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.
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.
(turn sound on 😉 ) taking Hastings’ lost landmarks to India ! Realtime triggering of Apparitions AR (my free app) on an iPad – you are seeing the screen capture made through free software ‘Record it’ app, turn sound on to hear the ensemble of Sufi music playing over the AR triggered soundscape. The sounds I chose when making the app encompass its lifetime (1862-1973) & environmental space in Hastings, East Sussex, UK. In this moment during WWII a Messerschmitt Bf 110 plane flies over, we experience the clocktower and sounds overlaid on the peaceful Sufi music that is actually being played live in the hotel gardens of Taj Faluknama Palace, Hyderabad in India from augmented reality
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‘Apparitions’ a new artwork by Luciana Haill
This is a self-selecting, inspirational, immersive art experience in three scenes. I have designed and made a smart phone app that transcends purely informational use, its presence is anchored by 3 surreal soundtracks, each unravelling & travelling through time – ‘bringing back the bygone‘ from 1864-1973
Apparitions launches during coastal currents and from them on continues with legacy into 2019. Artist Luciana Haill, a resident of St Leonards will reveal the research and importantly show you how you can access the artwork at various local events.
05.09.18 Artist’s research keynote slide presentation with assistants for demonstrations, 6-8pm. You will receive the special ‘trigger’ vintage postcards and free downloads of ‘Apparitions’ for iPhone/ iPad.
Printed Matter Bookshop, 185 Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1RG
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19.09.18 Apparitions, Azur luncheon 12pm-1.30pm
Come along and experience art and augmented reality without knowing how or why, or even owning a smartphone. With assistants you will be shown how to install, explore and then let Apparitions enlighten you with history in technology via interactive art engagements.
The Azur ( downstairs) Marina Pavillion, Marina, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0BU
22.09.18 Bringing back the bygone with surrealism!
Durbar Hall, Hastings museum and Art gallery, 11am-4pm (free)
drop in event to experience Apparitions on our demonstration iPads and smartphones
and to download for yourselves, take away trigger image postcards and make a model of The Albert Memorial with our card / cut-out templates.
Whilst lots of people are basking in the 32C heat on the beach half a mile away, or sitting in their beach hut with picnics and Bar-b-queue food relaxing in deck chairs, Ive stayed in the shade an tried to create beach huts with wood and asphalt textures in SketchUp 3D now I have a license for the full version.
Apparitions – its an artwork thats also an app : bringing back the bygone!
Heres a 600 000 polygon quick look of the accurately measured and scaled St Leonards Pier from approx 1905 era