Reykjavik Part II

NAIP Blended Mobility 2017 - The World Wide Web

Exploring strategies for creating, connecting and interacting.

The NAIP (New Audiences and Innovative Practice) Blended Mobility 3-day seminar was held in Reykjavik, at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (IAA). We investigated different strategies of blended learning, collaboration, and performance, together with online digital media approaches and techniques. 

What makes digitalization different from earlier changes in media, and the reason it is not wrong to call it a revolution, is that a single technology is promising to absorb a huge number of existing technologies, from paper, vinyl, and celluloid to clocks, maps, newspapers, radios, cameras, telephones, lecture halls. If it can be coded, it will end up on the Web or in an app.
— Louis Menand. "WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LIKE." The New Yorker. June 17, 2016.
 Alexander Roberts our course leader from the IAA Department of Performing Arts converses with Holly Herndon 

Alexander Roberts our course leader from the IAA Department of Performing Arts converses with Holly Herndon 

With the advent of the digital era, where all of us are creators and producers in some way, who are the listeners?
With rising surveillance as well as sousveillance, what is the importance of 'unplugging' the self?
Are we on the precipice of a new dawn of technology, life etc.?
What does it mean to be an artist today? What role do we play in today's society, and what are the skills are crucial to acquire?

 

We tackled several issues during the seminar through questions, discussions, and dialogue with our mentors and speakers (Holly Herndon, Marisa Olson, & Owen Hindley).

 The makeshift NAIP 'tech lab' with our mentor/expert Lex van den Broek (Royal Conservatoire The Hague). 

The makeshift NAIP 'tech lab' with our mentor/expert Lex van den Broek (Royal Conservatoire The Hague). 

I find that it is important that we as artists and creators think about the way we work, as well as the impact of our work.  We are reaching an era where digitisation is the the new norm, and our physical lives are very much woven into and intertwined with the web. How we evolve from this point, as well as the next steps forward that we take will determine the nature of this new world which we approach. 

 Some final thoughts on the last day of the seminar.

Some final thoughts on the last day of the seminar.

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