Story Mode event 3: FREEDOM!

Digital Makings

Story Mode / EVENT 3: FREEDOM!

Gateshead Central Library, Tuesday 13 June 2017, 4pm – 7pm

FREE but booking required. Book your place via email to – RachelHorton@Gateshead.Gov.UK

Story Mode is a series of events that actively explore the role that Libraries play in their communities via a critical engagement with contemporary creative digital practices and how this activity can enable Libraries to grow in capacity and profile.

It will present new ways of working through presenting experiences and approaches from local, national and international practitioners. Story Mode events will connect Libraries to current engagement practices in contemporary visual, digital and narrative arts.

The third Story Mode event is on the theme of ‘Freedom!’.

An international SKYPE session planned with Speakers, Nora O’ Murchú , Davor Miscovic and Marc Garrett. All three are active and respected curators working in the fields of Digital and New media. They will explore the theme to bring their own perspectives, practice and thoughts to idea of freedom. Exploring the effects that pervasive digital media, social networks and mass surveillance have had upon us in the cultural sector? Can we speak our minds? Does this affect our creative output?  This is of relevance to how Libraries can understand their communities and promote local history, culture and identity, and investigate the role technology plays in local engagement.

This event is aimed at library professionals, socially engaged arts practitioners, local community organisations and anyone with related interests. Story Mode events will explore different themes – other events will follow in 2017. Story Mode is produced by Dominic Smith (Artist/ Curator, UK), commissioned by the Gateshead Libraries and Culture Team, Gateshead Council as part of their Digital Makings programme. Digital Makings is supported by Arts Council England.

Story Mode 3 – Freedom!

Timetable:

  • 3:30pm- Doors open/ Registration
  • 4pm – Event starts/ Welcome
  • 4:10pm – Introduction – Dr Dominic Smith
  • 4:15pm – 1st speaker – Nora O’ Murchú
  • 5:00pm – 2nd speaker – Davor Miscovic
  • 5:45 – 3rd speaker – Marc Garrett
  • 6:30 pm – 7pm – Group discussion and networking

Speakers Bios

Nora O’ Murchú – http://www.noraomurchu.com/

Nora O’ Murchú is a curator & designer, whose research examines the intersections between the fields of art, design, software studies, and politics. In particular she is concerned with exploring the influence of late capitalism on social, civic, and financial infrastructures. Her multidisciplinary practice embraces narratives, and fictions and results in objects, exhibitions, and interventions. Her research aims to help people understand how complex socio-technical systems are imagined, built & used. She has held positions as research associate for the Interaction Design Centre at the University of Limerick, & the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, and CRUMB at the University of Sunderland. During this period she has curated Run Computer, Run – a festival of new media art that explored emerging, and established contemporary, cultural, and critical issues that arise from artists intersections, and investigations with digital technology. She has curated exhibitions, & events for institutions including the Science Gallery, Rua Red, Resonate Festival in Belgrade, & White Box Gallery in New York. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Davor Mišković – http://drugo-more.hr/en/

Davor Mišković is president of the association Drugo more (Other Sea), part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka and president of the Clubture Network.He worked at the Faculty of Science and Croatian Ministry of Culture. He curated and organized numerous cultural events, conferences and educational programs, collaborated on several research projects and has taken part in many cultural management and consulting bodies.Davor Mišković is president of the association Drugo more (Other Sea), part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka and president of the Clubture Network.He worked at the Faculty of Science and Croatian Ministry of Culture. He curated and organized numerous cultural events, conferences and educational programs, collaborated on several research projects and has taken part in many cultural management and consulting bodies.

Marc Garrett – http://www.furtherfield.org/

Marc Garrett is co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the Internet arts collectives and communities – Furtherfield.org, Furthernoise.org, Netbehaviour.org, also co-founder and co-curator/director of the gallery space formerly known as ‘HTTP Gallery’ now called the Furtherfield Gallery in London (Finsbury Park), UK. Co-curating various contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, projects nationally and internationally. Co-editor of ‘Artists Re:Thinking Games’ with Ruth Catlow and Corrado Morgana 2010. Hosted Furtherfield’s critically acclaimed weekly broadcast on UK’s Resonance FM Radio, a series of hour long live interviews with people working at the edge of contemporary practices in art, technology & social change. Currently doing an Art history Phd at the University of London, Birkbeck College.

Net artist, media artist, curator, writer, street artist, activist, educationalist and musician. Emerging in the late 80′s from the streets exploring creativity via agit-art tactics. Using unofficial, experimental platforms such as the streets, pirate radio such as the locally popular ‘Savage Yet Tender’ alternative broadcasting 1980′s group, net broadcasts, BBS systems, performance, intervention, events, pamphlets, warehouses and gallery spaces. In the early nineties, was co-sysop (systems operator) with Heath Bunting on Cybercafe BBS with Irational.org.

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