The MA/MFA Computational Arts final exhibition So, how is that working for you? aims to interrogate the relational tensions playing out within the newly-formed spaces of artistic and technological collaboration. Reflecting on critical provocations of what it means to create computationally, particularly in the current state of technological augmentations permeating the deeper substrates of our human existence, we ask the open-ended question: So, how is that working for you? in order to probe the potentiality of dislodging computation from its status as an instrument of increasingly coercive control and repurposing it within artistic discourses that aim to open up new avenues for alternative technological narratives.

The exhibition is structured around seven thematic clusters arising from this process of exploring new pathways for artistic computation, gathered under the key term threads. Evoking the idea of multiple units of execution implemented simultaneously within a computational process, these threads encompass a way of interpreting the plenitude of computationally-driven practices that find themselves engaged with each other by either coming together through a process of weaving or pulling apart in a process of unravelling. Threads are thus approached as both symbolic of the diversity of approaches and practices running concomitantly within the larger executable machine of computational arts, and illustrative of the potential convergence and divergence of such practices as they run their course through exploring alternative implementations of technology. Seven prominent threads have been selected as conceptual spaces where multiple approaches to computation can inform and interrogate each other: intelligence, phenomenon, narration, network, matter, embodiment and surveillance.

So, how is that working for you? is a set of speculative responses to these themes, questions and tensions; providing a placeholder for what that may be and leaving open and inconclusive what may be considered as working, the exhibition invites the audience to explore potential answers to this question alongside the artists, through engaging with the works and delving into the overlaps, discrepancies and dialogues arising between them.

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