Holistic Computing Conversation Circle

July 12th, 2023

Holistic Computing Conversation Circle. A magnificent file tree inside a vast container of stars. Thinking through the dance of computing. collecting, archiving and sharing how we may occupy digital shells otherwise…

Holistic Computing Conversation Circle.
2–4pm, Sunday 16 July 2023 at Contemporary Art Tasmania.
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Presented by Nancy Mauro-Flude with ゚iRD guest Rosa Menkman

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Focusing on our vernacular computing rituals reveals the intricate relationship between real and fictional spaces we co-create with our computing devices. This conversation circle offers an introduction to auxiliary approaches and aesthetic insights into the politics of our habits – for example data storage and file formatting – and demystifies concepts like “The Cloud.” We think through how we may occupy these spaces otherwise, perhaps like a room in a bag of stars.

In this artist-centred reintroduction to computing arts, we contemplate how we navigate our personal computing infrastructure and our expectations around these conventions; the customs of sending and receiving an email, the provenance of hardware, file formats, directories/folders, the minerals and vessels we keep our data in and the space, and the lands these may occupy. Through our exploration, we will expand our understanding of digital infrastructure as a dance of computation, and discuss the challenges of preserving complex cultural heritage to nurture the counter-expertise for a more holistic, aesthetic and culturally informed relationship with digital technology.

゚iRD – Licensed by the institutions for Resolution of Disputes

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