︎︎ Dr KitKat

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︎︎ Dr KitKat

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Greetings ︎︎ I’m Kit Braybrooke, a social scientist, designer and artist whose work explores regenerative futures across digital and material terrains. 

As a practitioner, I co-direct Studio Wê & Üs, which builds spaces of care, creativity and reflection with communities and institutions. This builds on my work over the past decade managing public programmes that explore the possibilities of systems change for worldly regeneration, from commoning and open source to circularity - working as Mozilla’s Curation & Codesign Lead 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 & co-founding the 400-member network Art Tech Nature Culture. I also create meditative multimedia environments as an ongoing qigong ︎ practice, woven from discarded scraps & flotsam.

As a researcher, my approach to ethnographic inquiry spans anthropology, critical geography and design to gather stories of urban innovation and communities in transition. I am currently building Living Labs for sustainable urban-rural development in China as Senior Researcher at Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin, and I have conducted fieldwork across Asia, Europe and Canada. I have a PhD Media/Cultural Studies, University of Sussex for 'Hacking the Museum', a study of sociospatial power relations in the UK’s first museum makerspaces at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, British Museum and Wellome Collection, and a MSc Digital Anthropology, University College London for 'She-Hackers', an ethnography of young women in Free Software. My work has been featured in Tate Modern, Portland Art Gallery, Campus Party, RTVE Spain, BBC News, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble et al.

Want to collaborate or hire me as a speaker? Say hi on TwitterInstagram or send me an email. While I grew up in the Las Vegas desert, these days I’m usually found in between Berlin, Vancouver, London and a spaceship in cyberspace.︎

SELECTED EXHIBITS & RESIDENCIES

2021: New Scholars Fellow, Bristol & Bath Creative Ecologies R&D.
2020-21: Steering Committee [chair], Art Tech / Nature / Culture.
2019-21: Care-full Design Lab, RMIT, Melbourne.
2018-19: Living Research China, British Council.
2015-19: Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, Tate.
2018: Shùjùxiàn, Artists Open Web Exhibit, Mozfest, London.
2017: Space/Gather/Make [curator], Art:Work, Tate Modern.
2017: Haunted Random Forest Festival [curator], Brighton, Lighthouse Arts.
2017: Machine Ghosts of Brighton tour, Lighthouse Arts.
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

2022 [forthcoming, June]: ‘Digital imaginaries, storytelling and mutual aid post-pandemic’, Mutual Affinities, Creative Scotland.
2022: ‘Undisciplined knowledge? Intervening in the climate crisis for trans/disciplinary regeneration’, public lecture, University College London (UCL).
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.
2018-21: Editorial Board, Journal of Peer Production.
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