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OpenLAB showcases the varied practices and uses of technology in the creative industries, presented by Media Lab Melbourne in partnership with ACMI X. For OpenLAB August, Media Lab Melbourne is celebrating Science Week with Dr. Drew Berry, a biomedical animator who creates beautiful, accurate visualisations of the dramatic cellular and molecular action that is going on inside our bodies, and Jiann Hughes, a Belfast-born artist and researcher creating speculative fabulations to challenge boundaries, particularly those used to define and constrain human bodies.
I'll be speaking at the next Experimenta Social about mushroom/MOF culture - WED 18 JULY @ ACMI X, Melbourne. 6:00pm doors / 6:30pm start.
This event is Free but RSVP essential HERE due to limited spots.
Thanks to the power of technology I was part of a panel at the Madrid Future Artist-Makers Lab symposium on 21 July at 12:00 Spanish time, live streamed here:
** The panel discussion starts around 2:10:00 into the morning of presentations
I'm delighted to have been selected as a Synapse artist in residence with the CSIRO in Clayton, starting in July.
I will work with Xavier Mulet, JJ Richardson and the research team in Metal Organic Frameworks to investigate how such frameworks and their proposed biomedical applications might influence our understanding of what it is to be human. Metal organic framework materials are an advanced structure that is extremely ordered, porous and customisable. They grow in a crystal form and are extremely flexible, especially when combined with nanoparticles for additional functionality or attributes.
I will be skyping into the Future Artist-Maker Symposium this Friday to talk about my recent residency. My talk is titled 'Reflections on Ultralab Madrid residency / What came to matter in the relationally-defined assemblages that emerged'. There is a really interesting line-up of speakers so if you can make it — at the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington on Friday 24 February from 11 am to 4 pm GMT — RSVP Karen Friel, email@example.com
From the printing press to colour photography to powerful laser cutters, the creativity of each generation’s artist-makers evolves in relation to new technologies. Find out how artist-makers from across Europe are critically engaging with the FabLab ethos of open-source design and creative collaboration, and how the combination of ‘new machines, new materials and new networks’ are beginning to make their mark. This is an opportunity for artists and makers to see the exhibition, hear from artists involved, network, and discuss new ways forward in using FabLab technologies.
More information about the Symposium can be found here
I will be heading off to Spain over the summer to work at Ultralab as part of the Future Artist-Maker Labs project. I've been chatting with Gustavo, who directs operations there, to get a sense of the equipment I'll have access to and the materials that these machines are happy with. The good news is that Gustavo is a great believer in anything may be possible.
I am delighted to have been selected as the artist representing Northern Ireland on the Future Artist-Maker Labs, an exciting international programme of art-making, exhibition, and networking.
Future Artist-Maker Labs will include artist residencies in each of the FabLabs during which established international artists will create new pieces of work for display in a major touring European Future Artist-Maker Exhibition scheduled for late 2016 / early 2017.
MCAC is holding a symposium exploring the themes of the exhibition Exhuming the Archive. This event will examine the unstable materials relied upon in contemporary remembering, the bodies that they reconfigure, and how they come to matter. This half day symposium will include lunch followed by presentations from three speakers, Michael O'Rourke, Tina Kinsella, and Rachel O'Dwyer. Matt Packer (Director, CCA Derry~Londonderry) will lead discussion afterwards.
21 January 2016, 1-3.30 PM FREE. Places are limited, to book your free place contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call MCAC on 0044(0) 28 3839 4415.
More information about the symposium here
"Millennium Court Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘Exhuming the Archive’ a new solo exhibition by Belfast based artist Jiann Hughes. An ode to the digital memories we’d rather forget, this new body of work considers the earth as planetary memory storage, containing the haunting remains of dead new media. The installations that Hughes has created memorialise the unstable materials relied upon for today’s memory making. They are kinetic and living monuments to the invisible labours and persistent materials that support our remembering: to the stuff that resists decay, refuses to be forgotten, and refuses to let us forget. This exhibition follows recent work in which she exploited computer code to address the ubiquitous data mining processes of our biocapitalist sensor society. Through these new works Jiann continues to open up the black-boxes of digital technologies to reveal the structures, practices, and materials within our contemporary media ecologies. She strips away the rhetoric that claims a dematerialisation of digital archives to reconfigure the matter of our electronically-aided memories.
Drawing from the earth’s archive as the great bank of relics defying dissolution, Hughes imagines herself as part sculptor, part future archaeologist. She practices a geology of media; just as sculptors draw their material from the earth to study processes of changes and archaeologists may eventually unearth the residue of contemporary culture. Through this practice she explores how media history conflates with earth history: how materials get deterritorialised from their geological strata to be reterritorialised in machines before being returned to the earth marked obsolete. The exhibition toys with the temporal scales of digitality, jurassic times are re-membered while contemporary times expand across future temporalities. This folding of geological time onto itself is defined by the mineral deposits of our ancestors, the growing piles of networked digital devices that have been made to break, and the plastiglomerates and other new materials that are emerging. These new works suggest new relationships, responsibilities, and materialities, offering up potential future epochs now in the making.
The installations make use of accumulated excess, the materials residue from an over developed world. Using the processes of poaching and gleaning Jiann works with these remains to awaken ghosts of the past. Her approach is collaborative; the work is shaped by the material practices of many bodies, from human hoarders to copper cabling to earthworms. The work is executed with characteristic humour and uses methods of interference to gently but firmly expose slits of (im)possibility, otherwise obscured by accounts of technological progress or doom. It is a timely reflection on what comes to matter within the fantasy of the total archive."
As the grandaughter of a miller and a millie, working with David Littler on the Is She Blew? project has been such a treat. It was topped off with sounds, songs and stories of linen-making plus sound responsive video projections by myself + Paul Moore. http://www.ulsterfestival.com/david-littler.htmlwith Robert Martin, Paul Moore, Maurice Leyden, and Brendan Monaghan.