Creative Lab: Manchester International Festival

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Client: Manchester International Festival

Manchester, May - July 2019

The programme worked with a cohort of 20 creative practitioners, supporting them to utilise digital and new technologies in their practice and to generate a series of creative responses to Manchester International Festivals themes and commissions.

The programme hosted international artists and companies sharing their knowledge and experience including: The White Pube, Christian Payne, Hardeep Pandhal, Delaval Film, Kate O’Hara – Duck Soup Films, Sparklab – Mel Harris, Alex Rowse – Punchdrunk and Alexander Whitley.

My role included working across two residential lab weekends in a pastoral capacity. In addition I designed and delivered a series of workshop focusing on practice development and the analysis of the meaning of digital in a creative and content development context.

More information on the programme can be seen here.

Closed Hands

Role: Producer, 2018

Concept artwork by Loz Ives

Concept artwork by Loz Ives

Artist/Client: : Dan Hett, Passenger Games

Closed Hands is an experimental game work which will allow the user to explore the stories of a myriad of characters who have been impacted by a terror attack.

This work is the next in a series of games created by the artist Dan Hett, who tragically lost his brother in the Manchester terror attack in 2017, each of which conceptually engages with themes of grief and the experience of being at the centre of public interest in the aftermath of the attack. These works include ‘c ya laterrrr’, ‘Sorry to Bother You’, and ‘The Loss Levels’.

The work is currently In development.

EVERY THING EVERY TIME : Newcastle

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Role: Producer, 2018

Artist: Naho Matsuda

Client: FutureEverything for The Great Exhibition of the North

The second iteration of Naho Matsuda’s artwork EVERY THING EVERY TIME was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. A three-month celebration of the North of England’s artists, designers and inventors, the Exhibition will feature a huge number of artworks, performances, experiences and new commissions.

Naho’s artwork interacted with data from across the city provided by sensors from the Urban Observatory at Newcastle University and the buildings across the city centre. As Newcastle and Gateshead citizens passed through the city a poem is generated about their interactions in realtime, made anonymous and then displayed on a mechanical display outside the Theatre Royal in the city centre of Newcastle.

EVERY THING EVERY TIME will be shown outside the Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne from June 22nd to September 9th.

[Image credit: Kevin Gibson]

Take a listen to the EVERY THING EVERY TIME podcast talks in more detail about the city of Newcastle and the inspiration behind the project.

Podcast credits: here

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N18: Great Exhibition of the North

Client: N18 for Great Exhibition of the North

Newcastle & Manchester, October - September 2018

This was a two-month intense mentoring role working with a group of emerging artists, with a focus on encouraging them to incorporate digital skills and new technologies into their practice. I worked closely with programme members Manoli Moriaty, Ruth Mary Johnson and Sophie Ashcroft, guiding them through the development of a series of micro-commissions.

- The N18 initiative was funded through Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence scheme and supported by the digital expertise of the BBC. In response to the Great Exhibition of the North, 19 aspiring and emerging artists from across the North joined a ten-week programme to learn new skills, collaborate and creatively respond using digital technology.

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EVERY THING EVERY TIME: CityVerve

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Role: Producer, 2017

Artist: Naho Matsuda

Client: FutureEverything for CityVerve

EVERY THING EVERY TIME was a public realm artwork commission from FutureEverything as a part of CityVerve, Manchesters demonstrator project exploring the potential of smart cities.

Four displays were installed in the public realm across Manchester, integrating with data from the CityVerve projects in real time generating poetry. The work asked viewers to consider the role data has in our lives, and the use and value it has as it is collected.

[Podcast]

Naho Matsuda and curator Natalie Kane discussed the possibilities of live data in creating new art with Leigh Alexander.

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FAULTLINES

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Role: Producer / Cohort Manager 2018

Client: FutureEverything

FAULT LINES – A talent development and commissioning programme for art in technology innovation

The programmes vision was to support artists to develop art practice in technology innovation, and to create new opportunities in how artists work and where and who art is commissioned by.

