Our Festival talks, discussions and study events allow audiences to explore the themes and ideas of the Festival programme and participate in a wide-ranging set of conversations about relevant political, cultural and social issues. In our Conversations with Artists series, you can meet the creative individuals behind the Festival programme and learn more about their lives and their work.
This year Interfaces looks at how new developments in technology and everyday materials can influence artists’ work and how through their work we potentially reconsider our surroundings. Topics include the role of technology in global protest movements, the effect of technology on our relationships, the gamification of design, and how technology might be changing the human brain with contributors including Jon Oberlander, Professor of Epistemics at the University of Edinburgh, social psychologist and radio presenter Aleks Krotoski, digital editor of The Economist Tom Standage, Jesse Schell Distinguished Professor of Entertainment Technology, and technology entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl.
Events in the Interfaces series are Speech-to-Text Reported. For deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing audience members, a Speech-to-Text Reporter types words as they are spoken which are instantly displayed on screens so that you can follow the talks and discussions.
Conversations with Artists
Many Festival artists are in conversation at The Hub throughout the three Festival weeks including The Wooster Group, Philip Glass and Patti Smith, Meredith Monk and Andreas Scholl.
A new series in 2013 Movements explores interactions between music and technology with talks on topics including the evolution of the piano, the commissioning of music for cochlear implant users, Cybraphon the autonomous and emotional robot band, and music’s evolution since it became regularly recorded . Speakers include Brian Eno, Irvine Arditti and Professor Simon Kirby of band FOUND.
Edinburgh University Events
The Festival continues to develops its relationship with the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and introduces partnership events with Edinburgh College of Art. In addition to presenting Professor Nigel Osborne to give The Edinburgh University Festival Lecture: Art, Mind and Machine, and a panel including Dr Bettany Hughes we are running several events exploring cutting edge arts technology: Glitch’d Purposeful Mistakes and Synthetic Biology: Where Organic Meets Digital.
You can enjoy all 19 films that are the Channel Four Beckett on Film project, produced byMichael Colgan and Alan Maloney, and a series of talks and events exploring Beckett and technology, including contributions from Jeremy Howe Commissioning Editor of BBC Radio 4, Michael Colgan and Beckett Scholar Mark Nixon.
In addition to the company’s production of Hamlet, you can see a selection of films from the Wooster Group Archive including Rumstick Road, To You, The Birdie! (Phèdre) and The Emperor Jones.