A busy couple of weeks ahead. Here are details of three (imminent) media arts events and a video about Furtherfield Gallery and Commons.
Images: 1) purified social process. Screenshot from VisitorsStudio, by Furtherfield 2011, 2) The Lover by James Coupe. Surveillance video installation commissioned by Harris Museum, 2011
Activating Public Space: This panel within the Digital Utopias conference, featuring work by Furtherfield, Iain Simons, MolMol, and Dr Jennifer Gabrys, will discuss how artists, creatives and cultural organisations define public space in the digital age, and make visible the forces at play.
10am – 7pm, Tuesday 20 January 2015
Programme here. Digital Utopias is an Arts Council event curated by Abandon Normal Devices.
I will be joined by the Steve Fletcher, Co-founder of Carroll/Fletcher Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, Salford University Art Curator. Thursday 22 January 2015, 5-6PM Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH. Read details and reserve your place here
CAPTURE ALL: Transmediale Festival and Conference 2015
This year’s conference in Berlin will look at digital culture’s pervasive logic of CAPTURE ALL; its quantification of work, play and life.
28 January – 1 February 2015, Berlin. Set aside some time and spend some time finding out more about where, what and how… here
I will be respondent to the keynote speech by McKenzie Wark, author of (amongst others) Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene (Verso 2015), The Spectacle of Disintegration (Verso 2013), Gamer Theory (Harvard 2007), A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard 2004),
And on the Play As A Commons panel I will discuss, with Mark Butler and Christina Kral, how the sociability of play can empower shared visions and P2P practices for a user/ citizen-driven future. I will talk about Play Your Place– an open artwork and online game-building game created by artists, programmers, and imaginative citizens to develop a collective vision for a richer, emancipated life for all beings in all places; in the context of Furtherfield’s Do It With Others programme.
Furtherfield : New Media Galleries
Finally, in this video directed by Orlagh Woods for Artquest I talk about what we have been doing at Furtherfield over the last 17 years, and why; with reference to many dedicated artists, thinkers, makers and doers: Dr Mary Flanagan, Andy Deck, Genetic Moo, Liz Sterry, Class Wargames, Thomson and Craighead, Ele Carpenter, Kimathi Donkor, IOCOSE, Markus Sokup to name just a few.