I recently applied for the FutureSession bursary as a means to escape the solitary confines of my studio and be intellectually stimulated by the latest tech. savvy artwork commissioned by FutureEverything, Manchester UK. The theme of the FutureSession concerned ‘Atmospheric Memory‘ an installation by the Mexican artist Rafael Lorenza-Hemmer.
The session began with a presentation from Rafael who discussed in detail the evolution of his installation. The underlining concept came from the mathematician Charles Babbage’s (1791-1871) whose fascination of harnessing air as a medium of communication foresaw wireless communication many years ahead of its inception, i.e. the ability to recall voices or memories long after the end of their physical presence. As with many of Rafael’s installations audience interaction plays an essential part acting as a medium to extract thoughts and memories that question the human condition. The installation acts as a platform to allow people to openly express opinions in a collective environment as a production of space within a social morphological construct.
Attending the session was also a great opportunity to interactive and discuss with fellow participants in how technological innovations are reshaping our world. It was refreshing and inspiring to discuss a paradigm that stems from the 90’s net art and cyber cultures to emergence of smart cities, VR and AI technologies.
This particular FutureSession allowed artists to share, discuss and devise solutions in order to raise awareness to the concerns of environmental change. It was a refreshing experience to be with like-minded people who are willing to resist propaganda and avoid the seduction of rhetorical politics by actively questioning the paradox of communication.
Well done to the team at futureEverything for hosting the event.
Dr. Mark Pilkington
Thought Universe Studio