Recent blockbuster international shows have shone a light on the field of software art and highlighted some of the most cutting edge examples of technology. Welcome though this exposure has been, in the pursuit of ‘the new’ it has often been overlooked that artists have been working in the field since the 1950s – who were all cutting edge in their time. In fact, the medium is now so well rooted it even boasts a ‘father and son’ business – Brown & Son, Purveyors of digital images since 1968.
Father and son Paul Brown and Daniel Brown work with computers as their primary medium for making art. They have a shared interest in manipulating media to create beautifully evolving artificial life-forms. Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford, West London will be the venue for their first ever joint exhibition – Art That Makes Itself – from 31 March – 31 May 2015.
Works by Brown & Son will fill the main gallery, foyer spaces and screens whilst displays on text boards will reference pioneering artworks by other artists who have in turn inspired them. These will be drawn from almost five decades of experimentation with algorithms, print and digital image making demonstrating that far from being a recent thing that the digital revolution has had a very long history.
The show playfully explores the interrelationships and differences between Paul and Dan’s work as first generation and second generation artistic pioneers in the evolving realms of digital media, across a spectrum of almost sixty years. It conveys the range of styles and diversity of expression of both artists as well as the lineage and context within which their diverse and complementary practices can be viewed from systems to generative art, from art made with software to contemporary design. Who said the digital revolution was new?
The Science Museum’s Lates is a free night for adults [18+] that takes place on the last Wednesday of each month.
This month we’ll be delving into human enhancement in an interactive festival that explores the latest advances in biological technology directly with the scientists developing them.
There will be talks on mind-enhancing drugs and regrowing organs, as well as all the regular highlights.
You Have Been Upgraded – a festival exploring human enhancement
Enter the near future, where an ambitious new mega-company, Unlimited Enhancement Technologies (UNET), is pushing the boundaries of human augmentation. Meet the scientists, artists and designers who work on prosthetics, implants and brain boosting devices. How far would you go to upgrade yourself?
Level Up Human
A light-hearted look at what it means to be human and what the alternatives might be. Join Simon Watt and guests for the live pilot recording of an exciting new podcast series.
Places limited to 120 visitors.
Dreamachine: Hypnagogic Reveries Explored with EEG
Experience a thought provoking state of creative consciousness with Digital artist Luciana Haill’s Dreamachine, augmented with the addition of brainwave (EEG) monitors. The ’Flicker’ lighting stimulation is experienced close up and with your eyes closed.
Step into your future at You Have Been Upgraded, a festival of human enhancement at the Science Museum.
Biotechnology is advancing at incredible speed. Powerful and precise prosthetics, incredible implants, brain boosting devices and superhero-style sensory augmentation gadgets are emerging.
Enter the near future, where an ambitious new mega-company, Unlimited Enhancement Technologies (UNET), has elevated biotechnologists to star status. Created by the Science Museum in collaboration with Unlimited Theatre, You Have Been Upgraded is your opportunity to meet leading scientists, artists and designers. Have your say about where humanity is heading.
What is normal? Who should have access to these advances? How far would you go to upgrade yourself?
Discover the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art in this major new exhibition, featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.
From the 1840s, scientists were using photography as a device to record and measure phenomena which lay beyond human vision. The aesthetic beauty of this early photography and the revolutionary techniques developed for scientific study, shaped the history of photography and heavily influenced modern and contemporary art photographers.
Revelations showcases some of the earliest photographic images from the National Photography Collection by figures such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Eadweard Muybridge alongside striking works by modern and contemporary artists including Harold Edgerton and Hiroshi Sugimoto .
On display for the very first time will be an original photographic print of X-Ray, the earliest recorded images of the moon and 19th century photographs capturing the hidden beauty of electrical discharges.
Visit Revelations: Experiments in Photography to discover the untold history of how early scientific photography exerted a powerful influence on the work of modern and contemporary artists.
LASER is a program of evening gatherings, which bring together eclectic guest speakers working at the intersections of art, science and technology.
The eighth London LASER hosts Anna Dumitriu on ethical considerations of artists working with bioscience, Nicola Triscott on recent work by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, and CUBE London resident artists/scientists Ideographic on possible correlations between spikes in cultural evolution and the alliance of art and science.
