Chair Person: Helen Sloan
Presenters: Vicky Isley, Paul Smith, Susan Collins, David Cotterrell, Sigune Hamann & Susan Sloan
The panel seeks to investigate and revisit the political role that art can play in subverting standardised visual form and language. Data manipulation and visualisation contributes to a large part of contemporary digital arts practice. A tendency to separate out framework/platform and content has meant that analysis of the material of visual forms that arise from artistic processes can be overlooked. This panel examines diverse approaches to the manipulation and visualisation of data appropriated by visual artists. While the works presented by the panellists are not overtly political, there is a strong presence of challenge to the visual tropes used by those engaged in production in an industry context such as film, gaming, journalism and marketing. The panel seeks to investigate and revisit the political role that art can play in subverting standardised visual form and language. Panellists will be drawn from artists in the concurrent Broken Stillness exhibition at ISEA, who are interrogating the relationship between historically embedded forms of image making, especially painting and photography, with those digital practices that are still in development or relatively unexplored such as computer animation, motion capture/tracking, modelling software and high definition. The work presented and the panelists will explore the new forms that are emerging from an in depth exploration of digital tools combined with an understanding of more established forms of imagemaking in the visual arts. Beyond the concentration of the digital on speed, collectivism and bandwidth in much digital work, the panel will call for a subtle approach to making work.
- Helen Sloan has been Director of SCAN, Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Agency since its launch in 2003. SCAN is a networked organization and creative development agency working on arts projects and strategic initiatives in arts organisations, academic institutions and further aspects of the public realm. Helen’s career spans over twenty years during which she has curated, commissioned and convened over 200 exhibitions, new works, and events. She has written and researched a number of key strands in digital arts including wearable technologies, the intersection between art and science, and arts policy. She has directed festivals such as Across Two Cultures in Newcastle 1996 (an early event on the overlapping practice of creative thinking in arts and science), Metapod, Birmingham 2001 – 2, and Public Domain, Bournemouth 2010. Current areas of interest digital arts and place; high-speed networks and online resources/spaces; models of practice and the creative economy; and data visualization. scansite.org
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