︎︎ Dr KitKat

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︎︎ Dr KitKat

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︎ I’m Kit Kat Braybrooke, a posthuman anthropologist, designer & artist exploring regenerative futures at the intersection of ecological, technological and cultural spaces.

As a practitioner, I co-direct Wê & Üs, a creative lab which brings communities together to explore critical dynamics of the Anthropocene, and celebrate its more-than-human possibilities. This builds on my work over the past decade managing public programmes for creative systems change from placemaking, commoning and co-design to open source - including working as Mozilla’s Curation & Codesign Lead from 2013-15, exploring the circular economy with makers & crafters in China as a British Council delegate, and launching the world’s first Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki. Current projects include the Art Tech Nature Culture network, Tectonic Wanderer, and Mesosanctuary Mexico, which explores ecological grief through co-creation and meditation, to be launched at 4S/ECOSITE 22. ︎ Other artworks wash up regularly on the shores of the Tidepool

As a researcher, my approach spans design, anthropology and the posthumanities, and I have conducted fieldwork across Asia, Europe and Canada on the dynamics of participatory spaces for socio-ecological systems change. I am currently building Living Labs for sustainable urban-rural development in China & Germany as Senior Researcher at Habitat Unit, Technische Universität Berlin. I have a PhD Media/Cultural Studies, University of Sussex for 'Hacking the Museum', a study of socios-patial power relations in the UK’s first museum makerspaces in London at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, British Museum and Wellome Collection, and a MSc Digital Anthropology, University College London for 'She-Hackers', an ethnography of women in Free/Open Software. My work has been featured in Tate Modern, Portland Art Gallery, Campus Party, RTVE Spain, BBC News, Guardian, DAZED & Rabble.

Want to collaborate, hire me as a speaker, or get a sticker? Say hi on TwitterInstagram or send me an email. These days I’m usually found in between Berlin, Vancouver, London and a spaceship in cyberspace.︎
SELECTED EXHIBITS & RESIDENCIES
Dec 2022 [exhibited artwork]: Mesosanctuary, 4S/ECOSITE, Cholula, Mexico.
2021: New Scholars [creative fellow], Bristol & Bath Creative Ecologies R&D, Watershed, Bristol, UK.
2020-21: Steering Committee [co-founder & chair], Art/ Tech/ Nature/ Culture.
2019-current: Care-full Design Lab [extended member], School of Design, RMIT, Melbourne, AU.
2018, 2019: Living Research [delegate, making x circularity], British Council, Chengdu & Xi’an, China.
2015-19: Collaborative Doctoral Partnership [research residency], Digital Studio, Tate Britain, TATE, London, UK.
2018: Shùjùxiàn [exhibited artwork], Artists of the Open Web Exhibit, Mozfest, London, UK.
2017: Space/Gather/Make [curator], Art:Work, Tate Modern, TATE, London, UK.
2017: Haunted Random Forest Festival [curator], University of Sussex Digital Humanities Lab, UK.
2017: Machine Ghosts [exhibited artwork], Lighthouse Arts, Brighton, UK.
2017: Parallel Universes [design research residency], Future Makers Series, British Museum, UK.
2014: Art & Culture & Web [track curator], Mozilla Festival, London.
2013: Build & Teach the Web [track curator], Mozilla Festival, London UK.
2012: Open Knowledge Festival [co-founder and curator], Aalto University Media Factory, Helsinki.
2011: Open Government Data Camp [curator], Centrum Cyfrowe, Warsaw, PL.