I came into the role in the programmes second year, developing a bespoke development programme for each of the artists and leveraging commissions and opportunities with partners such as CityVerve, STARTS European Commission and SHIFT Cheshire east.

Artists:  Kasia MolgaDan HettLing TanHelen KnowlesNaho MatsudaChomko & RosierPeter J Evans.


[Executive production]

SUPERGESTURES, Ling Tan

SUPERGESTURES, Ling Tan

SUPERGESTURES, Ling Tan

SUPERGESTURES, Ling Tan

SUPERGESTURES by Ling Tan. A participatory art project co-created with the people of Manchester. The second artwork commissioned by CityVerve, Manchester’s IoT Smart City demonstrator. Participants will use wearable technology to create a language of body gestures which will express both their relationship with the city and their vision of a future smart city. The finale of SUPERGESTURES took place at Future Sessions in March 2018.

every thing every time by Naho Matsuda. What stories can be uncovered from a city? The first commission for CityVerve. The work used various data streams – from sensors measuring weather, traffic and travel – to create an ephemeral, poetic narrative that was displayed across Manchester. The commission brief was shaped by community forums, and responds to themes and technologies in the CityVerve project.

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Arts Emergency Mentor

Client: Arts Emergency

Manchester/ Liverpool, December 2018- To Date

Arts Emergency works with young people from working-class backgrounds who are interested in a career in the arts, offering them access to mentoring and network development opportunities. I am currently matched with a young person from Greater Manchester who I will be mentoring one-on-one until 2020.

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Quantum Entanglement, LABORATORIA Art & Science Space, Moscow

Role: Producer, 2014

Client: FutureEverything, British Council Russia

Art and science exhibition Quantum Entanglement, featuring new commissions and award-winning works from UK and Russian artists, as part of FutureEverything Moscow.

This exhibition presented a series of works by artists exploring this idea and the theory of quantum entanglement.

Artists:  Memo Akten, Semiconductor, Electroboutique , ::vtol::, Where Dogs Run, Dmitry Kawarga, Sergey Shutov,

LABORATORIA Art & Science Space, founded in 2008, is the first nonprofit exhibition and research centre in Russia focused on constructing platforms of interdisciplinary interaction between contemporary art and science. One of the main methods of Laboratoria is the integration of artists in scientific research laboratories and institutes, and vice versa, placement of scientists into the contemporary art environment.

FutureEverything Moscow was a three month UK-Russian digital culture exchange programme in partnership with British Council Russia as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014

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Curators: Daria Parkhomenko, Tom Higham
Scientific advisor: Prof. Alexander Lvovsky, University of Calgary (Canada), Russian Quantum Center

Signals Of Tomorrow Showcase: ArtScience Museum, Singapore

Role: Exhibition Producer, showcase / Oct 2015

Client: FutureEverything

Singapore citizens were invited to a five day workshop to collaborate with leading designers to share ideas, affect policy, co-design prototypes and create artistic responses to issues surrounding a ‘Smart Nation’.

The final prototypes were exhibited at a special ArtScience Sunday Showcase event at the ArtScience museum in Singapore engaging over 500 visitors.

Designers:
Sam Hill & Ben Barker (PAN Studios)
Daniel Hirschmann (Technology Will Save Us)
Matthew Rosier (Playable Cities 2014 Award-Winning Interactive Experience Designer)
Andreas Schlegel (LASALLE Arts)
Debbie Ding (Designer, Singapore Psychogeographical Society)
Natalie Kane (V&A, Haunted Machines)
Assemble (Turner Prize nominated architect collective.)

The exhibition was a part of The Festival of Tech for FutureEverything Singapore.

