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William Fairbrother

MA work

The world has always been an internet of things.

The world has always been an internet of things is an ongoing research project investigating material agencies in assemblages of things (human or non-human) from a non-anthropocentric perspective.

Presented here is a hypothetical exhibition of everyday things and their experiences. It is set in the near future where the advent of the Internet of Things is a distant memory, and things have acquired human-like characteristics: they are able to sense their environments and communicate with one another via the Internet independent of us. In this museum we have access not only to physical artefacts but data they have collected throughout their lives.

The architecture of the space has been augmented to renegotiate the long-standing anthropocentric tradition in museum design. This work aims to nudge the viewer to consider the world from the point of view of things and marks the the beginning of new research investigating experience and the cognitive life of things.


  • William Fairbrother
  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Information Experience Design, 2015

  • William Fairbrother is a cross-disciplinary artist and researcher with a background in anthropology and archaeology. His non-anthropocentric practice is currently investigating human and non-human agencies in the emerging Internet of Things.
  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Anthropology & Archaeology, Durham University, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Work In Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; 8 Hours, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; V&A Digital Futures: Disobedient Objects, The White Building, London, 2014; Physics Happens in a Dark Place, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, 2014; V&A Digital Futures, BL-NK, London, 2014; NODEM, Museum of Medieval, Stockholm, 2013
  • Conferences

  • ERIS—2000: QCon at the Central Hall Westminster, 2015; Observation: IEEE VISAP 2014 at the Marriott Rive-Gauche, 2014; Le Vase Fragmenté: Mapping Post-Digital Futures Symposium at the Royal College of Art, 2014
  • Publications

  • 'Objects are speaking and listening forever, but can we hear their utterances?', Believe in the words you take and then speak forever, Aaron McCarthy (ed.), Generator Projects, Dundee, 2015; 'ERIS—2000', InVisible Culture, 23, 2015; 'Observation', Transdisciplinary Design, Viewpoint Magazine, Winter 2014