ARTISTS

THEMES

TEMPORAL

INTERFACING / PLAY

AUTOMATA

DIGITAL ECOLOGIES

SPECULATION

EMBODIMENT

PERFORMANCE

SONIC

PHANTOMS

SIGNS AND SIGNALS

DISRUPTING FORMS

WITNESSING / INTERVENING

CURATORS CAROLINE SINGH BELMAR & SARANYA KUNDASAMY

The rearranging of reality comes as no surprise. Every day glitches, in memory, emotions, stocks, politics, identity and power, permeate the experiences we take for granted. The future has become polarised. An oasis of possibilities diverges from a self-inflicted, perennial wasteland. Tribes, parties and institutions fight in the never-ending capitalist war for your attention, affection and awareness (or lack thereof).

As these half-waking premonitions haunt our present day, it feels vital to populate the technological sphere with diversity and constructive dissonance, through taking ownership of the processes and systems in place. To build and re-imagine platforms held together by multilateralism, a system of connections that is bigger than the sum of its parts, and speaks to the widest range of future dimensions.

‘Echosystems’ reflects this fragile, glitchy reality/utopia. Through the integration and assimilation of juxtaposing ecosystems, based on sprawling concepts such as time, affect, ecology, embodiment, transmission and witnessing, the exhibition binds these together, creating a highly intricate, enriching network, and galvanizing a symbiotic yet splintered understanding.

The virtual opposite of the infamous echo-chambers, ‘Echosystems’ represents both a duality and dichotomy, carrying polyglot echoes beyond established networks while acting as a ghostly portal to a plural future, informing rather than subverting, coalescing instead of categorizing.

If systems thinking is a hallmark of computer science, these artists fold a myriad of inputs and experiences into their own artistic processes and methods, merging the occult with the scientific, the speculative with the ecological, and the embodied with the coded.

Through the creation and re-definition of human and computer agency, and through the construction of original interactive phenomena, symbioses are born and nurtured, hoping to be extrapolated and implemented with the same reckless disciplinary abandon, pioneering new perspectives and re-coding the glitches.

OPENING HOURS

  • THURSDAY 6 SEPTEMBER

    open 6pm-9pm

  • FRIDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

    open 10am-9pm

  • SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

    open 10am-9pm

  • SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

    open 10am-5pm

EVENTS

  • THURSDAY

    OPENING NIGHT

    7:15—7:30 Performance by Laurie Carter

    7:30—7:45 Performance by Benjamin Sammon

    7:45—8:00 Performance by Annie Tådne

    8:00—8:15 Performance by Chris Speed

    8:15-8:45 BREAK

    8:45-9:00 Performance by Friendred

  • FRIDAY

    AFTERNOON

    3:00—3:15 Performance by Laurie Carter

    3:15—3:30 Performance by Benjamin Sammon

    3:30—3:45 Performance by Annie Tådne

    3:45—4:00 Performance by Chris Speed

    4:00-4:30 BREAK

    4:30—4:45 Performance by Friendred

    EVENING

    7:00—7:15 Performance by Laurie Carter

    7:15—7:30 Performance by Benjamin Sammon

    7:30—7:45 Performance by Annie Tådne

    7:45—8:00 Performance by Chris Speed

    8:00-8:30 BREAK

    8:30-8:45 Performance by Friendred

  • SATURDAY

    AFTERNOON

    2:15—2:30 Performance by Laurie Carter

    2:30—2:45 Performance by Benjamin Sammon

    2:45—3:00 Performance by Annie Tådne

    3:00—3:15 Performance by Chris Speed

    3:15—3:45 BREAK

    3:45—4:00 Performance by Friendred

    4:15-4:45 THEMED EXHIBTION TOUR: SPECULATIVE APPROACHES TO THE NON-HUMAN

    This tour will take you through the work of artists in the show who are using speculative methods to engage with non-human agency, whether that be of AI, algorithms or plants.

    At the dawn of a new era in Artificial Intelligence discovery, some of these artists engage with the possibility of robotic and computational agency, relying in part on Affect Theory. Others engage with questions of environmental crises which are becoming ever more pressing, they revisit and reshape the notions of ecosystems, natural phenomena, and the role of the human in reconfigured ecologies.

    Inspired by Donna Harraway’s method of imagining alternatives, feminist technoscience, and other theorists calling for a return to speculative philosophy and utopianism, they dive into the otherness of envisioned universes, and what these acts of creation mean for, and do to, our very own world.

    5:00—6:00 Panel Conversation with artist collective FLUX

    Room G05 of the St James Hatcham building.

    We are very excited to invite you to a conversation between the FLUX artists’ collective and a selection of artists from this years MA/MFA Computational Arts cohort. Focusing on the media used and current themes emerging in Computational Arts Practice at Goldsmiths; the event will open up the genre to the public, giving a unique insight into the world of Computational Arts. Beginning with a short introduction about FLUX by founders Aphra Shemza and Oliver Gingrich the event will lead into a panel discussion between FLUX and the students focusing on their work and practice.

    Student Speakers:

    Eevi Rutanen

    Luke Demarest

    Laura Dekker

    Rebecca Aston

    6:15-6:45 THEMED EXHIBTION TOUR: MATERIALS AND MECHANICS

    Turning one ubiquitous slogan of our time, ‘everything is data’, on its head, one can state: data is, data can be, everything. Numbers arranged in one way form an image. Those same numbers, rearranged, can be music. A flickering light stream plays a tune; points in space write a poem; minimal automata rules command abstract chatterings of starlings or virtual shoals of fish.

