EVA London Symposium

Monday 9 July 2018

States of Being: Art and Identity in Digital Space and Time

Co-chairs: Tula Giannini (Pratt Institute, New York, USA), Gareth Polmeer (Royal College of Art, London, UK) and Jonathan P. Bowen (London South Bank University, UK)

This one-day symposium explores themes of personhood, modernity and digital art, bringing together speakers from a range of disciplines to consider technology, artistic practice and society. It seeks a renewed consideration of the role of art in illuminating human identity in a positive relation with technology, and its transformative effects upon space and time. The concerns for the role of art amidst the forces of a post-modern world are influenced by important legacies of the past, by which ideas about human identity and difference have been made meaningful in the relation of history and technology. In the frequently transient and conflicting forces of humanness and forces of modernity, the digital world of the arts emerges as a means by which new ideas of space and time can be considered, with new perspectives of human identity seen as states of being, towards the possibilities of experience, technology, individuality and society.


09.30 Registration
10.10 Introduction (Tula Giannini)
10.15 Session 1 (chair: Tula Giannini)
Carla Gannis, Pratt Institute, New York, USA: An Artist, an AI, and an Alchemist Walk into a Bar…
11.00 Coffee/tea break
11.30 Session 2 (chair: Jonathan Bowen)
Jeremy Gardiner, Ravensbourne, London, UK: The Geometry of the Coast
Jonathan Weinel, Aalborg University, Denmark: Altered States of Consciousness in Electronic Music and Audio‑Visual Media
13.00 Lunch break
14.00 Session 3 (chair: Gareth Polmeer)
Jonathan Kearney, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK: Art Practice and Learning in Digital Time and Space: A dialogue of withness
Bruce Wands, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA: A Portrait of the Artist in the Digital Age
15.30 Coffee/tea break
16.00 Session 4 (chair: Carla Gannis)
Tula Giannini, Pratt Institute, New York, USA: Creating Art and Identity on the Internet: Digital Reality and States of Being
16.15 Panel (all speakers)
16.30 Evening — V&A Digital Futures (separate event)