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 47 - Copy That
Richard F Adams speaks to Alistair Gentry, Harmeet Chagger-Khan, Mr Gee and Hannah Redler Hawes about the 'Copy That?' exhibition.
'Copy That?' is an exhbition from the Open Data Institute's (ODI) arts programme Data as Culture. The exhibition asks how ‘true’ is the ‘data you’ and how many versions exist online?
In the episode, Richard speaks to Alistair, Harmeet, Mr Gee and Hannah about the exhbition, about the ODI and their individual work. As well as about some of the broader ethical challenges that come with collecting and using data.
For more information on the ‘Copy That?’ exhibition, please visit: https://culture.theodi.org/copythat/
More links that might be of interest include:
- Bring Me My Fire Truck (The New Jerusalem?): https://culture.theodi.org/firetruck/
- DoxBox trustbot: https://culture.theodi.org/doxbox/
- Mood Pinball: https://culture.theodi.org/moodpinball/
Episode 46 - Rules Of Engagement
Richard F Adams speaks to Antonio Roberts, Nick Briz and Hannah Redler Hawes about the 'Rules of Engagement' exhibition.
'Rules of Engagement' is an exhbition from the Open Data Institute's (ODI) arts programme Data as Culture. By seeing people as more than just data points, the exhibition asks those with power to reimagine how we engage with data, advocating for an ethical data future for everyone.
'Rules of Engagement' is curated by guest curator Antonio Roberts and features artists Nick Briz, A.M. Darke and Everest Pipkin. Through their work, the artists ask important questions that all of us should be considering, such as why could there be mistrust in current data practices or should data collection even be considered in the first place and who are the people or communities impacted by data misuse.
In the episode, Richard speaks to Antonio, Nick and Hannah about the exhbition, about the ODI and their individual work. As well as about some of the broader ethical challenges that come with collecting and using data.
For more information on the Rules of Engagement exhibition, please visit: https://theodi.org/article/data-as-culture-exhibition-rules-of-engagement/
More links that might be of interest include:
- Open Data Institute: https://theodi.org/
- How they watch you: howthey.watch/you
- Antonio Roberts: https://www.hellocatfood.com/
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.