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Andy Serkis and Neil Young on the impact of technology in the arts

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 01 January 2013

With John Wilson

Digital technology is developing at a rapid pace. John investigates how new technology will shape how we experience culture in the coming year.

Andy Serkis, who has recently reprised the role of Gollum in The Hobbit, has been so inspired by the technology behind some of his famous roles, that he has set up a studio to develop the art of performance capture in the UK. Serkis demonstrates the multiple ways in which technology can be used in films and video games.

Neil Young explains why his dislike of the compressed sound offered by mp3 recordings has led him to invent his own digital music format, which he hopes will be more representative of a musician's performance.

Discussing virtual theatre, art in a digital age and making their predictions for the future are technology writer Bill Thompson, Chair of Artangel and co-owner of Somethin' Else productions Paul Bennun and digital entrepreneur and product designer Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino.

Producer Claire Bartleet.

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