Telepresence to Teletrust

The Telepresence to Teletrust Symposium focuses on the ‘third space’ between tangible & mediated presence’

Telepresence to Teletrust

Live telepresence through new platforms such as Zoom, Teams, Facetime, Jitsi etc have become fully embedded in our lives. Like it or not this way of being together is here to stay. In the post-Covid push for a zero-carbon economy, international travel will be radically curtailed and remote working will become if not the norm then far more common. Welcome to a world of virtual assemblies and blended communications.

This symposium aims to recuperate the rich resource of spatial and temporal experimentation that artists and creative researchers have developed over many years. Our conviction is that these experiments will help us move towards richer and more embodied forms of virtual encounter. In addition we aim to use the event to crystalise these ambitions in the form of proposals for exhibitions and/or a publication, a critical primer, an ABC of Telepresence, a phenomenology of Telematics.

The talks and presentations will be on the themes of embodiment, society, aesthetics and politics, refracted through the lens of the following questions:

•How is the proliferation telepresence changing what it means to be reflexively ‘present’ to one another?

•What scope might there be to shape new directions for these platforms that go beyond the ghostly dance of endless ‘talking-heads’?

•How are we to avoid the emergence new forms of alienation?

•Given that billions of live feeds can be seen as just one more stage in a process of endless fragmentation what are the possibilities for creating a third space between tangible and mediated presence, stepping outside the usual binaries of the real and the virtual?

•How do we provoke creative responses that break the frame and go beyond the limitations of existing platforms?

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