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Lunchtime Talk

Fri 15 Jul 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio Event Space

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Reworking Technology

In this talk, artist Brian Gibson shares his process of deconstructing non-functioning objects to reveal the concealed architecture of tech through a process of assemblage, print and photography.

DJ / Mini Disc Player assemblage/ 12x12 digital print/2021

DJ / Mini Disc Player assemblage/ 12x12 digital print/2021


Brian Gibson

Brian Gibson is a practising artist and workshop facilitator who is dyslexic and has experienced childhood trauma. Brian has been involved with the arts charity Outside In: for over a decade. They provide a platform for artists who face significant barriers in the art world. In 2018 Brian founded an independent art and music magazine Deviation Street: https://deviationstreet which evolved during the height of the pandemic into a digital zine. Based in Bath, Brian is currently a resident at The Studio BSU.

This talk will be held in the building and online! Book your free ticket here.

Just what is it that makes todays technologies so different, so appealing? As an artist, I find myself increasingly asking the following questions;

How can I engage with developing technologies, in ways outside of the norm of entrepreneurial tech design and coding frameworks, that are meaningful to me?

Do we as individuals have the power and resources to step outside of our roles as passive users, a role which the artist Kin describes as a position of “speaking and not being heard", to find agency and ultimately, a voice that is heard?  

brian Gibson, Laptop/ Duo Print -Digital Image  16x12/2022

Laptop/ Duo Print -Digital Image 16x12/2022

My own creative response to such questions has been to work with and rework the physical material of digital technologies which can be found within todays domestic environment. (Laptops, mobile phones, game stations and so forth). In deconstructing such non-functioning objects I have been able explore the concealed architecture of tech through a process of assemblage, print and photography, developing new narratives which switch back and forth between the analogue and digital.

This lunchtime talk is presented by Container - Container is an online magazine about creative technology. Focusing on the human side of technology, it is a home for stories beyond the mainstream. For years, technology in the media has been largely limited to “techno-heroic” stories of the successful individual, big technology and corporate gain. Container seeks to redress the balance and raise up a messy multiplicity of voices - ones that question, dissent and explore. Based in Bristol, Container is born out of a long-term collaboration between Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio - the heart of creative technology R&D in the city - and UWE Bristol’s Creative Economies Lab.

brian Gibson, (1)	Just what is it that makes todays technologies so different, so appealing? / Cyanotype Print 16x12  2022

Just what is it that makes today's technology so different, so appealing? Cyanotype positive, 297x420mm, 2022

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 15th July 2022 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the Q and A discussion afterwards. 

Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.

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