CASCADE at Southbank Centre

Heaney and Iqbal will perform the next iteration of their immersive AI music and visual performances at the Southbank Centre on the 28th and 29th January 2022. More information and ticket booking can be found here.

This collaborative project is part of Southbank Centre’s Purcell Sessions.

Through field recordings of the Thames, AI-generated sounds and visuals, as well as music and words, Iqbal and Heaney plunge you into an immersive world of real and artificial water-scapes.

In Cascade the Thames serves as a focal point for the pair, pushing them to explore the materiality, history, rituals and symbolism attached to rivers and water.

This project follows on from their previous collaboration, The Whole Earth Chanting, which explored the transcendental nature of human and non-human voice through field recordings, AI-generated sound and meditative composition.

Southbank Centre is the largest arts centre in the UK and one of the nation’s top five 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.

Ent- at ZKM

The first chapter of Heaney’s Ent- artwork is featured as part of ZKM’s BioMedia exhibition.

Commissioned by LAS, Heaney has been experimenting with quantum computing for a number of years. She is the only artist in the world using quantum computing as a functioning artistic medium and Ent- will be a 360-degree interactive installation taking quantum computing as both medium and subject matter. No fully fledged quantum computer is yet in existence but the technology has the potential to achieve results and speeds impossible with current computing. Ent- will explore the transformative changes quantum computing is expected to wreak on the future of everyday life.


Ent- is a quantum interpretation of the central panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights (c.1490–1510).
Visitors will enter a black cube in which a 360-degree projection takes
them through the layers of Bosch’s painting – sky, buildings and
landscapes, and water. Heaney has used quantum code to manipulate
and animate her own watercolour paintings, creating hybrid creatures
inspired by Bosch’s medieval monsters, landscapes that seem to shift
and breathe, and exploding structures that float and re-form. Heaney
chose to work with watercolour in particular because the bleeding of
colours into one another reflects the merging and blurring of the
quantum world.

The ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe is a unique cultural institution worldwide, because it is a place that expands the original tasks of the museum.

It is a house of all media and genres, a house of both spatial arts such as painting, photography and sculpture and time-based arts such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater and performance. ZKM was founded in 1989 with the mission of continuing the classical arts into the digital age. This is why it is sometimes called the »electronic or digital Bauhaus« – an expression that is traced back to the founding director Heinrich Klotz.

 

New artwork for Interruptions at Holden Gallery

Heaney is presenting two new interactive Instagram Stories animations for Holden Gallery, Manchester’s Interruptions series of events.

Heaney’s new artwork, entitled ‘Agency is the Ability to Act’, explores the concept of human and machine agency within social media apps. The title comes from Karen Barad’s theory of agential reality. This is Heaney’s second artwork critically using Instagram Stories as her medium, the first being touch is response-ability which was commissioned by Hervisions at LUX during the first lockdown 2020.

More information about the online performances can be found on the Holden Gallery website here.

The Holden Gallery is situated at the centre of Manchester School of Art, and housed in the original building which was built in 1880.  The Holden Gallery has a fully curated exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art, exploring thematic ideas through the work of key established and mid-career artists.

Visions in the Nunnery performance

Ressurection (Top of the Bots) will be presented at Bow Art’s Nunnery Gallery on 20th Oct 2020 (outdoors and socially distanced) as part of their biennial Visions in the Nunnery programme.

Resurrection (TOTB) is the second iteration of Libby’s Top of the Bots: Karaoke Night participatory performance (Arts Council England funded). During the evening, audience members volunteer to sing and appear and move as the original musician on a screen via live AI algorithms. In between songs, the host Sammy James Britten playfully discusses ideas around power, desire, control and truth with the audience.

Established in 1999, Visions in the Nunnery is a renowned showcase of moving image, digital and performance art, selected from an international open call.

The show offers an informed overview of the provocative and quick-changing mediums of moving image and performance, with works selected from across the world. Over the years Visions has exhibited artists including Oreet Ashery, Tacita Dean, Ori Gersht, Dryden Goodwin, Susan Hiller, Mikhail Karikis, Tina Keane, Lawrence Lek, Uriel Orlow and Heather Phillipson, many at the very early stages of their careers.

Real Time Constraints at Arebyte Gallery

Libby will be presenting her video work Elvis as part of Arebyte Gallery’s Real Time Constraints online exhibition.

Taking the form of a browser plug-in, the exhibition reveals itself as a series of pop-ups where the works are disseminated over the duration of a typical working day, interrupting the screen to provide a ‘stopping cue’ from relentless scrolling, email notifications and other computer-centered, interface-driven work.  Real-Time Constraints presents itself as a benevolent invasion – the size, quantity, content and sound of the pop-ups have been decided upon by each artist to feed into the networked performance. The exhibition is experienced through a synchronised global approach where viewers encounter the same pop-ups at the same time no matter where they are, amplifying the exhibition’s disturbance of mundanity across every time zone.  

Real-Time Constraints makes its primary argument through a reconfiguration of the usually annoying and uninvited browser pop-up, turning what is typically a tool of the system (and its owners) into a user-centric ‘stopping cue.’ Stopping cues were most prevalent in the 20th Century as a way to signal the end of something, the space in between one activity and the next. Stopping cues imposed a choice for the viewer: do you want to continue watching/reading/listening, or do you want to do something else? They also make available the mental space one needs to digest what they’ve just experienced, enabling useful processing of information, and thus, satisfaction through action. 

