Kat Braybrooke is a sociotechnical researcher🔮, designer and sometimes-curator whose work explores the politics of digital making and peer production practices around the world, in particular the connections between cultures, spaces, and power.
Other than ✨cyberspace, she calls Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲 and now London💸 home. She has spent the past decade working for social justice projects and NGOs including Mozilla, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Media, Oxfam, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Aalto University Fablab, UK Parliament, and the Liu Centre for Global Issues to enable digital consumers to become digital producers with creative and open technologies. Her work has been featured on BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, Furtherfield + The Tyee.
Kat is in the final stages of writing up her doctoral thesis “Hacking the museum? Collections makerspaces and power geometries at cultural institutions in London“ with University of Sussex Humanities Lab. This is based on a year-long multi-site ethnography of user imaginaries and power dynamics at ‘collections makerspaces’, or sites for digital making and learning 🎨 that have opened within prominent cultural heritage institutions in London like Tate and British Museum. The theoretical framing of this study, and its focus on critical digital spatialities, is inspired by the works of Doreen Massey, Donna Haraway, Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall.
Kat also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Peer Production, is a co-founder of the Open Design and Hardware Network and a long-time enthusiast of dance music culture where machines are deployed to trascend, empower and resist🏮🎉 . She holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnography of gender identity issues amongst European F/LOSS hackers under the age of 30.💎
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