FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY curated by Alan Dunn with Leeds Beckett University and commissioned by Bruntwood.

FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY will be presented on the 9m-high Media Wall in the Platform Building that houses the new Leeds Tech Hub, with the screenings commencing for the building's launch on 23 November 2017.

Texts by
Amina Abbas-Nazari / Karl Bartos / Anat Ben-David / Eddie Berg / Griet Beyaert / C-drík Fermont / Teng Hin Chan / Clare Chojnowski / Ramona Ciucan / Ben Dalton / Paul A. Darke / I.R. Dashper / Bruce Davies / Alan Dunn / Karen Eliot / Hayley Farrington / Fathalla Fathalla / Jez riley French / East Street Arts / Alex Gaites / Naomi Gilby / Jo Hamill / Anna Harris / Stefan and Rufus Helmreich / Graham Hibbert / Christine Hinchliffe / Claire Hope / Jon Howe / Nasser Hussain / Invisible Flock / Luther Blissett High School / Lucki Kaur / Kate Hannah Lees / Paul Maguire / Simon McKeown / Roger McKinley / Susanna Moore / Lee Kirby / Sally Olding / Lydiarose O'Neill / John O'Shea / Hannah Procter / Lara Rose / Luigi Russolo / Gilbert Ryle / Scanner / Mary Shelley / Marnie Simpson / Lisa Stansbie / David Steans / R H Stewart / stukiii / Ian Truelove / Amanda Wanner / HG Wells / Helena Kate Whittingham / Louise K Wilson / Zara Worth

Some scientists believe that at the foundation of our 'reality' might in fact be numbers and, if so, the likelihood they suggest is that it will be the number four. FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY brings together professionals and visual art students from Leeds Beckett University to think about our broader relationship with technology in only four words, each animated over thirty seconds to an exclusive soundtrack composed by Scanner. Other contributors to the project include a long-term member of pioneering electronic band Kraftwerk, the founder of the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, sound engineers ARUP, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, East Street Arts, Leeds United Supporters' Trust and students from Leeds Beckett's MA Art & Design and undergraduate Fine Art and Graphic Arts and Design courses. FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY will remain in situ for three months, kick-starting a new curatorial programme for Leeds and is also part of an ongoing series of billboard and screen works considering the relationship between the everyday and the avant-garde.

Video and soundtrack

Click here for full list of FOUR WORDS: TECHNOLOGY.

“The system in Platform with 24 high-definition 4k screens is as cutting edge as media gets at the moment and this is a fantastic opportunity to present some thoughts from our students alongside some incredibly respected practitioners, all brought together to ponder our relationship with technology. We have invited an NHS Doctor and a member of the Leeds United Supporter's Trust to think about health and sport, while others reflect on our travel, sound or communication. We chose FOUR in response to some scientists proposing that when they finally reveal the foundations of our 'reality', they suggest it may be numerical and, if so, likely to be a strong even number such as four. It is also the only number with the same number of letters in its English name as its value. We felt it was an interesting challenge to ask people to provide statements - no questions - using this very limited word count. Some are direct and some are more obtuse and we've also inserted four quotes about science and technology from the past century from HG Wells, Luigi Russolo, Mary Shelley and Gilbert Ryle.” AD, November 2017.

From each thirty-second animation, we have selected one still to give a flavour of the work. Click here for all sixty-one animations in mp4 format (will play in VLC, not QuickTime).

Karl BartosStefan and Rufus HelmreichLisa StansbieLuigi Russolo
ScannerHG WellsNaomi GilbyEast Street Arts
Roger McKinleyBen DaltonAmina Abbas-NazariSimon McKeown
Bruce DaviesAmanda WannerRamona CiucanJez riley French
Anna HarrisInvisible FlockLuther Blissett High SchoolPaul A. Darke
Eddie BergAlex GaitesKaren EliotAlan Dunn
Amina Abbas-NazariChristine HincliffeI R DashperClare Chojnowski
Lucki KaurstukiiiJo HamillEast Street Arts
David SteansClaire HopeGriet BeyaertR H Stewart
John O'SheaC-drik FermontStefan and RufusHelena Kate Whittingham
John HoweFathalla FathallaGilbert RyleSusanna Moore
Louise K WilsonMarnie Simpson and Hayley FarringtonLee KirbyGraham Hibbert
Mary ShelleyLara RoseLydiarose O'NeillNasser Hussein
Zara WorthPaul MaguireSally OldingKate Hannah Lees
Teng Hin ChanNasser HussainHannah ProcterIan Truelove

Anat Ben-David

Animations by Alan Dunn. With thanks to Simon Bushell and Wendy Denman (Bruntwood), Stuart McCreadie (UX Global).

We have explored 4 before - Adventures in numb4rland, FOUR WORDS: JANUARY, FOUR WORDS: MARKET and FOUR WORDS: ACADEMIA.