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  • 2012-2013: £120,000
  • 2013-2014: £120,000
  • 2014-2015: £120,000

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Anna Higgs talking to Matt Locke about telling stories beyond the film

An excerpt from Anna Higgs' Q&A session at this year's Reframed.

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Improving Reality 2014 - Holly Herndon

Session 3 - The Performance of Visibility Composer and performer Holly Herdon is fascinated by her laptop, so much that she has created work to explore the way our relationships are mediated through it. Interested in the way we spy on ourselves and others, Holly presents her collaboration with Mat Dryhurst and Akihiko Taniguchi, Chorus, which asked members of the public to send pictures of their intimate browsing environments for 3D reconstruction. In a UK premier, Holly Herndon also presents her brand-new collaboration with Metahaven, Home, a self-professed love song to an NSA agent, which asks us to analyse our own visibility on the network as we notice multiple audiences watching us.

Improving Reality 2014 - Susan Schuppli

Session 2 - The Aesthetics of Disappearance Susan Schuppli - 'Secrecy and Imagined Truths' Through a series of case studies, Forensic Architecture’s Susan Schuppli asks if imagination is the very condition by which secrecy gains its traction and political agency. How do we document devastation and attacks when there is nothing left but rubble and memory? How do we reveal the devastation of drone attacks when evidence is controlled and concealed by the state, and obscured from UN investigation? Schuppli examines how through the forensic analysis of images, from selfies to satellite imagery, we can decode and reconstruct past events and communicate the reality of drone warfare upon the Middle East.

Improving Reality 2014 - Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Session 2 - The Aesthetics of Disappearance Lawrence Abu Hamdan - Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself’ Lawrence Abu Hamdan shares his most recent body of research, which explores the multifaceted relationship between the semantics of discourse, politics, truth, human rights and international law. Exploring our understanding of the voice of the law, and the changing nature of testimony in the face of new regimes such as border control, algorithmic technologies, and methodologies of eavesdropping, Lawrence examines the nature of speech and the consequences of listening. In the words of whistleblower Edward Snowden, whilst speech may be free, the conditions of listening have now certainly changed. Abu Hamdan focuses specifically on taqqiya, an Islamic legal dispensation whereby a believing individual can vocally deny their faith, blaspheme or do illegal acts when they are at the risk of persecution or in a condition of statelessness.

Improving Reality 2014: Session 1 Group Discussion

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy The session ended with a panel discussion between our speakers, hosted by Juha. The discussion began with concerns on the concept of control and self-awareness within control, as John Armitage puts it ‘your thoughts are not your own’. Nadia suggests that people need the opportunity to experience a de-centralising of control. Audiences asked our speakers: is there a gulf between perspectives of privacy in the US and Europe? How do we re-imagine public spheres? Is there evidence that social media is permanent?

Improving Reality 2014 - Nathan Jurgenson

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy Snapchat researcher Nathan Jurgenson is a social theorist and a contributing editor for the New Inquiry. Nathan begins his talk with an exploration of Foucault’s theories and anxieties of the many ‘selves’ and identities we produce, in order to examine the potential ‘trappings of visibility’ we might experience through social media. He addresses ideas of social norms and technology as ‘architectures of power’ and the potential of social media to be a panoptic force. How can we better the embrace ephemerality and playfulness in the design of our social networks, and use this ephemerality to queer the binaries of privacy and visibility, the on and offline? Jurgenson’s view is that the trap isn’t visibility but what we do with that visibility that is the real trap.

Improving Reality 2014 - John Armitage

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy Self-confessed technological determinist John Armitage (Professor of Media Arts at Winchester School of Art) sets the pace with this talk about philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s work on contemporary communication and the “remote controlled time and space” that certain devices, such as the telephone, cultivate, followed by reflections on his specialist subject, the work of Paul Virilio. Armitage argues that our mobile phones have initiated new forms of social implosion, where our notions of privacy and space have been abolished. If our personal devices have become an extension of ourselves, then the revelations of government and corporate privacy abuses are an attack on our central nervous system.

Improving Reality 2014 - Jananne Al-Ani

Session 2 - The Aesthetics of Disappearance Jananne Al Ani - ‘The Aesthetics of Disappearance: A land without people’ Artist Jananne Al-Ani explores the relationship between film, photography and the landscape, and how technology has the potential to remove literal and virtual bodies from warzones in twentieth century conflict. Using her own work, Shadow Sites II, Al-Ani shows how abstract representations of the impact of modern warfare enables new perceptions of war, and where previous depictions have shown the ability to desensitise and influence our understanding of human experience during periods of conflict. Using investigative archaeological methods and aerial photography, Al-Ani is able to reconstruct and rediscover human occupation in contested lands, and considers how historic visual material informs and influences the way in which we understand and represent the present.

Improving Reality 2014 - Daniel van der Velden (Metahaven)

Session 3 - The Performance of Visibility To view City Rising in full, please visit: Metahaven’s Daniel van der Velden asks us to look at our interactions with social networks in an ‘age of possession’, where a rise in ephemerality makes it harder to hold on to anything, alongside our need for synchronicity with others which means we become obsessed with the networks that facilitate our online relationships. As van der Velden explains, we are addicted to each other, and the internet is the enabler.

Improving Reality 2014 - Nadia El-Imam

Session 1: The Coming of Immediacy Founder and CEO of Edgeryders, Nadia El-Imam brings some energetic thinking to the table to as the last speaker in this session by considering the “post-territorial landscape”, and where social change truly occurs – on the edges. Presenting the work of Edgeryders, a networking gathering more than 2,300 people and organisations around the globe, Nadia explained how experimenting with everything from developing network-bartering algorithms, collective intelligence tools and unMonasteries allows for a more democratic, decentralized structure that allows and responds to change.

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