BBCRadio4 announces that NEW WAYS OF SEEING, a series about digital art and our present condition, starts this Wednesday April 17. How is technology changing the way we see? The artist and DAI's COOP 2018-2019 tutor James Bridle reimagines John Berger’s Ways of Seeing for the digital age and asks if we can make machines without prejudice.

“The way we see things is affected by what we know, or what we believe” – John Berger.

In 1972, Berger’s seminal TV series and book changed perceptions of art and set out to reveal the language of images.

Of course, that was before the internet, smartphones, and social media took hold.

How do we see the world around us now? And, who are the artists urging us to look more closely?

James Bridle writes about the development of technology on our lives. His work has been exhibited at the V&A, the Barbican, in galleries worldwide, and online. In this series of four programmes, he updates Berger’s Ways of Seeing, inviting contemporary artists to explore how the technology we use every day has transformed the ways in which we see and are seen.


Invisible Networks - April 17 

Machine Visions - April 24

Digital Justice - May 1

BBC guide  

Read James Bridle's own written introduction to the series in the Guardian: