Digital Matters Symposium


Digital Matters Symposium
Friday 3 November, 10:30am-5pm
£4-£8, booking required
Location: New Adelphi Building, University of Salford, University Road, M5 4WT

The Digital Matters Symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Digital Matters: The Earth Behind the Screen, opening at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art on 3rd November 2017, exploring the relationship between the natural and the technological through artworks produced in Hong Kong, China and in the UK.

The Digital Matters Symposium wishes to host a debate around the interconnection among technology, nature and art. The symposium will give artists, curators and scholars the opportunity to reflect on the visual and theoretical expressions of the paradoxical relationship between technological progress and environmental destruction and discuss the role of new media art on the development of a new understanding of this relationship. Furthermore, it will explore how the curatorial space can inspire different geopolitical imaginaries by interrogating the “material alter ego” of our digital technocapitalist society. 

The symposium takes place at the University of Salford. Confirmed speakers are MAP Office (Artists, Hong Kong), Dani Ploeger (New Media Artist, UK), Dr Christopher Payne (Lecturer Chinese Studies, University of Manchester), Dr Steven Gartside (Curator, Holden Gallery), Dr Beccy Kennedy (Senior lecturer in Art History, Manchester Metropolitan University). As part of the symposium we will be screening Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang's Behemoth (Venice Film Festival 2015). 

The symposium is supported by Asia Research Network for Arts and Media (ARNAM) .

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