Data Play: Festival 2019Bettina Nissen, Billy Dixon, Catie Cundall, Chris Elsden, Chris Speed, Ella Tallyn, Evan Morgan, Jane Macdonald, Jonathan Rankin, Larissa Pschetz, Luis Soares, Mark Kobine, Pip Thornton
2-26 August 2019
The Design Informatics Pavilion is a pop-up exhibition space designed by biomorphis architects featuring a range of objects and experiences that invite you to step into the future. The exhibition will be interactive, mixing design with technology and exploring a number of themes aimed at provoking discussions on what it means to “design with data”. The Pavilion will feature work from the research institute, Design Informatics Masters students and Tesco Bank who have been collaborating with us on their Mercury project for the second year running.
This year’s Pavilion will stretch out into the new courtyard outside the Bayes Centre which is the University of Edinburgh’s Data-Driven Innovation Hub hosted by the College of Science and Engineering.
The Pavilion will be supplemented by our newly launched events and exhibition space- Inspace; a collaborative hub where data meets creativity. It’s a cultural space that connects and supports people around academic research, data and technology. Design Informatics will host a number of workshops in the space and also feature an after hours exhibition, Data Lates, of projection work across the windows of Inspace featuring work from Jake Elwes, Brightside Studios, Benjamin Bach, Asad Khan, Patricia WuWu, Dara Etefaghi, Pip Thornton and Ray Interactive.
For more details on each of the projects follow the links below.
Open daily 2- 26 August
Exhibition Identity: Peak15
Design Informatics and the Pavilion is supported by Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh and is part of the Fringe. Also thanks to EPSRC and Creative Informatics for their support.
A newly launched site, Inspace City Screen, will host two out of hours exhibitions projected onto Potterrow. Preternatural, curated by Drew Hemment, presents art on and of machine learning by Jake Elwes. Data Lates is a collection of works by major creative practitioners based in the city such as Brightside Studios and Ray Interactive as well as work created by students and academics working at Edinburgh University, including Asad Khan, Particia Wu Wu, Dara Etefaghi and Pip Thornton.
PRETERNATURAL: AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY JAKE ELWES
A new work commissioned by Experiential AI, Zizi,receives its world premiere during August alongside an adaptation for Edinburgh of Closed Loop. Each work, in different ways, explores how machine reasoning and vision exist outside of nature, and exceed what is natural or regular.
Jake Elwes is an artist who works with machine learning algorithms. He is one of a number of artists who are today exploring the aesthetics of machine learning. Works in this tradition often reveal and manifest distortions in the ways algorithms interpret the world.
Zizi is a procession of faces of drag artists in constant transition, morphing and changing shape. These faces are generated by a duel between two ‘adversarial’ networks competing with one another. Their gender, sexuality, whether they are real or artificial, is all uncertain. Here, the permanent becoming of a neural network represents the fluidity, ambiguity and transition of drag artists.
In Closed Loop, two AI models are again in dialogue. One describes in words the images generated by the other, which, in turn, generates another image to represent those words. Departures occur as the algorithms see new things in the nuance of the words and image. Closed Loop illustrates the difficulty AI systems have in handling ambiguity, and the way they fit phenomena into categories.
Preternatural is curated by Drew Hemment as a part of Experiential AI at Edinburgh Futures Institute. It is presented at a newly launched site, Inspace City Screen, and is a part of Data Play by Design Informatics.
Brightside Studios: A Human Connection– Data capture from dancers is brought to life, inspired by Bright Side Studios’ collaborations with award-winning contemporary dance choreographer, the late Janis Claxton.
Asad Khan: UR Black– Using LiDAR and SAR from NASA and ESA, Khan’s work animates extra-terrestrial terrain and a dormant volcano through visualisation and simulation.
Tef Dara: Inersis explores the space between game worlds and composition, with players exploring a kaleidoscopic procedurally generated universe.
Pip Thornton and Ray Interactive: Newspeak (2019)visualises the words of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four as if they were commodities on a stock exchange.
Zizi, Closed Loop and Data Lates are shown on alternate nights, 9pm-4am, 2–26 August 2019.
Mondays Closed Loop, Jake Elwes
Tuesdays Data Lates
Wednesdays Zizi, Jake Elwes
Thursdays Data Lates
Fridays Closed Loop, Jake Elwes
Saturdays Zizi, Jake Elwes
Sundays Data Lates
Watch this space for more details on the relaunch of Inspace which we will be reopening as a collaborative hub; commissioning and producing creative activity that unlocks digital technology and explores its role in society. Our public programme will connect data, research and creative talent.
Produced by Dave Murray-Rust, Jane Macdonald and Suzy Glass.
Technical production by Ray Interactive.
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Data Play Events
As part of our Design Informatics Pavilion we will be holding a series of supplementary events in Inspace led by the Research Centre.
All events are free but places are limited so please do sign up in advance. Events listings below including Eventbrite links.
7 August 1:30 – 4:00pm
Dynamic Wall Visualisations: Build your own tangible data visualisation using modular motor and light blocks (supported by Edinburgh Futures Institute). Sign up here.
8 August 5:30 – 8pm and 13 August at 9:30am – 12pm
Mapping Privacy Models
How should data be collected, used and shared at festivals? Designing new data consent models for connected environments (part of the EPSRC-funded PACTMAN research project in Design Informatics). Sign up here.
14 August 9.30-10.30am and 21 August 2-3pm DROP IN SESSIONS
Karma Kettles: Come and explore the push-pull energy economy and how your kettle could change your habits.
19 August 12.30 – 2pm
Temporal Design Workshop
In this workshop, participants will look beyond clock-time to collectively create an image of the different times we live in. Sign up here.
21 August 2.00 – 4.30pm
Tangible Data Controls
How would you prefer to control your data? Exploring tangible controls for privacy settings in connected environments (part of the EPSRC-funded PACTMAN research project in Design Informatics). Sign up here.
22 August 10am-12pm
Can you help solve Edinburgh’s lack of good pizza? Come and learn about the future of identity with blockchain technologies in this one-off PizzaBlock workshop!
Spaces for PizzaBlock are limited – find out more and apply to take part here: https://www.designinformatics.org/event/pizzablock-at-dataplay/Read more →
Design Informatics Pavilion 2019
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