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Friday 29 June 2018

“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.

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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.

10:15-10:30 Q&A

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

12:15-12:30 Q&A

12:30-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:30 Panel 2 Democracy and Data in partnership with BOM

Chair, Louise Latter Head of Programme BOM

Emily Mulenga

Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou

Leo Francisco

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

17:30 Close

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