New Speakers Announced for 2017 – Clare Patey, Patrick Tresset, Lara Pawson & Victoria Mapplebeck

Happy New Year!

It’s now just over a month until The Story 2017 on Feb 17th, and tickets are selling out fast. Get yours now if you haven’t already!

There is never a deliberate theme to each year’s The Story conference, but it feels like this year’s lineup has inevitably been hugely affected by the events of 2016. We’ve invited people who we feel are making real change with their work, and will give you inspiration and practical experiences that you can take back into your own work. If you’re feeling like making a difference is harder now than ever before, then get a ticket to join us for The Story 2017 – we promise you’ll leave feeling more inspired, and ready to take on the world.

To inspire you more, here’s our next set of speakers. We’re pretty much there with speakers now – we’re just waiting to hear about one very long shot with someone who will be absolutely incredible – so this is pretty much the final line-up. Looking forward to seeing you all at Conway Hall on Feb 17th!

Clare Patey is the Director of the Empathy Museum. Clare is an award winning artist and curator who creates participatory installations, performances and exhibitions. She was the director of the Museum Of, The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It and curated Feast on the Bridge for the Thames Festival. Launched in 2015, the Empathy Museum is the first experiential arts space dedicated to helping us all look at the world through other people’s eyes. By touring internationally, it explores how empathy can not only transform our personal relationships but also help tackle global challenges such as prejudice, conflict and inequality.

Patrick Tresset is a London based artist who develops and presents  theatrical installations with robotic agents as actors which are evocations of humanness. Tresset’s installations use computational systems that introduce artistic, expressive and obsessive aspects to robots’ behaviour. These systems are influenced by research into human behaviour, more specifically how artists make marks that depict, how humans perceive artworks and how humans relate to robots. Tresset  develops robots and autonomous computational systems to produce series of drawings, paintings and animations.

Tresset’s work has been exhibited in association with major museums and institutions such as The Pompidou Center, Museum of Israel, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), BOZAR (Brussels), Prada Foundation (Milan) and at events such as Ars Electronica, Update_5, WRO2015, Merge festival.

Lara Pawson was born in London, a city she left at sixteen for a hamlet in Somerset. Between 1996 and 2007, Lara worked as a journalist, mainly for the BBC World Service. She lived and travelled widely in Angola, Ivory Coast, Mali and Ghana, and also reported from Namibia, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Niger and São Tomé & Príncipe.

She is the author of This Is The Place To Be, a fragmentary memoir which was published in September 2016 with CB editions. It is based on the long looping monologue, Non Correspondence, which was directed by Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells and performed by Cathy Naden at the Battersea Arts Centre for the London International Festival of Theatre 2014, After A War.

In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre (IB Tauris, 2014) was her first book. It was nominated for several awards and longlisted for The Orwell Prize 2015. It was translated as Em Nome Do Povo: O massacre que Angola silenciou (Ediçôes Tinta da China, 2014).

Victoria Mapplebeck is an award winning Artist, Writer and Film Director. In 1999, she wrote and directed Channel 4’s first interactive documentary series, Smart Hearts, in which web cams streamed from the subjects homes for over 18 months. The series explored the ways in which interactive technologies would change the ways the  subjects interacted with each other and the ways in which the  audience interacted with them . Smart Hearts was described as ‘hypnotic and compulsive’ by The Guardian and nominated for the 2001 New Media Indie Award.   

Victoria’s recent short film, 160 Characters is an adaptation of her illustrated memoir which lifts the lid on the stories and secrets buried in a vintage Nokia. Shot on an iPhone 6, this hybrid documentary makes a unique contribution to an evolving and innovative mode of smartphone filmmaking and interactive storytelling.

160 Characters was officially selected for the 2015 BFI London Film Festival and was selected for the Innovation category of the 2016 AHRC Research in Film Awards. 160 Characters will launch on Short of the Week in winter 2016 and was showcased in a six week exhibition of Victoria’s work at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead which opened in November 2016.