April events news: The art of technology
“Technology and art have enjoyed a tempestuous relationship over the years. Fine art purists have demonstrated a wary scepticism towards the use and abuse of new technologies, and tech-heads have been staunchly resistant to art’s whimsical influence. But as the pressing issues of privacy and identity, addiction and dependency, and lives increasingly enmeshed in technology begin to create compelling subject matter for artists and technologists alike, art and tech are enjoying a second honeymoon.” – Rachel Falconer, ‘Rebooting the relationship between art and tech’; The Guardian
This month in the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor there are a number of great events exploring this delicate relationship, challenging us to explore predicted futures of Blockchain, our homes, our digital personalities and our societies, through immersive, creative tech-lead experiences, as well as talks around technology’s role in the creative sector in our region. We’ve included a selection of highlights below:
University of East Anglia + Norfolk Museums: Creative Now
“A new public lecture series showcasing UEA’s commitment to research and innovation in the creative sector. Leading academic researchers from UEA will be joined by industry creatives for four exciting panel discussions exploring the key challenges facing the future of the creative sector in East Anglia.”
30 April 2019 | 6.30-8pm | Norwich Castle (Town Close Auditorium) | RSVP
How can we achieve a more diverse and equal workforce to fuel new creative projects, collaborations and innovations?
- Marie-Claire Isaaman| Women in Games
- Nahrein Kemp| Film London
- Sharmaine Lovegrove | Dialogue Books
- Professor Sarah Barrow| Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities, UEA
14 May 2019 | 6.30-8pm | Norwich Castle (Town Close Auditorium) | RSVP
How can creatives in a digital age address new challenges around authorship and content creation that disrupt long-standing trends within creative industries?
- Richard Dinnick | Novelist, Screenwriter
- Crispin Hunt | Longpigs, The Ivors Academy
- Fiona Ryder | TCD Media, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
- Dr Sabine Jacques | Law, UEA
- Professor John Street | Politics, UEA
28 May 2019 | 6.30-8pm | Norwich Castle (Town Close Auditorium) | RSVP
Technology has made significant changes to creative practices, but does new tech help or hinder creativity? Has technology democratised access and communication / storytelling?
- Lorna Burrows | Immersive Studios
- Jacob Sam-La Rose | Poet & Educator
- Professor Richard Hand | Radio and Theatre Producer, Film, TV and Media, UEA
- Dr Claire Hynes | Author, Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, UEA
11 June 2019 | 6.30-8pm | Norwich Castle (Town Close Auditorium) | RSVP
Festivals contribute to local place-making strategies and economic success, but are they also an engine for creative growth and talent?
Collusion 2019 // An exploration of emerging technology through extraordinary art
From the 12th to 22nd of April 2019, visitors to the area outside Cambridge Junction will find a series of specially built pavilions designed by architect Charles Holland. Inside these structures, they’ll encounter six interactive and immersive artworks that explore our relationship with emerging technology.
Pieces include 2030, a party set in a 2030 home hosted by a virtual assistant; Datacosm, a multi-narrative film driven by live music and artificial intelligence; Doomsday Blockchain, a memorial to the 21st century that broadcasts hidden messages excavated from the Bitcoin blockchain; TEO, an interactive AI-driven artwork exploring the digital potential to design personalised avatars; Above the Surface, a look at our relationship with material consumption through the lens of augmented reality; and immersive film My fingers distended as honey dripped from your lips and we danced in a circular motion, a dance recorded and performed in 360° video that reorients and disorients viewers in relationship to others’ bodies and their own.
The artworks explore the impact on society of such technologies as artificial intelligence, data culture, and augmented reality. They incorporate live theatre, music, dance, sculpture, film, and animation as well as making use of a variety of the emerging technologies they seek to interrogate.
The show is open daily from 11am to 7pm, and on Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
One for the Next Generation: Box Bots
How can a flat piece of card become a robot? Learn how to form 3D shapes from different 2D nets and make your own creative character to take home with you. Excellent for practicing measuring and cutting skills.
From Wednesday 10th April 2019 10:30 to 12:30
| Tickets £10
Talking Statues, Norwich
From Friday 10th May 2019 to Sunday 26th May 2019
If statues could talk, what stories would they tell?
Ten of Norwich’s historic statues have been given the gift of the gab! Stephen Fry and Olivia Colman are amongst the writers and actors bringing the city’s statues to life. Together, they tell Norwich’s story.
Pass a Talking Statue, swipe your smartphone on a nearby plaque and hey presto, get a call back from Lord Nelson, The City Hall Lions or Julian of Norwich. Check the website to find out where to get started.
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