Arts Work of the Future

Tate Exchange, Tate Modern
6-11 March 2018

Get hands on with exploring the role of technology in the arts and join us in questioning and re-thinking its impact on our lives

Help us reimagine the role of the arts in an age of rapid technological change and explore how, through the arts, we can move beyond everyday consumption and technology as a spectacle. Together let’s challenge the mainstream, say the unsaid and address inclusion, integration and the production of technology in our lives, society, work, education – and in the arts.

The Digital Maker Collective and invited guest contributors from across the globe will transform Tate Exchange into a large public tech innovation hub, a space to get hands-on with technology exploration and rapid prototyping, and discover new forms of collaborative digital making experimentation. The full week-long event programme will be posted and updated daily on website and on the #artsworkofthefuture hashtag.

The floor of Tate Exchange will include:

  • Two large themed incubators on either side of the space. Each incubator includes an open studio, drop-in style working spaces, as well as a larger programmed space where tech workshops, test innovations and debates will be showcased and performed throughout the week:
    • Incubator One: Are Humans Sustainable? 
    • Incubator Two: What is the future of interaction?
  • Practice as Research Wall: A place to map progress throughout the week
  • Un-conference Space: Will technology enslave us or save us? (public led debates).
  • Welcome Area: And help us build the Six Million Dollar Bionic Art Student of the future (We have the technology)

At each incubator, you will have the opportunity to engage in digital making, co-creation and open innovation. Throughout the week you are invited to contribute and question the positive and negative impacts of technology in our lives and help us accelerate or decelerate ideas which can make a difference to society. 

This event is programmed by Digital Maker Collective, a Tate Exchange Associate

The Digital Maker Collective are a group of artists, designers, staff and students from the University of the Arts London (UAL) who explore emerging digital technologies in arts, education, society and the creative industries. They are supported by Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts (CCW), UAL.

Welcome Area - Automation, Creativity & Technology

Welcome Area - Visitors are welcomed into the event by a mock hologram of a talking cyborg, providing an overview of what is happening on the floor. Alongside the relaxed welcome area you are invited to get hands on by helping us what Arts Work of the Future means, through exploring & questioning automation and technology

Incubator One: Are Humans Sustainable?

This incubator explores the potential of the human species to survive and thrive within new technological environments. Please see below Digital Maker Collective and Guest Industry/Sector/Edu/Maker Provocations

Incubator Two: What is the future of interaction?

This incubator will rethink virtual and physical space with interactive audio and visual projects . Please see below Digital Maker Collective and Guest Industry/Sector/Edu/Maker Provocations

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