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Engineering Fictions: Jessica Foley and Dennis McNulty

  • Wed, 14 Sep 2016
  • 6.00 PM - 7.30 PM
  • Tickets: £3/£2

Limited spaces available

A hands-on science fiction infused experimental writing session with Liverpool Biennial 2016 Software artist Dennis McNulty and artist, researcher and writer Jessica Foley. Participants are asked to bring a pen/pencil and notebook - water, tea, coffee and inspiration will be provided. 

This session of Engineering Fictions takes place in the context of Dennis McNulty’s exhibition, Homo Gestalt: The Time Domain, at Bluecoat as part of Liverpool Biennial 2016. The seed for this session begins with a science-fictional concept called 'BLESH'. 

BLESH is a portmanteau of ‘blend’ and ‘mesh,’ and it refers to people who can bring their abilities together telepathically and can act together as one organism. Originally coined by writer Theodore Sturgeon in his novella More Than Human (1953), BLESH is imagined as the next step in human evolution towards a mature gestalt consciousness - or group mind  - homo gestalt.

Dennis has re-conceived BLESH as an iphone app for making and sharing low resolution animated GIFs based on a simple display design by pioneering systems theorist Stafford Beer. 

The session will begin with Dennis and Jessica picking up the threads of an ongoing conversation around the design and possibilities of BLESH in this so-called narcissistic age. As always, writing will ensue.

 

Preparations for the workshop are underway...

CATALYST: Dennis McNulty [DMN]

SEED: Let’s talk about BLESH

INTERRUPTER: Jessica Foley [JF]

HOST: Bluecoat / Liverpool Biennial 2016

JF: Well, I guess if you think about the BLESH app… the whole concept of BLESH is this kind of…

DMN: …merging…

JF: …is a kind of telepathy. So you’re basically saying we have no need for language or any other system of communication because we BLESH. Is that an ideal?

DMN: Not for me…[TBC]

 

EF is an inreach project created and coordinated by artist and researcher Jessica Foley  through the techno-scientific context of CONNECT . 

www.engineeringfictions.wordpress.com 

(Image: Screenshot of iPhone app, BLESH)

Originally coined by writer Theodore Sturgeon in his novella More Than Human (1953), BLESH is imagined as the next step in human evolution towards a mature gestalt consciousness, homo gestalt.

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