BDF15 COMMISSION: FAMILIARS
BRIGHTON DIGITAL FESTIVAL 2015
7 - 20 September 2015
Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street BN1 4AJ
Experience hidden logistical infrastructures in an immersive sound and visual installation
Lighthouse is thrilled to host the BDF15 Arts and Technology Commission Familiars, a new work by Georgina Voss and Wesley Goatley, and the accompanying talk Unfamiliar Matter.
The first major collaboration between technology anthropologist Georgina Voss and critical sound artist Wesley Goatley, Familiars expands on their individual exploration of technology, culture and society, and draws on their shared interest in socio-technical systems.
Developed as a response to our increasing dependence on the large-scale infrastructures that haul commodities to us from around the world, Familiars transforms data broadcast from the major harbours, airports and railway hubs surrounding Brighton into a visceral visual and audio experience.
Immersed in real-time visual projections of cargo vessels, while listening to their data-mapped sounds, the audience experiences an intimacy and familiarity with the dynamics and textures of a logistics system that is designed to be invisible – one which we are rarely aware of, and only notice when its malfunction directly affects our lives.
Familiars is supported by Brighton Digital Festival as one of their major Arts & Technology Commissions, designed to enable artists and creative technologists to make ambitious interdisciplinary work that explores the intersection of arts, technology and society. Find out more on the BDF15 website.
Alongside the exhibition, Georgina and Wesley host Unfamiliar Matter, an evening of talks and films that reflect on the politics, power, visibility and familiarity of infrastructures and systems. Joining them will be Alice Bell, a writer, researcher and campaigner interested in the intersections between science, technology and society, who will talk on energy infrastructures, and writer and map maker Ingrid Burrington, who will talk on internet infrastructures.
Date & Times: Familiars 7 – 20 September 2015, 11am – 5pm; Unfamiliar Matter 12 September 2015 6.30pm – 9pm
Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ
For information about the second commission being hosted at Lighthouse, see BDF15 COMMISSION: HOW TO LIVE FOREVER
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