Some highlights from Networked Bodies, the Digital Performance Weekender, at Watermans Gallery last weekend (07/11/14 – 09/11/14) in London. The gallery looked superb with some very interesting and diverse works – very happy with the way three of my works were exhibited. The symposium also had a few highlights, I was particularly interested in Julian Maynard Smiths paper which explored ideas of what is ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ as part of networked practice.
Above: The Sandwich Board.
Above: The Distinction Between Here and There, Now and Then and to the left on the computer A network of people who attended an exhibition and contributed to the creation of this work.
Above: The Anatomy of a Human Breath by Kasia Molga & Adrian Godwin.
Above: A paper given by Steve Dixon as part of the Symposium theme Telecollaborate Practices.
Above: A paper given by Julian Maynard Smith as part of the Symposium theme Telecollaborate Practices.
Above: A paper given by Body > Data > Space as part of the Symposium theme Connecting Senses.
Below is the full programme for the event.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting three works as part of Networked Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender at Watermans from the 7th to 9th of November. One of the works, The Distinction Between Here and There, Now and Then will be a gallery premiere and another A network of people who attended an exhibition and contributed to the creation of this work will be exhibited and open to participation for the last time.
The event which is all at once an exhibition, performances and symposium has an interesting line-up. If your in London try to pop along over the course of the weekend, I hope to be there Friday and Saturday so say hello.
The following is the event statement:
Networks are at the heart of how we live today. Networks generate transnational zones of action, bring together communities, circulate knowledge and information, expand spheres of influence, contaminate ideas, germinate exchanges, foster innovation, and facilitate distribution of power. However, networks are unfairly distributed and closely monitored. Geopolitical injustices and dominant political and economic forces mean that networks can foster segregation, facilitate hyper-centralized forms of citizen surveillance and control, fragment living space and experience. These developments of the network society generate social tensions, which invest the task of understanding networks in their many manifestations –including cultural ones– with social and political urgency.
Networks, despite many past promises of disembodiment and internationalism through the obsolescence of both bodies and geographical boundaries – promises now widely perceived themselves as obsolete – are still experienced by subjects that remain both embodied and geographically situated (Cohen, 2012: 11) As Cohen argues, not only are networks firmly connected to material bodies and physical geographies, but they also play “an increasingly significant role in constructing embodied experience” (ibid), by both empowering and configuring the “networked self” (ibid: 12).
In Networked Bodies at Watermans we want to explore networked performance practices with a view to considering how they transform live (embodied, disembodied and trans-bodied) performance practices. We are keen to consider the many, increasingly well documented, exciting possibilities these present to live performance, as well as their potential downsides. Speaking for the devil (so to speak), we ask: do these practices raise any ethical concerns through the use of surveillance and control, fragmentation of space and experience, alienation or even exploitation of their participants? Networked Bodies will aim to look beyond shiny appearances and into the –occasionally dirty– folds of the networks (and the bodies).
Curated by Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) and Irini Papadimitriou, the full programme for the event is available online here.
I’m showing some new work, called A network of people who attended an exhibition and contributed to the creation of this work, as part of Out of Office which is being exhibited at the Colony 14 Festival taking place across four venues in Cardigan, Wales.
The festival runs from the 20th of August until the 1st of September (daily 11am-3pm, 11am-7pm on the 22nd and 23rd of August) and is showing over 50 artists through installation, drawing, lens-based, time-based sculpture, painting, film, sculpture, performance, workshops, talks (and of course new media).
For a complete program of events see the webpage here. For details on how to get to Cardigan see the webpage here.
Netscapes will be exhibited within the exhibition A-EYE: An exhibition of art and nature-inspired computation as part of the Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) 50th annual convention at Goldsmiths, University of London from the 01-04/04/14. Full details below.
An exhibition of art and nature-inspired computation
This art exhibition is organised as part of a convention (AISB50) commemorating both 50 years since the founding of the society for the study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB) and sixty years since the death of Alan Turing, founding father of both Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK from the 1st to the 4th April 2014.
The exhibition is the first of its kind at the AISB convention and it incorporates various aspects of generating artworks using various artificial intelligence techniques (swarm intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, artificial neural networks, multi-agent systems, artificial life and any other algorithm) or method that derives from the natural world.
1-4 April 2014
Monday 31st March, 17:00-20:00
Harold Cohen will give the opening speech in the exhibition venue.
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Academic Building
A group show I’m part of opens on Thursday April 10th (10/04/14) at Umeå University in Sweden. The Augmented Plateau: Art and Virtual Worlds in HUMlab 2007-2013, is a seven year overview of all artistic residencies and contributions to the HUMlab Yoshikaze Second Life space. The show is curated by Sachiko Hayashi, features works by:
Alpha Auer, Avatar Orchestra Metaverse, Fau Ferdinand, Garrett Lynch, Katerina Karoussos, Pyewacket Kazyanenko, SaveMe Oh, Selavy Oh, Oberon Onmura, Maya Paris, Kristine Schomaker, Goodwind Seiling, Alan Sondheim, Eupalinos Ugajin, Juria Yoshikawa.
and contributions by:
Marx Catteneo, Jo Ellsmere, Mab MacMoragh, Steve Millar and Evo Szuyuan.
10th April – 30th April 2014 @ HUMlabX, the Arts Campus at Umeå University, Sweden
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, Noon – 4pm
(18th, 19th, 20th and 21st April Closed)