• Digital Matters Symposium

  • Fri, 03-11-2017 at 10:30
  • University of Salford International
    The Crescent
    M5 4WT City of Salford
Digital Matters Symposium - University of Salford International - Salford

The Digital Matters Symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Digital Matters: The Earth Behind the Screen, opening at CFCCA on 3 November 2017. The exhibition explores the relationship between the natural and the technological through artworks produced in Hong Kong, China and in the UK.The Digital Matters Symposium wishes to host a debate around the interconnection among technology, nature and art. The symposium will give artists, curators and scholars the opportunity to reflect on the visual and theoretical expressions of the paradoxical relationship between technological progress and environmental destruction and discuss the role of new media art on the development of a new understanding of this relationship. Furthermore, it will explore how the curatorial space can inspire different geopolitical imaginaries by interrogating the “material alter ego” of our digital technocapitalist society. The symposium takes place at the University of Salford. Confirmed speakers are MAP Office (Artists, Hong Kong), Dani Ploeger (New Media Artist, UK), Dr Christopher Payne (Lecturer Chinese Studies, University of Manchester), Dr Steven Gartside (Curator, Holden Gallery), Dr Beccy Kennedy (Senior lecturer in Art History, Manchester Metropolitan University). As part of the symposium we will be screening Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang's Behemoth (Venice Film Festival 2015). The symposium is supported by Asia Research Network for Arts and Media (ARNAM) .Lunch will be provided. Date & Time:Fri 3 November 2017, 10:30 – 17:00Tickets:£8 - Ful price£4 - Student, Job Seeker, RetioredLocation:The Studio Theatre, New Adelphi Building, University of Salford, M5 4WS C H E D U L E10.00 a.m.Registration10.30 a.m.IntroductionZoe Dunbar, Director, Centre For Chinese Contemporary ArtLindsay Taylor, Art Curator, University Art Collection, University of Salford10.40 a.m.Digital Matters: Contemporaneity, Capitalocene and the CuratorialMarianna Tsionki, Research Curator, CFCCA & University of Salford, PhD Candidate Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University11.00 a.m.Solid Sea | Liquid LandMAP Office, Artists duo, Hong Kong11.30 a.m.Coffee break11.45 a.m.Garbage Cyborg GenesisDani Ploeger, New Media Artist, UK & Netherlands12.15 p.m.Curatorial RemainsDr Steven Gartside, Curator of the Holden Gallery & Research Fellow at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University12.45 p.m.Lunch (to be provided) &Screening of Behemoth (screening starts at 1.00 p.m.)72nd Venice International Film FestivalDir. Zhao Liang / 2015 / Documentary / 95mins / Mandarin with English Subtitles1.45 p.m.Manipulated Environment—Li Yuan-chia’s (Pre-digital) Photographic Landscape AdventuresDr Christopher Payne, Lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Manchester2.15 p.m.Chinese Industrialisations and contemporary humanising art practicesDr Beccy Kennedy, Senior lecturer in Art History, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University2.45 p.m.Digitised canvases: Explorations of space in contemporary Chinese artDr Angela Becher, Lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Manchester3.15 p.m.Coffee break3.30 p.m.Screening of Leviathan Episode 1, by Shezad DawoodIntroduction by Dr Alice Correia, Researcher, Arts & Media, University of Salford & Lindsay Taylor, Art Curator, University Art Collection, University of Salford4.00 p.m.Digital rot: the online afterlife of the Shougang Steel PlantAnnabella Mei Massey, DPhil candidate in Chinese literary and visual culture, University of Oxford4.30 p.m.End of programme

What's on else?