Lan Gwuhj Geimz, seminar #2: Broadcasting and Status

In this online seminar with artist and 2013-14 OSE alumnus Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau we looked at the multitude of different broadcasting models that govern the rules of transmission for different media, from traditional media’s ‘one-to-many’ model, to the ‘many-to-many’ model of social media. We thought through the implications for status relationships in these models, is ‘one-to-many’ broadcasting always authoritarian, and does ‘many-to-many’ deliver the equality it seems to promise?

We thought about speculative models of broadcasting, how about ‘no-one-to-no-one’, or ‘thing-to-thing’? What are the status relationships implied by these models, and how might these more abstract kinds of broadcasting help us think critically about the models we take for granted and use in our everyday lives?

We looked at the work of other artists and thought about which broadcasting models are being employed, and how that constructs particular status relationships for spectators or participants in the work. We’ll apply this to our own work and think about how we might deploy our speculative broadcasting models in our creative practice.

At the end of the session, we looked at the outcomes from the last seminar’s research task and Matt set a task to be completed for next time.

This seminar took place online via Zoom. If you missed this session you can watch a recording of the first part of the seminar below. You can also find a transcript of the session here.

If you missed the first seminar you can catch up by watching the video below:

About the artist

Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses ugliness and taste, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects. His current research interests include exploring the awkward aesthetic possibilities of medieval art through painting and digital animation, utilising culturally abject food and other materials to make sculpture, and understanding the formation of reactionary political sentiments through affect theory and performance. An Associate of Open School East, 2013-2014, he is currently resident artist at Kingsgate Workshops. This seminar is part of his Open School East artist commission.