“When you look in the mirror; Do you see yourself; Do you see yourself; On the T.V. screen; Do you see yourself in the magazine” Poly Styrene
X- Ray Spex sang that “Identity is the crisis can’t you see”, and for under-represented people and those on the margins, identity is denied to them by mainstream norms.
Hello Culture: Identity is a one-day conference that explores new digital narratives on identity and looks at how artists are creating new dialogues, communities and modes of practice. By reframing their cultural identities on their own terms and refusing to adhere to the identities ascribed to them, they are creating new opportunities for co-creation with audiences.
The conference will explore experimentation in digital technology providing artists and arts organisations access to new thinking, ideas, forms of practice and artistic experimentation and expression.
June 29 2018 Hello Culture: Identity Conference
09:00-09:20 Coffee and Registration
09:20 -9:30 Welcome Helga Henry
09:30 -09:45 Context Lara Ratnaraja and Clayton Shaw
09:45-10:15 Keynote 1: David A Bailey MBE – Cultural identity and the burden of representation: A personal story
Through his work as an artist, curator and cultural facilitator David A Bailey explores the questions that have fascinated him around the theme of culture, identity/identification and representation within the context of the various visual art movements in the 20th and 21st Century.
10:30- 11:45 Panel 1 STEAM – Doing Things Differently?
Chair, Professor Rajinder Dudrah, Professor of cultural studies and creative industries, Birmingham City University
Clayton Shaw, programme manager, STEAMhouse, Birmingham City University
Florence Okoye, user experience designer; AfroFutures UK
Anita Shervington (FRSA), director of Community Perspectives CIC
11:30-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45-12:15 Keynote 2: Lula Mebrahtu, Multidisciplinary Artist
13:15-14:30 Panel 2 Democracy and Data in partnership with BOM
Chair, Louise Latter Head of Programme BOM
14:30-15:45 Panel 3 Representation and Technological Diversity
Chair Simon Poulter, Artist, Curator and Consultant; Director Collusion
Rachael Minott, Freelance Artist, Researcher and curator
Cathy Wade, Artist and Collaborator
Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield
15:45-16:00 Tea break
16:00-17:15 Panel 4 Identity Politics in Artificial Intelligence
Chair, Sarah Jones, head of Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University
Elly Clarke, Artist
Sophie Woolley, Writer and Performer
Zoe Partington, Disability Art Consultant and Creative Equality Trainer for the arts, architectural, heritahe and cultural sector
Adam Carver, Programme Officer/ Theatre-maker and Creative Producer
17:15-17:30 Conclusions and Q&A – Helga Henry
Hello Culture: Identity is supported by Arts Council England, Birmingham University and STEAMhouse and ASTONish.
Hello Culture is supported by STAGEText who will provide captioning and live subtitling services to make the event accessible to people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
To find out more about Hello Culture, the programme and speakers, visit www.helloculture.co.uk