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It’s been a really tough year, but what’s next for media art UK?

I wrote this post for Life | Art | Us on 7 June 2011. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.

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On the Saturday of FutureEverything 11, I tripped over an interesting discussion organised by CODA, about the state of media art UK. As well as talking about the impact of recent funding cuts and the concerning number of media art organisations that had lost out, the group also talked proactively about how people and organisations active in the UK media art movement might work better together in the future, to improve the visibilty and understanding of media arts practice in the UK, and create a stronger voice for media art, particularly amongst policy makers and funders.

About the UK media art ecology

The UK media art ecology is fascinating and made up of many elements. It includes policy makers who provide funding and guidelines that help to shape the ecology at a strategic level, commissioning agencies who fund creative activity, arts and digital practitioners who make stuff, museums, galleries and other kinds of agencies (public and private) who show stuff, audiences who go and see stuff, academics, historians, journalists and critics who talk about work and broader trends, and education institutions who invest in the development of future practitioners, curators, creative producers, funders, critics and policy makers.

Image from Furtherfield's Rich Networking event

Image from Furtherfield’s Rich Networking event

A strong and vibrant creative ecology needs a good mix of all of these elements in order to thrive, it also needs these elements to work well together. Sadly, one of the biggest challenges facing media art UK is that the balance of these elements is quite skewed, particularly in terms of commissioning new work, and this has only become more acute as a result of recent funding cuts. Another challenge facing the UK media arts movement is that it’s fragmented, and it has been for quite some time. I’ll come back to this a little bit later.

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Cultural blogging in Europe by LabforCulture

I wrote this post for InterventTech on 25 May 2009. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.

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BLOG EXTRACT – LabforCulture recently set out to investigate the state of cultural blogging in Europe. The aim was to find out more about who cultural bloggers in Europe actually are, what they’re talking about, which audiences and communities are being engaged and how sustainable they are. I was one of the interviewees…

Cultural blogging is not (yet) a well-known category within the blogosphere. LabforCulture wanted to find out more about the role of blogging in the cultural sector generally and what it means for LabforCulture specifically. They asked Annette Wolfsberger from Virtueel Platform, the Dutch sector institute for e-culture, to interview cultural bloggers across Europe. The results of research will be published in a short paper.

The focus of the interviews was to look at individual European blogs that take contemporary and popular culture as their main starting point. This ‘viral exploration’ includes a series of in-depth interviews with bloggers from the United Kingdom, Poland, Italy and the Netherlands, among others, with an attempt to map cultural blogs more widely across Europe.

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People Power: Art and Bio Ethics

I wrote this post for InterventTech on 9 November 2008. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.

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Arriving approximately 1hr late to BioCentre’s The Role of Arts in Democratic Policy Making event, I was none-the-less welcomed by event organisers, kindly shown to my seat and handed the obligatory ‘conference pack.’

On arriving at the National Theatre for this mini-con I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. On the one hand I knew I had a decent understanding and growing interest in the visual art and bioethic space (so I follow the work of Orlan, Marc Quinn, Stelarc and Critical Art Ensemble quite closely), but I also knew that I felt pretty clueless about how this afternoon would play out. What I would ultimately come away with. I’m pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised! The event was great, and attracted a really cross cutting audience.

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