A new arts programme that is set to “demystify, reframe and transform” our relationship with technology is coming to Bristol.
Control Shift will see three weeks of workshops, exhibitions and events taking place online and across the city, from Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 18.
It is being curated by Martha King, Becca Rose and Rod Dickinson, who are part of the Control Shift Network – a local collective of of artists, producers and technologists.
Martha says the programme is open to everyone, regardless of how little or much they know about technology.
“If you’re an absolute beginner and you don’t know much about tech, there’ll be something for you”, she says. “If you’re actually a creative technologist in the field, then there should be other things that should be thought-provoking for you as well.”
The organisers are taking over an empty shop unit in The Galleries as part of the programme. This and The Vestibules at City Hall will be home to interactive installations such as Face / On – a playful exploration of facial recognition technology.
“You have to kind of trick a door in order to make it open, so that’s quite fun,” says Martha.
Indigeneity & Digital Entanglements – a series of short films from Africa – will challenge the idea that technology comes from the West, and will be shown online as well as at Arnolfini as part of the programme.
Podcast Interwave by KASAVA – six young women who are part of the Rising Arts Agency – will also be produced over the course of Control Shift. This will look at the effect on our lives of ‘Zoom fatigue’, which is brought on by constantly being on video calls because of the coronavirus crisis.
Martha says that now feels like a good time to do the programme, as technology “can seem so out of our control sometimes”.
“That’s why we wanted to call it Control Shift, as we wanted to change who has the feeling of power when it comes to technology,” she says.
Find out more and get involved by visiting the Control Shift website: www.control-shift.network
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