Artist James Bridle brings together speakers across disciplines to discuss the theme of systems literacy, the emerging literacy of the 21st Century: namely the understanding that we inhabit a complex, dynamic world of constantly-shifting relationships, made explicit but not always explained by our technologies.
In the context of the exhibition Electronic Superhighway 2016-1966, which features Bridle’s work, the conversation explores how the ability to see, understand and navigate these systems and the related technology is key to artistic, social and political work in an electronic world.
Speakers include researcher Georgina Voss and London-based technologist and designer Tom Armitage.
James Bridle is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet.
His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in WIRED, Domus, Cabinet, The Atlantic, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Observer and many others.
He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines. His work can be found at booktwo.org.
Georgina Voss is co-founder of the research co-operative Strange Telemetry, and a Visiting Fellow at SPRU, University of Sussex . She tweets at @gsvoss.
Tom Armitage is a freelance technologist and designer living and working in London. He presented Future Speak for BBC Radio 4, exploring the wider benefits of reading, writing, and even thinking in code. His work can be found tomarmitage.com
This event is part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s Electronic Superhighway Season, featuring artist commissions, displays and screenings, alongside talks and live performances.
Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) runs from 29 January to 15 May 2016.