RA Lates: Digital (Dis)connections

An evening of interactive installations and experiences inspired by Ai Weiwei

Taking their cue from Ai Weiwei's use of the internet to connect to the world, the Royal Academy Of Arts delve into the utopian potential, promises and treachery of digital technologies. Explore the RA as they display interactive installations, host talks and prototype inventions that challenge our contemporary use of the internet, and imagine future applications of digital technologies. The night includes informal talks by Dr Jat Sigh (Computer Laboratory and Centre for Science and Policy on the Internet of Things) and Samuel Miles on his research into digital space and dating apps. Discover installations in the RA's Fine Rooms, including an emoji cafe by Emily Groves that explores a playful alternative future in which emojis have replaced all words and objects. Add wearable technology prototypes by Yulia Silina and a coded couture piece Eighsense by Seetheunseen – which responds and changes colour to real-time digital data – and you have a night steeped in magic. There's also a video and installation piece by William Fairbrother titled The World Has Always Been An Internet Of Things, which charts the activity of formerly inanimate objects who now have human-like characteristics – able to sense their environments and communicate with one another. All that plus interactive performances and installations based around the notion of online surveillance by Callum Pepper, Ellie Power and Calvin Lok from UAL. Music comes courtesy of Network Ensemble who convert the invisible, airborne network communications into a sonic experience, creating music from the technical data of nearby connected devices. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. When buying a ticket to this event you agree to your email address being shared with the event organiser so that you can receive info about the event.


Royal Academy Of Arts, Piccadilly

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