Unplugged (2016)

- A 6 hour experience from city to sea


a 6 hour site-specific experience presented in conjunction with Whitstable Biennale Satellite Programme

Made in collaboration with Louise Orwin

Inspired by the Unplugging Movement and research into how digital technology is changing us, Unplugged was a meditation on how to embrace mindfulness, intimacy, and alone-ness in the digital age. Unplugged wondered what we could do to negate the effects of losing ourselves to a world of screens and offered audience members a chance to reflect on how digital technology affects their own lives.

The experience began with participants receiving a β€˜kit’ in the post which included train tickets, special vouchers, maps and notes. Then they hopped on a train from the city to the seaside. There were structured pit-stops involving food, drinks and of course, getting on the train home. Participants were invited to go without their phones for the whole day to make the most of the analogue experience.

Unplugged asked our audience to take a risk: to unplug, to detach, to truly explore their perception of the world without the filter of digital culture.It asked them to embrace slowness, to enjoy being lost and to marvel in small physical movements.