Engineering Fictions: Cloud Illusions @ Galway Arts Festival with SuperProjects & ANNEX Entanglement

Cloud Illusions: Sonnets for Sustainability

Are we living with our heads in the clouds, and how can we explore, communicate and change this experience? Cloud Illusions will explore the theme of a ‘cloud-based lifestyle’ proposed by the ANNEX exhibition. Through Jessica Foley’s Engineering Fictions process, we will consider how our use of ‘networked information gathering devices’ shape our sense of ourselves and our environment. In short, we will consider what it is like to ‘live in the cloud’.

The exhibition, ‘Entanglement’, looks at the physical embodiment of data and its environmental impact on our landscape, as well as the impact it has on our bodies. Coming into contact with this imposing art installation, Jessica Foley will guide young people and their parents to create constraint-based writing outcomes (e.g. Sonnets, but also other song and lyric forms). These writings will be published, with permission, in a zine publication at the end of the programme.

Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the processes around constrained writing
  • Participants will create their own written poetry
  • Work will be published in the final Zine project and used as part of the glitch art workshop.

Workshop Bookings:  https://bit.ly/3NQO2ol

About SuperProjects & ANNEX

Theme: Exploring the physical aspects of data.

In the past two decades, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine a world without data. Young people in particular as digital natives rely  more and more heavily on the internet, social media, and online communication methods, and their interactions with their own surroundings are fundamentally changing. We are all aware of how the internet affects our lives, both positively and negatively, but what exactly is data and how does it affect our environment? In what other ways can we interact with data other than to passively consume it?

In this series of workshops, Superprojects invites young people ages 12 – 18 to explore the physical world of data. Workshops will look at the data infrastructure in our cities, where is the internet and how does the network function? In what new ways can we think and write  about data as a concept and a subject? How we can use and manipulate data to create images? We aim to make the intangible into more than just a concept as we conduct a series of artists workshops culminating in the creation of a collaborative ‘zine in which we will gather our findings about data and share them with the world.

To check out the other workshops happening as part of ANNEX, please visit here.

Workshop 1:

Jessica Foley – Cloud Illusions: Sonnets for Sustainability

Wednesday 13th July at 11am

Artist Jessica Foley will guide young people and their parents to create constraint-based writing outcomes such as Sonnets, songs and other lyric forms. ‘Cloud Illusions’ will explore the theme of a ‘cloud-based lifestyle’ proposed by the ANNEX exhibition ‘Entanglement’, which looks at the physical embodiment of data and its environmental impact on our landscape. Through Foley’s Engineering Fictions process, the workshop will consider how our use of ‘networked information gathering devices’ shape our sense of ourselves and our environment. The writing results will be included in a zine publication at the end of the programme.

Age group: 12 – 18 and parents.

Location: Entanglement Exhibition, Fairgreen Basement Gallery

Workshop 2:

Katie Whyte – Data Moshing/Glitch Art

Saturday 16th July at 3pm

Discover Data Moshing and Glitch Art with Artist Katie Whyte.

Katie Whyte is an artist who uses data insertion to create glitches in digital photography and video (Glitch Art or Data Moshing). Gathering the images and texts created in the previous two workshops (Cloud Illusions with Jessica Foley), Katie will guide a group of participants through the process of how to glitch images and footage. Participants should bring their own laptops if possible.

Age group: 12 – 18 and parents.

Location: Entanglement Exhibition, Fairgreen Basement Gallery

Workshop 3:

Paul O’Neill – Tour of Internet data infrastructure in Galway

Wednesday 20th July at 2pm

Artist Paul O’Neill will take participants on an exploration of our data as it flows through different hidden infrastructures that surround us.

On this workshop/psycho-geographical tour, participants will explore Galway city, gathering a series of photographs on their smartphones, which will be used to contribute to later workshops and the final ‘zine project. Age group: 16 – 18 (under 16s with parental consent).

Workshop 4:

Lucida Collective – ‘zine making workshop

Thursday 21st July at 2pm

Join the Lucida Collective for a ‘zine making workshop about ‘Stuff You Can Tear’.

In this workshop, Lucida Collective will guide participants to materialise the digital ‘stuff’ created in the previous three workshops – images, text/writing in word documents and glitched images, through printing, drawing and handwriting. This will result in a home-made collaborative ‘zine publication documenting the whole process of the ‘Stuff you can Kick’ programme. Age group: 12 – 18 (can be participants of previous workshops and/or new participants).

For more info and to book your place email us at info@superprojects.org

Link for bookings: https://bit.ly/3ypF1Nq

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