A list of recommendations, reflecting the dynamic culture we are part of, straddling the fields of art, technology and social change.
Expanded Realities Exhibition | Sep 5 — Sep 10 2019 | At Festival Hub Studio | The Expanded Realities programme seeks to find new pathways for storytelling at the intersection of art and technology. With the digital increasingly ever-present and algorithmic living becoming the norm, artists and filmmakers are grasping the opportunity to challenge our understanding of “reality” and offer audiences a space to enhance, expand and re-evaluate their experience of the world around them. The exhibition includes a number of interactive installations as well as a 360 Cinema showcasing a selection of virtual reality films. This year’s installations all seek to push the boundaries of our understanding of interaction, connection and space within the digital landscape – http://tiny.cc/b718bz
The DRHA 2019 Conference – Radical Immersions: Navigating between virtual/physical environments and information bubbles | 8 – 10 September & The group exhibition runs 6-20 September | The exhibition http://tiny.cc/nu18bz engages critically with ideas, practices and beliefs of immersion in relation to digital culture and new media. It will run in parallel with this year’s Digital Research in the Humanities & Arts (DRHA) conference, which will address the same theme and take place in the conference. Keynote Speakers: Prof Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths University of London) Dr Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X; London Southbank University). Radical Immersions is convened by Dr Dani Ploeger and Dr Elena Papadaki. The conference will take place at Watermans Arts Centre in West London and is hosted by The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London – http://www.2019.drha.uk/
Last chance to apply! Call for participants: Collective Conditions | From 1 July to 10 September | Collective Conditions is a worksession which experiments with the generative potential of codes of conduct, complaints procedures, bug reports and copyleft licenses. We understand these socio-technical protocols as artistic and activist media and are curious about the role they can play in the (different) imagination of complex collectivities. By ’complex collectivity’ we mean, for example, non-normative human constellations, or collectives where participants with radically different needs, backgrounds and agencies come together. ’Complex collectivity’ can be self-chosen, or be the result of structural forces such as laws, racism, technology, wars, austerity, queerphobia and ecological conditions – http://tiny.cc/g218bz
Citizens of Evidence: Independent Investigations for Change | The Art of Exposing Injustice – Part 3 | Hosted by Disruption Network Lab and Supermarkt | Sept 20—21 2019 | Berlin | Workshop at Supermarkt & Tempelhofer Feld · Sept 22 | Exploring the investigative power of grassroots communities and citizens to expose injustice, corruption and power asymmetries. In the context of the debate about deliberate disinformation, fake news, and spreading of false facts, does it still make sense to speak about “evidence” as providing direct proof of the truth of facts? How can journalists, storytellers and activists provoke awareness by disclosing hidden information, when the boundary between the meaning of what is fake and what is real is becoming progressively blurred? | Curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. In cooperation with: Transparency International – http://tiny.cc/m748bz
Book Launch of ‘Free, Fair, and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons’ | Mon, 16 September 2019 | By UCL Institute for Global Prosperity | The Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL is delighted to host the launch of ‘Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons’, a book by David Bollierand Silke Helfrich. The event will be introduced by Ruth Catlow, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Furtherfield and DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab, followed by presentations from authors David Bollier and Silke Helfrich, and finishing with a response from Dr Feja Lesniewska, Senior Teaching Fellow on Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy at the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, SOAS, and Research Fellow at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy department at UCL – http://tiny.cc/k208bz
Control voltage 6: Fiend/Masal/Justin Paton/The Spermaceti Organ | Thursday, 12 September 2019 | Westcliff, Essex, UK | Four Great Electronic acts join us for another night of audio visual delight. Best PA in town and a brand new projector bring you a full sensory experience. FIEND – Brendan O’Hares one man Post Rock masterclass – what more can you wish for. Masal – Ozlem Simsek & Alien Music UK – just for this performance Masal are ditching the computer and presenting two long-form improvised pieces one nice and one nasty. THE SPERMACETI ORGAN – Southend scene stalwart Steve O’Malley has finally crossed the Rubicon and has stepped up as a performer, improvised electronics to kick off the night. Justin Paton – Brings us some live acid – a real treat for the feet. FB link – http://tiny.cc/em48bz
STATISTA Presentation Week | 12–16 September 19 | Opening: 11 September 19, 7 pm | Venue: Haus der Statistik, Karl-Marx-Allee 1, 10178 Berlin | The complete program of events will be available at www.allesandersplatz.berlin. Within the vast empty spaces of the Haus der Statistik near Alexanderplatz, STATISTA is testing whether working in the spirit of the Commons is an option even within today’s context of city development. With the aid of ten distinct playing fields, STATISTA generates artistic prototypes for a civil society built on collective principles. Including neighbourhood initiatives, a cryptocurrency reflecting the wellbeing of bees, a facade design built for ecological inclusivity, and an international conference. Temporary usage, in this case, does not lead to gentrification, but to a form of urban renewal that is to the benefit of all – https://www.kw-berlin.de/en/statista-presentation-week/
OPEN SCORES. How to program the Commons | Curated by Creating Commons (Shusha Niederberger, Cornelia Sollfrank, Felix Stalder) | For the exhibition, artists have developed a SCORE relating to their practice. A SCORE can have different meanings: It can be a general instruction, a working instruction, a performance instruction or an operating instruction. In any case, it is meant to lead to a realization of an intended action and as such is an interface between a human actor and an object/material/machine. And a SCORE can also be linked to a technical HOWTO document, in that it contains information on how to perform a specific task. Within the exhibition, the newly developed SCORES add an aesthetic layer while pointing to the socio/political impact of the presented projects. The exhibition features interviews conducted as part of the research project as well as a temporary library on the subject of digital commons. Furthermore, there will be a program of talks, screenings, and workshops.
