Tue 05 Jun 2018

Defrag: IAM


Tue 05 Jun 2018
18.45 - 20.30
Pay What You Can

The work of our artists is valuable and our events cost money to produce, but we also want them to be as accessible as possible. Therefore, we offer you the opportunity to pay what you can for this event.

River Rooms
New Wing

For the next Defrag event, we’re partnering with Barcelona-based platform IAM to explore the post-technological futures of everything by digging into their 2018 research theme: “The Subversion of Paradoxes”.

The complex and overwhelming nature of global current affairs appears to be full of contradictions and ideological collisions resulting from the coexistence of multiple realities. Chaos envelopes us from the geopolitical to the personal, from the frontline to the selfie. The internet is increasingly playing an active and defining role in our perception of the world around us.

IAM invites us to subvert paradoxes, question the status quo, challenge dominant cultural narratives, binary mindsets and programmes; refreshing the meaning of subversion by stimulating planetary, long-term & critical thinking and doing.


Doors Open 18:45

19:00 - 19:10
Intro: The Subversion of Paradoxes by Andres Colmenares, co-founder of IAM

19:10 - 19:30
Act I: Beyond-Algorithms
Estuary by LaTurbo Avedon

19:30 - 19:45 
Act II: Beyond-Disciplines
Edit Distances by Joana Chicau

19:45 - 19:55
Act III: Beyond-Clicks\
How to create a ‘click strike’? Experiment presented by IAM & Ted Hunt

19:55 - 20:10
Act IV: Beyond-Desires
Zoe Ligon Skype Interview

20:10 - 20:30
In Randomness We Trust


Andres Colmenares 
Andres is a co-ounder of IAM, a platform-based laboratory exploring ‘the futures of EVERYTHING’, connecting perspectives in the edges and intersections of media, arts and learning to understand better the evolution of internet as cultures, in other words as a network of networks of people, to have a positive influence in the agendas of companies, governments, institutions.

Joana Chicau
Joana is a graphic designer, coder and researcher, currently based in The Netherlands. She runs a transdisciplinary research project which interweaves media design and web environments with performance and choreographic practices. Chicau has been researching the intersection of the body with the constructed, designed, programmed environment, aiming at in widening the ways in which digital sciences is presented and made accessible to the public. She has been actively participating and organizing events with performances involving multi-location collaborative creative coding/algorithmic improvisation, open discussions on gender equality and activism. 

LaTurbo Avedon
LaTurbo is an avatar and artist originating in virtual space. Their work emphasizes the practice of nonphysical identity and authorship. Many of the works can be described as research into dimensions, deconstructions, and the explosion of forms, exploring topics of virtual authorship and the physicality of the Internet.

Ted Hunt
Ted is an independent speculative/discursive/critical designer living and working in London and currently a resident of Somerset House Studios. Ted's work explores the liminal spaces between our ancient behavioural-driven selves and modern technologically-driven selves. He continually explores non-linear/alternative paradigms and examines the boundaries between subjective, objective and inter-subjective interpretations and perspectives.

Zoë Ligon
Zoë is a Detroit-based sex educator, journalist and artist who is also the proprietor of progressive online sex toy emporium, Spectrum Boutique, where she has made it her life's work to blast away the stigmas and misinformation that prevent us from having the amazing sex we all deserve. Zoë has a background in social psychology and is currently working towards her AASECT sex education certification.

More about IAM
Since 2015, IAM defines annual research themes and triangulations of ‘futures of’ to create tools designed to develop a more planetary, critical, long-term thinking/saying/doing, by discovering, cultivating, connecting and empowering agents of change around the globe launching events, experiments and creative challenges that emerge from the research themes, in collaboration with partners as BBC, Tate, University of Arts London, ELISAVA School of Design and Red Bull.

Instagram: @iam_internet
Twitter: @iam_internet

Curated by Jake Charles Rees in association with Somerset House Studios.