[spectre] Technology Is Not Neutral and Digital Weekender | Watermans 12 & 13 November

Irini-Mirena Papadimitriou imirena at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 9 17:36:47 CET 2016

Dear all

I hope you can join us this weekend to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Technology Is Not Neutral and our annual festival of digital performance, including installations, performance, games, talks and discussions.

Please see below for the list of events.
For times and bookings, please visit: https://www.watermans.org.uk/weekender/digital-weekender-2016/

Best wishes

Irini Papadimitriou
Head of New Media Arts Development
40 High Street

Direct line: +44 (0)20 8232 1012
Admin: +44 (0)20 8232 1020



Technology Is Not Neutral exhibition tour with the artists and curators
Saturday 12 Nov, 5-6PM, Free, no booking required
Followed by exhibition launch drinks, 6.30-8pm
Technology Is Not Neutral targets the frequent under-representation of the achievements of women in the field of digital art by highlighting the contribution of female artists in shaping what digital art is today. The curatorial concept focuses on a diversity of approaches and methodologies including sequencing of bacteria, robotic performance, data as an artistic medium, biologically inspired simulation, site specific online transmission, digital print, kinetic art, telepresence, social media activism, drone choreography, brainwave art and hacking reality.

Symposium: Digital Performance Today: Cutting Edge Avant-Garde or Cultural Mainstream?
Saturday 12 November, 11.00 – 17.00, Free, booking required
For this year’s Digital Weekender Symposium we’ll be looking at the practice and applications of digital performance today. Featuring practice and research demonstrations, talks, round tables, provocations and coffee sessions, the Symposium will ask how the field of digital performance has developed over the last decade.

The Phrontesterion: EEG and Dreamachine sonified, Luciana Haill
Sat 12 & Sun 13 November, pls check website for times, Free
In this interactive, participatory artwork the Brainwaves of participants are monitored whilst experiencing a hypnotic light sculpture ‘The Dream Machine’ and creating the phenomena Flicker.

the 4th floor, Kaffe Matthews
Saturday 12 November, 8PM
The first woman to receive the Edgar Varèse professorship at TU Berlin, Kaffe Matthews returns to the stage with a new performance, making massive beats from tiny elements weaving architectural rhythms that never conclude. http://www.kaffematthews.net/

The Cube, Simon Wilkinson AKA Circa69
Sat 12 & Sun 13 November, pls check website for times and bookings
Created by artist Simon Wilkinson, AKA CiRCA69, The Cube combines virtual reality, live performance and kinaesthetic effects to tell the story of a mass disappearance that happened in Idaho in 1959. You awake to find yourself sitting at a table across from a stranger; you have no idea how long you have been asleep or where the rest of the group has disappeared to as you consider the question. www.circa69.co.uk

A Moment of Madness, The Other Way Works
Sat 12 & Sun 13 November, pls check website for times and bookings
On the eve of the vote on radical new legislation to combat climate change, the revelation of a politician’s clandestine rendezvous threatens to destroy the coalition and scupper the bill. Your job is to make sure this doesn’t happen. Stay in your vehicle. Report everything. www.theotherwayworks.co.uk

Q&A Session with The Other Way Works
Sun 13 November, Free
Do you make interactive theatre or real-world games? Do you work with technology in your creative practice? Would you like to? Come along to this Q&A Session with Katie Day, theatre maker and producer and John Sear, developer and game designer and find out more about how they’ve brought their two practices together to create their new immersive experience ‘A Moment of Madness’.

Trust: Mixed Reality, Kate Genevieve
Sat 12 & Sun 13 November, pls check website for times, Free
This one-on-one Mixed reality experience is an experiment in trust and contact. Using head goggles, multi-sensory illusion and affective touch, visitors are invited into an exploration of inter-personal relationship and transformation.

Movement Alphabet, Jan Lee and Tim Murray-Browne
Sat 12 & Sun 13 November, pls check website for times, Free
Movement Alphabet is an interactive work transforming your moving body into a unique portrait capturing your physical presence. In a one-to-one immersive experience with the artist, you are invited to explore your own physicality and memories. http://movementalphabet.com

Sat 12 & Sun 13 November, pls check website for times, Free
WHIST is a Mixed Reality dance piece exploring the notion of consciousness influenced by Freud’s case studies and avant-garde film maker Shuji Terayama. Project comprises dance, physical design installation, 3D sound and 360 degree film, accessible via Virtual Reality headsets. http://www.aoiesteban.com

DREAMS REWIRED, Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart, Thomas Tode
Sun 13 November, pls check website for bookings
DREAMS REWIRED traces the desires and anxieties of today’s hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when telephone, film and television were new. As revolutionary then as contemporary social media is today, early electric media sparked a fervent utopianism in the public imagination – promising total communication, the annihilation of distance, an end to war. But then, too, there were fears over the erosion of privacy, security, morality. Using rare (and often unseen) archival material from nearly 200 films to articulate the present, DREAMS REWIRED reveals a history of hopes to share, and betrayals to avoid.

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