Responding: artwork, technology, community, self

Conference programme

10.30 - 11.00 Registration and coffee.
11.00 - 11.20 Introduction to the Calling project.
11.20 - 11.50 Beverley Harvey: on inclusive practice and digital arts.
11.50 - 12.20 Keith Piper:on digital vernaculars.
12.20 - 12.50 Emma Posey: on multifarious place.
1.00-2.00 Lunch.
2.00-3.00 Presentation from the Calling artists, Jenny Davis, "Threads"; Dalila Hamdoun, "Triptych: Veiled Woman"; Gloria Ojulari Sule, "In Other Words".
3.00-3.15 Additional comments from Leiza McLeod of Kuumba and Folake Shoga of Watershed.
3.15-3.30 question time.
3.30-4.00 coffee break.
4.00-4.30 Panel discussion.
4.30-4.45 Questions from audience.
4.45 End.

Speaker biographies:

Beverley Harvey has been with The Public since 1986. During this time Beverley developed, managed and implemented an extensive range of community arts projects ranging from visual arts to digital media. Her work internationally has included a three month residency in Northern California exploring, with artists, creative methods to engage people to use artistic means as self expression; projects in Poland; the development of a cultural exchange project in Martinique; and presenting at "Globalizing the Streets: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Youth, Social Control and Empowerment in the New Millennium", a conference organized by The Street Organisation Project of New York.

In 1997, Beverley became a Director of then parent company Jubilee Arts and, with her team, led the organisation to obtain a national reputation for interactive multimedia titles, the content of which comes from community groups. One of these, Lifting The Weight, in collaboration with a theatre group 'Geese Theatre', was an interactive CD ROM game addressing common rehabilitation issues facing male offenders. It won a British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Interactive Entertainments Award in 1998. This was the first time in forty years that the famous BAFTA mask was awarded to creative excellence in a field outside film and television.

At present Beverley is the Director for International Collaborations which seeks to attract international partners in developing projects with a focus in working alongside communities using a variety of art forms and practices including digital media.

Keith Piper is an artist who uses digital media to explore issues of racial identity and cultural diversity. A curator, educator and writer, he has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is currently Principal Lecturer in Media Production in the School of Cultural Innovation Studies at the University of East London. Before this he was Assistant Professor in Electronic Time Based Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh USA.

Keith Piper, as an artist, is pre-eminent among his generation, which includes such artists as Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Humid, Zarina Bhimji, Sutapa Biswas, Isaac Julien, John Akomfrah and Eddie Chambers. Though closely associated with the second generation of Black British artists who emerged into the cultural life of Britain in the 1980s, Piper’s influence has reached beyond the boundaries of British art and into the international arena. His work has been purchased for national and regional collections in the UK, and is also present in museum and gallery collections in the USA and Europe. Since 1986, when he bought his first computer, Keith Piper has been at the forefront of developing digital media as a visual arts practice.

Keith Piper's research interests are: Visual Art practice focusing upon digital multimedia and interactivity, Afrofuturism and Post-Colonial Theory. In 2004 he received a major decibel visual arts award to support two years of practice-based research.

Emma Posey is an artist and writer focusing on the effects of technology on place. She is founding Director of Bloc, a Creative Technology organisation based in Wales which promotes creative work using computer technology.

Bloc’s constituents range from visual artists, graphic designers, academics, curators, arts organisations, to micro businesses and small/medium enterprises. Since its inception five years ago, Bloc’s work has ranged from running professional forums, developing a range of public seminars and conferencing, facilitating collaborative working between constituents, publishing and acting as a key information point and voice for new media and the visual arts in Wales. She is co-director of May you Live in Interesting Times, the festival for creative technology programmed for October this year in Cardiff.

Emma’ s doctoral thesis focused on the effects of technology on place. She has lectured and written widely on art and technology. She is editor and consultant on a number of visual arts publications and projects including Remote, a series of essays on Creativity, Technology and Remoteness. In her own work she incorporates photography, video, electronics and microprocessors.

Gary Stewart is Head of Multimedia at inIVA, the Institute of International
Visual Arts based in London, which creates exhibitions, publications,
multimedia, education and research projects, designed to bring the work of artists from culturally-diverse backgrounds to the attention of the widest possible public.

Over the last 15 years he has been working with digital media as a tutor,
designer, producer and curator with a special interest in the relationship
between culture, technology and creativity. He has worked extensively with artists creating CD-ROMs, DVDs, websites and installations which explore the creative possibilities of computers as a tool for social change. Formerly a Multimedia Producer at Artec, the Arts Technology Centre in London, Gary joined inIVA as Head of Multimedia in 1995. His work at inIVA has included setting up inIVA OnLine (, the Digital Archive and initiating a series of groundbreaking programmes such as the X-Space commissions (an online experimental art space); New Player - young people exploring technical and cultural issues through developing video games; and Club Mix - experiments in creating visual music, taking art from the gallery to the club.

Curator of 'High Definition', a British Council / DTI showcase exhibition
for British technology and digital innovation that launched in Hong Kong in 1998. He is currently visiting lecturer for Coventry Universities post graduate course in Media and Technology and a consultant to the European Multicultural Media Agency (EMMA) that promotes youth advocacy, cultural animation and new technologies.

Delegate fee:

£10 individual, £30 institutions, to include Buffet lunch. To book contact Watershed Box Office on 0117 927 5100.

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