Re-Dock and Tenantspin are working with residents in sheltered housing schemes across NW to explore ideas around communication technology and telepresence. Tenantspin have a history of developing community broadcast projects and are now experimenting post-broadcast media in collaboration with Re-Dock. ’Advice Portal‘ builds on residents’ ipad learning sessions to facilitate creative exercises discussing the impact of technology, possible uses and restrictions of telepresence, and the importance of the message itself, for both sender and receiver.
Advice Portal is inspired both by historical technological innovations and their impact on society, as well as fictional devices such as time-travel and visitations. With telepresence technologies now ubiquitous, it is also interested in the importance of the messages, and the different uses of telepresence that may be possible.
The project will be presented in an exhibition in the FACT connects space in May 2013. The final exhibition will feature the various portal interfaces, alongside research from the workshops. The aim is to allow visitors to explore a range of approaches to telepresence, but also question how these could impact on the everyday lives of the residents.