 

There will be an online ‘opening’ on 23rd July when some of the artists will be present. Libby will also take part in a panel discussion on the 6th Aug when she and other artists will talk about the exhibition, about biases, surveillence and privacy in AI and also about how artist may influence the development of AI technologies.

arebyte Gallery is a London-based art organisation which supports the development of artists working across digital and emerging artforms. 

Following in the long tradition of artists experimentation with new technologies, arebyte Gallery has led a pioneering programme since 2013, to much acclaim. From web-based work to multimedia installations including Virtual and Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Generated Images and 3D printing, the gallery commissions new works from emerging, as well as more established artists. The gallery supports multiple voices in digital cultures across the UK and internationally to bring innovative perspectives to art through new technologies.

 

New digital site-specific commission by Hervisions at LUX

Hervisions at LUX have commissioned Libby for a new site-specifc artwork performed on LUX’s Instagram Stories.

touch is response-ability, tuuch os rispunsabilitreaeaeaea is a site-specific interactive animation, where the participants’ touch controls the movement of the frames. Using Instagram stories as a medium Libby Heaney presents two durational performances that invite viewers to activate the animation through the action of touch. Each performance will last for 24 hours on LUX Instagram.

The first and last stills in each performance were created by Heaney based on extensive research into representations of the body in computer vision and artificial intelligence and parallels in art history, highlighting the biases in which bodies are seen and neglected in both. The subsequent frames in the animation were generated by passing the initial frame through a quantum computer, which through entangled pixels, fragments and inverts the image.

In every frame the body from the initial image always exists but the quantum computer enables us to see it from alternative, multiple perspectives – boundary-less and form-less. The stills are watched with a computer vision algorithm – Open-Pose – which loses track of the body as it is released from its encoded shackles.

touch is response-ability, tuuch os rispunsabilitreaeaeaea is part of HERVISIONS’ evolving curatorial digital initiative OUT of TOUCH. Through a constellation of femme-focused dialogues, OUT of TOUCH probes ways in which screen-based dialogues remediate the lack of touching in the absence of physical connection.

LUX is an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices and the ideas that surround them. The only organisation of its kind in the UK, LUX  represents the country’s only significant collection of artists’ film and video, and is the largest distributor of such work in Europe. LUX works with a large number of major institutions including museums, galleries, festivals and educational establishments, as well as directly with the public and artists.

HERVISIONS is a femme-focussed curatorial agency facilitating online and offline experiences and collaborations with partners to research and produce innovative commissions, exhibitions and events with a strong focus on the intersection of art, technology and culture. Previous exhibitions and partners include, Art Night, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, arebyte Gallery,-D x Chanel, Adidas, Selfridges, Boiler Room, LN-CC, BFI, Gossamer Fog, The London College of Fashion, isthisit?, Mira Festival, LOOM Festival and Google Arts and Culture.

Top of the Bots: Resurrection presented at upcoming Tate Late with Hyphen Lab

Top of the Bots: Resurrection is a new version of the on-going Top of the Bots series of performance/AI based artworks, the first of which was exhibited at Art Night London early this year. Top of the Bots is funded by Art Council England and considers the aesthetics and functioning of artificial intelligent algorithms to create live experiences that question our consumption of celebrities and our relations to each other.

The power of group singing in karaoke, imperfections in voice and individual vulnerability are used to explore alternative expressions of collective identity. Top of the Bots: Resurrection asks what it means to resurrect icons of western music while questioning notions of truth and labour.

Top of the Bots: Resurrection will be presented at September 27th’s Tate Late in the Tate Exchange at the Tate Modern.

The Tate Exchange is place for all to play, create, reflect and question what art can mean to our everyday.

Hyphen-Labs is an international collective working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future. Through their global vision and multi-disciplinary backgrounds they are driven to create engaging ways to explore planetary-centered design. In the process they challenge conventions and stimulate conversations, placing collective needs and experiences at the center of evolving narratives.

Arts Council England Project Grant Award for Top of the Bots

Libby Heaney’s on going artistic research into machine learning, identity and pop culture has been awarded an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant. The first stage of the research concerning artificial intelligence and karaoke will be presented in June at London’s Art Night, which will take place across Kings Cross and Walthamstow. The second stage of research will involve two workshops with young people exploring identity and machine learning at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) in October. A final performance of the Arts Council funded stage of this project will take place at BOM in November as part of a series of events to celebrate the gallery’s 5th birthday.

Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary art festival. Each year the festival partners with a leading cultural institution and/or independent curator, focusing on a different area of London to explore its distinctive identity, culture and architecture through various forms of art.

Arts Council England is a non-departmental public body of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. They champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.

BOM is a centre for art, technology and science dedicated to creative innovation with purpose. The gallery presents cutting edge digital artworks and exhibitions that spark debate about technology and scientific progress.BOM is dedicated to positive social impact in all that they do, with exhibitions and events exploring topical issues in digital culture and science which impact on human lives.

Art AI festival and conference

Libby exhibited her machine learning artwork Britbot at Art AI festival in Leicester from 16th – 31st May. She spoke about her practice and the artwork at the State of the AI-Art conference exploring creative practice with AI. You can watch part of the interview and talk here.

Oh Brian at Her Voice, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Oh Brian was presented at the Her Voice event at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Her Voice examines ideas such as: How might we test mainstream notions of agency and subjectivity, manifest alternative productions of knowledge and power, and acquire new understandings about what it is to be female – or, even, what it is to be human – under the spell of ‘her voice’?

The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London supports radical art and culture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, events, talks and debates.