SELECTED TALKS

Sept 2022: ‘Online talk: Climate stories and digital design’ [panel chair], 2022, Digital Design Week, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London, UK.
2022: ‘Anticipating change: From climate collapse to eco-social futures’ [panel], CreaTures Festival, ES.
2022: ‘Creative participatory methods in urban social research’ [guest lecture], Department of Sociology, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
2022: ‘Digital cultures for regeneration? Mutual aid and resistance in the Anthropocene’ [guest lecture], 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 & the commons’ [guest lecture] Create Ireland x We/Us Digital Clinic.
2021: ‘Rethink the system, together: Makers and the circular economy in China’ [talk], Making Futures, Plymouth College of Art, UK. 
2021: ‘New coalitions in socially engaged digital practice’ [panel], Mozilla Festival.
2021: ‘Museums in a virtual age’ [panel], Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University College London, UK.
2020: ‘Arts practice otherwise’ [guest lecture], Crisis//Critical Education, ArtEZ University of Arts, Arnhem, NL.
2020: ‘Libraries & museums: Third spaces of?’ [panel], Neue Kulturgeographien, Bonn, Germany.
2019: ‘Hacking the museum? Space and power at London cultural institutions’[public lecture], Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, UK.
2019: ‘Maker cultures of the commons’ [talk], STEAMhouse Talks, Birmingham, UK.
2019: ‘Future perspectives: Making in 2030’ [talk], Sustainable Innovation, London, UK.
2018: ‘Makers - and museums - as a market’ [panel], Making It Conference, Liverpool, UK.
2018:Temporary shared machines: An open discussion with the Tate, hacked’ [talk], Electronic Visualisation & Arts (EVA), London, UK.
2018: ‘那些创造世界的人 | Make the world’ [panel], 中英创客生态分享会 Maker Exchange, ALLAB, Chengdu, China.
2017: ‘Power geometries in museums’ [panel],  Location & networked creativity in gamer, hacker and maker publics, AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers), Tartu, Estonia.
2016: Who’s the digital revolution for?’ [panel], Brighton Digital Festival, UK.
2016: ‘Hacking the museum?’ [panel], Digital fabrications of hackers, makers and manufacturers: whose 'industrial revolution'? 4S/EASST, Barcelona.
2016: ‘Speculative making: Possible futures’, Maker Assembly, Belfast.
2016: ‘Technologies and performative play: Re-creation and subversion of institutionalised cultures’ [panel], Forgotten genealogies of art, technology and science, Society for the History of Technology, National University of Singapore, SG.
2016: ‘From making to criticality and back again: Two makerspace futures’ [talk], Maker Assembly, Farest Labs Hackspace, Belfast, IR.
2013: ‘La Aventura de sabar: LibreGraphics and open design globally’ [interview], RTVE News.
2013: ‘Seven faces of open design’ [keynote], LibreGraphics, Madrid, SP.
2012: ‘Get more women on board: Tech, activism & gender [panel], Campus Party EU, Berlin, DE.
2012: ‘Hacking open data for creativity’ [talk], Re:publica Konference, Berlin.
2012:
Free city, open source’ [talk], Pixelache, Tallinn, Estonia.
2011: ‘Making the difference: Lady hackers’ [interview], BBC Radio, UK.
2011: ‘She-hackers: Gender in F/LOSS’ [talk], Chaos Communication Camp, Germany, DE.


SELECTED RESEARCH & TEACHING

2020-21: Research Fellow, CreaTures, Department of Engineering & Design, University of Sussex.
2020-21: Digital Anthropologist, Accessing Culture in Isolation, Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant, King’s College London & Keio University Tokyo.
2020-21: Visiting Researcher, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London.
2018-21: Editorial Board, Journal of Peer Production.
2020: Guest Lecturer, Cultural Diversity & Collaborative Practice Autumn School, Create Ireland, UK.
2019: Visiting Scholar, Institute for Transformations of Human-Environment Systems IRI-THEsys), Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, DE.
2018 & 2019: Visiting Lecturer, ‘Critical Making As’ series, ‘Making in the connected world’ BA course, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London.
2019: Guest Lecturer, Geographisches Institut, Universität Bonn, Germany, DE.
2019: Guest Lecturer, Institut für Medienwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität, Germany, DE.
2016-17: Visiting Lecturer & Co-convener, ‘Food + Code’ course, Design Products MA, Royal College of Art.
2016: Guest lecturer, University of the Arts London.
2016: Guest lecturer, Royal College of Art, London.
2015: Guest Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Victoria.
2014: Education Chair, Maker Foundation, Vancouver.

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