James Stevens

James is the founder member of SPC and lives with his family in Deptford SE London.


Whilst directing operations at web boutique Obsolete in 1996 he launched Backspace, the proto cybercafe on Clink Street, London Bridge, a response to conversations with Heath Bunting on the needs for an accessible place to explore creative networking and critical media in public. After fitting it out with artist Tim Cook it was modeled by digital native Dorian Moore to become touchstone to a thousand web coders and inventors, inspiration for the technology spaces and businesses that boomed in the years that followed.


James teamed with Julian Priest in 2000 to present wireless network primer Consume which advocated the open wireless networking that today thrives at OWN based in Deptford SE8.

SPC moved up to Deckspace in 2001 and retains the rooftop studio spaces for use by its subscribers and continues to offer diy web, mail and media hosting alongside a bramble of experiment and collaboration in progress.


Environmental and interior design, live music production and event management, database development and opensource advocacy, free networking and public access media, community development, gardening and baking all continue to texture and test. He continues to interweave these many threads into a self-sustaining infrastructure supporting domestic and public life in continuity with long term collaborators and fresh interactions alike.

Conceptual, inventive and pragmatic influences fuse to accomodate the needs of those close then seek out new oportunities for stimulation and transformation. Good practice and enthusiasm for social exchange characterise many aspects of this work, never shy to facilitate the grand ambitions and support embrionic efforts of others with patience, experience and resourcefulness.

1980 Batcholer of Arts degree – Interior Design @ Kingston Polytechnic
1982 Vis-A-Vis – Design practice
1985 Music Management – Cardiacs
1989 Brag – Live music booking agency
1992 Euro MA – Image Synthesis and Computer Animation
1993 MIT – non linear video edit training and hire
1995 Obsolete – Web boutique
1996 Backspace – Cybercafe
1998 SPC – Abbreviated space
2000 Consume – Wireless network primer
2001 Deckspace – SPC media lab
2003 Boundless – Broadband network coop
2005 Bitspace – Community computer clinic
2008 OWN – Open wireless network
2010 – Widening technical collaboration and outreach in local community projects supporting media arts projects, shared workspaces, co-oporative housing, public galleries, event spaces and private dwellings.

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SPC : Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8RE.