The second weekend of Southbank Centre’s Web We Want festival is dedicated to the creative opportunities the Web has afforded. Across two days – Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November – we present a diverse programme of digital art and online creativity – interactive installations, technologically enabled performances and vintage computing, to physical installations and workshops which investigate themes of data, privacy and surveillance.
The entire weekend programme is free and is listed in full on the Web We Want website.
What does the Web look like in real life?
This second weekend of three focuses on digital creativity, interactivity and play and features artistic responses to living in a connected world. The festival includes works which explore what physical communities look like online and ask how we make the Web, and the issues surrounding the Web, tangible in real life, as part of a physical festival.
Play Your Place – Build the Web We Want game – is ongoing open artwork and online game-building platform which invites participants to create, remix and share games about the Web We Want. Previous iterations of Play Your Place have asked people to build games about the issues facing their neighbourhood. Now Play Your Place invites the Web We Want audience to create a game about the global Web community.
James Bridle – Rorschmap: Streetview Edition is a digital artwork which bends images from Google Streetview into kaleidoscopic new shapes. Artist James Bridle describes the work as a ‘love letter to London’, and visitors to the Web We Want festival will be invited to create unique digital artworks from the Google Streetview API by entering their postcode. James Bridle is also currently artist in residence at the Hayward Gallery Mirror City exhibition.
Play Your Place – ‘Play the Web We Want’
James Bridle ‘Rorschmap: Streetview Edition’
Two new commissions: Stefanie Posavec and Jeremy Bailey
Another example of a physical manifestation of digital in the real world is a new commission designed by information designer and data artist Stefanie Posavec. Open Data Playground is a collection of floor-based games and interactions based on open datasets (collections of data) from the digital space. Stefanie was previously artist-in-residence at Facebook.
Stefanie Posavec ‘Open Data Playground’
Tackling the issue of rampant objectification of the body online, ‘Famous New Media Artist’ Jeremy Bailey creates an online performance for Web We Want investigating the objectification of the body and wearable technology.
Jeremy Bailey investigates body objectification and augmentation
Artist responses to privacy and surveillance
Artist Adam Harvey has developed various counter-surveillance artworks and privacy products which are displayed in the Privacy Gift Shop exhibition. Adam will present two workshops: CV Dazzle; which explores how hairstyling and make-up can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology and Privacy Happy Hour – which invites you to make a piñata in the form of a security camera, and destroy it.
Aram Bartholl is an artist who invites you to Kill Your Phone; by sewing a handmade pouch which blocks phone signals and prevents tracking (functioning as a Faraday cage). A second workshop designed by Aram – What Is A Pixel? – introduces young people – now living in a pixel-invisible, retina-enabled world – to the concept of pixels by making swords inspired by the the incredibly popular online game Minecraft.
‘CV Dazzle’, Adam Harvey’s CCTV-baffling make-up designs
‘Kill Your Phone’, making a signal blocking pouch for your mobile
Hayward Gallery – End User: exhibition, tours, performances
As part of Web We Want, the Hayward Gallery presents an exhibition which sees contemporary international artists take a critical approach to the complexities of the internet.
End User includes work by Cory Arcangel, Aram Bartholl, Ami Clarke and Richard Cochrane, Tyler Coburn, Jon Rafman, Erica Scourti and Liz Sterry. Their artworks examine how the web alters social relations and raises questions about identity, privacy, and the ownership of information.
End User runs from Thursday 27 November in the Hayward Gallery project space. Throughout the Web We Want festival weekend, there are a number of End User tours, from Ami Clarke and Richard Cochrane, and Liz Sterry and show curator Cliff Lauson. Additionally, Tyler Coburn will present Postscript on I’m That Angel, and Erica Scourti will create a new digitally-enabled performance.
‘Kays Blog’, artist Liz Sterry recreates an online blogger’s room from Tumblr posts
See the full programme online
In addition to the above, The Centre for Computing History present the Gaming Lounge and WWW.TV installation, there are workshops on How To Build A Website and an invitation from the World Wide Web Foundation to shape a Magna Carta for the Internet.
For the full Web We Want programme including details of all free installations, workshops, digital art and performances, please see: southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant