Monkeys Minding Machine an augmented talk

2 October 2017, 17:30 - 18:30
Cambridge campus

Abstract picture of mans head with musical notes

Speaker: Dr Kelcey Swain (University of Bristol)

Kelcey Swain is a Teaching Fellow at Bristol University working in the field of electroacoustic composition and audio programming. He has worked at Keele and Sheffield Universities. His PhD work was based on exploring the interactions between humans and machines specifically computers. This work was completed at the studios in Durham and at Culture Lab, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Abstract: D. H. Lawrence wrote, "For God's sake, let us be men // not monkeys minding machines // or sitting with our tails curled // while the machine amuses us, the radio or film or gramophone." While Lawrence may have been writing in a pre-digital age, it is common to see people sitting with their "tails curled" attached to a screen of some size. In this performance/talk it will be both argued and demonstrated that the more people creatively engage with their "machines", the less we will be controlled by them. If we learn to programme, create, share, and develop, we can be men and women, not just monkeys minding machines.

Event Details

2 October 2017, 17:30 - 18:30
Cambridge campus
Jerome Booth Music Therapy Centre. Young Street

No booking is required for this event.