︎︎ Dr Kit Braybrooke

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︎︎ Dr Kit Braybrooke


Greetings! I am Kit [Kat]. I’m an artist and designer-researcher whose work explores the creative possibilities of digital & material terrains.

As a practitioner, I direct Studio Wê & Üs, which helps civil society orgs foster sustainable development through creative participation. This builds on my work over the past decade in managing public programmes for/with regenerative cultures, from commoning and open source, to circularity and multispecies kinships. Highlights include serving as Curation & Codesign Lead of Mozilla from 2013-15, exploring the circular economy with creatives in China as a British Council delegate, launching the world’s first Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, and co-founding the 300-member network Art Tech Nature Culture. I also paint meditative environments using discarded scraps and flotsam across platforms.

As a researcher, my approach spans anthropology, design, geography & STS to gather tales of community and transformation, and I am currently Senior Researcher with Habitat Unit at Technische Universität Berlin. I have conducted fieldwork with hacker/maker cultures, mutual aid networks and arts institutions across Germany, China, Japan, Canada & UK. I have a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from University of Sussex for 'Hacking the Museum', an ethnographic study of socio-spatial power relations in the UK’s first museum makerspaces in partnership with Tate, British Museum and Wellome Collection, and a MSc Digital Anthropology from University College London for 'She-Hackers', an ethnography of the experiences of young women in Free Software. My work has been featured by Tate Modern, Portland Art Gallery, Campus Party, RTVE Spain, BBC News, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, and others.

To work together or hire me as a speaker, you are welcome to get in touch on TwitterEmail and Instagram. While I grew up in the Las Vegas desert, these days I can usually be found in between Berlin, Vancouver, and a spaceship in cyberspace.

Selected Exhibitions & Residencies

2021: New Scholars Fellow, Bristol & Bath Creative R&D.
2020-21: Steering Committee [chair], Art Tech Nature Culture.
2019-21: Care-full Design Lab, RMIT, Melbourne.
2021: Member, Digital Commons Policy Council.
2018-21: Editorial Board, Journal of Peer Production.
2018-19: Living Research China [delegate], British Council.
2015-19: Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, Tate.
2018: Shùjùxiàn, Art Open Web Exhibit, Mozfest, London.
2017: Space/Gather/Make Exhibit, Art:Work, Tate Modern.
2017: Haunted Random Forest Festival [curator], Brighton.
2017: Speculative Universes x Future Makers, British Museum.
2014: Art/Culture/Web [curator], Mozilla Festival, London.
2013: Build/Teach the Web [curator], Mozilla Festival, London.
2012: Open Knowledge Festival [co-founder], Helsinki.
2011: Open Government Data Camp [curator], Warsaw.

Selected Talks

2021: ‘Digital spaces of resistance: Community histories of open source and the commons’, Create Ireland x Studio We/Us Digital Clinic.
2021: ‘Rethink the system, together: Makers and the circular economy in China’, Making Futures, Plymouth College of Art, UK. 
2021: ‘New coalitions in socially engaged digital practice’, Mozilla Festival.
2021: ‘Museums in a virtual age’, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Open Day, University College London.
2020: ‘Arts practice otherwise’, Guest lecture: Crisis//Critical Education, ArtEZ, Netherlands.
2020: ‘Libraries & museums: Third spaces of?’ Neue Kulturgeographien, Bonn, Germany.
2019: ‘Maker cultures of the commons’, STEAMhouse Talks, Birmingham, UK.
2019: ‘Making in 2030?’, Sustainable Innovation, London.
2018: ‘Makers as a market?’, Making It!?, Liverpool.
2018: ‘Temporary techno-social gatherings?’, EVA, London.
2018: ‘那些创造世界的人 | Make the world’, 中英创客生态分享会 Maker Exchange, Chengdu, China.
2017: ‘When does IRL matter?’ AoIR, Estonia.
2016: ‘Who’s the digital revolution for?’ Brighton Digital.
2016: ‘Whose industrial revolution?’ 4S/EASST, Barcelona.
2016: ‘Speculative making futures’, Maker Assembly, Belfast.
2013: ‘La Aventura de sabar: LibreGraphics’, RTVE News.
2013: ‘Seven faces of open design’, LibreGraphics, Madrid.
2012: ‘Get more women on board’, Campus Party, Berlin.
2012: ‘Free city, open source’, Tallinn, Estonia.
2011: ‘Making the difference: Lady hackers’, BBC Radio.
2011: ‘She-hackers’, Chaos Communication Camp, Germany.

Selected Research & Teaching

2020-21: Research Fellow, CreaTures, Dept Engineering & Design, University of Sussex.
2020-21: Visiting Researcher, Dept of Digital Humanities, King's College London.
2020: Guest Lecturer, Cultural Diversity, Collaborative Practice, Create Ireland.
2019: Visiting Scholar, Human-Environment Systems, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.
2019: Public Lecturer, Dept of Digital Humanities, King’s College London.
2018-20: Visiting Lecturer, King’s College London.
2019: Guest Lecturer, Geographisches Institut, Universität Bonn.
2019: Guest Lecturer, Institut für Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität.
2016-17: Visiting Lecturer, Design Products, Royal College of Art.
2016: Guest Lecturer, University of the Arts London.
2016: Guest Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London.
2015: Guest Lecturer, Dept of Anthropology, University of Victoria.
2014: Education Chair, Maker Foundation, Vancouver.

i want to dance for the renewal of the world.” - robin well kimmerer