Thursday, 25 October 2012

Virtual Futures Salon at TROVE

Last night was the Virtual Futures Salon at TROVE.  Here's the blurb >

Virtual Futures is the West-Midlands' longest running cyberculture conference with previous events including a live demonstration of computer controlled body parts, music and video-enhanced presentations from internationally renowned theorists, a series of talks from leading authorities on new scientific paradigms of complexity and non-linearity and guided tours of revolutionary virtual reality environments.
The Virtual Futures Salon is a new series of unique underground events exploring the convergence of technology, art, science and philosophy. They aim to explore one of most important intellectual and cultural developments of our times – the technological extension of the human condition.
On October 24th 2012 the Virtual Futures Salon will be hosted at the TROVE Gallery, Birmingham UK and explore the theme of image, thrill, and the semi-artificial imagination:
Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? For philosophers and artists there have always been two types of imagery: 1) the faithful reproduction and 2) the image that is distorted intentionally. Increasingly interactions with synthetic and technologically driven spaces could be said to blur our perception of what is authentic. Designers and artists have often attempted to create faithful simulacrum that mimic the natural environment (in a process of bio-mimicry). But in the 21st Century, where we are increasingly impressed by our own technological prowess, we now have the tools to adapt and reform our environment - no longer biased by the the biological but servant to the synthetic.
Virtual Futures Salon will aim to question the limits of representation and imagery exploring different ways in which technology is fundamentally changing what it means to be human.

The event will include artworks and discussions from an exciting line-up of internationally renowned participants:
Dr. Trudy BarberSex-tech Researcher, Artist and Senior Lecturer
Pat Cadigan, Queen of Cyberpunk
Prof. Johnny GoldingPhilosopher & Director of Centre for Fine Arts Research
Dan O'HaraPhilosopher of Technology
Dr. John PickeringCognative Scientist
Sascha Pohflepp, Artist (Synthetic Aesthetics)
Mer RobertsArtist from collective 0rphan Drift
Franken Beaumont, Performance Artist
Liam Worth, Installation Artist
J.R. DooleySound Artist & Composer

 And here's the event in pictures >

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