Research Seminar – Dr Rachel Jacobs

Future Machines: Resilience, Data, Emotion and Metaphor

Dr Rachel Jacobs, Artist and Researcher (Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham and Manifest Data Lab, UAL)

Thursday 6th February 4pm – Inspace, 1 Crichton St

This seminar presented the work by the artist/researcher Rachel Jacobs, including her award winning artworks Heartlands (‘Ere Be Dragons), A Conversation Between Trees, The Prediction Machine and the recently launched Future Machine – a strange and mystical device that combines data, myth, ritual and slow technology as part of a tour across England, visiting the same people and places at the same time every year, potentially for the next 30 years. Jacobs explored the importance of emotion and metaphor in the treatments of data in these works and her growing interest in how newly formed rituals and myths, combined with data and slow technology might support future resilience.

Rachel Jacobs is an environmentally engaged digital artist, games designer and researcher. Her award winning work has toured nationally and internationally and she publishes and presents regularly in academic and non-academic contexts. She co-founded the artist-led collective Active Ingredient in 1996 and the commercial games company Mudlark Production Company in 2007. She completed a Doctorate in Computer Science in 2014 at the Horizon Digital Training Centre, University of Nottingham. Rachel currently works as a practicing artist, exhibiting nationally and internationally, as an Associate Researcher at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Manifest Data Lab, Central St Martins, University of Arts London. Rachel’s work has won both national and international awards.

Inspace, 1 Crichton St, Edinburgh EH8 9AB