Howie Lee in conversation with Antonio Roberts

If you don’t believe in concepts like creativity and originality, are claims to authorship and copyright still relevant? The copying and counterfeiting culture is one of the most well known clichés about China; copyright laws have been in force there since 1990. But in fact, the copyright-based creative industry has become a major economic factor and the trade in creative goods is growing exponentially in China. On the day after his concert, the DJ, music producer and video artist Howie Lee talks with artist, curator and algoraver Antonio Roberts about creative practice, authorship in the age of digital technology and the “Chinese Dream.”

We Are Your Friends, 11th – 27th November

Happy to announce that my second solo exhibition, We Are Your Friends, will be taking place from 11th – 27th November at the Czurles Nelson Gallery at Buffalo State University, NY.

There’s a reception on 14th November 17:00 – 19:00 and I’ll be present in Buffalo from 11th – 17th. Come say hi! Many thanks to Brent Patterson for making this happen 🙂

Friday Late: Copy / Paste

Human culture is built on a history of replication. We copy to learn, to assimilate, to preserve and to magnify. How is this behaviour being transformed by advances in technology and what is the value of the authentic or the original today? This Friday Late, watch dance pieces to examine how human error impacts repetition and examine the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage. From architecture to online identities, explore duplication in the digital age.

V&A Friday Late: Copy / Paste – 29th March

On Friday 29th March 18:30 – 22:00 I’ll be showing two new videos at Copy / Paste at V&A.

Gif by Erin Aniker

Human culture is built on a history of replication. We copy to learn, to assimilate, to preserve and to magnify. How is this behaviour being transformed by advances in technology and what is the value of the authentic or the original today? This Friday Late, watch dance pieces to examine how human error impacts repetition and examine the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage. From architecture to online identities, explore duplication in the digital age.

I’ll be showing two videos titled Visually Similar:

Visually Similar is a video work that examines how images and videos posted online can be used to preserve history, but can also be remixed to create new narratives. In sharing our work online we make a permanent record of a point in time, which can then be used out of context.

I’ll be there IRL too if y’all have questions. Check out the rest of the awesome programme too!

Libre Graphics Meeting – No Copyright Infringement Intended

In 2017 Antonio curated the No Copyright Infringement Intended exhibition. The exhibition, which took place at two UK galleries across 2017, featured work by 10 artists and explored how popular culture and creative processes conflict with outdated copyright laws.

In this presentation he will discuss the impact that the exhibition had on the artistic community and give reflections about using copyright as a core theme in the production of art work.

Granular Colloquium

Utilising a range of formats from audio-visual performance to talks, this event is an experiential investigation of noise as a granular entity. State changes are a central theme. Processes of disintegration and/or reintegration of material elements at a granular level are explored, both as the mode of transference between states (whether physical or digital) and the means by which a thing starts or ceases to be.

The colloquium will take place from 10 am – 5pm at The University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Building and is held in association with the exhibition Granular: The Material Properties of Noise. The event will be followed by a private viewing of the exhibition.

Chaired by Dr. Stephen Kennedy, University of Greenwich, Department of Creative Professions and Digital Arts
(author: Chaos Media: A Sonic Economy of Digital Space – Bloomsbury 2015)
Keynote: Greg Hainge , University of Queensland, Associate Professor, School of Languages and Cultures
(author: Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise – Bloomsbury 2013)
Contributors include Russell Duke, Jane Grant, Antonio Roberts, Dr David Ryan, Charles Danby and Rob Smith.

Tickets cost £10 (£5 for students) and are available via this link to our Eventbrite page. Tickets include free access to the performance of “Recitativo” on Friday 26th January.

Curating the Machine

Since May 2017, alongside everything else, I been undertaking a fellowship with Near Now in Nottingham. The Fellowship, now in its third iteration, is for anyone interested in developing a project that uses technology in a creative way.

For my fellowship I have been conducting research into the relationship been copyright, curating and automation. There are no concrete outputs yet but do take a look at the blog, Curating the Machine, which collates all of my research to date.

If any of this sparks an interest or it you want to know more please do get in touch! I’ll also be at Transmediale on a research trip (thx Near Now) at the end of January if you want to meet IRL 😺

Granular: The Material Properties of Noise, 16th January – 3rd February

From 16th January – 3rd February my 2016 piece Transformative Use will be on show at University of Greenwich as part of Granular: The Material Properties of Noise.

Granular noise is explored as a condition of material transfer in this exhibition. A central concern across the works on display is the material state change that occurs within the processes of mediation. Here, disintegration and/or reintegration of elements at a granular level is encountered as a mode of transference between states, whether physical or digital, and as a phase at which a thing starts or ceases to be.

Exhibiting artists include: Jim Hobbs, Benjamin McDonnell, Antonio Roberts, David Ryan, Audrey Samson and Rob Smith.

The exhibition features my work Transformative Use, which was originally commissioned by Hannah Pierce for the Common Property exhibition in 2016. It’s the first time it’s been exhibited since then. If you want to see some work-in-progress installation shots check out my all new arty Instagram account.

Alongside the exhibition is the Granular Colloquium, taking place on 27th January:

Utilising a range of formats from audio-visual performance to talks, this event is an experiential investigation of noise as a granular entity. State changes are a central theme. Processes of disintegration and/or reintegration of material elements at a granular level are explored, both as the mode of transference between states (whether physical or digital) and the means by which a thing starts or ceases to be.

I’ll be at that, talking a bit about glitch and its relation to copyright, as well as regular ol’ copyright. Tickets are £10.

If you didn’t get the chance to see Transformative Use in 2016 now is a great time to see a new and updated configuration of it.

CopyCamp 2017 video

The video of my presentation, No Copyright Infringement Intended, from CopyCamp has now been uploaded.

The presentation is largely about the No Copyright Infringement Intended exhibition along with some thoughts about how we can help artists better understand the complex area of copyright.

Photo by Rafał Nowak

Photo by Rafał Nowak

It of course featured sharks 😉 I posted a more detailed writeup of my experience for my Near Now fellowship blog, Curating the Machine.

CopyCamp

The primary goal of CopyCamp 2017 is to broaden the scope of the debate about exclusive rights. We want to talk about culture, science, and education, but we also want to discuss how exclusive rights are used in, for example, health and food. We will listen to stories touching on real-life issues in the following thematic tracks:

  • business models, heritage digitization, remix
  • health, food, security, and exclusive rights
  • text and data mining, machine learning, online education
  • IoT: autonomous cars, smart homes, wearables
  • hacking government data, public procurement, public aid in culture

As always, we will be pleased to host all interested parties in a neutral and friendly space, and encourage participants to share thoughts and exchange ideas.