Jon Smeathers and Amy Ireland: Embraced In The Loving Arms of an Algorithm
Jon Smeathers and Amy Ireland: Embraced In The Loving Arms of an Algorithm

Embraced In The Loving Arms of an Algorithm – v1.1

Amy Ireland and Jon Smeathers

5.30pm, Thursday 29 February 2024

Contemporary Art Tasmania

CAT Curatorial Mentorship recipient Jon Smeathers in conversation with mentor Amy Ireland.


Smeathers and Ireland will take the generation of a curatorial algorithm as the starting point for their conversation, introducing algorithmic-based curatorial concepts and proposing processes for engaging with the constraints, ethical issues, and labour requirements in algorithmic culture. The conversation will delve into the development of the project to be presented at CAT in April, opening up the idea of how an algorithm may curate, what this may look like and how it feels to be embraced in its loving arms.

Amy Ireland is a writer and theorist best known for her work with the technomaterialist transfeminist collective, Laboria Cuboniks, whose Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation (Verso, 2018) has been translated into 17 languages. She has published widely in contemporary art journals and magazines, including Art + Australia, Southerly, Runway Experimental Art, Rabbit, e-flux, and Flash Art, and her poetry and performance work has been included in exhibitions such as the 20th Biennale of Sydney, London’s Barbican Centre’s ‘AI: More than Human’, and the 2021 Athens Biennale. She is an editor and translator for UK-based publisher and arts organisation, Urbanomic.

Jon Smeathers is a composer, sound and installation artist based in Nipaluna/ Hobart. Jon has exhibited and performed both internationally and across Australia, including: at Soft Centre, Serralves em Fiesta, Portugal; Melbourne Festival; NOW Now Festival, Sydney; and, Dark Mofo and Mona Foma, Hobart. Jon’s work taps into the potential of algorithmic displacement, codecs and remix culture to enable a reimagination of one’s spectral and rhythmic currents.

This event is presented through the CAT Curatorial Mentorship Program.

Top image: Amy Ireland, courtesy of the artist. Bottom image: Jon Smeathers, Ash Carey Photography.

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