21 September 2019 – 12 October 2019 | Wed. til Sat 15:00 ~ 19:00 and for special events | VERNISSAGE : Saturday, September 21st 2019 20:00 TEMPLATES, Music Performance, Johannes Kreidler 21:00 Let’s make a salad. Homage to Alison Knowles 22:00 DJ Gigsta 23:30 DJ ROLUX-FOX – https://www.panke.gallery/exhibition/open-scores/
Exhibition – Rewriting The Future | Sophia Al Maria, Sonya Dyer, Ursula Mayer, Victoria Sin | 27 Sep 2019 – 26 Jan 2020 | Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK | Feminist artists and writers have long been presenting new angles on gender, power, ecology and community and this exhibition explores some of those narratives. In an age where wealth controls our systems of power and the world is ruled by patriarchal societies, feminist speculative perspectives can offer new insights, predictions and even possible alternatives. The exhibition will be accompanied by a digital publication compiling new speculative fiction writing from some brilliant feminist minds. Curated by Angelica Sule – http://tiny.cc/vu28bz
The Controversial Archive: Negotiating Horror Images in Syria | by Enrico De Angelis | ‘The Controversial Archive: Negotiating Horror Images in Syria’ is part of the upcoming INC Theory on Demand book titled ‘The ArabArchive: Mediated Memories and Digital Flows” edited by Donatella Della Ratta, Kay Dickinson, and Sune Haugbolle – http://tiny.cc/tcg9bz
The Authoritarian Personality | Verso Books | By Theodor Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson, and R. Nevitt Sanford With Betty Aron, Maria Hertz Levinson, and William Morrow Introduction by Peter E. Gordon | What makes a fascist? Are there character traits that make someone more likely to vote for the far right? The Authoritarian Personality is not only one of the most significant works of social psychology ever written, it also marks a milestone in the development of Adorno’s thought, showing him grappling with the problem of fascism and the reasons for Europe’s turn to reaction. Over half a century later and with the rise of right-wing populism and the reemergence of the far-right in recent years, this hugely influential study remains as insightful and relevant as ever – http://tiny.cc/krg9bz
Post-Platform Desires: Build 1, 2, 3 New | By Geert Lovink | The text is written as an introduction to a week-long discussion on the empyre email list in which I participate, with the topic STAY UNFINISHED, YOURS SINCERELY, moderated by Shulea Cheang. The debate happens in conjunction with STAY UNFINISHED, the 5th edition of Stadtwerkstatt‘s 48 hour showcase extravanganza held in association with Ars Electronica (Linz), curated by Tanja Brandmayr, Shu Lea Cheang and Franz Xaver – http://tiny.cc/54f9bz
The Vernacular of Space Through Images of the Moon | By Jonathan Atkins on Hyperallergic | The Met’s exhibition shows us that our cosmos is divided between the pictured, and the real, and that the character of the pictorial asserts a powerful influence over our conception of the actual. “The images were beguiling and beautiful less often for the visual experience — the landscapes of Mars or Venus are in these pictures stubbornly ordinary — than for the knowledge I vested in them, or perhaps for the color they brought to my knowledge. These were places, actual locales, from which no compass could point you home.” – http://tiny.cc/46e9bz
Margaret Atwood Expands the World of “The Handmaid’s Tale” | Review by Jia Tolentino | In the New Yoker | In “The Testaments,” the novelist examines the kinds of complicity that are required for constructing such a frightening future. Women wore this uniform to the protest in Texas, and they have since worn it to protests in England, Ireland, Argentina, Croatia, and elsewhere. When “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published, in 1985, some reviewers found Atwood’s dystopia to be poetically rich but implausible. Three decades later, the book is most often described with reference to its timeliness – http://tiny.cc/rah9bz
How Porn Performers Fall Victim to Twitter Impersonators | By Lux Alptraum | Medium | Adult entertainment workers count on social media to connect with fans, but the platform’s opaque rules leave them vulnerable to impersonators | “A few weeks ago, a porn performer friend of mine tweeted out a seemingly simple request. Someone had created a Twitter account impersonating her, one that not merely used her name and image, but copied her bio verbatim, creating a page that could easily be mistaken for the real thing at first glance. She wanted her friends and followers to report it.” – https://tinyurl.com/y2rpqsk5
Wire Formation: eerie images of Dhaka’s appetite for electricity | Guardian | Photographer Sounak Das walks the city’s streets at night, which are devoid of the people whose demands for electricity create tangled, sculptural structures – http://tiny.cc/vkh9bz
Main image: Predictive Art Bot by disnovation.org – Installation, 2017 | Recently exhibited at Radical Immersions exhibition at Watermans Arts Centre 2019.