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Innovation Box Agyepong Exhibition
BT have kindly provided Platform-7 with a Grade II K2* telephone box for the next few months to convert into an Innovation Box exploring notions of creativity and innovation. 

The Innovation Box continues our technology & society strand [1] that began in 2012, investigating whether society shapes technology or vice-versa.  This project focuses specifically on how people understand the word 'innovation'. Artists will adapt the box by responding to observations, comments and suggestions of those viewing, whether in person or via cyberspace. 

*Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect of the ex- power stations housing Tate Modern & Battersea Power station in London, designed the K2 telephone box.

What is innovation?
Innovation has become a bit of a buzzword for some; the word appears to have been hijacked by Silicon Valley to apply to every conceivable kind of app and start-up company.   If this is an accurate appraisal does innovation actually mean new, shiny, exciting and young?

According to Canadian historian Benoît Godin;
Innovation is everywhere. In the world of goods (technology), but also in the world of words: innovation is discussed in the scientific and technical literature, but also in social science like history, sociology, management and economics. Innovation is also a central idea in the popular imaginary, in the media and in public policy. In summary innovation has become the emblem of the modern society, and a panacea for resolving many problems. [2]
The Innovation Box will explore the general contemporary understanding of innovation, that of mobile phones and other technologies.  As the months progress the intervention will discuss wider interpretations, for example social innovation or policy innovation.   The intervention begins at the end, with photographs by Heather Agyepong. 
Ethics of Planned Obsolescence
Embedded in Digital Commodities

Until 11th October 2016

Heather Agyepong is a visual artist & performer who lives and works in London. 
Images exhibited are from ‘The Gaze on Agbogbloshie: The Misrepresentation of West Africa as Dystopia’* and form part of a larger series on photographs.  It is at this point there is clear divergence from Heather’s original project.
The rational of exhibiting these photos at the beginning of the intervention is twofold:
  1. To begin where most innovations end-up and,
  2. For continuity from the Waste.Agency (2014-15), Platform-7’s last major intervention in the City of London exploring how we have built an economy on consumption and wastefulness.
The exhibition capture the numerous complexities of our world and our understanding of the word ‘innovation’.  Initially the photographs will be viewed through the dirty glass of the phone box, which continues a line of inquiry from Moonbow Margate intervention discussing how we view photos, objects and urban space.   As photographer Paul Halliday states in his paper, Margate: A Place of Pixelations (2011) ‘how pristine does the image need to be to get us closer to the thing itself?’. [3]
The windows will then be cleaned to see if there's a noticeable change in viewer reaction.
  1. Tapescape Catford: Intervention I & II, (2012), Blockbuster Catford, Platform-7, {}
  2. Godin, Benoît. (2015) Innovation Contested: The Idea of Innovation Over the Centuries, Routledge, Oxford
  3. Halliday, Paul., (2011), Margate: A Place of Pixelations, Platform-7 Blog, {}
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With thanks to BT Payphones for all their support.
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