Art and technology R&D programme exploring the future today


Digital Democracies is an ambitious two-year development programme led by Threshold Studios, exploring the intersection of technology, art and public space.

The project focuses on:

  • Project commissions: commissioning and testing of new art projects using technology
  • Resources and events: technology skills development for artists and creative practitioners
  • Partnership working: co-commissioning to create greater impact

At its heart this project is interrogating the concept of placemaking and asking what role can art and technology play in reinvigorating our public spaces for the future? How can art and technology combine to make a positive and lasting impact on our physical high street and our virtual superhighway?

This major project is a collaboration between three of the UK’s leading digital commissioning agencies and festivals – Threshold Studios (Frequency Festival, Lincoln); Freedom Festival Arts Trust (Freedom Festival, Hull) and Lighthouse (Brighton Digital Festival, co-produced with Brandwatch).

This £195,000 project is supported using public finding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.