Digital Utopias: New technology and the arts
New technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with each other, the rest of the world, and influencing approaches to curation, collecting and creating across all art forms, from the visual arts to theatre.
This week saw the Arts Council England produce an event where a range of artists and cultural practitioners come together, including Invisible Dust’s Director Alice Sharp, for Digital Utopias. A one-day conference, at Hull Truck Theatre, developed to inspire and incite debate about how new technologies are enabling creativity across the arts. Curated by Abandon Normal Devices as a trail
blazer event for Hull City of Culture 2017, the event featured panels and debates, celebrating the connections between contemporary digital practice, art and technology histories. With marathon style presentations from a range of artists and practitioners who, amongst other things, examined what is next for digital practice, looking into the challenges of classifying this growing chaotic field.
This one-day event showcased award winning and international artists, including Thomson and Craighead, Matthew Plummer Fernandez, Julie Freeman, MolMol Kuo from YesYesNo and Memo Akten. Interesting discussions explored how organisations are redefining social spaces through networked objects and thinking machines. As well as insightful critiques of current art/tech collaborations.
For more information on the full programme follow the link. Check out the conversations on twitter #artsdigital