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TCotA Forum - Dr Jonathan Kemp and Martin Howse


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

28 Aug 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

28 Aug 2015 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

HowseandKemp2Martin Howse (UK/GER) is occupied with an artistic investigation of the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software and the human psyche (psychogeophysics), proposing a return to animism within a critical misuse of scientific technology. Through the construction of experimental situations (within process-driven performance, laboratories, walks and workshops), material art works and texts, he explores the rich links between substance or materials and execution or protocol, excavating issues of visibility and of hiding within the world. From 1998 to 2005, Howse was director of 'ap', a software performance group working with electronic waste, and pioneering an early approach to digital glitch. In 2005, his environmental computational work, entitled ap0201installed within the Mojave Desert received first prize within the Art & Artificial Life competition VIDA 8.0. From 2007 to 2009, he hosted a regular workshop, micro-residency and salon series in Berlin. Recently he has worked and collaborated on acclaimed projects and practices such as The Crystal World, Psychogeophysics, Earthboot and Sketches towards an Earth Computer. He collaborates on numerous open-laboratory style projects and performed, published, lectured and exhibited diversely. He is the creator of the skin-driven audio divination noise module, aka. The Dark Interpreter.

Dr Jonathan Kemp (UK) has a long history of organising and collaborating on speculative and situational events as active makings –of-the-world. Solo and collaborative work includes material processing performances, environmental installations, experimental communicative systems, and social software events, executed throughout Europe, Brazil, and the US. Current projects are informed by code-brut reconfigurations of computation's material substrates in relation to the earth and psyche. i.e. The Crystal World, Psychogeophysics.

This special Art Forum presentation will take place in the Plimsoll Gallery, as part of the Core Litany 12-hour ritual in 3 acts 09:00 – 21:00

image credit: Prototype based on earth voltage samples -converts these directly into instructions for an earthbooting computer.

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.