Edinburgh College of Art
Chris Speed is Reader in Digital Spaces at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, where he teaches undergraduate, masters, supervises PhD student as well as leading research projects.
Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how digital technology can engage with the field of architecture and human geography through a variety of established international digital art contexts including: International Symposium on Electronic Art, Biennial of Electronic Arts Perth, Ars Electronica, Consciousness Reframed, Sonic Acts, LoveBytes, We Love Technology, Sonic Arts Festival, MELT, Less Remote, FutureSonic, and the Arts Catalyst / Leonardo symposium held alongside The International Astronautical Congress.
Chris is the PI on three significant RCUK funded projects: 1. TOTeM/Talesofthing investigating social memory within the ‘Internet of Things’ funded by the Digital Economy (£1.4mill) www.talesofthings.com, the project has gained international attention for its unique ability to allow users to attach memories to personal objects, 2. the JISC funded iPhone app Walking Through Time that overlays contemporary Google maps with historical maps in Edinburgh allowing users to walk roads that no longer exist and inhabit spaces that have since been erased www.walkingthroughtime.co.uk, and 3. Community Web2.0: creative control through hacking’. This £40K feasibility study will explore the extent to which parallels between virtual society (Internet) and actual society (communities) may be extended in such a way that helps make sense of both the opportunities and risks of the Big Society for communities.