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Inspace: Exhibitions

Chris Speed, Jane Macdonald, Dave Murray-Rust

In collaboration with:

Inspace

Inspace is a unique events and exhibitions space which is part of the Institute of Design Informatics within the University of Edinburgh. Inspace commissions and produces creative activity that unlocks digital technology and explores its role in society, through public programmes that connect data, research and creative talent.

Our current exhibition (Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body) takes place during what would have been the Edinburgh Festival and will be on virtual display on the Inspace website between the 6-31 August 2020.

 

Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body

Universal Everything is a collective of digital artists and experience designers who explore the relationship between humans, technology and futures. We bring their work to Inspace to stimulate discussion about how the body is shaped through AI and the city.

Every-Body introduces the work of the pioneering design studio, Universal Everything and presents a digital triptych consisting of three of their most provocative works. From Walking City that has become a graphic icon for the human as city, through Smart Matter that represented technology hype as a dance partner, to the more recent work Future You, that invited the viewer to become part of the machine, opening up a future of possibilities.

Walking City (2014) recovers the futuristic visions of the 1960’s architecture practice Archigram. As Walking City moves along, her body adapts and morphs through a series of 50 different environments, offering a representation of place as citizen.

Smart Matter (2018) is a series of films that are part of the studio’s Hype Cycle work explores the relationship between technology hype and its affect upon us. Working with dancers and motion capture, an algorithm becomes a third dance partner, building a tension between actions and form.

Future You (2019) is an interactive artwork which places the viewer into a relationship with an evolving form. Triggered by a camera, and learning from your every move, the digital form mimics, adapts and accelerates your body toward a Future You.

Universal Everything’s work has sustained a dialogue between three themes that bridge the 20th and 21st centuries: city, body and technology. The Every-Body show takes the opportunity to untangle these themes through curation and discussion with eminent scholars from the fields of dance, architecture and data-ethics. Ola Uduku is Professor of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture where her research explores the history of educational architecture in Africa, and the contemporary issues related to social infrastructure provision for minority communities in cities in the ‘West’ and ‘South’. Kate Sicchio is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology with wearable technology, live coding, and real time video systems. Lillian Edwards is Professor of Law, Innovation & Society at Newcastle University and is a leading academic in the field of Internet law, including work on Artificial Intelligence. She also specialises in privacy and data protection, especially as applied to AI and algorithms.

After months of lockdown, the Every-Body show uses three artworks to stimulate discussion about how our relationship with three Modern projects has changed. The City, the grandest of Modern projects, has long been a frame for defining who and what has power, is being usurped by the Technologies that dismember our material infrastructures and signs us up to monthly subscriptions to deliver or consume food, drink and culture. Recast as digital twins, our Bodies have been profiled for inclusion or exclusion in the new cities of Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning. Every-Body invites you to relish and reflect on life in a data-driven economy through the lens of Universal Everything.

https://inspace.ed.ac.uk

 

We will also have talks throughout August from the academics, look out for tickets being released soon but dates for your diary:

13 August 4pm- Professor Ola Uduku. Tickets available here.

20 August 4pm- Assistant Professor Kate Sicchio Tickets available here.

27 August 4pm- Professor Lilian Edwards Tickets available here.

We are planning on showing this exhibition in the Inspace Gallery as soon as it is safe to do so to give you the opportunity to experience the pieces in person and to interact with Future You which is meant as an interactive artwork. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Every-Body: Body – Webinar


As part of our Festival exhibition for Inspace- Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body, we invited 3 prominent scholars to respond to the works of pioneering design studio Universal Everything. The second response is from Dr Kate Sicchio, Kate is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology with wearable technology, live coding, and real time video systems. Kate reflected on Universal Everything’s Smart Matter. Smart Matter (2018) is a series of films that are part of the studio’s Hype Cycle work explores the relationship between technology hype and its affect upon us. Working with dancers and motion capture, an algorithm becomes a third dance partner, building a tension between actions and form.

Algorithmic Choreography
This talk explored questions around different ways digital technologies can be used within a choreographic process. How can computational systems be used to help make a dance or even interrupt and hack a choreographic process? Can we make new dances with computers? By using systems such as live coding and machine learning, various dance compositions will be discussed.

Kate Sicchio
Dr. Kate Sicchio is a choreographer, media artist and performer whose work explores the interface between choreography and technology with wearable technology, live coding, and real time video systems. Her work has been shown internationally in many countries including the US, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, and the UK at venues such as PS122 (NYC), Banff New Media Institute (Canada), V&A (London), and Artisan Gallery (Hong Kong). She co-edited the book Intersecting Art and Technology in Practice: Techne/Technique/Technology (Routledge) with Dr. Camille Baker. She has given invited talks at EU Parliament, Eyeo, Resonate, Node Code, Expo ‘74 and countless universities and events across the globe. She has presented work at many conferences and symposia including CHI, ISEA, ACM Creativity and Cognition, Digital Research in Humanities and Arts, and Dance Studies Association. She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance and Media Technology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Every-Body: Technology - Webinar


 

Lilian Edwards is a leading academic in the field of Internet law. She has taught information technology law, e-commerce law, privacy law and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985. Edward’s currently holds a Chair in Law, Innovation and Society at Newcastle University.

