YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji) discussed their new work Coal Fired Computers, which was presented at the Discovery Museum, and the crisis of power in a modern globalised economy. YoHa were joined by Dave Douglass (ex-Miner/Activist/Writer) and Jean Demars. Closely associated with the formation of social software and software art, Harwood received the Tate’s first online commission and won the 2009 Transmediale Festival award for his social telephony work Tantalum Memorial, a memorial to the Coltan Wars in the Congo.
Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji have lived and worked together since 1994. Harwood and Yokokoji co-founded the artists group Mongrel (1996-2007), specialising in digital media and established the Mediashed a free-media lab in Southend-on-sea (2005-2008). In 2008 they joined long time collaborator, Richard Wright to produce Tantalum Memorial winning the Transmediale first prize for 2009. Tantalum Memorial also featured at ZeroOne Biennial San Jose; Manifesta07 Bolzano, Italy; Science Museum, London; Ars Electronica, Linz; Plugin. Switzerland; and Laboral, Spain.
Commissioned and produced by AV Festival 10. Supported by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Metal Culture. World Premiere.