplation to share at the 1215.today Innovation Lab, the first time we would get to work with young people and technologists in Lincoln. For us this was the best approach to working on a digital project, to start far removed from the digital world in order to push the lateral thinking around our question.
Here’s our ‘contemplation playlist’!