At The Conway Hall, London - 10am - 4.00pm, Friday 20th February 2015

Final speakers announced for The Story – James Bridle, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez & Anna Rafferty

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

It’s just over a month till The Story on Conway Hall on Feb 20th, and there a few tickets left, so get yours now if you don’t have one already. Here’s the final two speakers and fabulous host – it’s shaping up to be another fantastic, inspiring day. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

James Bridle is an artist, writer, and publisher based in London, UK. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, Matter and many others, in print and online, and he writes a regular column for the Observer. His artworks and installations have been exhibited in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands visitors online. He has been commissioned by organisations including Artangel, Mu Eindhoven, the Istanbul Design Biennial and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC, and been honoured by Ars Electronica and the Japan Media Festival. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines, and continues to inspire critical and artistic responses. In 2014, he was resident at the White Building in London and Eyebeam in New York, and received the Graphic Design of the Year award from the Design Museum, London.

British/ Colombian artist and researcher Matthew Plummer-Fernandez critically and playfully examines sociocultural entanglements with technologies. His current interests span algorithms, bots, automation, copyright and file-sharing. He was awarded a Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for the project Disarming Corruptor; an app for disguising 3D Print files as glitched artefacts. Matthew shares his research on Algopop, a popular tumblr that documents entanglements with algorithms in everyday life, as well as the artists that respond to this context in their work. This has become the starting point to a practice-based PhD funded by the AHRC at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he has worked as a research associate/ technologist and visiting tutor. He holds a BEng in Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering from Kings College London and an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art.

Our host for The Story this year will be Anna Rafferty. Anna has been one of the most influential and innovative people working in the UK in digital media, leading the digital strategy at Penguin for over a decade. After a brief period working as a consultant, she has just joined J K Rowling’s Pottermore project as Director of Product, Creative and Content. She is Chair of Culture 24, and sits on BAFTA’s Childrens and Digital Strategy Committees. We’re very pleased she’s able to join us this year as host.
So that’s it! The full lineup is now confirmed. We’ll be posting the running order and the usual advice for the day in a couple of weeks, so in the meantime, if you haven’t got a ticket, get one now!

New Speakers for The Story 2015 – Nelly Ben-Hayoun, Lucy Perman and Alexa Clay

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

Hello, and Happy New Year!

It’s the first week back at work, and in Brighton at least, it’s very grey and rainy out. So you’re probably looking for some inspiration to get you through these dark, gloomy early days of 2015.  Don’t worry – we’ve got another three fantastic and inspiring speakers to announce for this year’s The Story. And it’s only a few weeks till the event on 20th February, so if you haven’t got your tickets, get them now!

Dubbed the Willy Wonka of Design and Science, award-winning director and designer of experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer, and a fearless and passionate provocateur. In 2013, Icon Magazine nominated Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future”. She is the Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Head of Experiences at We Transfer, and a member of the Space Outreach and Education committee at the International Astronautical Federation. Wired magazine awarded Nelly Ben Hayoun with a WIRED Innovation fellowship for her work to date and its potential to make ‘significant impact on the world.

Lucy Perman is the Executive Director of Clean Break. Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, they tell stories about women and crime that are not being told elsewhere, taking this work into prisons and onto stages across the UK. Complemented by a theatre education programme for vulnerable women in community and custodial settings, their plays aim to draw in audiences, capture their hearts and minds, and make them leave wanting to change the world.

Alexa Clay is a writer and researcher, specialising in underground and grassroots innovation, technological change and economic transition. Her project The Misfit Economy looks at how bottom-up, informal, and black market economies may have something to teach the traditional economy about ingenuity, entrepreneurialism and human resilience. The Misfit Economy will be published by Simon and Schuster later this year, and as a film by Laura Gamse.

We hope that has given you some inspiration for the new year, and encouraged you to buy a ticket to come and join us on Feb 20th at Conway Hall. See you there!

New Speakers announced for The Story – Danny Miller, Gary Carter and Simon Munnery

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

We’ve already sold nearly half the tickets for The Story in Feb, so get your tickets while you can! And to convince you to come along next year, here’s three new speakers who will be joining us next year:

Danny Miller is co-founder and CEO of Human After All, a London based creative agency who believe that creativity connects. Danny has recently launched Weapons of Reason, a magazine dedicated to turning knowledge into action. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on creative economy, where he’s currently exploring open knowledge sharing among the creative industries.

Gary Carter is almost certainly the only international television executive with a Time Out/Dance Umbrella Dance and Performance award.  Gary joined Shine Group in June 2013  working closely with the heads of Shine Germany, the Shine Nordics companies and Shine 360. Prior to joining Shine, Gary was COO of FremantleMedia Group, where he was responsible for leading their overall strategy, ran the group’s central Creative Networks, founded their digital divisions as well as managing its various European production operations. Prior to this he worked for 5 years as Executive Director of Programme Affairs at Endemol International, where he united the group’s intellectual property in one division, oversaw the international roll-out of Big Brother and acquired the production licences across Europe for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Simon Munnery has been described by Time Out as ‘an avant-garde comedy god’. He has recently been featured on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, The Culture Show, Alternative Comedy Experience, and The News Quiz. He is a British Comedy, Perrier, and Barry Award nominee, and Chortle and Sony Radio Award winner. His latest project Fylm stabs at the void between film and theatre, involving visual sketches performed by Simon amongst the audience, and projected live on screen.

So that’s your next three speakers. It’s already shaping up to be another diverse, challenging and inspiring day, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet – get them now!

 

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