Calling anyone who works at and across the edges of traditional disciplines; anyone who makes their own tools, because nobody else has made them already; anyone who seeks out unconventional collaborators; anyone who typically Rs & Ds atypically.
Gets a bit lonely sometimes, doesn't it?
We're running a series of 5 Salons to help make things a bit more linked-up and sociable.
Taking place on the first Friday of the month, each co-curated with a local organisation, these events are specially put together for the people who don't fit comfortably into the usual pigeon holes. We don't mind if you identify as an artist, scientist, craftsperson, researcher, musician, maker, curator, academic, technologist [...the list goes on...] - if you're pushing at the edges of what that can mean then we'd like to hang out with you!
There'll be invited speakers, a chance for practiioners to talk about / demo / playtest their work in progress to get constructive feedback, a chance to discuss opportunities for change and plenty of chances to chat to interesting people and seek out potential collaborators.
December Salon - with Leila Johnston and Sinead McDonald
Sinead and Leila will be bringing a selection of their current research to the Salon. Sinead's time-themed residency in Dublin has her experimenting with clocks and ideas about bodily time – and Leila's work at London dance company Rambert is seeing her experimenting with digital traces that communicate something beautiful and incidental to the choreography. Both artists work with science and technology, but always use the presence of real humans as their starting point.
Nothing is as it seems: find out how time and the body defy definition and expect to question the arbitrariness of 'digital' itself. Share your own ideas, and put your thoughts into action with live experiments with low-fi tech you can play with.
Since October 2015, Leila has been the first digital artist-in-residence at Rambert, the UK's leading contemporary dance company.
She works with art and technology, and the fantastical ideas that emerge from them. Since 2013, she has curated and produced a quarterly live show and magazine called Hack Circus, exploring ideas around speculative science, subversive tech, psychology etc in a fun and unique way with a range of experts and performers from the arts and sciences.
Her current residency blog is at http://hackingrambert.tumblr.com
Sinead McDonald is a Dublin based artist, photographer and digital media producer. Her research and practice focuses on issues of authorship and narrative in portraits and images of people, and the creation of identity in online and offline spaces. Her work incorporates new technologies; digital production, web based art and physical computing, alongside photography, video, and historical lens-based processes.
Recent trajectories explore the sciences and collaborative practice, and how using different disciplines can help navigate and illuminate difficult and taboo subjects. She is most interested in how technologies and sciences old and new affect and challenge our perceptions, allow us to tell stories, and, ultimately, explore the most human of desires and yearnings.
Her current residency blog is at http://incubationlatency.tumblr.com/
Digbeth First Friday
After a Many & Varied afternoon, you'll be in exactly the right place to then go on to enjoy Digbeth First Friday: exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more.
The Salons are free to attend, include light refreshments and need YOU!
When & Where
Many & Varied
We gather together people who have ideas and make things.