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

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!