She has co-edited (both with Charlotte Waelde and alone) four editions of a textbook, Law and the Internet (later Law, Policy and the Internet); the fourth edition appeared in 2018. She won the Barbara Wellberry Memorial Prize in 2004 for work on online privacy and data trusts. A collection of her essays, The New Legal Framework for E-Commerce in Europe, was published in 2005. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for IP and Technology Law (now SCRIPT). Edwards has consulted for the EU Commission, the OECD, and WIPO.

Edwards co-chairs GikII, an annual series of international workshops on the intersections between law, technology and popular culture.

Edwards is Deputy Director of CREATe, the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology, a Research Councils UK research centre about copyright and business models.

Running Order:

4pm Introduction from Prof Chris Speed
4.05pm Talk from Prof Lilian Edwards
4.45pm Q&A session

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Every-Body: City - Webinar


As part of our Festival exhibition for Inspace- Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body, we invited 3 prominent scholars to respond to the works of pioneering design studio Universal Everything. The first response was from Ola Uduku. Ola is Professor of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture where her research explores the history of educational architecture in Africa, and the contemporary issues related to social infrastructure provision for minority communities in cities in the ‘West’ and ‘South’. Ola reflected on Universal Everything’s iconic Walking City project.

Walking City (2014) recovers the futuristic visions of the 1960’s architecture practice Archigram. As Walking City moves along, her body adapts and morphs through a series of 50 different environments, offering a representation of place as citizen. For this academic response we invited Ola Uduku to explore how these ideals of modernism have been translated in different cultures. Ola Uduku took us on a journey from traditional African architecture through to High Modernism. Reflecting on how indigenous architects dealt with Western ideas and transformed them into a new hybrid style for Africa, adapting to the tropical environment, much like the constant evolution of Walking City.

 

Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body

Universal Everything is a collective of digital artists and experience designers who explore the relationship between humans, technology and futures. We bring their work to Inspace to stimulate discussion about how the body is shaped through AI and the city.

The Exhibition will be up from the 6-31 August 2020 https://inspace.ed.ac.uk

Image: Walking Cities, 1964. Photograph: © Herron Archives

 

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Exhibition Launch - Every-Body: City, Technology and the Body


Joel Gethin Lewis, interactive creative director of the interdisciplinary design studio Universal Everything, will present his thoughts on how modernity birthed new thinking around Cities, Technology and the Body and how UE’s collaborative studio practice brings them into the 21st century.

Joel studied Mathematics and Computer Science at Imperial and completed an MA in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art, developing a passion for work that allows for real-time interaction between people, places, stories and objects.

For over 15 years, Joel’s award winning vision and work has enabled cultural organisations, brands and charities to surprise, engage and connect with their audiences in ever more innovative ways.

As interaction designer at UnitedVisualArtists, Joel toured with the likes of U2 and Massive Attack and collaborated in the creation of large scale public installations including ‘Volume’, which saw pioneering multi-user LED interactions in the garden of London’s V&A museum.

In 2008 Joel co-founded the open source craft, design and technology studio Hellicar & Lewis as well as interactive collective YesYesNo, where he pioneered architectural scale LED interaction, real time projection mapping and social network activated sculpture.

Joel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and teaches at the Creative Computing Institute in London.

Running Order:

4pm Introduction from Prof Chris Speed

4.05pm Talk from Joel Gethin Lewis

4.45pm Q&A session

 

More about the exhibition:

Every-Body introduces the work of the pioneering design studio, Universal Everything and presents a digital triptych consisting of three of their most provocative works. From Walking City that has become a graphic icon for the human as city, through Smart Matter that represented technology hype as a dance partner, to the more recent work Future You, that invited the viewer to become part of the machine, opening up a future of possibilities.

Universal Everything’s work has sustained a dialogue between three themes that bridge the 20th and 21st centuries: city, body and technology. The Every-Body show takes the opportunity to untangle these themes through curation and discussion with eminent scholars from the fields of dance, architecture and data-ethics. Alongside Universal Everything’s work will be provocations from Ola Uduku (Professor of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture); Kate Sicchio (choreographer, media artist and performer) and Lillian Edwards (Professor of Law, Innovation & Society at Newcastle University).

We will also have talks over the next 3 weeks from the academics, look out for tickets being released soon but dates for your diary:

13 August 4pm- Professor Ola Uduku

20 August 4pm- Assistant Professor Kate Sicchio

27 August 4pm- Professor Lillian Edwards

Inspace is part of the Institute for Design Informatics and acts 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. https://inspace.ed.ac.uk

Image Credit: Still from Universal Everything, Walking City.

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