Interdisciplinary arts project Crowd Control explores collective behaviour in Hackney Wick
arebyte announces Crowd Control, a month long interdisciplinary experiment creatively exploring the collective interactions between individuals, groups and their environments.
By connecting visual, digital and performance art practices with contemporary scientific research and urban design, Crowd Control will explore human communication, cooperation and collective intelligence in Hackney Wick, East London.
Running at arebyte from 29 June until 23 July, the project is a collaboration between artist Heather Barnett, curator Nimrod Vardi and behavioural scientists Dr Andrew King and Dr Ines Fürtbauer, joined by specialists in performance, sound, law and urban design.
The team will create experiences, experiments and interventions that explore how groups move together, transfer information, make decisions and respond to changing environmental conditions. As well as being enjoyable, the games, activities and participatory events will collect data and imagery, which will in turn feed into the development of artworks.
Focussing on creative engagement, Heather and the team will work directly with local groups, exploring unspoken communication systems and motion dynamics, hosting mass participation exercises and observing the language of gesture on the streets of Hackney Wick.
Taking inspiration from the collective dynamics of nonhuman groups, such as shoaling fish and flocking birds, the complex patterns of human behaviour will be investigated in imaginative and inquisitive ways. The residency will culminate in a public Crowd Control Festival (21-23 July), a weekend of exhibitions, experiments and spontaneous happenings at a range of venues and sites throughout Hackney Wick.
The team welcomes collaboration and participation from local groups, residents and venues. There will also be open participation events inviting people who are curious about how group dynamics operate to creatively explore the art and science of crowd behaviour.