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Bentley Farrington

MA work



Empowering critical thinking: An augmented space for contextualising knowledge in the post-truth era.

We live in a time where we are often confronted with uncertainty and unable to explain many of the chaotic global events unfolding around us. Simultaneously, the increasing intelligence of the digital products we use encourages passive thinking and tailor unique experiences of information, obscuring objectivity.

IIWII promotes your agency over your information and belief generating and processing skills as you navigate through digital networks. 

IIWII collects key pieces of information & topics of interest from the websites you browse online and presents these in a dedicated space on your desktop. By exploring this data via unique interactions you are able to establish contextual relationships and map your knowledge base. IIWII's configurable applied intelligence combines this information with an evaluation of your engagement via a vision system, to enable it to autonomously trawl the web and gather additional resources that support your research or challenge your established viewpoints.


BRidGE is a proposal for a unified, user-centred digital identity platform for a world in which the way we live and the how we define who we are is becoming increasingly complex. 

As we enter an era of mass migration, oscillating national affiliations and hyperconnected digital immersion, the way we form our personal and collective identities is fundamentally being reshaped. Political systems are being challenged to re-evaluate the contextual dynamic between the individual and their collectives. BRidGE gives citizens agency over identification for this multi-layered, decentralised future.

BRidGE is a proposal is for a digital identity platform that encompasses mechanisms for storing, verifying and displaying identification. Individuals can enter valued attributes in a distributed and fragmented data system utilising Blockchain and the IPFS protocol. Palm devices recognise vein patterns of unique users, allowing institutional verification or a social agreement to be recorded for chosen fragments of information. An identity mixing desk allows a user to selectively disclose data and create formal or playful representations tailored to a specific context. 

BRidGE was built on a dynamic working model of the layered & contextual nature of identity, in collaboration with Andrew Slack, Ivy Liang and Reto Togni.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2017

  • Bentley is a multidisciplinary artist and designer interested in the agency and interplay between the cultural subconscious and the individual, and its mediations through technology. 

    Embracing the broader holistic architecture of social questions, he attempts to take possible & preferable scenarios and synthesise complex systems into tangible propositions.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 2011