Our first reading group of 2019 delves into James Bridle’s digital dystopia New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future. As the bleed between life online and IRL increases, Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising revenue, forcing us to consider our trajectories within an increasingly data-driven world.
This reading group will focus specifically on Chapter 9 of the book, ‘Concurrency’, and will be hosted by Dr Susanne Pratt.
Download a PDF of Chapter 9 here.
You can also view James Bridle’s TED Talk, The nightmare videos of children’s YouTube – and what’s wrong with the internet today.
As a researcher, educator, artist and techno-scientific muser Dr Susanne Pratt explores how creative practice can foster social and environmental responsibility, with an emphasis on improving environmental health and collective flourishing. She is currently based in the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, UTS, where she co-founded the xFutures Lab.
Reading groups meet quarterly and offer an opportunity to discover and debate writing related to the themes of our current exhibitions. Material will be available to download here on the UTS ART website ahead of each session.
After Technology is a group exhibition that considers how Australian artists have registered the rise of technologies since the 1990s; from the emerging science of genetic testing and the effect of military technologies on civilian life, to the bleed between life online and IRL. The exhibition asks what becomes of love, the body, culture, family, community, nature, identity and communication after technology?
Presented by UTS ART, the exhibition includes Akil Ahamat, Robert Andrew, Tega Brain, Brian Fuata, Roslyn Helper, Patricia Piccinini, Julie Rrap, Yhonnie Scarce, Grant Stevens, and VNS Matrix.