Notionas of global and the singunivesal (thierry de Duve)

Notions of mass media an mass migration lead to “a new order of instability in the production of modern subjectives: Appedurai….

Peter Weibels theories on art and globalisation, ZKM, Karlsruhe

Notion of create little cracks in the system. Chantal Mouffe’s concept of Agnostics. (Afredo Jaar)

WE are embeded in the system, we need to transform things foundamentally.

Ms. Frances Maurice (director of tate) coined last week: always told as a young person, little cock in the big system. it doesn’t matter how big is the cock, it matters that … please google


Zygmunt Bauman

Anthony Giddens

Jacues Ranciere

Chantal Mouffe

Edward Said



The Impact of Technology in the ARts: Challenges and Opportunities

By Melanie Lenz (Curator, V&A)

Micro and Macro impact (collector, exhibitor, Audience, artists etc. )

Collection policy (computer generated art) in V&A: history of 50 years old

  • Cybernetic Serendipity: ICA, Long 1968
  • Manfred Mohr (Early collection): digital art work, language and code: Strong reaction to the question of “What do you think research that has the help of computer.”
  • Computer Arts Society:
  • Patric Prince & Siggraph donated his work to V&A

Context, Collaboration and Revolution: E.A.T news (Experimental, Arts and Technology)

  • Analogue to digital: Oscillon (Ben Laposky); Drawing machine (D.P.Henry)
  • Howard Wise Gallery: Computer composition with lines (A. Michael Noll )
  • Information Aesthetics: Stuttgart. Freider Nake, Geor Nees
  • International Initiatives in Japan:  (CTG) Computer Technique Group, Hiroshi Kawano (Red tree from Art Ex Machina portfolio, 1972. Running Cola is Africa. 1967-8
  • Technology is not neutral- female artists work with computers: Vera Molnar, Barbara Nessim;
  • New ways of working: Harold Cohen on AI, codified the process of drawing (Turtle robot)
  • The Algorists: Roman Verostko, using algorithm to create by means of coding.  trained as a monk. Adopted paint brush, with Chinese charatersParal.
  • V&A starts exhibiting digital art n 2009: Decode: Digital design senstation.
    • On Growth and Form (Daniel Brown)
    • Random International, Study for a mirror
    • Cellular Forms (Andy Lomas)
    • Processing (Casey Reas)
  • V&A recent exhibition: Parallel Worlds Nov 2016 (video game); Liquid citizenship (Femke Herregraven); Swarm Study (Random International); Makeshift tear-Gas Mask (objects being repurposed into different usage)

V&A digital programms (Audience aspects)

  • Learning by doing: Emphasise practical applications of skills and knowledge
  • Tinkers, tailors and candlestick makers: with Family, adults, hospitals, higher education, creative industries through digial drop in, samsung digital classroom, practical adult workshops, digital kids…etc.
  • What’s happening now: focusing on collaboration, connect physical and digital.

wearables, data visualisation, soft robotics, live coding boot camp, app design, project mapping, video game design, sound art, digital illustration, photographic processed, VR, Electronics, 3D printing & CNC

  • Digital drop in events: Moving alphebats
  • Digital futures; monthly meet up. networking events
  • Digital design weekend: annually, work with NaSA, microsoft, BBC etc. multidisciplinary work.
  • Artist & Designer Residencies: Samsung residence artist yiyun Kang, Casting (data mapping piece)
  • Special events: Games Jam, Qouantum Computing & ART, exploring new ways of technology in the arts creating challenges and opportunities

V&A blog: tag: digital programmes

MyQuestion (would you consider the pieces created solely by AI as Art): Yes. A computer artist should be a programmer who can teach his computer to produce works of art y itself, and furthermore know about the digital computing behavior of his computer in details. it is never a computer artist, but a computer itself that produces works of art; a computer artist only helps his computer acting as a programmer. computer art should not be confused with the style or the school or indefinitvetool , try the traditional, art of computer. see the computer as the primary (Hiroshi Kawano)

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“Stop Phubbing” Case Study


Technology, as the key enabler for the cultural flow has brought people all over the world into a digital platform that has quick exchange of information including instant messagers, emails, news and all sorts of updates around the world.

