I Am Seeing Things: Exhibition and Symposium

I Am Seeing Things: Exhibition and Symposium
I Am Seeing Things: Exhibition and Symposium

Talbot Rice Gallery,
The University of Edinburgh,
Old College, South Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
The title I Am Seeing Things summons a state in which we are uncertain about what is before our eyes and the trauma of this circumstance. The I Am Seeing Things symposium takes another look at what we mean by the term ‘things’. How do everyday, analogue objects change when connected to the World Wide Web? Referring to an Internet of Things, the symposium anticipates the technical and cultural shifts as society moves to a state in which every object is connected, or ‘wired’.
In the sense that data differs from knowledge, and things aren’t what they seem, the arts have differed from technical communities in their approach to objects. In order to process objects as data, technical dialects require closed meanings. Arts discourse, on the other hand, keep meanings and readings open to interpretation. The symposium brings together digital designers and personalities from the arts to explore what it is to be seeing things.
The symposium and exhibition is the culmination of a three year research project entitled TOTeM (Tales of Things and Electronic Memory) and the work of its research team that has developed technologies to support the association of personal memories with material artefacts. The themes present in the symposium will reflect the investigators interests in the how this technology has disrupted consumer practices, heritage and the geography of things.
25 October
10am-4.30pm (registration opens 9.30am)
The symposium will be centered around 4 key themes- value, meaning, thingness and networks and each session shall be chaired by one of the TOTeM team, Chris Speed (University of Edinburgh, ECA), Jon Rogers and Simone O’Callaghan (University of Dundee, DJCAD), Maria Burke (University of Salford) and Andy Hudson-Smith (University College London, UCL).
Confirmed Speakers (more to follow):
Mark Shepard (artist, architect and researcher, New York)
Mike Crang (Professor of Cultural Geography, Durham University)
Geoffrey Mann (artist, designer and craftsman, Edinburgh)
Irene NG (Professor of Marketing and Service Systems at the University of Warwick)
Mike Phillips (Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, Plymouth University)
Torsten Lauschmann (Artist, Glasgow)
TOTeM: Brunel University, Edinburgh College of Art, University College London, University of Dundee, University of Salford
Funded by theDigital Economy Research Councils UK