The most fundamental problems of our time are connected to the cultures of large monopolistic tech companies. For over 20 years, Furtherfield have worked to empower diverse groups of people, getting hands on with art and tech, in order to disrupt and democratise our increasingly digital lives. In this talk, Furtherfield Co-Founding Artistic Director, Ruth Catlow, provides an overview of the organisation’s unique approach born of collaborative and co-creative practices. She explains how Furtherfield engage any and everyone in conversations about life and tech (or natural and artificial intelligences) through playful fieldwork online and off. The speech will be hosted by Ebru Yetişkin, who works along the axes of science, art and technology and examines the new media culture with a critical manner.
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As Co-Founding and Co-Artistic Director, Furtherfield, Ruth Catlow is a leading authority on emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics. She has co-curated over 60 digital arts exhibitions around themes of placemaking, alternative economies and the commons. Keynote speaker and author of countless publications on art, technology and social change, including editing the internationally acclaimed Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain. In 2019 her blockchain and the arts lab series, DAOWO, produced with Ben Vickers (Serpentine Galleries) and Goethe-Institut won a European Centre for Creative Economy ‘NICE’ award. She heads DECAL, Furtherfield’s DeCentralised Arts Lab, developing cross sector partnerships for using blockchain and web 3.0 technologies for new, fairer economic models for the arts.
Ebru Yetişkin is an Istanbul based curator and researcher, who is working on the interaction of science, technology and art. She studied Radio-TV-Cinema as a bachelor degree in Istanbul University. Then she attended the master program on Science, Technology and Society in Istanbul Technical University and Université Louis Pasteur, and started working on the impact of uncertainty of science in the policy making process. She completed the PhD program in sociology in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2008. She conducted the preliminary phase of her thesis research in Centre Sociologie de L’Innovation in Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris as a visiting scholar with Bruno Latour and Antoine Hennion. Since 12 years, she has been working as a researcher in Istanbul Technical University and teaching sociology, contemporary art and media related courses. She also gave classes in New York University and Inholland University as a guest teaching staff. She curated new media art related exhibitions entitled, Cacophony (2013), Code Unknown (2014) and Waves (2015) in Istanbul. This year, she also directed and curated Plugin New Media Section of Contemporary Istanbul.