Assembly on Useful Art, Science and Technology

Broadcasting the archive, archive installation at The Luminary, St. Louis (US), 2015, photo Brea McAnally
Broadcasting the archive, archive installation at The Luminary, St. Louis (US), 2015, photo Brea McAnally

As part of Notes from the Field, Arts Catalyst will present an 'Assembly on Useful Art, Science and Technology’. The assembly will host six speakers and two respondents, split across two consecutive sessions. Speakers will be made up of a trans-disciplinary group of artists, scientists, technologists, designers, curators and researchers who use science and technologies to activate social change. Together they will reflect on the possibilities of art as a tool or devise to effect radical change.

Panel 1

Veronica Ranner, Kit Jones (CAT), Dimitri Launder - Chaired by Alec Steadman, Arts Catalyst's Curator

Veronica Ranner is an artist and designer, researching the burgeoning domain of the bio­–digital — a converging knowledge space where digitality and computational thinking meets biological matter. She dissects and creates tangible and immaterial manifestations of such collisions, examining hereby the polyphonic potential of alternative technological futures as part of her practice-led PhD at the Royal College of Art

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), situated in Wales, is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. CAT have developed and produced of a wide range of renewable energy systems.

Dimitri Launder is the founder of Artist Gardeners. With 12 years of experience designing, and building gardens, his concerns are often based on a playful humour and apocalyptic view of the sustainability of localised food production in an urban context. He believes the cultural and ecological legacy that we leave as a society is our collective responsibility.

Panel 2

Graham Harwood, Sylvia Nagl, Jonathan Rosenhead (BSSRS) - Chaired by Nicola Triscott, Arts Catalyst's CEO

Graham Harwood is one half of artistic collaboration YoHa, along with Matsuko Yokokoji. YoHa’s projects combine groups and individuals with the technologies that surround them, through a socially engaged and research based practice. YoHa produce powerful allegorical contraptions to form an understanding of complex social/technical systems.

Dr Sylvia Nagl is a trans-disciplinary complexity scientist who works on the interdependence of human and natural systems. She is interested in how the dynamic interactions of people with each other, with wider social, economic, political, and technological systems.

The British Society for Social Responsibility in Science (BSSRS) was the centre of a 'radical science' movement in the 1970s. The society was formed out of a campaign in 1968 against university research on chemical and biological weapons. Professor Jonathan Rosenhead has worked at London School of Economics since 1967 and been Professor of Operational Research since 1987. He was active in the BSSRS for 20 years, including a period as Chair.

Respondent: Gemma Medina Estupiñan (Arte Util, Archive Researcher).

Gemma Medina Estupiñan is an independent research curator and Art Historian (PhD in Contemporary Art History) based in Eindhoven. She was part of the curatorial team of The Museum of Arte Útil (Van Abbemuseum), leading the research to build the Arte Útil Archive and co-curating the public program. She conceived the project ‘Broadcasting the archive’ along with Alessandra Saviotti to emancipate the usership around the Arte Útil archive. ‘Broadcasting the archive’ is supported by  Mondriaan Fund.

Time break down
Panel 1: 17.00 - 18.30, Panel 2: 18.45 - 20.15, Respondents: 20.30 - 21.00

Advance tickets are £5, with refreshments provided. Booking details to follow.