HASTINGS & ST. LEONARDS SOCIETY 10.06.19

Hello everyone – The HASTINGS & ST. LEONARDS SOCIETY have rescheduled the event in the piano room ( left at reception) of The White Rock Hotel, 10th June 2019, free to attend, membership available also, 

Website: www.hastingsandstleonardssociety.org.uk
Secretary’s e-mail: hstlsoc@gmail.com

e-bulletin (21st May 2019)

Open Meeting, Monday 10th June, 6pm start, at White Rock Hotel.

Agenda

1. Main Topic: John Bownas (H & St. L Society committee member and Town Centre Business Improvement District Manager) reports on the activities of BID and outlines the strategy for the Town Centre’s future. Followed by questions and discussion

2. Chris Lewcock: update on the St. Leonard’s Church (area) and West Marina former bathing pool site situations.

3. Luciana Haill: Presentation on the ‘Apparitions’ art project.
Apparitions is a new augmented reality app and art project that reveals the ghosts of historic lost landmarks – for example, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower and St. Leonards Pier – evoking a “nostalgia for lost futures”. Artist Luciana Haill will demonstrate how AR and digital new media art have the ability to preserve the architecture and social memory beyond a site’s physical demise. In this time of change in a seaside town that rates high on historical assets but economically low, she reinterprets local lost heritage from books and museums into experiences on smartphones to reach a wide audience.

All welcome but please advise of your attendance in advance so that we have idea of number attending.

Drinks purchased at the bar may be brought into the meeting.

H & St. L Society committee – Promoting Our Heritage and Civic Pride

I will be one of the invited speakers for the next AGM Open Meeting of the historical Hastings and St Leonards Society http://hastingsandstleonardssociety.org.uk/event/society-open-meeting-4/

“Apparitions” – New augmented reality artwork reveals iconic lost Hastings landmarks

Apparitions is a new augmented reality app and art project that reveals the ghosts of historic lost landmarks in Hastings ( The Memorial clocktower), St Leonards (the pier) and Bexhill ( beach huts ) evoking a “nostalgia for lost futures”
Artist Luciana Haill will demonstrates how AR and digital new media art have the ability to preserve architecture and social memory beyond a site’s physical demise. In this time of rapid changes in a seaside town that rates high on historical assets, she reinterprets local lost heritage from books, museums into experiences shared on smartphones to reach a wide audience.

Augmented reality Artworks exploring gentrification in Hastings & the relationship of history, new technologies, memory & dreams, triggered by vintage postcards.
Download the free app
https://apple.co/2wZohgP

www.apparitions.site

Bio : Luciana is a researcher, artist & visiting lecturer for Brighton University Digital Media Arts MA and an honorary fellow in the Department of Psychology for Greenwich University. Working in a variety of contexts involving visualisations and interactive environments engaging in feedback loops using digital technologies. Her work explores consciousness and the results are expressed through digital media, performance, sound & drawing. Crossing boundaries between new technology, creativity and research – with dreams, the brain and the unconscious being recurring inspirations.

Hyper-real time travel video (sound on)

Hyper glitch Hastings Memorial at The Ashton Memorial

Glitches and Ghosts abstract

I am an artist fascinated by the relationship of history, new technologies, memory & dreams. In 2018 following a visit to the WWI concrete ‘Sound Mirrors’ in Denge Kent, I was inspired to combine my enquiry into emerging virtual digital techniques with lost Heritage, revealing other versions from postcards and the palimpsests. Elevating vintage postcards into digitally enabled missives that embed the past into the future is both described by Mark Fisher’s as ‘hauntological’ and influenced by Baudrillard – concerning simulation and the simulacrum.

Funded by a ‘Grantium’ from The Arts Council of England focussing on my hometown of Hastings & St Leonards I designed and produced an ‘augmented reality’ (AR) application that triggers hauntological ephemeral artworks of bygone public structures – St Leonards Pier (destroyed in WWII) & the Albert Memorial (lost to fire in 1973) as 3D models viewable triggered from special vintage postcards using smartphones. Called ‘Apparitions’, there are three experiences allowing travelling through time, creating a nostalgia for a future we cannot experience and each is accompanied by a soundscape encapsulating its lifetime. 

