Closing the gaps: 5G, immersive and new behaviours in hybrid environments

Digital Catapult and the Open Data Institute (ODI) conclude a series of events that delve into the relationship between arts and technology, with an interactive workshop event exploring immersive (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and future networks technologies (such as 5G and the internet of things).

One of the biggest changes 5G promises is for ultra low latency which could result in major breakthroughs for how technology shapes our lives, from how we consume social media to how we work and play through its speedier networks.

It brings major opportunities for experiential immersive, interactive and virtually augmented content, shifting our perceptions of the boundaries of art and entertainment, and raising questions about the relationships we have with our own bodies in digital space, as well as the built environment.

Closing the gaps invites artists, content makers and industry experts to respond to this evolution of technology and the role it will play in our lives, examining how the online and offline worlds are coming closer together and what social, philosophical, corporeal and emotional challenges, and benefits, arise.

The Hybrid Landscapes exhibition is curated and produced by Data as Culture at the ODI.

Thinking Out Loud launch, 14th July

On 14th July I traveled back to London (I might as well live there) for the launch of Thinking Out Loud at the Open Data Institute.

‘Thinking Out Loud’ is the fifth Data as Culture art exhibition at the Open Data Institute. The exhibition is built around the practice of the 2016 ODI Sound Artist in Residence, Alex McLean, with a group of artists, designers, makers and musicians that he has collaborated with. Openness and processes of making – where any end results are left partly undone – are at the heart of many of the projects on display. The exhibition draws connections between the ways in which humans have captured, encoded and distributed data, and made it meaningful through pattern throughout history. From pre-Columbian Quipu and the ancient art of weaving to computer software environments, it introduces us to creative notions of code, and the ways in which it can carry both language and thought.

Copy Bomb at Thinking Out Loud

Included in the exhibition is one of the Copy Bombs, which was previously exhibited in Permission Taken at Birmingham Open Media, and a new work, data.set. The piece presents data on digital exclusion as an abstract data visualisation.

data.set at Thinking Out Loud

data.set at Thinking Out Loud

data.set at Thinking Out Loud

It was my first time seeing my work in the space and it looks great! My thanks go to Hannah Redler and Alex McLean for including me in this exhibition, which also features work from Felicity Ford, David Griffiths and Julian Rohrhuber, Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Dan Hett, David Littler, Alex McLean, Sam Meech, and Amy Twigger-Holroyd.

The opening also included performances from myself (performing my Sonification Studies piece), Algobabez and Canute. If you weren’t at the launch event or didn’t catch the EulerRoom livestream you can catch it again below:

The exhibition continues until 31st March 2017 and can be viewed by appointment only. Contact dac@theodi.org to book a time slot to go and visit.

Thinking Out Loud

‘Thinking Out Loud’ is the fifth Data as Culture art exhibition at the Open Data Institute. The exhibition is built around the practice of the 2016 ODI Sound Artist in Residence, Alex McLean, with a group of artists, designers, makers and musicians that he has collaborated with. Openness and processes of making – where any end results are left partly undone – are at the heart of many of the projects on display. The exhibition draws connections between the ways in which humans have captured, encoded and distributed data, and made it meaningful through pattern throughout history. From pre-Columbian Quipu and the ancient art of weaving to computer software environments, it introduces us to creative notions of code, and the ways in which it can carry both language and thought.

The exhibition features artists and makers who are driven by radical intentions to expose the inner workings of the systemic structures we live with. We are encouraged to engage with these ourselves through art, software, folk songs, glitch aesthetics, chance encounters and knitted jumpers.

Artists: Felicity Ford, David Griffiths and Julian Rohrhuber, Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Dan Hett, David Littler, Alex McLean, Antonio Roberts, Sam Meech, Amy Twigger-Holroyd

Curated by Alex McLean and Hannah Redler

Thinking Out Loud, 15th July 2016 – 31st March 2017

From 15th July 2016 – 31st March 2017 some new work of mine will be included in the group show Thinking Out Loud at the Open Data Institute in London.

thinkingoutloud

‘Thinking Out Loud’ is the fifth Data as Culture art exhibition at the Open Data Institute. The exhibition is built around the practice of the 2016 ODI Sound Artist in Residence, Alex McLean, with a group of artists, designers, makers and musicians that he has collaborated with. Openness and processes of making – where any end results are left partly undone – are at the heart of many of the projects on display. The exhibition draws connections between the ways in which humans have captured, encoded and distributed data, and made it meaningful through pattern throughout history. From pre-Columbian Quipu and the ancient art of weaving to computer software environments, it introduces us to creative notions of code, and the ways in which it can carry both language and thought.

The exhibition features artists and makers who are driven by radical intentions to expose the inner workings of the systemic structures we live with. We are encouraged to engage with these ourselves through art, software, folk songs, glitch aesthetics, chance encounters and knitted jumpers.

Artists: Felicity Ford, David Griffiths and Julian Rohrhuber, Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Dan Hett, David Littler, Alex McLean, Antonio Roberts, Sam Meech, Amy Twigger-Holroyd

Curated by Alex McLean and Hannah Redler

One of the Copy Bombs will be exhibited in addition to a new piece, data.set, commissioned for this exhibition. Viewings are by appointment only, contact contact dac@theodi.org to arrange a viewing.

Algorave Leeds, 29th April

On 29th April I’ll be back up north ( <3 ) to join some of my favourite people for an Algorave in Leeds. leedsalgoapril

On visuals will be Rituals, hellocatfood (that’s me!), Chez.io and providing audio will be Alexandra Cardenas, Anny, Belisha Beacon, Foxdot, Joanne, Reggaetron, Sam Aaron, Uiaesk!,Yaxu with more to be announced

Hosted by the Open Data Institute Leeds and part of Leeds Digital Festival 2016. Tickets are on sale now and cost £6/£4.