BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

Libby Heaney and musician Nabihah Iqbal appeared on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s hour to speak about their audio-visual collaboration CASCADE which was performed at the Southbank Centre on 29th and 30th January.

You can listen here at around the 35 minute mark.

Woman’s Hour is a radio magazine programme broadcast in the United Kingdom on the BBC. It has been on air since 1946.

“Southbank Centre is the largest arts centre in the UK and one of the nation’s top visitor attractions. They seek out the world’s most exciting artists, from household names to fresh new talent, and give them space to showcase their best work.”

 

Quantum Zeitgeist Interview

 

Libby was interviewed about her hybrid quantum and art practice by the online magazine Quantum Zeitgeist. You can read the interview here.

Quantum Zeitgeist aims to bring together different segments of the Quantum sector. The growing field of Quantum Computing has a range of skill-sets from Academic research to Applications. Quantum Zeitgeist brings all of these areas together, where readers can explore the latest Quantum technological developments all the way to the latest news from start-ups and market insights and trends.

 

Amplify Digital Arts Initiative

Amplify Digital Arts Initiative new website is now live. Libby participated in the programme at Mutek Montreal in 2019 and was due to present her work with Amplify in Buenos Aires and at Somerset House in 2020 (cancelled due to Covid).

Libby’s profile can be viewed here and the full list of supported artists here.

Amplify Digital Arts Initiative connects and empowers an active network of women-identifying artists and professionals working in the digital arts, sound and immersive storytelling sectors in Canada, Latin America and the UK.

Harnessing different cultures and experiences, AMPLIFY D.A.I fosters a platform for dialogue on gender equity and commits resources to career and capacity building activities, peer exchanges and opportunities for cohort participants to showcase their work in the context of dynamic, contemporary festivals, events and residencies.

AMPLIFY D.A.I is an initiative of the British Council in partnership with MUTEK Montréal, MUTEK Buenos Aires and Somerset House Studios in the UK. The programme is supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Fundación Williams.

Fleabag and Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot by The Lowry

Libby’s artwork, Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot, is an example of how modern dating can become entangled with old institutions, blogs The Lowry.

Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot explores love in a post-digital age by bringing together humans and non-humans and pre- and post-digital love machines, namely the literary novel and Tinder.

The installation features around 800 anonymized Tinder conversations of both men and women, where Bernie.ai, “your personal matchmaker A.I. who understands your “type”, and finds them on your favorite dating networks” has conversed with members of the public using dialogue from Lady Chatterley’s Lover following its own sentiment analysis and facial recognition algorithms. The conversations probe how human relationships are mediated through digital technologies.

In a series of posts that explore art and ideas around the theme of the famous TV and theatre show Fleabag, the team at The Lowry draw on Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot as a parallel way of questioning modern single life and dating (in Fleabag Waller-Bridge collides with the church).

The full article is available here.

The Lowry is commited visual and performing arts to enrich people’s lives. They present audiences with a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art as well as events and activities to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike.

 

The Challenge of Deepfakes on BBC World Service

Libby spoke to BBC World Service correspondent Joshua Thorpe about her artistic practice involving deep fakes. You can listen to this episode of World Business Report here.

The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster, which broadcasts radio news, speech and discussions in more than 40 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, DAB, FM and MW relays.

SUBSTRAND article for Somerset House Studios

Cornelia Prior has profiled Libby’s work for Somerset House Studios, where Libby is currently a resident artist.

“With a chatbot trained on the Life in the UK citizenship test recently released, Somerset House Studios resident Libby Heaney wants to answer the question: how can we create an ethical framework for AI and quantum computing before it’s too late?”

Cornelia profiles Libby’s recent work Britbot and her 2016-2017 Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot in the context of the accelerating pace of technological advancement.

Somerset House Studios is a new experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. The Studios are a platform for the development of new creative projects and collaboration, promoting work that pushes bold ideas, engages with urgent issues and pioneers new technologies.

Cornelia is a writer, editor, digital producer, & horticulture student.

The full article is available here.

Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot short-listed for the HeK Basel Net Based Art Award

In 2016 “net based” has been launched as a new prize in Switzerland, which aims to draw attention to the Internet as a platform for artistic activities and to make innovative web-based projects or projects inspired by the Internet accessible to a broader public; at the same time, it aims to raise the visibility of the Swiss scene in this genre, and promote international exchange.

Ten projects made it into the shortlist for the “net based – prize for net based art” 2018. The official prize of CHF 10’000.- is awarded by an international jury and will be officially announced at the award ceremony on May 26 2018, 6pm, at HeK.

Aside from the Jury-awarded main prize, it is possible to choose your own favourite project for the CHF 500.- audience award.

Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot is the unlikely cross between the explicit 1928 novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence and the application for sexual encounters Tinder. The artist Libby Heaney has programmed a bot to converse with Tinder users by sending them excerpts of the novel, soliciting responses, surprising and scintillating questions, thus confusing the protocols that dictate communication via such an app. A selection of the resultant exchanges is presented on a touchscreen and as a book.

Beyond the encounter between two different expressions of seduction, the one an expression of amour and the other a more compulsive form, this work questions the relation to the other in this unique realm that is the game of seduction, whether human or bot.

 

How a Tinderbot reminds us of human connection

The Science Gallery in Dublin have written about Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot this Valentine’s Day.  The artwork featured in their 2017 exhibition Humans Need Not Apply , which asked ‘Can we prosper in a world in which robots and artificial intelligence can do every job we have today?’

Science Gallery Dublin is a world first — a venue where today’s white-hot scientific issues are thrashed out. A place where science and art collide.

Sky Arts 50 commission

Libby has been awarded a commission for a new artwork by Sky Arts 50.

Sky Arts launched Art 50 to invite artists of all kinds, from all walks of life, from all artistic genres, to create a piece of work which says something important about what it will mean to be British after we leave the European Union.

What will Britain look like, feel like, be like to live in, when we are no longer members of the European Union? The outcome of the Brexit referendum has stimulated a widespread debate about our national identity, with many people looking to express how they feel about our nation as we approach a future outside the EU.

Sky Arts are working with our partner organisations; the Barbican, Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. They will be hosting a festival featuring a selection of the Art 50 commissions as well as being on the judging panel.