Until the 1960s the act of looking back, or nostalgic reminiscing was seen by the medical profession as a pathological aspect of ageing (causing or exacerbating depression & disengagement from everyday life). Until a paper by Psychiatrist Robert Butler challenged these views, coining the term ‘ageism.’ The platform of ‘AR’ enables me to exploit this and deliver an expandable series of artworks in a significant exploration of the impact of cutting edge ‘augmented reality’ technologies on memory & nostalgia.

As contemporary steganographic articles they offer several levels of engagement : uncanny bygone landscapes both real and imagined, self-selecting experiences and also include factual historical presences anchored in surreal soundtracks for each one .They are visual, sonic and metaphysical simulacra preserving social memory and lost heritage during rapid gentrification. 

I will present a twenty minute interactive Keynote at this conference in Lancaster University ( free to attend, registration essential ) on 17.04.19

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Anti-Ageism : engaging in new media art

Recently I discovered that the act of looking back, reviewing a life, or reminiscing was seen by the medical profession as a pathological aspect of ageing, causing or exacerbating depression and disengagement from everyday life. This was right up until the early 1960s when a paper by Robert Butler, a research psychiatrist at the American National Institute of Mental Health, challenged prevailing views, he in fact coined the term ‘ageism’.

Similarly Apparitions art considers & explores the qualia new media art’s role has in augmenting heritage digitally, creating a hauntology, invoking a hyperreal nostalgia and prodding the Hypokeimenon in Heritage (in metaphysics which literally means the “underlying thing”). To search for the hypokeimenon is to search for that substance which persists in a thing going through change, its basic essence.

 
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Glitches & Ghosts, Lancaster April 17th

Just heard my proposal has been accepted for this really interesting interdisciplinary conference ‘Glitches and Ghosts‘ taking place at Lancaster University on 17th April 2019.
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Glitches are moments of disruption; they represent the exposure of technical process, moving away from the binaries of input and output to consider what comes in-between. The growing ubiquity of interconnected systems prompts a desire to understand such intangible networks around the user, an attempt to try and engage with these digital phenomena as alternate forms of ‘presence’ that cannot help but recourse to anthropocentric terms – virus, cloud, render ghost. The frequent ethereality of such language attempts to visualise, embody, and comprehend the profusion of technical systems that we share the atmosphere with, their very terming gesturing to their spectral protrusion into, ostensibly, ‘our’ reality. The eruption of pixels, voxels, and glitches haunts our peripheral vision, a deceptive representation of a far more intangible sphere.

‘Glitches and Ghosts’ seeks to diagnose and analyse contemporary cultural fascinations with the emergence of these digital artefacts, and how their spectral presence has come to define our current technological moment. This symposium aims to bring together researchers who are enticed by the prospect of re-conceptualising definitions of digital-based ontologies as a paradigm to engage with an era of technophobic anxieties and technophilic domination.

We are delighted to announce Dr. Will Slocombe as our keynote. Will’s research ranges between various aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century literature, focusing primarily on Science Fiction (particularly representations of Artificial Intelligence), Postmodernism, and metafictions of experimental literature. His upcoming book Emergent Patterns: Artificial Intelligence and the Structural Imagination is due out in 2019.