It connectes people all over the global despite the distance and space, but also in a way disconnect people next to each other, every beep or vibration of the mobile phone takes people’s attention away even when they are sitting together having coffee or meal.

It’s unnerving when you think into the future, this has become a norm for social etiquette. So in 2012, a campaign  called “Stop Phubbing” was started in Sydney university. The word “Phubbing” was born to name the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention.

But fast forward to the recent days, if you ask a random people, what is “Phubbing”, no one would have any idea, and yet the behavior

phubbing (verb.) The act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention.

An average restaurant will see 30 cases of phubbing per dinner session. This is equal to spending 570 days alone, while in the company of others.

97% of people claim their food tasted worse while being a victim of phubbing

87% of teens would rather communicate via text than face to face.



Unit 3 – Assignment

Please write two separate reports of 1,000 words each, (+/- 200 words;
excluding reference list) which critically explore two individually chosen case
studies. One should provide an example of a successful attempt to engage
with local and global challenges, the other one, an, in your opinion,
unsuccessful example. These case studies can be drawn from any cultural
activities and innovative projects (governmental, societal, arts and culture
related) from a commissioning side on the larger scale, or cultural responses
to challenges on a local level (community or individual level). The two reports,
which can include data sets, graphs, images etc., in addition to the 1,000
words text, will be assessed summative.

Demonstrate critical reflection in relation to identifying and interrogating examples of social engagement, using key theories and discourses, and relevant tools and methods (research) :

globalisation – what, how and why etc. Mediascape, technoscape, ethnoscape, ideascape, financesacpe (Appdurai)

  • Migration, urbanisation & identify, representation and /or engagement
  • or ideas from other weeks: sustainability, conflict
  • Forms and drivers of immigrant identity; or representations of the city as local/global.

Define, analyse and critically evaluate the success criteria of models of social and cultural engagement (Analysis)

  • Define success in terms of your case study – what were its aims
  • apply this definition to your case study = what were the outcomes
  • Out reach – did it get an audience?
  • You could have various definitions of success; they may compete

e.g. Cultural activities and/or government response, community or individual response.

  • Community engagement / participation – did the target community participate?
  • Community development / – did the community ‘grow’ / increase cultural capital?
  • Outreach – did it get an audience
  • Inclusion – did it include people/groups that were previously not included?


Case 1: Tedx talk: Successful engaging globalisaiton of idea sharing, technology and media.

Ideas worth spreading

Case II: Stop Phubbing campaign. tackling an issue of the side effect of a global media and technology advance.

Stop phubbing campaign was an idea of a university student in Australia.

Why the ‘Stop Phubbing’ Campaign Is Going Viral

artists Tino Sehgal tate modern turbine hall, the Unilever series. arts that changes our way of talking to each other.


how the modern technology got us more connected and people get more disconnected.

TV: when TV comes, it disrupted the way people communicate.


Unit 3 Lecture – Impact of Brexit on the Cultural sector in the UK and the Rise of Nationalism in the EU

Context: EU was set up in order to better negotiate with the world on trading and other conditions. Live better in peace, prosperity, more connected and collaborative. Referendum in the UK on 23 June to ask the populous if they want to remain in the EU or leave.

Actual process of leaving the EU begin on 29 March 2017 when Article 50 of the Lison treaty was triggered – from that moment it will take 2 years in which the UK has to finish the process of leaving the EU.

Timeline tracker

What about the Art Market: Jenny Saville, Shift was sold at Sotheby’s 29 June 2016 estimated 1.5-2 million pound, sold at 6.81 million pound. Bidding war between Larry Gagosian and anonymous phone bidder -Bought by Wang Wei and liu Yiqian for the long museum in shanghai for “she” exhibition starting end July 2016.

Who I am

I, am probably the most pessimistic person in the world.

