Set in a dystopian 2019, the epic sci fi film Bladerunner correctly predicted overwhelmingly large digital billboards, flying cars, and computers that we would interact with through speech, though it didn’t necessarily see them fitting in our pockets. The film also depicted climate collapse through endless rains and androids that most people couldn’t tell from humans, but thankfully we’re not quite there, yet.
In 1983, a year after Bladerunner’s release, one of the fathers of sci fi writing, Isaac Asimov, was asked for his predictions for 2019 by the Toronto Star. They included ubiquitous computers and mobile devices, and their use and growth fuelled by an increasingly complex society, overpopulation, and pollution. His predictions were mostly impressively on the mark for a society that has gone through such a rapid transformation, especially considering the predictions were prefaced having to force the assumption that there would be no nuclear war. He signed off saying that 2019 would be a bridging point for far greater changes that would follow. Continue reading
GP Laura Marshall Andrews, who founded UK’s first GP practice that integrates complementary therapies and arts programmes with GP services, calls for the NHS to embrace alternative therapies and art to tackle mental health issues.
Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre (BHWC), which was founded by Andrews, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £101,500 for the Healing Expressive and Recovery Arts project (HERA) in order to scale up a pilot that will prove how the NHS can save money on medication by embracing alternative therapies, music and dance in mental health treatments.
Finding Your Compass was part of Year 1 of HERA – by Fiona Geillinger and Dr Rosaria Gracia:
If you think ‘Big Data’ is just a buzzword, here are a few facts:
- 90% of the data in the world has been created in the past two years
- By 2020 it is estimated that for every human being, 1.7 Megabytes of data will be created every second
- By 2020 it is estimated that the amount of digital data created in a year would reach 44 Zetabytes or 44 trillion gigabytes (Gant, 2007).
- By 2025 it is estimated that number will increase to 163 zettabytes (research group IDC).
Due to the continual state of digital flux in which we live, the nature of communication is constantly evolving and changing the way we consume information and interact. It is a digital jungle out there, but we like to dream big and we’re seeing some interesting developments in the worlds of creative media, marketing and AR and VR. Continue reading
Three more weeks until the end of the 57th Venice Biennale! If you haven’t been, you better hurry or you would have to wait for a couple of years until the next Biennale. It’s the Oscars of the Arts World – one of the biggest and probably longest running international art exhibitions. This year, 120 artists were invited from all over the world and 86 countries commissioned installations to represent their nations to an audience of 500K visitors.