Data as Culture


Are you working towards an open, trustworthy data ecosystem? Are you interested in helping people to make better decisions using data and manage any harmful impacts? The Data as Culture art programme works with artists, organisations and audiences to develop exhibitions, residencies, commissioning programmes and more. Please get in touch with us (email link) if you have an idea you would like to discuss.

Some of our partnership projects are listed here:


arebyte Gallery

Our 2020 Copy That? Exhibition invites guest projects to show with us. The first guest project was a networked screening of Olia Lialina’s Best Effort Network as part of her first UK solo show at arebyte gallery in London.


BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

Ben Neal, Edie Jo Murray and Harmeet Chagger-Khan premiered Mood Pinball at BOM exhibition HACKED! Games Re-Designed September 13th 2019 – December 21st 2019

V&A, London

Digital Design Weekend 2019

Artists: Ben Neal, Edie Jo Murray and Harmeet Chagger-Khan


Southampton University

Data Stories: How do we engage with data in a post-truth society? A University of Southampton collaboration with ODI / DaC. Project is funded by EPSRC research grant No. EP/P025676/1

British Council

Julie Freeman and Hannah Redler-Hawes were invited to create a series of articles about Data as Culture for the British Council


Digital Catapult, London

Hannah Redler-Hawes curated Hybrid Landscapes, an exhibition of work by 11 pioneering artists whose projects use, respond to or subvert digital technologies in surprising and unexpected ways, for the working environment at the Digital Catapult headquarters opposite the British Library.

Hybrid Landscapes is an exhibition of recent work. Together, the works consider some of the key social and cultural questions we might ask ourselves about emerging digital cultures, products and applications, offering complementary and alternative views. It ran from April 2017 – November 2019, having been extended two times. For further information contact us. Visit Hybrid Landscapes

FACT, Liverpool

Hannah Redler-Hawes worked with Sam Skinner at FACT Liverpool to co-curate The New Observatory. The project brings together an international group of artists whose work explores new and alternative modes of measuring, predicting, and sensing the world today through data and other observational methods. It features two major new ODI commissions by previous artists in residence, Natasha Caruana and Thomson & Craighead, supported by Arts Council England and a major body of work by Julie Freeman, RAT.Systems [links to the works or overkill?]. It ran at FACT between  June and October 2017. If you would like to restage it, or evolve a new version, contact us. Visit The New Observatory


Sound & Music

As part of the Sound & Music’s Embedded programme we welcomed Alex McLean as composer in residence at the ODI offices during 2016. During his residency Alex explored ways to incorporate data into his practice of live coding. See Thinking Out Loud.


The Space

As co-commissioners with ODI, The Space supported artist Julie Freeman to create a major new digital open data artwork – We Need Us (2014). The Space is an Arts Council England/BBC partnership to broaden access to the arts through digital technologies. The work is available online and has been exhibited as a bespoke installation at The Space Art Hack at Tate Modern, TED (Vancouver and Rio), Big Bang Data (London and Singapore), Lowry, Cartagena Data Festival (Columbia with the Overseas Development Agency).

V&A, London

Digital Design Weekend 2014
Artist: James Bridle

Lighthouse, Brighton, UK

Data as Culture 2 tour
Artists: ThickEar, YoHa, James Bridle, Sam Meech, James Brooks

Future Everything, Manchester

Data as Culture 2 tour
Artists: Yoha with Matthew Fuller, James Bridle, Sam Meech


Open Up! event, The Dutch Centre, London
Artists: James Bridle, Paolo Cirio