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Anna Dumitriu works at the forefront of art and microbiology collaboration, with a strong interest in the ethics of emerging technologies. Her installations, and performances use a range of digital, biological and traditional media including live bacteria. She has a strong international exhibition profile including The Science Gallery (Dublin), The Picasso Museum (Barcelona) and MOCA Taipei, and is Artist in Residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at The University of Oxford. She will discuss her projects “Sequence” investigating whole genome sequencing of bacteria and “Trust Me I’m an Artist” which considers the ethical implications of artists working with bioscience. www.normalflora.co.uk www.artscienceethics.com @AnnaDumitriu
Nicola Triscott is the founder and Director of The Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts commissioning organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that experimentally and critically engage with science. For more than 20 years, The Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 100 artists’ projects and produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with many arts, science and academic organisations internationally. Underpinning The Arts Catalyst’s commissions and exhibitions are its extensive research strand and its programme of critical discussion events, talks and workshops. Nicola will talk about their recent commission by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, which recently premiered at the Schering Space Berlin. Sterile / Sensei Ichi-gō explores the ambiguous identity of animals designed as products. artscatalyst.org @nicolatriscott @TheArtsCatalyst
Ideographic is a residency with the Cube London (a curated, interdisciplinary community). Comprised of six artists and scientists, the ideographic team aims to answer a question: Is there a correlation between spikes in human evolution and cultures with an alliance of art and science? They aim to uncover the relation between interdisciplinary behaviour in social organisms, and periods of change, innovation and growth. Looking at biological, cultural and technological evolutions in historic societies and contemporary ones, they are trying to identify shared principles for periods of social dynamism and progress. They will make a short presentation of the research and art forms of the residency so far, and host a discussion. This will address the impact of this correlation on our lives today, as we live through a turbulent period of social evolution. ideographic-thecube.com
With its unique position as the UK’s innovation foundation, Nesta uses FutureFest to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come.
FutureFest is designed as a multi-format festival which gives visitors ample opportunity to take self-guided journeys. The programme will span discussions, performances, installations and interactive experiences. Attendees will be engaged as active participants, informed and challenged to explore and formulate their own vision of the future.
FutureFest’s host venue is Vinopolis under the Victorian railway arches of London Bridge and adjacent to Borough Market. The festival experience begins at the entrance on Stoney Street (post code SE1 9AA), a seven minute walk from London Bridge Station.
Convergence returns with a new programme of visual art and music pioneers, that deploy technology in diverse and innovative ways.
In 2015, these artists include Pantha du Prince, Kiasmos, Gary Numan, Tricky, George Clinton, Matthew Herbert, Portico, Clark, Zomby, Darkstar, Vessels, Andy Stott, Untold (live), Mouse on Mars, Shackleton, Paula Temple, Rival Consoles (live), K15, Snow Ghosts, Batida, Skip&Die,
Convergence 2015 brings together media, promoters and technologists including Guardian Live, NTS, Noise of Art and Last.fm. This year Convergence is proud to programme at FutureFest. Divided into 7 areas of futuristic thought, Convergence will present two artist talks for “The Future of Music”. Matthew Herbert and George Clinton will discuss their work, their relationship to technology and some of their most outlandish concepts and triumphs on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, respectively.
Convergence is also proud to announce the launch of Convergence Sessions – a series of discussions and workshops taking place at Kachette in Old Street. In partnership with Mixcloud, onedotzero, Sound and Music, Tech City UK and more, the daytime sessions will explore two main themes: Future of music industry and audio production and Innovation in multimedia, digital art, and live music visuals.
Convergence live shows will take place at leading venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church.
Check out the Friday, March 20th schedule with onedotzero – features Marshmallow Laser Feast!
14.00 – 14.45 – Marshmallow Laser Feast
A unique opportunity to hear from the creative studio behind some of the most intriguing immersive experiences of the recent past. Whether they’re using robotics, virtual reality, or real time mapping, these artists and creative technologists create highly emotional and human-driven experiences. Marshmallow Laser Feast’s Robin McNicholas and Barney Steel will take to the stage to present a behind-the-scenes look at previous projects, and to discuss ‘Laser Face’, their new sugar fuelled laser installation which will debut at Convergence.
‘Laser Face’ tracks your facial expression as you chew whilst a contact mic listens to the marshmallow mastication. The tracked facial expressions are then combined with generative audio to create a reactive personalised laser show like no other.
The Wearable Technology Show will provide the world’s largest expo and conference for wearable technology in 2015.
Over 3,500 delegates will pack into London’s ExCel conference centre to hear from some of the top names in wearables, augmented reality and IOT.
Co-located with The Wearable Technology Show will be The Augmented Reality Show, Europe’s largest independent event for AR, VR and development tools. Delegates will have a a unique opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts, view the latest product demonstrations and network with the industry.
The Wearable Technology Show boasts 9 different conference tracks:
Innovation & IOT Main Stage
Performance Sports & Fitness
Product, Payments & Retail
Smart Textiles & Fashion
Start Up Theatre
Enterprise & M2M
With over 200 speakers, the conference programme will deliver the most comprehensive and in-depth information than any other wearables event.
In our expo hall, visitors will be able to see some of the latest and most innovative products in our Crunchwear Zone, as well as viewing wearable technologies and smart gadgets from some of the biggest names in technology.
Nestled into the corner of the library façade are more than 23,000 blue Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). To the casual observer, a shimmering cascade of light appears to flow down the wall but it becomes quickly evident that what one sees are actually words flowing through each other at different rates. By tracking one line of text, the observer will discover that they are looking at research being carried out within the library, bringing what is going on inside the library outside.
This is installed in the atrium of the Wellcome Trust headquarters in London and public tours are available on the last Friday of each month at 2pm.