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2018 Contributors include… Klaus Obermaier, Laura Kriefman (Hellion Trace),
Dan Barnard & Rachel Briscoe (fanSHEN), Graham Dunning, Tine Bech,
Birgitte Aga & Coral Manton (i-DAT)…
Tickets available at Warwick Arts Centre Box Office
Friday 16 November 2018 – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
A playdate for artists and cultural organisations interested in making work with real-time technologies.
Space for inspiration, discussion and sharing.
The Random String Symposium is a one-day event for artists and arts professionals, exploring the use of interactive & networked technologies in the creative process. Hear from practitioners from across the UK and overseas, join frank conversations about the practicalities of using technology in your work and explore a showcase of interdisciplinary work.
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Talks exploring augmented dance, interactive theatre, self-built musical instruments, playable installation art, intermedia performance, curating digital work, and more.
Panel Discussions on real-time data and heritage, and the representational bias within AI systems.
Beginner-friendly practical workshops on creating augmented reality experiences and postdigital light painting.
Formal talks, presentations and screenings from leading international artists and creative professionals.
Show & Tells
Process-driven sessions getting into the nitty gritty of making work with digital tools.
Chaired and curated group conversations on a specially selected theme with lots of room for questions.
Hands-on breakout sessions with creative technology in small groups with guest facilitators.
Access to all sessions, light lunch
and free ticket to Klaus Obermaier’s UK premiere performance of FACELESS_VOICELESS.
Tickets for this performance must be added to your basket and will be discounted at checkout.
As real-time technologies become more intelligent, how might arts practitioners find new ways to create, improvise, and play? This year, Random String aims to explore across disciplines how this might bring about new forms of liveness as we move away from pre-programmed and linear relationships between art & technology into more dynamic and hybridised forms.
Klaus ObermaierFor more than two decades media-artist, director, choreographer and composer Klaus Obermaier has created innovative works with new media in performing arts, music and installations. His inter-media work has been shown at festivals and theatres throughout the world including work with Ars Electronica Futurelab, Kronos Quartet, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He is visiting professor at the University IUAV of Venice/Italy and at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania teaching interactive arts and performance. He previously taught as an adjunct professor for composition at the Webster University Vienna and from 2016 to 2018 was co-director of the Master for Advanced Interaction at IAAC Barcelona.
Irini PapadimitriouIrini Papadimitriou is a curator, producer and cultural manager, working at the forefront of digital culture in the UK and internationally. She is currently Creative Director at FutureEverything, cultural facilitators that have explored the meeting point of technology, society and culture since 1995. She was previously Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans and Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A where she was responsible for the annual Digital Design Weekend festival as well as Digital Futures, a networking platform bringing together professionals from different disciplines and sharing research with wider audiences. She is a co-curator for the Art + Data experience at Mozilla Festival and a co-founder of Maker Assembly.
Mahendra Mahey runs BL Labs at the British Library, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and BL funded initiative supporting and inspiring the use of the BL’s data in innovative ways. For more than 20 years he has has worked with digital technology and content as a manager, educator, adviser and community builder in Further and Higher Education for researchers, educators, librarians and businesses both in the UK and internationally.
Michael Takeo Magruder
Michael Takeo Magruder is a visual artist and researcher who works with new media including real-time data, digital archives, immersive environments, mobile devices and virtual worlds. His practice explores concepts ranging from media criticism and aesthetic journalism to digital formalism and computational aesthetics, deploying Information Age technologies and systems to examine our networked, media-rich world. In the last 20 years, Michael’s projects have been showcased in over 250 exhibitions in 35 countries, and his art has been widely supported by numerous funding bodies and public galleries within the UK, US and EU.
fanSHENRachel Briscoe studied on the National Theatre’s Directors’ Course and as a writer she is a graduate of the Royal Court programme and Soho Theatre Young Writers. She was part of the British Council’s SPACE programme in 2013/14 and for 5 years worked at Ovalhouse as Director of Theatre (jobshare) where the Guardian credited her with ‘restoring order to Ovalhouse with bold, experimental programming.’ She was selected for Collusion’s AI Lab in 2017 and is a Near Now Arts & Tech Fellow 17/18.
Graham DunningGraham Dunning is self-taught as an artist and musician having studied neither discipline academically. His live work explores sound as texture, timbre and something tactile, drawing on bedroom production, tinkering and recycling found objects. He also creates visual work, video and installations drawing on these themes.Graham has performed solo and in ensembles across the UK, Europe and Canada, and exhibited in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and USA. He teaches Experimental Sound Art at the Mary Ward Centre in London and also gives various independent workshops. He has released through Entr’acte, Seagrave, Tombed Visions and more.
Janet VaughanJanet Vaughan has designed site specific and touring performances, created installation artworks for unusual and digital spaces and made controlled forays into the world of public art. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Talking Birds, whose 26 year practice explores the complex relationships between people and place. The company is well known for its Theatre of Place; its interactive works for festivals (such as The Whale); its pioneering mobile captioning tool, the Difference Engine; and its smaller sociable events which bring people together for unexpected conversations in unusual places.
