In these two sessions, panelists will share their work individually, addressing the topics below before all taking part in a round table discussion on the issues highlighted.
Taking inspiration from the Hieronymous Bosch painting’s central panel “Garden of Earthly Delights”, and the Ars Electronica 2020 meta-topics of ecology, democracy, uncertainty, humanity, reality, and autonomy, the UK Garden will act as a unifying community celebration of amazing art-tech/art-science collaborations showcased from the North to South of the UK. It will also include some STARTS Prize 2020 winners, runners-up, nominees, and other STARTS projects (Residencies, Lighthouse projects) at the heart of the program.
The link the STARTS initiative is through the people involved in the garden: Camille Baker and Lucy Bunnell are in the STARTS Ecosystem consortium; Irini Papadimitriou, artistic director of FutureEverything has been a jury member for STARTS Prize and the STARTS Residencies project for the last several years; Denise Doyle has a funded research project studying the methodologies of and collaboration of the artists who have won the STARTS Prize over the last few years – it made sense that this team lead an initiative to showcase UK Art & Technology innovation and collaboration as it exits the EU.
- 11:00 – Session 1 “Understanding complex data in COVID times”
- Increasing and everyday perpetual collection and accumulation of personal and human data in direct and invisible ways, this panel will discuss where the data goes, how it is used, what is done with it and how data can be manipulated – and why it is the gold of the 21st century.
- Diving into the complex societal and systemic mechanisms and how artists make data tangible and material, visualising information flows, highlighting systemic issues of complex data, critically examining its value and the impact of its collection, especially as we are all using digital mediums exponentially during these difficult times of the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
- Joshua Portway, Big Bang Data
- Paolo Cirio, Artist
- Mike Phillips, i-DAT
- Karen Palmer Perception I0 (TBC)
- 12:00 – Session 2 “Fashion: Materialising Numbers”
- Fashion is now integrated into systems of data collection – such as the sales boost of the harvesting of intelligence on buying and browsing habits of customers as more go online, especially as the pandemic prevents customers from trying on clothes.
- How does data collection, sustainability concerns and COVID-19 change fashion design?
- What are the narratives and practical approaches used in implementing Fashion Tech within everyday lives, and what future visions of fashion, when more people are staying home during these times can be innovated?
- What type of misuse of data takes place in the Fashion value and supply chains? and how is the surveillance dimension of data collection used in digital fashion? How can this be mitigated so that customers feel more at ease providing data for better customisation?
- Burkhard Duemler, Adidas (TBC)
- Bushra Burge, BB Studios
- Sarah Ticho, Director, Hatsumi
- Becky Stewart, Imperial College London
- Jacob Skinner, Thrive Wearables
- 13:00 – Full panel joint discussion session