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Make Stuff, MadLab


Role: Producer 2016/2017 Client: MadLab

Make Stuff was an award-winning event series which toured across museums, libraries and community centres in Greater Manchester in 2016 and again in 2017. The drop-in events gave a diverse range of communities access to creative technology demos, digital skills development workshops and demonstrations of new technologies.

The event was aimed at young people and families but attracted a wide audience base and between 300 - 500 people at each location.

The programme formula was replicated as a part of an event series in Peshawar, North East Pakistan, won an award for Best Tech for Good project at Big Chip and Volunteer Team of the Year at the Spirit of Manchester Awards.

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For more information visit: http://makestuff.madlab.org.uk


Future Makers

Role: Producer

Client: A pilot programme developed by FutureEverything for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

How can you use technology and the digital to increase engagement in galleries and museums? Working with leading technologists, creatives and companies from across the UK and the North East we designed a series of events utilising previously uncelebrated objects and data sets from TWAM’s collection. Inspiring a new breed of creatives whilst challenging preconceptions of what museums and their collections mean in the digital age.

[Workshops included:]

Gadgets: Adventures in Design: Using the gallery’s outstanding collection for inspiration, children designed wearable objects for the people of the future before getting hands on with materials and the starter electronics kit Little Bits to realise the creations. Workshop delivered with Hirsch & Mann.

Railway Codes: A 10-hour hackathon for developers, makers, engineers, data scientists, artists and train enthusiasts at North Tyneside’s Stephenson Railway Museum. Utilising historic data from both the museum collection and the UK rail network before creating new digital prototypes and artworks. Workshop delivered with Sparks North East.

New Inventors. An introductory electronics workshops for young people at the Discovery Museum. Experimenting with conductive dough, bringing it to life with light and sound, and creating electronic sounds by building own synthesisers. Delivered by Tech Will Save Us.

TimeCraft: In this workshop for 7–14 year olds at Arbeia Roman Fort participants explored Roman life and recreated Roman ruins in Minecraft.

The Museum as Medium – Teaching adults how to code and make digital sound works by utilising the data from the museum’s vast natural sciences collection. Designed with Shelly Knotts, co-delivered with Holger Ballwag, Tom Schofield and Lalya Gaye. .


About TWAM

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service. It manages a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear. It is supported by the five local authorities of the area and Newcastle University. TWAM is also a Major Partner Museum funded by Arts Council England and has Core Funded Museum status.

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FutureEverything Manchester


The FutureEverything festival brought people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future. Pioneering the practice of city-wide ‘festival as laboratory’ it combined a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – with new technology, novel research methods and playful social experiments. It was named by The Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.

I joined the company in 2013 to manage the volunteer programme and in 2015 undertook a long-term role with the FutureEverything’s production working across the arts, conference and performance programmes. My duties included:
⬩ Contributing towards the festival programming, project research and development
⬩ Financial development, including research and bid writing for UK, EU and international funds
⬩ Management of all logistics and partner negotiations for the hospitality and liaison of artists, speakers and VIP partners for both UK and international events
⬩ Overseeing the recruitment, management and induction of key freelance staff and volunteers
⬩ Liaison and relationship development with partners and funders 
⬩ Finance and budget management for UK and international projects
⬩ Development of performance, commission and partner contracts
⬩ Full production support and management for conferences, exhibitions and performances including on site set up, delivery and pre-production administration.


[Notable Projects]

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Global Futr Lab, UK based international project / Producer
An international innovation and creative talent showcase conducted in partnership with the British Council, including an exhibition, talks, workshops and networking events.

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⬩ Simple Harmonic Motion for 16 Percussionists / Assistant Producer
A newly commissioned live performance by digital artist Memo Akten featuring 16 percussionists. A powerful sound and light performance, an amplified and deconstructed interpretation of the simple, multilayered rhythmic patterns that form its source. It is inspired by natural and mathematical phenomena, as well as works by the likes of Norman Mclaren, John Whitney, Steve Reich and Gyorgi Ligeti.

