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Identity Conference

June 29  2018           Hello Culture Identity Conference 09:00-17:30

09:00-09:30 Coffee and Registration
09:20-09:30 Welcome: Helga Henry
09:30-09:45  Context: Lara Ratnaraja and Clayton Shaw
09:45-10:15 Keynote 1: David A Bailey MBE, director of International Curators Forum and curator

“Cultural Identity & 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? 

With STEAMhouse at Birmingham City University now a reality, and with your collective experiences of working in STEAM and Black STEAM-related environments, what are the challenges and possibilities of doing “diversity” in our sectors?

Chair: Professor Rajinder Dudrah, Birmingham City University

Clayton Shaw. programme manager, STEAMhouse, Birmingham City University

Florence Okoye, user experience designer, AfroFutures UK

Anita Shervington (FRSA), Wellcome Trust engagement fellow and director of Community Perspectives

André Reid,  Kiondo

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

For Hello Culture: Identity we are bringing together four practitioners who, in different ways, work with data and/or are exploring digital identity. Our Head of Programme Louise will be leading a discussion which explores what we mean by ’data’, how the panelists are tackling it and what the democratisation (or lack of) means for artists.

Chair: Louise Latter, head of programme, BOM

Emily Mulenga

Rebekah Tolley-Georgiou

Leo Francisco

Tony Bhajam, general manager Doink, The Beatfreeks Collective

14:30-15:45 Panel 3: Representation and Technological Diversity

Diversity in technology has multiple meanings, it can refer to software and hardware paths for development and it can refer to the people making the work or even how it is made. If we use iterative modes of production what are the intentions and outcomes of the making in your opinion?

Chair: Simon Poulter, artist, curator and consultant; director of Collusion

Cathy Wade, artist and collaborator

Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield

Sonia E Barrett, artist

15:45-16:00 Tea break
16:00-17:15 Panel 4 Identity Politics in Artificial Intelligence

Chair: Sarah Jones, Head of the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University

Elly Clarke, artist

Sophie Woolley, writer and performer

Zoe Partington, disability art consultant and creative equity trainer for the arts, architectural, heritage and cultural sector

Adam Carver, programme officer/theatre-maker and creative producer

17:05-17:30 Conclusions and Q&A     

Helga Henry

17:30 Close

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 book tickets for the 2018 conference click here.