I was scared of the world when I was little, constantly having nightmares with fears of strangers. I still remember that one I had before school age, that everyone on earth had the same blurred, pale white paint face, moving around a few inches above ground without any movement of the legs, kind of like ghosts, i could not hide from them, since they were everywhere. I hadn’t seen any ghost movies then.

Today, I’m not scared of people anymore, but my perspective has shifted to the ugliness of human and the dark side of the humanity.

I wanted to learn about Psychology, mostly fascinated about the dark side of the human psychology, and what is the internal motives for people to do the things that they do. But I winced since I started to realize in order to peep into other people’s mind, I’d have to dig into my own emotional garbage, locked doors, dark secrets in order to understand who I am. The idea of that frightens me. As pessimistic as I am, emerge into too many negatives things would have destroyed me.

I picked Arts and Cultural, since i thought whatever I learn would be harmless. But it turns out, the arts can also be expressed in a shocking way that mimic the act of inhumanity and even horror. I was deeply sad and disgusted by the Man eating Fetus act by that so called Performing artist. And there must be something in his head that made sense of all these, but it doesn’t appear obvious to others. There again, the psychology comes into play.

Unit 3 Intro – Global Challenges

Some art projects dealing with Global challenges

Francis Alys

When Faith Moves Mountains

The Green Line

Interview by Jean Fisher : In Spirit of Conviviality

  • Land artist Michael Heizer’s double negative 1969 – a displacement of 240K tons of earth in the Nevada desert;
  • Water de Maria’s Lighting Field, 1977 – 400 steel lightning conductors set in a grid over a square mile of the New Mexico desert;
  • Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, 1970

Adrian Piper’s 1907 -71 Catalysis series f absurd street performance.

Catalysis I

Adrian Piper’s works are about taking risks and challenging herself as an artist. She dives right into the concept without any hesitation or self-doubt. She did just that for her first performance of the Catalysis Series too. She soaked her clothes in a mixture of vinegar, eggs, milk, and cod-liver oil for a week. She then wore these on a public train in the evening. There is nothing else that could provoke more reactions from surrounding people than wearing the nasty smell of vinegar on a public train during rush hours.

Catalysis II

Essentially a recording of the artist whistling along a piece by Bach, the German composer, the second performance was a much subdued version of a commentary on social behavior and norms.

Catalysis III

The third performance included a shopping trip to Macy’s, a departmental store. The artist wore clothing that had previously been painted with sticky white emulsion paint. The front of her shirt read “WET PAINT”. Just like a park bench marked with the same warning, she became a thing of curiosity. Anyone witnessing a similar scenario would be intrigued to know whether the paint was actually wet. They would want to touch her, but would not do so in fear of doing something that might perhaps have been offensive in a ‘normal’ situation.

Catalysis IV

Carried out in 1971, the seventh piece involved Piper going into public places and taking public transport with a mouthful, literally! She had stuffed a white bath towel on the sides of her mouth with the other end hanging out in front of her. With this defiance of proper public conduct, she was coercing her audience to shun or scorn her behavior.

Catalysis V

Libraries require a certain social conduct. Naturally, one of Piper’s performances was staged at the Donnell Library, New York. The artist had recorded herself making belches at five-minute intervals previously. For the performance, she hid the tape recorder on her and carried on her usual research, reading and searching for books, while it loudly played in the background.

Catalysis VI

Possibly the piece that attracted the most attention, Catalysis VI involved some helium-filled Mickey Mouse balloons. The artist walked around Central Park in New York with these tied to her ears, her teeth as well as her hair. As compared to the rest of the performances, this was also the most theatrical one.

Catalysis VII

For the last performance, Piper demonstrated the same courage and audacity as her very first work of the series. She actually played the role of a viewer and the viewed simultaneously at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York. While experiencing the art, she chewed on large amounts of chewing gum, blew up large balloons and let the remnants of the gum remain on her face. Possibly the most interesting out of the lot, this work not only challenged social norms but also the roles of the artist as well as the viewer.

Waste Water Bottle Exhibition