Tate Modern Workshop

Digital Friction With Digital Maker Collective, University of the Arts London

Digital Maker Collective at Mozilla Festival 2016. Photo: Chris Follows CC-BY

Subvert and confront digital friction caused by technology overload, through creativity, experiments, performances, interventions, and conversation

Technology is rapidly transforming the way we live, learn, work and interact, how do we turn digital overload into a positive & creative force?

To help make sense of the digital mayhem join the Digital Maker Collective and guests in exploring related connections across digital projects, concepts and technologies through informal student-led critiques, debate and reflection. Create new work and ideas to take forward together. 

At the centre of the event will be a large participatory Digital Maker Base Camp, a space to develop agile and experimental projects led by members of the Collective. The camp will evolve and respond to themes, public interactions and our invited guest maker activities, interventions, debates and performances.

Featured guest Interactions, workshops and debates:

  • Imagining Technology: Collaborative making towards interactive installation. In 1964 artist Roy Ascott said: ‘The machine, largely self-regulating and highly adaptive, stands between man and his world’. BA Fine Art Painting students from Wimbledon College of Arts will be creating new machines through which to re-collect, distribute and examine works from Tate’s collection, using the educational projects of Roy Ascott as a model. Roy Ascott talked of concepts formed and developed via visual means – reinventing syntax to navigate the inadequacies of verbal and numerate systems.
  • Re-narrating the Collection: Students from Graphic Design and Photography at Camberwell College of Arts are producing alternative gallery guides to the displays at Tate Modern, opening up new readings of the exhibitions by inserting personal and social contexts and associations.
  • ‘Ubernism’ Part 2, Workshop: A Camberwell and Chelsea College of arts collaboration. As urban civic life is increasingly outsourced to the Uber model of point-to-point economies, the project seeks to explore how artists and designers can adopt these infrastructures and take them beyond the limits of consumerism. It will temporarily reimagine TEX as a hub that both visualises these digital infrastructures throughout London and materialises the students’ interventions.
  • Virtual Reality Symposium, Virtual Bodies: Head-set and mind-set in the empathy machine. We will look at the body and identity in Virtual Reality. VR is a technology that challenges our senses and disperses us between here and there. Where are we? Who can we become? How does it make us feel? What are the politics and ethics of the virtual body? We will explore the headset and mindset and the potentials of VR as the empathy machine.
  • The People’s Bureau (PB): A space and network of exchange of skills and needs, delivered by artists. It runs from a shopping cart at Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, working as a People’s University where people come together to share and as a result, create a collective pool of resource and networks that can grow beyond the sessions. PB will be working with the Digital Maker Collective with a particular focus around ‘multiplicity and lines of flight’.

This event is programmed by Digital Maker Collective, a Tate Exchange Associate.

About the Digital Maker Collective

The Digital Maker Collective are a group of artists, designers, staff and students from the University of the Arts London (UAL) who explore emerging digital technologies in arts, education, society and the creative industries.

They are supported by Digital Learning, Teaching & Enhancement at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, UAL.

Tate Modern

Tate Exchange

Blavatnik Building, Level 5

London SE1 9TG
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8 March 2017 at 12.00–18.00

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