Katy Connor

February 2014 § Leave a comment

“Untitled_Force, a fragment”
A practice-based investigation into the material qualities of digital media
26 February @ 5.00pm

Katy Connor, 
"Untitled_Force, a fragment" (2011-present) a work in progress

My work explores the poetic threshold between the digital and the physical: at points where the incorporeal becomes material and tangible.  At the heart of my work is the acknowledgement of a profound shift in material relations, from an industrial to a post-industrial society. I’m interested in how this shift into a digital age of information flow, this move from solid to fluid, affects us materially, perceptually and experientially.
My interest lies in the materiality of informatics, as conceptualised by Hayles (1999) Haraway (1991) and Munster (2006); and the haptic relationship between the material body and the “touch of the machine” (after Irigaray, (1985)). Within the project, the practice-based research creates a new way of thinking around the processes and production of digital media artefacts, and their relation to the performative, material body.

The interdisciplinary process interrogates the performativity of limitation and production, revealing the poetics within the lab environments of engineering and manufacturing. My interest also lies in the poetic disruption of scale and form that such computational processes reveal; thus opening our perceptions to new material ecologies and landscapes of data.

In this seminar I shall be focusing on one practice-based project, Untitled_Force, a fragment (2011-present) which explores the translation of blood through processes of microscopy, computational modeling and the material process of nylon 3D print. I use these forms to quietly unravel the logic of science and its quest for certainty and self-replication.


Brief Bio

Katy Connor is an artist working with digital video, sculpture and installation, exploring the poetic threshold between the digital and the physical. At the heart of the work is the acknowledgement of a profound shift in material relations, from an industrial to a post-industrial society: how this shift into a digital age of information flow, affects us materially, perceptually and experientially. Her work has recently been exhibited at Transmediale Berlin (2013) and New York Institute of Technology (2013) and Hong Kong (2014) as part of the Lumen Prize. Recent UK solo shows include Permanent Gallery, Brighton and Plymouth Arts Centre (2011). In 2015 she will travel to the Arctic Circle as part of an art / science expedition. Katy Connor is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Experimental Media Research, Bournemouth University, supported by the AHRC.
www.katyconnor.com  (for previous work / projects)

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