Human < > Object (iWeek)

A workshop run with Clive McCarthy as part of the 7th iWeek at Liepaja University, Latvia 2-7 November 2015.


Myself and Clive McCarthy were invited to run a workshop as part of Liepāja University's 7th international New Media art festival ‘iWeek’ 2-7 November 2015. Of course we jumped at the chance to return and our workshop became 'Human < > Object'.

We took along 4 students from Lincoln School of Film and Media; Philippa Revitt (Media Production), Emma Heaps (Media Production), Joseph Lewiston (Media Production) and Thomas Love (Film and Television). The workshops ran in both MPLab and Vecā Ostmala 54 (an abandoned house used by a group in Liepāja to stage events, parties etc and converted this time into the grand base for iWeek).

Day 1 of our workshop began on Wednesday 4 November in MPLab and centred around discussions of the workshop concept, with explorations into what ‘human’ and ‘object’ could mean. So on to day 2; the group agreed the final outcomes would be in the form of experiments that they undertook and would film and edit together in order to present, this matched the experimental thinking of the workshop and became spontaneous reactions to the concepts of 'human' and 'object'. Day 3 of the workshop and final exhibition day on Friday 6 November produced 3 videos of the 3 experiments and as a group we decided to exhibit these projected one on top of the other onto an object in the space. Using a mac mini to power a projector displaying the mapped videos onto 2 doors that had been abandoned in the space, giving these inanimate objects an agency and a life force they didn't have previously. Bringing them and the room alive with the sounds of laughter from our Laugh in a Jar experiment.

The 3 outcomes became Laugh in a Jar, Human Lamp and Objectified Skin.

The students included; Dana Rasnaca (LV), Iris van der Harst (NL), Annija Gancōne (LV), Marta Matuzeviča (LV), Kristaps Strungs (LV) and Teotim Logar (LV).

I also took part in the Open Idea Space on the Wednesday evening. I gave a talk on my recent MA project ‘Mapping an ethical becoming, or, devices for the anthropocene’. The talks were live streamed and provided an excellent space to present and discuss ideas.