TECHnique is a podcast where artists talk about how technology is impacting them and their practice. Sam Fry and Richard Adams speak to artists who tell their stories, explain their choices and the lessons that they have learned.
Episode 45 - Women In Gaming
Sam Fry speaks to Vik Bennett, a writer, poet and creative producer.
Vik (known often in her writing as Victoria) is founder of the grassroots arts collective, Wild Women Press. As a result, she has spent the last twenty years curating platforms for women to share ideas, stories, inspirations, and actions for positive change. She also holds an MA in Creative Writing and has three decades experience working as a freelance writer and artist. Her writing has won the Andrew Waterhouse Poetry Award, the Mother's Milk Writing Prize, and a Northern Debut Award.
She is also director of The Wizard and The Wyld Ltd, a creating immersive playable poetry within video-game platforms. A frequent digital collaborator, she interested in how poetry and new technologies can be used to create meaningful and authentic narratives.
Recently, Vik has also begun a new project called Wild Woman Gamer – a celebration of the inspiring women working and creating positive change, within the gaming community.
In the episode, Sam and Vik talk about creative writing, about Wild Women Press, collaboration and about representation in gaming.
For more information on Vik's work, visit any of the following:
Episode 44 - Design Fiction
Sam Fry speaks to Amina Abbas-Nazari: a designer, researcher and artist that works in Design Fiction.
Amina uses Design Fiction to explore and design alternative interactions, systems and to create sonic fictions. As a graduate of MA Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, Amina is also embarking on a Techne NPIF funded PhD studentship in the subject areas of Artificial Intelligence and Voice, in partnership with IBM.
In the episode, the pair talk about Design Fiction, alongside some experiments that Amina is involved in around the concepts of voice and Artitifical Intelligence.
For more information on Amina Abbas-Nazari's work, visit: www.aminanazari.com
Episode 43 - Fashion
Sam Fry speaks to Sam Cotton, a fashion designer, consultant and artist.
Sam Cotton is an Award Winning Creative Director, Designer and Fashion Innovation Consultant, who specialises in Material Innovation, Design Innovation, Philosophical Models, Anthropological Research and Sustainability. His clients have included Valentino, JW Anderson, Alexander McQueen, COS, LVMH, Richemont, Parsons School of New Design, etc.
More recently, Sam has been drawn back towards his interests in art, philosophy and form – to create digital art. So, in the episode, the pair talk about the fashion industry, innovation and creating digital art using AI and 3D printing.
For more information on Sam Cotton's consultancy work, visit: www.samuelcotton.co.uk. His personal brand Raiment can be found here: www.raiment.eu.
Episode 42 - Events
Sam Fry speaks to Helen Brady, a senior events manager that works for Events Northern in the North West of England.
Helen is an amazing events manager, who runs a variety of corporate events in the UK. She is also one half of ‘Make Do Drink’ – a series of craft making events in Preston that she runs with Graphic Designer Nicola Darwin.
We spoke about what it involves to run events, how the industry has been shaken up by the Covid-19 pandemic and about how the industry is blending the physical and digital.
Episode 41 - Writing
Richard F Adams speaks to Rebecca Denton, an author that sometimes goes under the nom de plume Lizzy Dent.
Rebecca Denton is an author and content creator. Her background is in worked in TV on a variety of interactive and digital concepts. These days, Rebecca has moved away from digital storytelling to focus on writing novels – including a trio of books under the title ‘This Beats Perfect’. Her first novel under the name Lizzy Dent comes out on Penguin next year.
Episode 40 - Philosophy
Richard F Adams speaks to Graham Harman, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.
Graham is known for his work with the metaphysics of objects and in developing of "object-oriented ontology". His recent book, "Artful Objects" is about art and the business of speculative realism. During the episode, the pair discuss philosophy, art, virtual reality and - of course - object-oriented ontology.