FutureEverything Singapore


Role: Cross-programme Production Support / Producer for Signals of Tomorrow Showcase

For 9 days in October 2015, the FutureEverything festival took over the popular imagination, public space across the city, daytime TV, and the political debate in Singapore. The festival enjoyed public, media and critical acclaim across Asia Pacific for its innovation lab challenge, talking lamp posts and public sleep lab in Singapore’s first festival of art and technology.

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The FutureEverything Singapore festival was a partnership between FutureEverything and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and was the flagship digital culture component of SG50, the year long celebrations that mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Singapore. FutureEverything Singapore was the only British contribution to SG50, and was announced by David Cameron in three major policy speeches during his 2015 trade mission to Asia.

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My work on FutureEverything Singapore was a part of a long-term role with the FutureEverything’s production team where my duties included:
⬩ Contributing towards the festival programming, project research and development
⬩ Financial development, including research and bid writing for UK, EU and international funds
⬩ Management of all logistics and partner negotiations for the hospitality and liaison of artists, speakers and VIP partners for both UK and international events
⬩ Overseeing the recruitment, management and induction of key freelance staff and volunteers
⬩ Liaison and relationship development with partners and funders 
⬩ Finance and budget management for UK and international projects
⬩ Development of performance, commission and partner contracts
⬩ Full production support and management for conferences, exhibitions and performances including on site set up, delivery and pre-production administration.

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FutureEverything Moscow


Role: Cross-programme Production Support / Producer for Quantum Entanglement

FutureEverything was a three month UK-Russian digital culture exchange programme, in partnership with British Council Russia as part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

The festival presented live performances by leading artists and musicians from Russia and the UK, an exhibition of cutting edge ideas spanning art and science, and workshops exploring participatory technologies and creative communities.

The programme launched in Moscow in November 2014. A number of projects were developed over the following months and presented in February 2015 at the FutureEverything Festival, Manchester.

My work on FutureEverything Moscow was a part of a long-term role with the FutureEverything’s production team where my duties included:
⬩ Contributing towards the festival programming, project research and development
⬩ Financial development, including research and bid writing for UK, EU and international funds
⬩ Management of all logistics and partner negotiations for the hospitality and liaison of artists, speakers and VIP partners for both UK and international events
⬩ Overseeing the recruitment, management and induction of key freelance staff and volunteers
⬩ Liaison and relationship development with partners and funders 
⬩ Finance and budget management for UK and international projects
⬩ Development of performance, commission and partner contracts
⬩ Full production support and management for conferences, exhibitions and performances including on site set up, delivery and pre-production administration.

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Manchester Science Festival


Every October the city wide event Manchester Science Festival hosts an extensively varied programme of talks, exhibitions, performances, showcases, and interactions. Since 2016 I have had the pleasure of working with the festival in an event production capacity.

For more info head to: https://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/


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Role: Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator 2016

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In 2016 I led the production of Pi: Platform For Investigation, a seven day event collaborating with partners such as Siemens and the Health e-research Centre to communicate cutting edge ideas in science and engineering via a series of creative engagement activities suitable for a general audience. In addition I produced a series of in conversation events including one with the Nobel Prize winner Andre Geim, a performance of Museums of a New Age which fused rare silent film footage with a specially created score by acclaimed composer Jean-Philippe Calvin.

Role: Event Manager 2017 & 2018


Event Management: Music & Literature


Sounds Formm the Other City

Sounds Formm the Other City

The Ruby Lounge

The Ruby Lounge

[Music]

//Four years experience managing The Ruby Lounge, a 550 capacity music venue in Manchester.

//Experienced in logistical management, stage management, artist liaison and VIP team work.

  • FutureEverything

  • Sounds From The Other City

  • Parklife

  • VIP Nation with Beyonce

  • In the City

  • Kendal Calling

  • SWAP Festival

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Parklife festival

[Literature]

//Event management, Production

  • Bradford Literature Festival

  • The International Conference on Narrative