‘Are we all addicts now?’ call for participants
How are our brains are adapting to digital tools and interfaces?
How are human ways of being are changing in response to online environments?
What does this means for art, culture and society?
PEER is inviting people to participate in 3 workshops as part of ‘Are we all addicts now?’ an artist-led enquiry by Katriona Beales, in partnership with curator Fiona MacDonald, into how the conditions of the digital are changing ways of being, focusing on internet addiction.
As part of ‘Are we all addicts now?’ PEER is hosting 3 workshops in May and June, exploring different aspects of internet addiction from a range of sometimes-contradictory perspectives.
Workshop 1: 23rd May 3-5pm
WE MAKE TOOLS AND TOOLS MAKE US – Neuroplasticity and brain chemistry / Dopamine and addiction / problematic feedback loops / can addiction be generative?
Workshops 2: 6th June 3-5pm
TOUCH ME – Digital Materiality / Physical-virtual touch / Seductive sites & objects of desire / Haptic technology – new interfaces
Workshop 3: 20th June 3-5pm
PORTALS & ESCAPISM – Psychological drivers behind addiction / disassociative states and the sublime / the experience of time / addiction as the logic of capital
Each workshop will feature 2 guest speakers and confirmed contributing speakers include:
Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones – clinicial psychiatrist specialising in online addictions www.imperial.ac.uk/people/h.bowdenjones02
Emily Rosamond – artist and writer www.emilyrosamond.com
Dr Mark Wright – haptic technology www.ljmu.academia.edu/MarkWright
Rob Sturgess – managing director of Red-C www.red-c.co.uk
Jonathan Rallings – assistant director policy Barnados www.barnardos.org.uk/youth_and_the_internet_report.pdf
We are seeking 10 participants who will ideally be able to attend all 3 workshops (dates 23rd May, 6th June and 20th June all at 3-5pm). To apply, please email an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 14th April.
There is an honorarium of £20 per participant per workshop to cover travel and associated costs.
Katriona Beales www.katrionabeales.com/works/white-matter/
‘Are we all addicts now?’ blog www.tumblr.com/blog/online-addict
Supported by the Wellcome Trust.
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