Case study films - Tate Exchange 2018

In March 2018, the Digital Maker Collective transformed the Tate Exchange, 5th floor of Tate Modern into a large public tech innovation hub, a six day residency entitled ‘Arts Work of the Future’.  

What does Knowledge Exchange mean to you?

The event saw a series of public facing projects which included drop-in style working spaces where the public got involved in rapid prototyping, discussions around artificial intelligence, virtual reality and environmental issues. Their work was presented alongside global collaborators from Russia, Ireland and Denmark attracting over 4000 visitors and national press coverage.

What was your most memorable encounter with the public at Tate Exchange?

We have lots of really great footage and hope to create some more shorts in September 2018 around different/other Knowledge Exchange themes, so please sign up to the mailing list for updates.

The Digital Maker Collective is a group of artists, designers, staff and students from Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon College of Arts exploring emerging digital technologies in arts, education, society and the creative industries.

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Case Study from Tate Exchange 2017

See how Femi removes barriers through his all-inclusive coding workshops at Tate Modern in London. A companion to Red Hat® Open Source Stories: Art of Exchange, this video highlights Femi’s experience with the Digital Maker Collective, part of Tate Exchange, a program that promotes human connection and open collaboration.

Learn more about Open Source Stories and see the full film:

"All of the resources we use are open source. It's not about how much money you have. We're quite proud's open to anyone."


Femi Owolade-Coombes is a renowned hacker who was recently given an award by Prince William and Harry.

He's also only 11 years old.

With his mother Grace, he's a part of the Digital Maker Collective, which was one of 53 groups invited to participate in Tate Exchange.

Like the featured "Three Tables" performance, these 53 Associates are exploring the meaning of this term "exchange" as it relates to art and society.

For Femi and Grace, exchange is rooted in teaching others how to do what they do: hack.

Using Raspberry Pis, Femi has led several workshops at Tate Exchange teaching local kids how to program and build their own robots.

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