Art Under Lockdown - Session Four: Technology

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Technology - was it love, or despair? Our own responses, and those of Charlie Chaplin, Cao Fei and Joan Jonas

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We would like to invite you to join us in a series of relaxed, reflective Zoom workshops, to ponder upon our experiences of lockdown, through the lens of diverse artists historical and living.

There will be four workshops running on Monday mornings throughout July; come to as many, or as few, as you wish! The sessions will be led by Jennifer Leach and Andrea Carr, both professional artists excited by creativity; they will present the work of two or three artists each week, followed by a group sharing of reflections and personal lockdown experiences.

The sessions will end with an invitation to select one of the images looked at, and create a personal response to it, in writing, in drawing, puppetry, video, photography, cookery – whatever each participant is drawn to. These creations will be shared online on the Reading Culture Live website (

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This week's session: Technology

How has Zoom been for you? During lockdown, we have been held and hounded by technology. How have you engaged with it? Was it overbearing, or the lifeline that enabled you to stay connected? Did you choose to loose yourself from it? Did you find new possibilities in it?

In this workshop we will explore artists response, in film, to technology. We look at Charlie Chaplin, so many years ago, tangling with machines; we look too at two contemporary women artists, the young Chinese artist Cao Fei, and the ebullient American artist Joan Jonas.

The session will also be livestreamed free of charge. If you wish to participate this way, please log on to for details.

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