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    Newly Forgotten Technologies (The Choir)

    Wesley Goatley

    12:00 - 19:00

    Atelier 4


    20 malfunctioning Amazon Echo smart speakers have been discarded amongst the dirt.  Abandoned and without homes, they sing to themselves and each other, and tell stories about the world that created them. The ’singing’ of the devices in the installation are generative compositions made from the raw sonic material of the voices themselves – they’ve been stretched, distorted, and disfigured into sounds that range from haunting choirs to distorted half-words.

    Biography Wesley Goatley

    Wesley Goatley is a sound artist and researcher based in London. His critical practice examines the aesthetics and politics of data, machine learning, and voice recognition technologies and the power they have in shaping the world and our understanding of it.  He gives regular talks on these topics at events such as Milan Design Week, Global Art Forum Singapore, CTM Festival Berlin, and the European Data Forum in Eindhoven.  His writing has featured in arts magazines, academic journals, and news outlets. 

    His artwork is exhibited and performed internationally, including at venues such as Eyebeam in New York, Berghain in Berlin, The Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  He has a 25-year background as an experimental performer and musician, including for labels such as Kranky (US) and Southern (UK). He holds a doctorate in critical practice and the philosophy of aesthetics, and is Course Leader of MA Interaction Design at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.