    Join us on this tour where you can learn about the processes of artists in the show: demystify code, ask about algorithms, think about data and get geeky!

    EVENING

    7:00—7:15 Performance by Laurie Carter

    7:15—7:30 Performance by Benjamin Sammon

    7:30—7:45 Performance by Annie Tådne

    7:45—8:00 Performance by Chris Speed

    8:00-8:30 BREAK

    8:30-8:45 Performance by Friendred

  • SUNDAY

    2:00-2:30 THEMED EXHIBTION TOUR: INTERFACING AND PLAY

    Firmly resolved to unhang art from its traditional museum walls, and break the glass of classical artistic distance, these artists explore new modes of engagement, play, and active experimentation from their audiences, at the intersection between technology, creation and games.

    Join us for a kid friendly tour through the exhibition which explores the role of play and interaction in computational art practices.

    AFTERNOON

    3:00—3:15 Performance by Laurie Carter

    3:15—3:30 Performance by Benjamin Sammon

    3:30—3:45 Performance by Annie Tådne

    3:45—4:00 Performance by Chris Speed

    4:00-4:30 BREAK

    4:30—4:45 Performance by Friendred

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TEMPORAL
chronosystems
For these artists, time is the core of their practice. Be it through an engagement with History, the archive, data flows, narratives, or the process of making itself, it is time, the folding and unfolding of threads, transformation and becoming, that occupies the forefront of their preoccupations.
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INTERFACING AND PLAY
intersystems
Firmly resolved to unhang art from its traditional museum walls, and break the glass of classical artistic distance, these artists explore new modes of engagement, play, and active experimentation from their audiences, at the intersection between technology, creation and games.
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AUTOMATA
emosystems
Can machines feel? Do algorithms care? And what are the consequences for art forms existing in the spaces of interaction between themselves and with humans? At the dawn of a new era in Artificial Intelligence discovery, these artists engage with the possibility of robotic and computational agency, relying in part on Affect Theory.
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DIGITAL ECOLOGIES
ecosystems
As questions of environmental crises become ever more pressing, these artists revisit and reshape the notions of ecosystems, natural phenomena, and the role of the human in reconfigured ecologies.
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SPECULATION
altersystems
Inspired by Donna Harraway’s method of imagining alternatives, feminist technoscience, and other theorists calling for a return to speculative philosophy and utopianism, these artists dive into the otherness of envisioned universes, and what these acts of creation mean for, and do to, our very own world.
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EMBODIMENT
physiosystems
“For no one has thus far determined the power of the body…”, wrote Spinoza (Ethics, III, Proposition II, Scholium). More than 350 years later, artists, in chorus with scientists, agree, and continue to research the body in its sensorial, biological and expressive dimensions.
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PERFORMANCE
perfosystems
Computational arts have a profound impact on the art of performance, leaving no practice untouched. These artists evolve in this shifting, live medium and will present their work as a series of performances throughout the duration of the exhibition.
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SONIC
sonosystems
The experimentation with sound and the audible cannot be reduced to concerts or even recordings. The advances of computation and DIY fabrication opened up new and unforeseen alleyways of exploration into sound as a medium, almost as matter, for installation and immersion. These artists work with the sonic as such, be it in the form of recordings, soundscapes, or artistic studies into waveform phenomena.
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PHANTOMS
hauntosystems
Spooky non-beings and surreptitious presences (from creepy algorithms to fakes of all hues) haunt the digital age. Decades after Derrida’s hauntology, Baudrillard’s simulacra and Debord’s spectacle (and as even older shadows re-emerge from the Ancient past or Gothic Romanticism), artists, philosophers and critics are still grappling with the ungraspable and the uncanny. Beware phantom limbs and watch your echoes when hovering through the exhibition space!
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SIGNS AND SIGNALS
semiosystems
Turning one ubiquitous slogan of our time, ‘everything is data’, on its head, one can state: data is, data can be, everything. Numbers arranged in one way form an image. Those same numbers, rearranged, can be music. A flickering light stream plays a tune; points in space write a poem; minimal automata rules command abstract chatterings of starlings or virtual shoals of fish. These artists engage with phenomena of emergence, but also, conversely, track signs and meaning appearing in the most diverse of contexts, what in the medium makes a language, the transmutation of one thing into another, and irruption of the whole as an excess over the sum of its parts.
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DISRUPTING FORMS
ideosystems
Abstraction is alive and well. For these artists, aesthetic concerns are a fundamental part of their practice. Be it through formal or conceptual approaches, an obsession with beauty or novelty, a slant toward systemic change or renewed perceptions, they engage with the tradition and seek to disrupt established forms, realign the tenets of convention, and find new definitions of their art.
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WITNESSING AND INTERVENING
cosmosystems
For some, like Marx, the point is to change the world. For others, like Rilke, you must change your life. For others yet, like Elie Wiesel, we must bear witness. Be it in the form of direct intervention, patient recollection or careful observation, the works of these artists exist in a close, often intense, at times witty, ironic or even conflictual relationship with the external world – both being influenced and shaped by the other.