SWCTN at Control Shift

Image by Control Shift

Control Shift is an exciting new arts programme coming to Bristol running 2-18 October. Three weeks of workshops, discussions, installations and screenings – online and across Bristol, UK – exploring ways to reframe and rethink our relationships with technology.

The Control Shift programme reflects on the intimate relationship we have had with technology over the past six months, and asks questions such as: What impact do these technologies have on our minds and bodies? How could we digitally-connect differently? Who is creating the digital tools we have become increasingly reliant on? And, explores what happens when we reimagine digital tools through different lenses.
For more details and a full programme visit their website here

See below for all of the events that our fellows will be participating in:

Deep Listening by Kathy Hinde

10th October 11-12:30 / 14-15:30

Data fellow, Kathy Hinde is holding an artist walk exploring underwater perspectives of the Bristol floating harbour.

Robots with Pens by Joseph Wilk

12 October 16.00 – 17.00 – Online

Automation Fellow, Joseph Wilk will be co-running a workshop to make experimental drawings with robots.

Critical Voices in Data

13 October 13.00 – 14.00Online

SWCTN fellows invite you to join them in exploring what is new, challenging and possible across the themes of data. Through these short talks SWCTN data fellows Pete Quinn-Davis, Michelle Forrest Becket, Grace Quantock and Annie Blanchette will share their research.

Where’s my space? AI FOR OTHERS by Tracey Bowen

13 October 17.00 – 18.00

Date fellow, Tracey Bowen will be presenting a short film about the collection, labelling, usage and representation of data, followed by a panel discussion.

Face / ON by Rachel Smith

The Vestibules, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR

2-16 Oct, Wed-Fri 12-19:00

Automation fellow, Rachel Smith has made an interactive installation playfully engaging with facial recognition technology.

There are also a number of coding workshops running throughout:

09 Oct Oracle Bot, casting spells with automated twitter bots.

11 Oct Live Coding Visuals, learn how to Algorave with Antonio Roberts.

12 Oct Robots with Pens, make experimental drawings with robots.

16 Oct Alt Text Poetry, create poetry with HTML accessibility tags.  

17 Oct MIAU ID, embroidery session to stitch networks.  

18 Oct Art, Code and a Bowl of Fruit, code a tool to draw still life.

The Control Shift Network is a collective of artists, technologists and producers. The 2020 programme has been curated by Becca Rose, Martha King and Rod Dickinson.

Control Shift is generously funded by Arts Council England, Institute of Coding, University of the West England, SWCTN and Knowle West Media Centre, which means we are able to offer our first programme with no entry fees or costs. We are also grateful for support from Watershed, Arnolfini, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol Central Library, Aksioma, Furtherfield and Processing Community Day.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the artworks and workshops have spread out over three weeks in October, and most of the activity is online. There are a few in-person walks and artworks in Bristol – all of which will closely adhere to COVID-19 H&S guidelines.