Night of Ideas 2021

Night of Ideas 2021

The Alliance Française Glasgow, the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, the Institut Français d’Ecosse and NEoN Digital Arts are excited to take part in La Nuit des Idées/ The Night of Ideas on Wednesday 27th January 2021 at 6pm.

Within the frame of this year’s topic 'Together‘ the three contemporary artists Siri Black (Germany/Scotland), Libby Odai (Scotland) and Marion Carré (France) will present their work and research in conversation with curator Prof. Sarah Cook (NEoN Digital Arts / University of Glasgow).

The three international contemporary artists have been selected to take part in the digital residency ‘New Forms of Togetherness’ which will contribute to the interdisciplinary discourse between Contemporary Visual Art and the topic of Artificial Intelligence taking place until December 2021. The remote residency will allow the artists to continue to work from their own space with the digital support of our partners: the National Library of Scotland, the Social Brain in Action Lab, the NEoN Festival of Digital Arts and Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Libby Odai is a creative technologist based in Glasgow, that has a background in developing and producing sculpture and performance with digital elements. She has previously produced digital works shown at Dancebase Edinburgh, The University of Edinburgh, Plat:form and the Swap Market in Govanhill. 

Her programming work focuses on bridging the gap between digital concepts and the physical world, making technology more accessible. By blending traditional arts such as dance and crochet with high tech components she hopes to bring tech to new diverse audiences, bridging the STEM gap as well as exploring the creative applications of new technology. Fundamental to her work is breaking down barriers in technology, and educational activism around issues of digital discrimination is core component.

Marion Carré carries out several activities in parallel: entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, author and artist. All of these approaches allow her to explore the relationships between art and artificial intelligence from different angles.

She started working on this subject when she co-founded Ask Mona in 2017. Ask Mona is a startup that mobilizes artificial intelligence to bring audiences and cultural institutions together and to help make culture more accessible.
Gradually, she led in parallel a more theoretical exploration of the subject which she shared through talks, teaching and a book entitled ‘Art and Artificial intelligence. Artist in the making?' published in March 2020. She believes that art is a formidable counterweight to artificial intelligence.

Siri Black lives and works in Glasgow. Her work is the love child of anachronism and technophilia. Siri works across analog and digital photography, film and sound to create installations that seek to trace instances of the couching of state power with technological prowess. Important is the detritus left in the wake of accelerated progress; the gaps in archives, the not so easily translate-able entanglements. Siri's research is often conducted through collaborations with other art practitioners and scientists. With a keen focus on the means of image production and distribution, her moving image work often points to its own material process, thereby aiming to question the existence of an objective or lossless transmission of knowledge.

Moderator: Sarah Cook is a curator for NEoN Digital Arts and writer specialising in contemporary art at the intersection of digital creativity, technology and science. She is also professor at the University of Glasgow.

The goal behind the La Nuit des idées is to celebrate the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations. Every year, this event gives the opportunity to discover the latest discoveries in knowledge, to listen to the ones who contribute to bring more ideas to their field, and to take part in the discussion about the main issues of our times.

Date & time: Wednesday 27th January, 6-7pm

Online and free event.

To register for this event, please click here.

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