John SearJohn is a veteran game designer of 20+ years working in the game industry who now develops unique and magical experiences for public spaces. Originally starting out building games for console platforms, moving through mobile spaces he now develops games for cinemas, car-parks and other outdoor & indoor spaces. This had led him to work much closer with the GLAM (galleries, libraries archives & museums) sector. In addition to the bespoke high-end experiences for larger venues he also works with much smaller cultural institutes training them in the skills needed to develop their own interactives.
Edie Jo MurrayEdie Jo Murray is a neurodivergent practitioner with an obsession with unreal sensory experiences and the notion of real vs not-real. Her work includes augmented and virtual reality installations, 3D computer generated imagery and web-based artworks, using these tools to explore the subjectivity of reality, and the potential to create alternate worlds via digital means.
Laura KriefmanLaura Kriefman is an Architectural Choreographer. She is a Questlab artist in Residence with Wayne McGregor, 2018 Mozilla XR Studio Fellow, PRS Female Innovator in Music, 2016 INK Fellow, 2015 WIRED Magazine/The Space Creative Fellow and a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme. Her company Hellion Trace (formerly Guerilla Dance Project) have won multiple awards for digital innovation and specialise in Augmented Dance: the fusion between movement and technology. They have been commissioned worldwide including USA, Brazil, Ireland, Croatia, Europe, India. Their piece Kicking The Mic – a performance piece fusing live tap dance, looping and a fully sound reactive LED dress – is being performed at the Random String Festival.
Tine BechTine is a leading digital artist and university lecturer who has been commissioned to make works to animate cities across the world. She creates innovative, interactive art, and designs playful and eloquent artworks in the public realm. In her projects, buildings, bridges, rivers, swings, bikes and gardens are transformed into opportunities for participation, curiosity and communication. Her research (and PhD) examined how spaces might be designed to encourage interactive digital play and what impact play can have on society.
Birgitte AgaBirgitte Aga is an interdisciplinary artist, technologist, researcher and co-producer, and part of the i-DAT Collective. She creates collaborative and data-driven work which speculates around the emergent dystopian/utopian relationship between humans and artificial intelligence technologies, driven by (biased) data and interacted with through natural language interfaces. Her work is always collaborative and participatory (with people and systems) driven by an ambition to engage, provoke and involve more people in reflecting and discussing their desired future relationship with AI technologies and data.
Coral MantonCoral Manton is an interdisciplinary artist, technologist, researcher and curator, and part of the i-DAT Collective. She has a special interest in archives and exposing underrepresentation within online histories through data visualisation – adopting immersive technologies to explore networked visualisations of cultural data. She is a Research Affiliate of the British Library specialising in digital collections and contemporary knowledge paradigms shaped by online sharing. She is interested in the effect that underrepresentation of female histories and trolling/hijacking of female voices online has on future AI technologies.
fanSHENDan Barnard trained as a theatre director with directors including Rufus Norris, Dominic Cooke and Katie Mitchell and assisted Ian Rickson on Jerusalem. He is a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University where he is a member of the Centre for Research in Digital Storymaking and led the Digital Performance research group. He is also a member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association Performance and New Technologies Working Group.
Bianca WrightBianca Wright’s is a technology journalist and academic whose research interests focus on digital practice and digital identities and she has a particular niche in the use of gamification principles in the context of education and journalism. Her projects bring together immersive forms such as 360-video and virtual reality with gamification to explore ways of teaching and storytelling in fields such as education and journalism. She is currently Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at Coventry University and from 2007-2013 was Head of the Department of Journalism, Media and Philosophy at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa.
Nye ThompsonNye Thompson an artist turned software designer turned artist again. She creates data-generating software systems to explore the impact of new technology paradigms. She has exhibited around UK and Europe, including Tate Modern, The V&A, ZKM Karlsruhe and The Lowry. Her first solo show became global clickbait and triggered a complaint by a major government. Her work has been featured on Radio 4, BBC Click, C4 News, CNN, the Guardian and Wired. She was recently shortlisted for the Lumen Prize 2018. Nye lives and works in London.
Elvia VasconcelosElvia Vasconcelos is design researcher whose work focuses on the impact of technology via community-engaged participatory work. Elvia has been working on an ongoing exploratory design research project that uses speculative and critical design tools to tell alternative stories about technologies through the lenses of communities that sit outside tech narratives. By doing so, this works wishes to expose heteronormative and discriminatory biases embedded in technology.
Joel BlackledgeJoel Blackledge is a writer, filmmaker and media facilitator. His is a regular contributor to Little White Lies, Bright Wall/Dark Room and Vague Visages and he was previously the embedded filmmaker for the University of Birmingham’s Translation and Translanguaging project. Joel is currently a workshop leader on the Ludic Rooms MI:lab experimental media programme.
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Coventry – the 2021 UK City of Culture – is the most centrally-located city in England and is well connected on mainline services via rail, an hour from London and two hours from Manchester.
Parking is available immediately adjacent to Warwick Arts Centre and is easily accessible via car, within a 30 minute drive off the M1, M5, M6 and M42.
Warwick Arts Centre,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Warwick Arts Centre
Debbie Adele Cooper
Melissa Mean (KWMC)
Mark Nixon & Viliina Koivisto
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