The New Natural Symposium
Semiconductor, Prof. Sue Thomas and Squidsoup
Saturday 25th May 10.30am-5pm
SVA, 4 John St, Stroud GL5 2HA
The New Natural Installation
Friday 24th-Sunday 26th May 11am-4pm
Goods Shed, Stroud GL5 3AP
Modern technology and the natural world are often seen in opposition, the former perceived as either destroying or at least disconnecting us from the latter. So what of a new relationship, a new approach towards the natural world that reconnects us in ways only possible through the use of technology? The New Natural will bring together three people whose work explores different aspects of this question. A day of presentations at 4 John Street, a film installation in the Brunel Goods Shed, interwoven with good food and finishing with an open discussion led by Rob la Frenais of The Arts Catalyst (www.artscatalyst.org).
Semiconductor are Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt who through their animated films, often using sound to generate image, explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, oscillating between the visible and invisible. With residencies at NASA, on the Galapagos Islands, and the Smithsonian Institute, this award-winning duo have had access to some extraordinary scientific data with which to work. For The New Natural they will be showing their film 20Htz in the Brunel Goods Shed, and taking part in the seminar. via Skype, from the States. (www.semiconductorfilms.com)
Professor Sue Thomas's forthcoming book Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace looks at how we embed life-like images and processes in everything we create, including the virtual terrain of the internet. Research Professor of New Media in the Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University, Sue's publications include the novel Correspondence (short-listed for the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1992), the online writing project The Noon Quilt, and Amplified Leicester, a city-wide experiment in social media. (www.technobiophilia.com)
Squidsoup is an international group of artists, researchers and designers led by Anthony Rowe who create interactive digital installations that explore the boundary between physical space and virtual worlds. Their work has been nominated for a BAFTA (Interactive Arts) and seen at festivals around the world including Ars Electronica (Linz Austria, 2010), SIGGRAPH (Los Angeles, 2001, 2010), Glastonbury (2010) and Kinetica Art Fair (London 2010). (www.squidsoup.org)
The New Natural is presented by Heart of Wonder (www.heartofwonder.info) in collaboration with SVA , and supported by Alias (www.aliasarts.org).
In association with The New Natural, Resound and Qu Junktions have programmed sound and performative evening events during the symposium weekend. See Resound and Qu Junktions for more information.
Tickets £12 including lunch and refreshments, £20 for weekend inclusive of evening events
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