Electric Intimacies: Machines / Sensing / Bodies – bani haykal in Conversation with Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol
Encryption – or the process of encoding information – is often regarded in vigilant terms, but how might it be deployed creatively to construct new kinds of relationships between humans and machines? With the aid of computational idioms, bani haykal will address ways in which secrecy, intimacy, and trust could be turned towards the imagination of new social forms.
bani haykal experiments with text + music. As an artist and musician, bani considers music as material, and his projects revolve around human-machine intimacies through various forms of interfacing and interaction. He is a member of b-quartet. Manifestations of his research culminate in works of various forms encompassing installation, poetry and performance. In his capacity as a collaborator and a soloist, bani has participated in festivals including MeCA Festival (Japan), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Media/Art Kitchen (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan), Liquid Architecture, and Singapore International Festival of Arts (Singapore) among others.
Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol is an art historian and Curator at Singapore Art Museum. He holds a PhD from University of Michigan, and previously worked for Tate Britain and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His current research explores the fault lines between contemporary art, craft, and the digital. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Aperture, and British Art Studies, with an essay on David Medalla forthcoming in Oxford Art Journal.