Digital Cultures: Screening & Talk Programme by Singaporean Artist Brandon Tay & Researcher Bogna Konior

(M)across Cultures – Session #3 – Forms & Agencies, with Brandon Tay and Bogna Konior
Date: Saturday, 16th September 2023, 1 – 3pm
Venue: NTU CCA, The Screening Room, Block 38 Malan Road, #01-06
Limited seating available. RSVP here

The conversation will unpack the premises of the exhibition, straddling thematic considerations across the individual and relational aspects of and between agencies and sentience. The session will end with a discussion of the Japanese anime television series Parasyte (Madhouse, 2014).

This is in conjunction with Brandon Tay’s inaugural solo exhibition, Form & Agency.

About the artist
Brandon Tay is a Singaporean artist whose work explores emergent complexities in digital materials. Emerging from Singapore’s underground audio-visual scene, his practice has expanded to include projection mapping, digital imagery, digital, computer-generated imagery (CGI), time-based and new media, game environment art. He challenges the boundaries between the tangible and the intangible, often exploring themes related to history, futurity, digital materiality, and contemporary philosophies.

In his practice, he complicates distinctions between the tangible and incorporeal, both in composition and well as subject matter, often looking into thematics surrounding the relationships between history and futurity, digital materiality, and contemporary philosophies.  Brandon views digital materials as irreducible components that combine dynamically to create a more complex whole. Working with diverse components, whether fragments of 3D geometry, prompt tokens or 3D avatars of human beings, he combines these with out-of-context factors — such as doom-scrolling induced trance states, automatic writing, game physics and the likes — to simulate something that feels larger than its parts in unpredictable ways. 

About the speaker
Bogna Konior is Assistant Professor at the Interactive Media Arts department, and co-director of AI & Culture Center at NYU Shanghai. In 2023, she is a Research Fellow in the Antikythera Program on Speculative Computation at the Berggruen Institute, and a mentor in the Synthetic Intelligence program at Medialab-Matadero Madrid. Her work on digital culture, philosophy of new media, and posthumanism has been presented internationally, recently including the Cambridge Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, e-flux, and the Ljubljana Biennale.

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