The Story 2014

The Story 2014 was the fifth year of The Story Conference, and was held on Friday 21st February 2014 at The Conway Hall. The speakers on the day were:

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard met at Goldsmtihs and have worked collaboratively as visual artists since the mid-nineties. They initially became known for their recreations of highly-charged cultural moments which pioneered the use of re-enactment within contemporary art. Their work is collected by museums and institutions worldwide, including the Tate Gallery and the Government Art Collection. Their ongoing collaboration with the musician and author Nick Cave has led to their first feature film, 20,000 Days on Earth, due for cinema release with Film4 and the BFI in 2014.

Kyle Bean is an artist, designer and illustrator with a passion for craft and conceptual thinking. His work is usually characterised by a whimsical and meticulous reappropriation of everyday materials and handcrafted techniques. Since graduating from the university of Brighton in 2009, Kyle has created imagery for a range of international editorial clients such as Wired, Wallpaper* and The New York Times and has designed installations for fashion brands including Selfridges, Liberty and Hermes. With his personal work, Kyle regularly enjoys straddling the boundaries between illustration, sculpture and more traditional model making and has gone on to exhibit at The ADC gallery in New York and Colette in Paris.

Barnaby Smyth is a foley artist and editor who has worked on many leading TV and film productions, including We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Downton Abbey and Attack The Block. He recently performed live foley sound effects for Matthew Herbert’s play The Hush at The National Theatre’s pop-up venue The Shed. It was an incredible performance, and we’re really looking forward to hearing Barnaby talk about the art of foley effects, show some examples from the films and TV projects he’s worked on, and perform some live foley effects on stage.

Stella Duffy is a renowned author and director. Her novels include The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness, both long-listed for the Orange Prize, and her most recent novel The Purple Shroud. She has written ten plays – most recently The Book of Ruth (and Naomi) for Sixty-Six Books at the Bush; and over fifty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4. Her work as Theatre Director includes  Ordinary Darkness (Hen and Chickens), TaniwhaThames (Oval House), My Inner Orc (Pleasance), Skin Tight (Pleasance & Riverside), and Cell Sell at the Soho Theatre for the NYT. She is an Associate Artist with Improbable, Artistic Director of Shaky Isles, and a member of impro comedy company Spontaneous Combustion since 1988. She is the founder and convenor of The Chaosbaby Project a large-scale multi-disciplinary Open Space theatre work, performing in Deptford in August 2013. At The Story 2014, Stella will be talking about Fun Palaces 2014, a series of Fun Palaces across the UK and beyond, celebrating public engagement in the arts and sciences, and commemorating Joan Littlewood’s centenary on 4/5 October 2014

Philip Larkin is a television writer based in Glasgow. Philip has created stories for Hollyoaks, had his work performed in Glasgow’s famous Oran Mor theatre and has worked in comedy development as a script consultant for a handful of British sitcoms. He is presently working on two of his own creations, a comedy-drama entitled Dead Ben with longtime collaborator Michael Richardson, as well as his sitcom, Boys and Girls. In addition to this, Philip is currently developing two radio dramas for BBC Radio 4. He’s also *incredibly* good at making very creative and funny Vines, and he’ll be talking about what he’s learnt from making these Vines and other online work at The Story.

Kenyatta Cheese is from the internet. He has been making and talking about digital culture since before he can remember, including working at Rocketboom from 2007-2010, and co-founding the incredible KnowYourMeme. He blogs at Final Boss Form, which is so good I just lost 20 minutes to it just by going there to get the link for this post, and is one part of the excellent Everyone At Once, who do excellent audience development work, including running the Doctor Who Tumblr for BBC America, which is the second biggest Tumblr in the world…

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College of Art in London, and worked in New York City for ten years before moving to England in 1989.  She worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now (released October 2013 as a feature film directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Saoirse Ronan). Her books have won or been shortlisted for 19 international book prizes, including the Carnegie medal, the National Book Award in America and the Orange first novel prize.  Meg’s most recent book is Picture Me Gone.  She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

Bryony Kimmings is a Performance Artist. She creates full-length theatre shows, cabaret works, homemade music, sound installations and documentary films. Her work is larger than life, outrageous, visually loud, often dangerous, somewhat unpredictable but above all fun. She is inspired by the taboos and anomalies of British culture and her autobiographical themes promote the airing of her own dirty laundry to oil conversations on seemingly difficult subjects. Her work follows real life social experiments that she embarks upon with genuine genius intrigue and wholehearted, fearless gusto. She is currently touring Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, an ongoing project with her nine-year old niece to design a new kind of teen pop star.

Gruff Rhys is a singer, writer and film-maker, who has had global success with Super Furry Animals, Neon Neon, and as a solo artist. Gruff will be talking about his new book, film and album project American Interior, an epic quest to discover for the legend of John Evans, a Welsh pioneer and entrepreneur who travelled through the newly independent USA in the late eighteenth century.

Lisa Salem  is an interviewer and a film/audio/digital storyteller. She is currently directing Walk LA With Me – a feature documentary about the people she met whilst walking across Los Angeles, filming the walk with a camera in a baby-stroller. Lisa also works as a Content and Social Media Producer, creating content for and across The Beatles social platforms. She also co-runs and moderates 10×10 – a documentary-in-progress workshop and forum that celebrated its 6th year at Sheffield Doc/Fest last June.

Bill Wasik is an editor at WIRED and the author of And Then There’s This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture and Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical VirusAnd Then There’s This is, in our opinion, by far the best, most vivid, and most insightful account of how culture actually works in an age of digital attention. The book is a fantastic account of spending the early part of this millenium playing with how ideas spread, accidentally inventing flash-mobbing, and working with colleagues like Jonah Peretti to understand why some things go viral and others fall flat. I don’t think there’s a writer who better understands digital culture now, so we’re really pleased Bill can come over and join us at The Story in Feb.

Tony Ageh is BBC’s Controller of Archive Development, where he is working on a wide range of projects exploring how to create a new kind of Digital Public Space and ensure that past, present and future public archives are available to all. Tony has been a hugely influential figure in the history of the UK internet, helping to establish the Guardian’s New Media Lab, the first iteration of Wired UK, and the hugely influential dot-com era company UpMyStreet, before joining the BBC and leading the development of the BBC iPlayer. At The Story, he’ll be talking about a ‘life spent making lists’, and his vision for the future of archives and public media.

Alan Rusbridger has been the Editor of The Guardian since 1995, after working as a report and columnist for many years. In the last few years, Rusbridger has led The Guardian through an era of groundbreaking digital innovation and extraordinary journalism scoops, including the publishing of the Wikileaks documents, and more recently the publication of the Edward Snowden leaks. There is probably no other newspaper editor who has more first-hand experience about how journalism is changing in the 21st century, and we’re very excited that he is joining us at The Story to give his personal account of an incredible era for newspapers, journalism, and the relationship between the media and the state.