WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale

ArchaeaBot by Alex May and Anna Dumitriu has been selected as part of the WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale.

The WRO Media Art Biennale is the major forum for new media art in Poland, and one of the leading international art events in Central Europe. Since its inception in 1989, WRO has been presenting art forms created using new media for artistic expression and communication, exploring current creative territories and building a critical perspective toward emerging issues in art, technology and society.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale is devoted to exploring the CZYNNIK LUDZKI / HUMAN ASPECT.

On its 30th anniversary, Poland’s largest show of international contemporary art offers a critical scrutiny of processes unfolding in culture, communication, and society by examining the HUMAN ASPECT from a post-technological perspective.

From mid-May till the end of 2019, a series of WRO events will explore the complexity of the current relations between the human and the technological, with the human as an initiator, a recipient, and sometimes a victim of these mutating interplays.

Future Digital Life: A World Without Us?

This conference programme reflects on the themes of the exhibition A World Without Us and inspired by ArchaeaBot, an artwork by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, it explores what life might mean in a post climate change, post singularity future. We ask what roles art can play in engaging audiences in environmental issues, the development of new technologies and the societal implications of our decisions?

Impakt’s ground-breaking programme features internationally renowned speakers and keynotes from across art, science and philosophy and explores our themes from perspectives of robotics and AI, microbiology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, hacking, and environmental activism. What would a world without us look like? Will it be ruled by transhumans, intelligent robots or bacteria?

On the 18th of January: Future Digital Life: A World Without Us? at IMPAKT Center for Media Culture, Utrecht:

14:15 – Robots, VR and Hacking, a panel with Alex May (moderator), Ine Poppe, John Holder, Ghislaine Boddington
16:00 – The Risks and Benefits of VR, a panel with Arjon Dunnewind (moderator), Lucas Evers, Paul Brown
19:00 – Keynote by professor Paul Brown (University of Sussex)

19 January: Future Biological Life: Life Goes On at IMPAKT Center for Media Culture, Utrecht:

15:30 – Human and Non-Human Life, a panel with Anna Dumitriu (moderator), Martijntje Smits, professor Freek Hoebeek, Chris Bisson
17:15 – Demonstration of BioComputation Robots by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May
19:00 – Keynote by professor John Paul (Brighton and Sussex Medical School)

Watch the live stream from “Future Digital Life: A World Without Us?” 2pm (CET) 1pm (GMT) https://youtu.be/x5TPnZEfM6A

HAB 2.0

Yesterday we had the first kick off meeting for the High Altitude Bioprospecting (HAB) 2.0 project at The Francis Crick Institute.

Following on from our first exhibition and programme at BOM (Birmingham Open Media), we are aiming to develop a new project to be delivered in 2021.