Lin Ke, Robinson Crusoe, 2011. Installation View. Courtesy the artist and CFCCA.

Symposium: Digital Matters

Friday 3 November 2017, 10.30am – 5pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, New Adelphi Building, University of Salford, Peel Park Campus, University Road West, M5 4BR
Admission: £4/£8 booking is essential via Eventbrite

The Digital Matters Symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Digital Matters: The Earth Behind the Screen, exploring the relationship between the natural and the technological through artworks produced in Hong Kong, China and in the UK.  The debate will look at the reciprocity among technology, ecology and art. This symposium gives curators and scholars the opportunity to reflect on the visual and theoretical expressions of the paradoxical relationship between technological progress and environmental destruction.

Chaired by Marianna Tsionki, Research Curator, CFCCA and University of Salford, confirmed speakers are Dr Angela Becher (Lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Manchester), Dr Steven Gartside (Curator, Holden Gallery), Dr Beccy Kennedy (Senior lecturer in Art History, Manchester Metropolitan University), MAP Office (Artists, Hong Kong), Annabella Massey (DPhil candidate in Chinese Literary and Visual culture, University of Oxford),  Dr Christopher Payne (Lecturer Chinese Studies, University of Manchester) and Dani Ploeger (New Media Artist, UK). As part of the symposium there will be a screening of Chinese filmmaker Zhao Liang’s Behemoth (Venice Film Festival 2015).

The symposium is supported by Asia Research Network for Arts and Media (ARNAM); a quadripartite collaborative network of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester.