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UWS symposium and exhibition set to explore the concept of being human at CCA Glasgow

UWS is hosting a symposium and exhibition exploring the concept of being human and the digital-analogue divide through sound/image at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) on Thursday 23 November 2017, 2pm - 5pm. This will be followed by screenings between 5pm -7pm on 23 November and between 11am-7pm on 24 November.

This event, Being Human: Digital/Analogue, is part of a continuing programme of research centred on digital technologies in contemporary art, creating opportunities for new knowledge, artistic and technological exchange.

New works by UWS artists, filmmakers, researchers and students will feature alongside screenings, talks and demonstrations. Tony Grace (UWS academic) will introduce a new collaboration with MA Music: Songwriting students for the The Car for Women film project. Sam Firth (UWS academic) will discuss the process of making Stay the Same in a response to life in the digital age. Paul McGeechan (UWS academic) will present his new sound work wiRed dissolution. Jerry Padfield of MA Creative Media Practice will discuss his new generative sound work Music of the Spheres. The symposium will close with a live performance of new audio-visual set by Scottish based musicians Saint McCabe and Robert Motyka collective.

The event at the CCA will also see a programme of screenings, a result of curatorial collaboration between Professor Katarzyna Kosmala of UWS and Dr Josip Zanki of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, running on Thursday 23 November (5pm-7pm) and Friday 24 November (11am-7pm) at the CCA cinema.


We are delighted to be delivering this symposium and exhibition at the CCA.
Professor Katarzyna Kosmala


Professor Katarzyna Kosmala of the UWS School of Media, Culture and Society said: “We are delighted to be delivering this symposium and exhibition at the CCA. We are in the midst of the digital age and what Donna Haraway coined as the integrated circuit of high-tech capital. Digital technology has engulfed all aspects of contemporary living, the web is used widely to make, store and distribute production and services. The technical is now also political - and robots are coming to stay.

“It is timely to reflect on what it means to be human. Although technology has significantly influenced art making and altered representation, artists still manipulate and control aspects of creation ‘by hand’, often combining digital and analogue forms.”

The event builds on themes advanced in the curated exhibition Azimuth held at the IA Gallery, TMU, Tokyo in April 2016 and at the CCA in Glasgow in December 2016 which was organised by University’s School of Media, Culture and Society in collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan University.

For more information visit the CCA Glasgow website

Exploring the concept of being human programme

Featuring artists: Anina Brisolla, Sam Firth, Emma Hall, Matías López Iglesias, Luise Kloos and Roanna Rahman, Andreja Kulunčić with Vedran Štefan and the EQUALS Collective, Rimantas Plunge, and Jovana Popić

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Exploring the concept of being human

Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)

23 November

14:00 - 17:00


Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)
350 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow G2 3JDUK