DRHA 2014: Communication Futures


Let’s do the time warp again. Overlords by Tom Estes at DRHA 2014: Communication Futures. Overlords was originally conceived as a video installation comprised of images of ‘Time Travel’ projected on to a book called ‘Local History and Antiquities’. The work was deliberately left incomplete. The photographs, taken during the works formation, are the only physical manifestation of the artist’s original intent.

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. Communication is the best way to create strong relationships. Any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in. 

Human beings, as users, have always been obsessed with finding new ways of communicating through various techniques and technologies. The rapid technological changes that have occurred during the last two decades have allowed communication through various social media platforms, providing us with more easily, faster and more frequently ways of communicating. However to effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. One of the most important thing in communication is often hearing what isn’t said. And there are always concerns about other impacts technologies might have on the communication process.

Built between 1696 and 1712 ORNC is Wren’s twin-domed Baroque riverside masterpiece and the architectural centrepiece of a World Heritage Site in Greenwich, London. Described by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as being of “outstanding universal value” it is reckoned to be the “finest and most dramatically sited architectural and landscape ensemble in the British Isles”

The ORNC site is the home of The Prime Meridian and the home of world time. It also includes The Royal Observatory, commissioned in 1675 by King Charles as the first purpose-built scientific research facility in Britain. Today the buildings include a museum of astronomical and navigational tools.

BanquetingHallORNC Designed by Wren, is a magnificent example of monumental classical architecture. The Painted Hall is often described as the ‘finest dining hall in Europe’ and was Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. Originally the site of the Palace of Placentia, more commonly known as Greenwich Palace, the birthplace of Tudor queens Mary I and Elizabeth I it was reputedly the favourite palace of Henry VII, who built it.

QA 063: works by Laura Dekker, Manuel Fernández and Davide Quayola, Curated by Marina Maksimova and Sasha Burkhanova, The Un-private House, Aaron Henderson, Gravitron, Maria Mencia, Transient Self-Portrait, Sarah Lloyd-Winder, Digital Fiction – A Work In Progress, Dorothea Kalogianni, *Monday 19:30 – 21:30

QA 028: Giorgio Klauer & Annalisa Metus, Sonic Art Book #1

QA 066: Tom Estes, Overlords

Stairwell: Elena Papadaki curating Stamatis Zografos, Blazing Buildings

QA12: Jack Radcliffe, Anti-Social Media

QA 074: Margherita Pevere, Black Boxes

QA 077 Stephen Lawrence Gallery: Kevin Logan, Mediated Sonority, Julian Konczak, Forest, Misha Myers, Written in the Stars, Chiara Passa, Live Sculpture, Julia Watkins, Horizon, Richard Seals, Optical

QA 065: Alex Anikina, Some Entropy in Your Tea, *Sunday 11:00-17:00, Conor McGarrigle, 24h Social, *Monday 11:00 – 17:00, Frederico Dinis, Utopia, *Tuesday 11:00 – 17:00

QA 095 The Court Yard: Lawrence Bird, Transect, *Sunday 19:30 – 21:30  *Monday 19:30 – 21:30

Film and Television Studio: Dr Fahrudin Salihbegovic, The Sphinx Machine

QA 01: Jim Hobbs, Momentum in Monumentis


The DRHA 2014 conference includes ground breaking academic papers and well-known speakers and series of presentations.  Join the Conference for up-to-date discussions, dynamic debates, innovative keynotes and experimental performances and aims to open a discussion on defining design NOW, as a discipline that connects interdisciplinary practices, focusing particularly on issues of communication and its impact on adjacent industries that affect the following subtheme extensions:


  • Digital Museums and Libraries;
  • Histories and Archives;
  • Virtual and Physical Spaces
  • A World of Gaming;
  • Digital Agora: Democratising or monopolising
  • Gender and Contemporary Society;
  • Technology and Body
  • Technologies impact on the Socio/cultural;
  • Social Media;
  • Narratives;
  • Big Data and Digital Death;
  • Eternity Ethernet: is it eternal or will disappear tomorrow
  • Creative practices: Design; Fine Arts; Architecture; Performance; Sonic Arts


DRHA2014 – Committee

Convenor: Anastasios Maragiannis, Academic Leader – Senior Lecturer in Design

Assistant Convenor: Stacey Pitsillides, Lecturer in Design
Senior Administrator: Ilaria Longo

Prof of Digital Creativity, Gregory Sporton, HoD Creative Professions & Digital Arts
Dr Alev Adil, PL & Artist in Residence
Dr Chris Brown, SL
Nickie Hirst, Senior Lead in Creative Enterprise and Design 

James Hobbs, SL

Emmanouil Kanellos, SL
Dr Gauti Sigthorsson, SL

David Waterworth, SL


Communication Futures: Connecting interdisciplinary design practices in arts/culture, academia and the creative industries. Venue: Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich.  http://www.drha2014.co.uk/ 


About Art Selectronic

Art Selectronic is an artist-led initiative, that supports grass-roots contemporary art that remains unswayed by fashion, trends or the whims of government funding. The project involves ongoing research into the placing of contemporary art, it’s audiences and it’s relationship to the everyday. We place great emphasis on context. Our mission is to support new works of contemporary art and foster an audience from a wide range of backgrounds.
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