june 2018

20jun17:4018:05Workshop: John Hartley (session 1)17:40 - 18:05 G: Garden Room requires booking: YES

Event Details

Behind the Curve

This is the introductory session for this workshop which runs throughout the event.


During the course of the conference, people registered for this workshop will be invited to visit the river Dart, and after having been introduced to easy waterproofing-for-technology techniques, they will make short films within the river using redundant and discarded mobile phones (provided). These trips to the river could be quite short and can be interspersed throughout the programme. Additionally, participants might like to make films in their own times.

Towards the end of the event (on Friday) all the phones will be mounted on a gallery wall in a position relative determined by the location where the film on the mobile was taken. The films will  loop and start together, producing a distributed yet localised map giving a mediated sense of the river. The films will continue looping, or slowly drop out as batteries die.

The technology that is deployed is chosen for its discarded, redundant nature. It is in a process of visible material collapse, but it has also been left behind on a wave of societal and economic obsolescence. The work seeks to make waves of innovation, investment, use and refuse visible as an intensive process that can be considered to move and progress in similar ways to other liquids (such as the Dart).

If you have a redundant phone capable of playing video and you’d like to donate it to the project (or just lend it to us for the duration) please email nancy@artdotearth.org to let us know. Thanks!  (John will work with you to waterproof the phones, but we can’t guarantee that they won’t get damaged.


(Wednesday) 17:40 - 18:05


G: Garden Room

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN

requires booking