AboutAs part of the talks and event series accompanying ASSEMBLY Charlie Gere will give a lecture titled Re-Thinking the Digital.
The word digital has at least two contradictory meanings. On one hand it means data expressed in the form of a series of numbers for use with a computer and therefore implies abstraction and distance. On the other it means to do with the fingers, contrastingly implying touch and connectedness.
In this talk Charlie Gere takes advantage of these contradictory meanings in order to deconstruct some of the presumptions that exist around contemporary digital culture, to which he sees artistic practice as a form of resistance. He will cover ideas to do with the virtual and the material, community and the relational.
Gere is Reader in New Media Research in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. He is co-curator of FutureEverybody the 2012 FutureEverythingexhibition in Manchester. In 2007 he co-curated Feedback, a major exhibition on art responsive to instructions, input, or its environment, in Gijon, Northern Spain.
He has given talks at many major arts institutions, including the Centre de Cultura Contemporà Â nia de Barcelona, the Architectural League in New York, Tate Britain, and Tate Modern. His new book, Community without Community in Digital Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), will be out later this year.
Previous titles include: Digital Culture (Reaktion Books, 2002),Art, Time and Technology (Berg, 2006), Non-relational Aesthetics, with Michael Corris (Artwords, 2009). Gere was co-editor of White Heat Cold Technology (MIT Press, 2009), andArt Practice in a Digital Culture (Ashgate, 2010), as well as writing many papers on questions of technology, media and art.
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