 

Abstract :
This is a self-selecting, inspirational, immersive art experience in three scenes involving my smart phone app that transcends a purely informational use, its presence is anchored to 3 surreal soundtracks, each travelling through time creating a nostalgia for a lost future. It is a significant exploration of the impact of cutting edge ‘augmented reality’ technologies on memory & experience. Influenced by local Victorian & Edwardian heritage the work raises ‘ghost’ buildings up from what artist Brion Gysin called the ‘derelict dead’.
Focussing on my hometown of Hastings & St Leonards I have recreated locations such as St Leonards Pier (destroyed in WWII) & the Albert Memorial (lost to fire in 1973) as virtual 3D models viewable using smartphones. All these places no longer exist.
‘Apparitions’ is a series of 3 digital artworks experienced through the app when viewing postcards with the camera in a smartphone that act as triggers. It uses augmented reality ‘AR’ and I designed and released for free in 2018. In Apparitions these augmented reality landmarks are like ghosts which Smartphones can allow us to see. The effect of AR brings to mind a form of modern-day conjuring or seancing of ghosts or phantasms  or alternatively a form of assisted imaginative time travel that enables you to peer through a portal and down the corridors of history.
In this sense Apparitions explores some similar and overlapping territory with Mark Fisher’s hauntological theories in its creation of spectral imagery and sound in relation to lost landmarks and futures. Accompanying which the use of the words ghosts and apparitions in the project is not dissimilar to the use of ghosts or spectres within some hauntological related work in the way that it infers a sense of the spectral after-images or echoes of items from previous eras.
#glitchesandghosts #glitchconference @GlitchGhosts

 

Suggested topics include:

• Digital art – glitch aesthetics, pixels, voxels, drone shadows, distortion etc.
• Détournement and system subversion – e.g. hacker ‘heroes’ and neoliberal dissent.
• Technophobia – network alienation and technological anxieties.
Glitch and/or ghosts in music – synthwave, sampling, remixes, etc.
• Cloud spectrality, unseen network presences and how we visualise them.
• Ghosts in the machine, electronic voice phenomenon, white noise etc.
• Render ghosts, digital advertising and the disruption of imagined ontologies.
• Doppelgangers, sample image databases and the ‘ownership’ of personal data.
• Unshackled virtual consciousness, e.g. A.I. and the breaking of constraints.
Disruption of the virtual – glitches, bugs, cheats and other subversions.
• Digital spectres – eternal or lingering existence within the network.
• Viral anxieties and data transmission; conceptualisations of network ‘presence’.
• Secular digitalities, virtual ‘gods’ or spirits and ontological transcendence.
• Permanence and/or ephemerality of data, system collapse and user anxiety.
• Creative practice and the deployment of glitches and/or ghosts within media.
• Remixed ontologies, disruption of identity boundaries and bricolage forms.
• Omnipresent networks, ‘invasive’ devices (i.e. Alexa) and disconnection.
• Machine learning and emergent behaviour from algorithmic structures.

http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/glitchesandghosts/

order of sorcery

The “order of sorcery” in ( no its not ) – a regime of semantic algebra where all human meaning is conjured artificially to appear as a reference to the (increasingly) hermetic truth.. the weather vein & Prince Albert from the Clocktower Memorial remain, dislocated

Hyppereal: Unity, SketchUp3D & a poodle

Hyperreality is the inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality, especially in technologically advanced societies. This video experiment expresses Baudrillard’s description here : “There is not only an implosion of the message in the medium, there is, in the same movement, the implosion of the medium itself in the real, the implosion of the medium and of the real in a sort of hyperreal nebula, in which even the definition and distinct action of the medium can no longer be determined”.
The persistence of a poodle in mixed reality still life, as an Apparition we made in ‘Unity3d’ materialises digitally : the Victorian clocktower of Hastings is conjured in strobe light and manifested shuddering like a phantom as my dog gazed through the whole experiment!

exploring mixed reality, hauntology & sonic anchors

I first used glass cloches for display in my work ‘SleepCycles‘ in Technology is Not Neutral in Brighton, 2016. Burning candles atop each dome for set numbers of hours expressed each one as a different stage of sleep. So the wax-dripped dome shown here is a particularly narrow and tall model that suits containment of the clocktower, if such a public landmark could be put into a protective bubble. Today I explored how to trigger the AR from outside the glass, with different strong natural lighting effects and with sound from the app and the immediate environment.