Three Cafés: experiential artistic research - November & December

Three Cafés: Experiential artistic research exploring inter-relationships between digital technology and well-being

Anglia Ruskin University’s Marina Velez, Davide Natalini, and Debby Lauder are pleased to invite you to participate into a series of three experimental interventions, designed to open up discursive spaces for interactive and experiential research as to how digital technology increasingly serves to shape our perception, determine our communication, frame our identity, inform our self-awareness and underpin our social interactions. Places are limited to 20 participants, so please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register.


Café 1: Lift Off

Location: Espresso Library - 210 East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1BG

23 Nov, 4-6pm, Cambridge

The first café, led by artist Marina Velez, will invite participants to explore digital technology in a meditative, contemplative way through live webcams featuring natural phenomena. Participants will work together to respond to these stimuli, by means of their digital devices.

Book a place: Eventbrite page


Café 2: I Feel Lucky

Location: CB2 Bistro - 5-7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD

23 Nov, 6-8pm, Cambridge

The second café, led by artist Debby Lauder, and named after Google’s ‘I’m feeling lucky’ button, will feature an analogue search engine. Participants will work together to create new networks, without the use of digital technology. All media devices will be left at the door.

Book a place: Eventbrite page


Café 3: Discussing Technology and Work-life Balance

Location: Thirsty - 46 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1EN

28 Nov, 6-8pm, Cambridge

The third event, delivered by Davide Natalini, will involve an informal conversation between the participants on the question as to whether technology promotes or hinders a healthy work-life balance and what are the best methods to use technology in a ‘healthy’ way or to ‘switch off’. The participants will be able to reflect on the experiences from the first two cafes, as well as from their own personal experiences of issues relating to the use of technology and work-life balance.

The conversations in the third cafe will result in the production of an e-book.

Book a place: Eventbrite page



Drinks and snacks will be provided at all three cafés.

As a thank you for attending our events, at the third café attendees will receive a ‘refusal bag’, which is a bag made with a copper fabric that screens radio signals. Perfect to 'switch off' your phone!

People who will attend all three cafés will receive a 10£ gift card that can be spent at one of the cafés.

We also have travel grants for those who'd like to travel to Cambridge for one or all the events.


IMPORTANT: Places are limited to 20 participants. For further information and to reserve a place please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Marina Velez, Fellow at the Cambridge School of Art, founder of the Cambridge Sustainability Residency and current applied fine art Ph. D. candidate.

Davide Natalini is an academic Research Assistant at the Global Sustainability Institute, where he researches on Environmental Security and Energy Transitions. He has been involved in the collaboration between arts and science for the past four years.

Debby Lauder is an artist, curator and teacher, with a BSc in Psychology and an MFA in Fine Art; she is also a member of the HEA.


The Group

Marina, Debby and Davide have previously collaborated on a number of interdisciplinary projects aimed at bringing together the arts and science. In particular, they previously run a symposium addressing the concept of Belonging and sustainability, held at Cambridge School of Art in March 2016 and they collaborated on the 2016 Cambridge Sustainability Residency, founded by Marina.

The group’s main interest is to explore how different disciplines can engage in dialogue, help one another to expand their boundaries and together they explore ways of creating that ‘third’ interdisciplinary space. Marina, Debby and Davide believe that collaborations between art and science can be beneficial to both disciplines and the group will continue its investigation through a long-term collaborative project.

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