Patrick Laing is a creature of extreme diversity. Essentially a designer, but the titles artist, inventor and entrepreneur would fit just as appropriately. An interview to talk about one of his latest projects, the Flying Skirt light shade, turned up a whole host of other fascinating creations, including an astonishingly smart bicycle mudguard.
London-based arts organisation Auto Italia South East is renowned for creating innovative, collaborative formats incorporating live and media-heavy art that engages audiences. The company’s latest project ‘Immaterial Labour Isn't Working (ILIW),’ is a series of talks, texts and online contributions from artists, activists, technologists and writers examining how digital technology is effecting our health, work life, approach to art, and politics. Today, we live online. The boundaries between production, consumption - and even art are blurring. How does this affect our culture, our sense of self and our ability to create? The group at Auto Italia South East, co-run by Marianne Forrest and Kate Cooper, got together to answer our questions.
The new thinking of the mid-to-late 1960s is most often expressed in pop culture, with vibrant colours and sounds. However, the exploration of new ways to think and to live went far beyond Sgt. Pepper and Axis: Bold as Love. Archigram is one of the most important architectural groups of that era, displaying completely new ideas of how to live and presenting them amongst a riot of sound, visual effects, and light. 50 years later, Archigram is still going strong, and we caught up with the group's Dennis Crompton at their new show at Modern Art Oxford to discuss its impact.
As the world becomes dominated by city dwellers and the dreams of living in space are ever-present, our relationship with the world around us is both intimate and detached. Isoculture is a project which dreams up an artificial "bubble" for us to live in – a self-enclosed environment where humans can flourish within hostile environments. Indeed, the reality of such hostility is moving into increasingly sharp focus due to man-made environmental damage.
The project is the brainchild of two artists, Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta. We invited them to chat about their work.
Tim Maughan is well-known as a writer of science fiction, but you can leave any prejudices of the genre at the door. Maughan's work touches on topics including art, globalisation, architecture, activism, and the cult of celebrity. He is also an expert on Japanese anime and comics. We caught up with Tim at his home in Bristol, starting with a discussion about the recent film of his book, Paintwork.
Steve Furber's dream is to map the most intricate elements of the human brain in silicon form. Such an endeavour requires heavy-duty parallel computing, to which SpiNNaker, a project to map the brain through a massively parallel chipset. Ahead of his forthcoming talk at the Real Time Club on SpiNNaker, we caught up with Steve to find out where the project - and where parallel processing in general - is heading.
SuperEverything* is the new production from multimedia duo The Light Surgeons. The product of their tour of Malaysia, it will be performed live as part of a small tour of arts venues across the UK in March and April. We caught up with Christopher Thomas Allen as the duo commence their final preparations.
Leeds Creative Labs is a project run by Caper and the University of Leeds Cultural and Creative Exchange. It matches four academics with four digital artists for a short period of intensive collaboration and development. We chatted with artist Ben Eaton and academic Kevin Macnish about their project, which explores the ethics of contemporary warfare using game platforms.
Elizabeth Price is the first Artist in Residence at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's space unit, RALSpace. Working with space scientist Dr. Hugh Mortimer, Elizabeth and Invisible Dust curator Alice Sharp recently presented their thoughts and work to the annual 8th Appleton Space Conference. Elizabeth is also the winner of this year's Turner Prize.
We caught up with Elizabeth to discuss her collaboration with RALSpace, as well as the immediate impact of her Turner Prize award earlier this week.
Dan O'Hara's interests are both varied and, certainly for us, profound. Part of the O(rphan)d(rift>) collective that released the seminal Cyberpositive in 1995 ("... probably the first Deleuzean technotheory novel"), O'Hara has gone on to extensively study and write about a number of key themes within socio-technological discourse.
15 years after the publication of Cyberpositive, we invited Dan to talk about the intervening period, as well as focus on a range of interests including skeuomorphism and the life and works of J.G. Ballard.