25. October 2018 - 18:30
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Site Sessions Autumn Season: Magic and Technology | Site Gallery | Thursday, 25. October 2018

Following the launch of this Autumn Series of Site Sessions at our opening weekend (September 28 - 30, 2018), there are four more to enjoy.
Join experts in performance, psychology, magic, creativity and ritual to playfully explore what happens when these worlds come together. We have stimulating discussions and mind-opening workshops every month from September till Christmas.
Tickets are £5 flat rate for each event. You can book for one, two, three or all four!
Magic and technology have a long and fascinating history, and in many ways the two worlds have always been linked through the arts. When tech and magic meet, they can empower – making the invisible visible, and spinning positive change with enchanting words. But there are two sides to every magic coin, and this union can also obscure the truth, fostering and glorifying mystique, for better or worse.
Digital design seems to take inspiration from the impossible and miraculous; we’ve all heard the Arthur C. Clarke phrase, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Indeed, it’s almost the mantra of tech culture at the moment, this idea that the only thing to separate the practical from the supernatural is our understanding. But although it’s now easier than ever to pull back the curtain and find out how things work, somehow our need for mystery prevails. In both our tech and our art, we usually enjoy the effect more than the mechanism – perhaps because it leaves more room for the imagination to get to work.
This season, we’ll examine the impossible; both the illusions and the processes lying behind them, and we won’t be afraid to cast a critical eye over the dark arts of deception, including digital culture.
 
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Magic and Creativity; with Ashton Carter and Jade Fearnley

Thursday, November 8, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Hypnosis and Belief; with Sinead McDonald, Mark PIlkington and Nick Davies

Thursday, November 29th, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Ritual; with Annebella Pollen Gemma Papineau

Thursday, December 20th, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Magic, Dance & Memory; with Nicola Clayton Clive Wilkins


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