Kat Braybrooke is a sociotechnical researcher, critical maker and sometimes-curator whose work explores the politics of creative digital practices, institutions and communities around the world 🔮.
Other than ✨cyberspace, she has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲 and London💸 home. She has spent the past decade working with 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 creators through 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 experiences and power dynamics at ‘collections makerspaces’, or sites for digital making and learning 🎨 within prominent cultural heritage institutions in London like Tate and British Museum. The theoretical framing of this study, and its focus on critical understandings of the social production of space, is inspired by the works of Doreen Massey, Stuart Hall, Antonio Gramsci and Donna Haraway.
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 that works with machines to empower and resist🏮🎉 . She holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnography of gender identity discussions amongst F/LOSS hackers under the age of 30.💎
To collaborate, get in touch via email or Twitter. 🎏