Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts
Code, Corals, Capitalism and Curls | A lecture by Carmen Aguilar y Wedge
Monday, November 18, 2019 | 8pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada
On Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8pm, Plug In ICA presents the lecture Code, Corals, Capitalism and Curls by Carmen Aguilar y Wedge of Hyphen-Labs as part of Labour of Love: On Digital Economies in the Arts, a series of lectures, screenings, and workshops. Code, Corals, Capitalism and Curls will look at an international approach to tackling issues of the planet, marginalization, power structures, omnipresent technologies, and the end of sleep through capitalism.
Labour of Love or LOL takes the “public course” as a platform for engagement, a program highlighting the various ways in which the digital is interrogated, explored, celebrated, pushed to its limit, reworked, re-invented by artists, scholars, curators, writers and others. LOL encompasses a full array of events, delving into such topics as coding, circuit bending, VR, AI and AR, gaming, scanning, and 3D printing. Divided into two streams, a lecture and screening series, and workshops, Labour of Love at its most general examines the relationship between the economics of labour and the digital arts as it contends with the conditions of racial capitalism. As a research platform, we aim to build an understanding of the digital by presenting artists who invent new trajectories through various technologies.
Carmen Aguilar y Wedge is a Mexican-American structural engineer and artist synthesizing design and technology to develop immersive – transmedia experiences. Inspired by the translation of concepts to material expressions visualized through an aesthetic framework of science fiction, futurism, and surrealism, her work expands on the principles of planetary centered design. She is the co-founder and creative director at Hyphen-Labs along with an international studio blending themes of speculative design, digitalism, the environment, and social issues through the context of architecture, robotics, virtual reality, fashion, computation, new media, music, and smart materials.
Hyphen-Labs is an international collective working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future. Through their global vision and multi-disciplinary backgrounds they are driven to create engaging ways to explore planetary-centered design. In the process they challenge conventions and stimulate conversations, placing collective needs and experiences at of center of evolving narratives.
All lectures and screenings are free and open to the public.
October 17 to December 17, 2019
Thursday, October 17 | 7pm
October 17-November 17
Screening in Plug In’s Breezeway
By Alyssa Bornn
Thursday, November 7 | 7pm
Monday, November 18 | 8pm
Friday, November 22 | 6pm
Friday, November 22-23
Monday, December 2 | 7pm
Co-presentation with School of Art, Graphic Design, University of Manitoba
Monday, December 2-6
Thursday, December 5 | 7pm
Co-presentation with Institute for the Humanities, University of Manitoba
Tuesday, December 17 | 7pm
December 6, 2019 – March 6, 2020
Screening in Plug In’s Breezeway
By Nadja Buttendorf
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This program is made possible through the Digital Strategy Fund: Digital and Intelligence by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are in the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. Plug In ICA is situated in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1 was signed in 1871, taking this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations in order to make the land available for settler use and ownership (Referenced from the University of Winnipeg).
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