Game Over: Subverting the ‘Smart’ City

Thursday 26th January 2023, 10:30-3pm. M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.


This symposium examines possibilities for direct action in the age of the ‘smart’ city. In the morning participants will engage in radical play through the board game Deliverights (co-developed by University of Brighton, MA Digital Media, Culture and Society alumni Lisa Wiesenhaan). After lunch Dr Alison Powell (LSE) explores models of governance embedded within ‘smart’ cities and Shiri Shalmy (Cooperation Towns / Antiuniversity / United Sex Workers) will reflect on methods of subverting forms of control through collective action. This in-person event is led by Dr Kevin Biderman (School of Arts and Media, University of Brighton) and supported by the Centre for Digital Cultures and Innovation. Tickets are free but capacity is limited due to covid safety restrictions.

Please sign up here for Game Over: Subverting the ‘Smart’ City.


Image caption: Image by Lisa Wiesenhaan – Deliverights game created by Lisa Wiesenhaan, Josh Stones, Thomas Sibbald and Murray Gordon


Arrival 10.30 Tea and Coffee
11am Welcome and introduction
11.15 Deliver-rights game play
12.15 Lunch and informal discussion
12.45pm Long table reflection with presentations by Alison Powell and Shiri Shalmy 

2pm – Comfort break

2.15 – Closing statements (with Q&A) [3pm finish]

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