The Way Forward will explore artistic re-enactment, the re-creation and repetition of the past.
Digital Stage launches the new digital arts programme at Nottingham Playhouse with a homage to the centenary year of Alan Turing, the wartime decoding genius, and takes a look back at technology. Inspired by Nottingham Playhouse’s production of Roots, by Arnold Wesker, the exhibition examines the roots of our modern technology and looks at the artists that bring old and redundant technologies back to life.
A new commission for Institute for Boundary Interactions sees a local artist goup recreate old methods of encryption in Skywriter situated on the Nottingham Playhouse roof. While Paul B Davis, a pioneer in hacking and computer codes presents Mother Of All Demos, a film that looks at the digital aspirations of the 1960s and with recognisable outdated computer technologies, performs quick witted specialist interventions.
Roman Verostko presents A Universal Turing Machine, As A Self Protrait which explores the coded procedures that drive the technologies within our culture. Jaki Middleton and David Lawrey re-create the Zoetrope (the original device made to form the illusion of motion) with a modern twist in an impressive kinetic sculpture The Sound Before You Make It. Finally Neil Mendoza and Anthony Goh reconstruct old mobile phones into a tree of interactive birds in Escape.
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