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University of the West of Scotland presents
Being Human-Digital/Analogue?

Thu 23 November — Fri 24 November 2017


We are in the midst of the digital age and what Donna Haraway coined as the integrated circuit of high-tech capital. Digital technology has engulfed all aspects of contemporary living, the web is used widely to make, store and distribute production and services. The technical is now also political - and robots are coming to stay! It is timely to reflect on what it means to be human. Although technology has significantly influenced art making and altered representation, artists still manipulate and control aspects of creation ‘by hand’, often combining digital and analogue forms.

A symposium and exhibition exploring the concept of being human and the digital-analogue divide through sound/image will be held on Thursday 23 November 2017, 2pm - 5pm, in the CCA cinema. New works by UWS artists, researchers and students will be featured alongside screenings, talks and demonstrations. The symposium will close with a live performance by Saint McCabe and Robert Motyka.

The associated programme of screenings, exploring themes of 'Being Human' by artists from across Europe and beyond will be showcased on Thursday 23 November between 5pm - 7pm and Friday 24 November between 11am - 7pm in the cinema.

Being Human screening programme:

Featuring artists:
Anina Brisolla, Sam Firth, Emma Hall, Matías López Iglesias, Luise Kloos and Roanna Rahman, Andreja Kulunčić with Vedran Štefan and the EQUALS Collective, Rimantas Plunge, and Jovana Popić

Curatorial collaboration:
Katarzyna Kosmala and Josip Zanki

This event is part of the programme that showcases research centred on digital technologies in contemporary art, creating opportunities for new knowledge, artistic and technological exchange. The event builds on themes advanced in the curated exhibition Azimuth held at the IA Gallery, TMU, Tokyo in April 2016 and at the CCA in Glasgow in December, 2016 organised in association with the institutional collaboration between the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland and, Japan.