Artwork by Garnet Hertz entitled Phone Safe. It shows a white plastic box that you can drop your phone into.
Online Event

Sleep Mode Panel Discussion

Sun 28 Jun
16.00 - 17.00
Online Event

Curator Sarah Cook is joined by artists Michael Mandiberg, Garnet Hertz and Addie Wagenknecht to discuss their critical art practices and how they've been working online and from home during lockdown.

Reflecting on their new routines, the conversation will highlight how working habits have changed in the recent months of socially distanced connections. Their activist practices include considering the surveillance issues of working with technology, our diminished capacity to pay attention in a world based on a ceaseless cycle of production and consumption, the gig economy, and inescapable connectivity.


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About the Speakers

Michael Mandiberg (b. 1977, Detroit, USA) lives and works in New York, USA. An interdisciplinary artist, Mandiberg’s work manifests the poetics and politics of the information age. Mandiberg works within systems to make visible processes that are often hidden in plain sight, or on public web servers. While technically sophisticated, Mandiberg’s work exceeds simple novelty to make propositions about how our lives are being shaped by these tools, and the ideologies undergirding them. Their work has been included in exhibitions at venues worldwide including: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New Museum, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Arizona State University Museum and Library, Denny Gallery, Eyebeam, and Transmediale, and are in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum and 21c Museum. 

Garnet Hertz (b. 1973 in Canada) lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Hertz’s art and research investigates DIY culture, electronic art and critical design practices. He has shown his work at several international venues in fifteen countries including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and DEAF and was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. Hertz is Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University.

Addie Wagenknecht (b. 1981, Portland, USA) lives and works in New York and Austria. Wagenknecht's work explores the tension between expression and technology. She seeks to blend conceptual work with forms of hacking and sculpture. Her work has been seen at venues worldwide including: MuseumsQuartier Wien, Vienna, Austria; La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, France; The Istanbul Modern; Whitechapel Gallery, London and MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2016 she collaborated with Chanel and I-D magazine as part of their Sixth Sense series and in 2017 her work was acquired by the Whitney Museum for American Art.

Sarah Cook is a curator, writer and researcher based in Scotland. Sarah has curated and co-curated exhibitions of contemporary art and new media art worldwide, including our recent exhibition 24/7 at Somerset House. She is Professor of Museum Studies in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. She is editor of the book INFORMATION and co-author with Beryl Graham of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media. Sarah is one of the curators behind Scotland’s only digital arts festival NEoN Digital Arts and founder/curator of LifeSpace Science Art Research Gallery at the University of Dundee. Sarah has worked as curator of new media at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and in 2008 was the inaugural curatorial fellow at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York.

Image courtesy of Garnet Hertz.
Additionally supported by the University of Glasgow.