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Symposium and Workshop

Without Sin: Freedom and Taboo in Digital Media

Symposium: 28 January 10am-5.30pm

Workshop: 29 January 10am-5.30pm


Freedom and Taboo in Digital Media

This day symposium will explore and expand on the issues contained within the newly launched Leonardo Online Special Issue titled Without Sin: Freedom and Taboo in Digital Media. Confirmed speakers include: Heath Bunting (, Leonardo Online’s Editor in Chief Lanfranco Aceti, Director of the Centre for Fine Art Research at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design Prof Johnny Golding, Sheena Calvert (University of Westminster), Dundee based researchers - Zoë Irvine, Cornelia Sollfrank, Ashley Woodward (Editor of Parrhesia), Sandra Wilson, Simone O’Callaghan and the volume Editor Donna Leishman.

This one day symposium will be followed by Heath Bunting's Workshop How to Make a New Identity on 29 January. For more information please see below.


For free tickets register:


28 January 2014:

10am               Coffee / Tea


Session 1        

10.20am               Welcome from Prof Stephen Partridge

10.30–11am       Introduction by Dr Donna Leishman

11-11.20am          Dr Lanfranco Aceti

Post-Society: Data Capture and Erasure One Click at a Time

11.20–11.40am  Prof Johnny Golding

Ana-Materialism & the Pineal Eye: Becoming Mouth-Breast Visual Arts in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction

11.40am–12pm       Dr Sheena Calvert

The Economies of Language in Digital Space/s

12–12.20pm       Dr Ashley Woodward

Existential value in the information age

Questions Chaired by John Dummett


Lunch Break


Session 2          

2-2.30pm              Dr Cornelia Sollfrank

The Power of Ignorance. How being dumb can help to make smart art.

2.30-3pm              Dr Simone O’Callaghan

Seductive Technologies and the Inadvertent Voyeur

3-3.30pm              Dr Sandra Wilson

The Premediation of Identity Management in Art and Design: New Model Cyborgs – Organic & Digital

3.30pm–4pm       Heath Bunting

Identity Workshop


Plenary Discussion Chaired by Dr Sarah Cook and Gair Dunlop




5pm–5.30pm Zoë Irvine

Eloquent Voices


29 January 2014

10.00am – 5.30pm

Heath Bunting Artist Identity Workshop / Crypto Party.

For more information on Heath Bunting's Workshop please see:



This Symposium is organised by Donna Leishmann in collaboration with Cooper Gallery and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and will be held in Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. Centrespace is located on the lower floors of the DCA building, 152 Nethergate, Dundee.