Signal:Noise Part II

20 January – 21 January 2012

Free, no booking required but places allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment

Building on the success of Signal:Noise Part I in January 2011, the second iteration of Signal:Noise looks into feedback as a form of agency.

Feedback can be seen as an operational mode that overrides distinctions between form and content. Cybernetic ideas of self-regulation – whether in the workplace or within processes of government – have often involved harnessing the means of autonomy in order to increase control. This has proceeded by and large through techniques of participation and feedback.

But these same techniques and forms are also key to certain progressive social and aesthetic projects – from anti-psychiatry and radical pedagogy, to post-humanist philosophy and aesthetics. Troubling issues of agency, intention and consciousness, they have been used to produce new relations of power, truth and aesthetics.

From the schematising of these processes in art, design and urban planning, to the constant relay between emancipation and control in the social logic of participation, feedback will act as a prism for reading history and our present through presentations, screenings, performances and workshops in distributed and militant pedagogy.

Signal:Noise was originated by Steve Rushton, Dexter Sinister (David Reinfurt and Stuart Bailey), Marina Vishmidt, Rod Dickinson and Emily Pethick. The first event, Signal:Noise Part I took place at The Showroom in January 2011.

Signal:Noise Part II is produced in collaboration with Mute and Queen Mary School of Business and Management.

Signal:Noise Part II is supported by LCACE, Queen Mary School of Business and Management, Arts Council England, members of The Showroom’s Supporters Scheme and Outset as The Showroom’s 2012 Production Partner. Special thanks to Lisson Gallery for support in kind for the event.

Signal:Noise is part of Circular Facts, a collaborative endeavor between three European contemporary art organizations: Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, The Showroom, London in partnership with Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen and Electric Palm Tree, financially supported by the Cooperation Measures Grant as part of the European Unions Culture 2007 programme

Signal:Noise Part II Programme

Friday 20 January, 7-9pm
Aesthetics, Feedback and the Agency of Things
Presentations by Luciana Parisi and Florian Cramer
Moderator: Robert Jackson
Luciana Parisi’s talk on ‘The speculative reason of algorithmic objects’ will discuss how algorithms have become actual objects that prehend external data and in doing so, determine computational spatio-temporality. Algorithms therefore are not simply executors of programs, but are prehensive agencies that evaluate data and create space-time. Algorithms use feedback systems of control to change over time. These prehensive agencies have come to subtend a neoliberal order of aesthetics corresponding to the topological surfaces at the core of digital architecture.

Saturday 21 January, 11-7pm
Participation and Feedback
11.00 Presentation by Suzanne Treister
11.45 Presentation by Axel John Wieder
Responses from Marina Vishmidt and Emily Pethick
13.00 Break
13.30 Reading by Ricardo Basbaum
14.30 A selection of Jef Cornelis’ ‘Ijsbrekers’ introduced by Koen Brams
15.30 Break
16.00 Feedback session with the organisers and speakers
16.45 Break
17.00 Screenings of found footage of RD Laing and Anja Kirschner and David Panos’s ‘Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances’ (2011)
18.00 Performance by Mattin

Dan Graham, Past Future Split Attention (1972) will be presented in the space throughout the event.
Past Future Split Attention documents a performance, at London’s Lisson Gallery, that demonstrates Graham’s project of psychologically restructuring space and time. Graham writes, ‘Two people who know each other are in the same space. While one predicts continuously the other person’s behavior, the other person recounts (by memory) the other’s past behavior. Both performers are in the present, so knowledge of the past is needed to continuously deduce future behavior (in terms of causal relation). For one to see the other in terms of the present (attention), there is a mirror reflection or closed figure-eight feedback/feedahead loop of past/future. One person’s behavior reciprocally reflects/depends upon the other’s, so that each one’s information is seen as a reflection of the effect that their own just-past behavior has had in reversed tense, as perceived from the other’s view of himself.’

Programme times act as a guide, and may be subject to change.


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