4th December 2017 6.45pm – 8.30pm
River Rooms, Somerset House
A new event series exploring the role technology plays in the development, production and consumption of art and culture.
Memes, video games, social media, post-production techniques and generative algorithms: in 2017, new technologies and internet culture offer artists infinite possibilities and few technical limits. As consumers and remote critics, we click, scroll and like our way through these digital spaces, comforted and besieged by hyperactive content streams which present us with an increasingly fragmented and chaotic view of the world.
Defrag explores confusion, control, creativity, appropriation and resilience, delving into the practice of artists, designers and thinkers utilising and critiquing the latest tools and questioning the realities of our newly augmented human experience. Featuring the work and practices of Somerset House Studios residents and invited guests, the night is structured as a live navigation through artists’ digital footprints, alongside some collective internet browsing.
In the second event, Charlotte Webb and UAL Futures present The Feminist Internet Digital Clinic. An interactive event that will take the form of a ‘clinic’ where problematic aspects of the internet undergo treatment and surgery throughout a series of short performances/spectacles.
Feminist Internet is a movement concerned with building an equal and just internet for all. It was started as part of UAL Futures, a University of the Arts London initiative inventing the futures of education. Feminist Internet is generously supported by UAL’s Widening Participation team.
DEFRAG is curated by Jake Charles Rees in association with Somerset House Studios.