Post-PopUp at CCA
Block 38, Studio #01-07
Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
Singapore 109441

The recent scandals relating to the NSA, the revelation of the PRISM surveillance programme, and the treatment of whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning, have revealed how fundamentally intertwined our civil liberties are with our technological infrastructures. These systems can both enable, and threaten, both our privacy and our security. Ubiquitous networked infrastructures create radical new creative opportunities for a coming generation of makers and users, whilst also presenting us with major social dilemmas.

This talk will show why this matters to anyone working within culture today, and will specifically look at how artists working with technology, and technologists working creatively, are some of the best and most useful guides we have to navigate what I refer to as “the post-PRISM Landscape”.

Honor Harger is a New Zealand-born artist and curator who has a particular interest in artistic uses of technologies. She is currently the Executive Director of ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Prior to arriving in Singapore in March 2014, she was artistic director of Lighthouse, an digital culture agency in Brighton, UK from 2010 to 2014. She has also worked at Tate Modern (UK), transmediale and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Germany), Artspace (New Zealand), and many other arts organisations and festivals around the world. Honor also writes the blog, Particle Decelerator, which collects together news from the worlds of science, art and technology, placing a special emphasis on the collision between the quantum and the cosmological. Her artistic practice is produced under the name r a d i o q u a l i a together with collaborator Adam Hyde. One of their main projects has been Radio Astronomy, a radio station broadcasting sounds from space. Honor has lectured widely including at the TED conference, LIFT in Geneva, the European Space Agency, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, California Institute of the Arts and the American Film Institute.

The project More than [show] business – Post-PopUp at CCA is a collaborative effort between Post-Museum and CCA, led by curators Anca Rujoiu and Vera Mey, with the additional support of the National Arts Council (NAC).

[Image: Here Be Dragons: the Unstable Landscapes of GPS by Will Gowland (2011)]