Digital Utopias

Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015
Time: 10am – 7pm
Venue: Hull Truck Theatre, HU2 8LB
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Digital Utopias is a one-day conference which will inspire and incite debate about how new technologies are enabling creativity across the arts. The conference aims to capture topical and diverse approaches to curation, archiving, collecting and creating from a range of art forms, from the visual arts to theatre.
The event will provide an opportunity to discuss new tools and emergent practice, whilst delegates will connect with international arts organisations and specialists in the field to unpick the creative and critical challenges facing organisations today.

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Digital Utopias has an exciting programme that activates various spaces throughout Hull Truck Theatre.
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Topical debates and panels will examine questions such as what’s next for digital practice and look at the challenges of classifying this growing chaotic field.
Showcases will feature marathon style presentations from a range of artists and practitioners. There will be sessions on everything from bots to generative literature and minecraft. Featuring award winning and international artists like Thomson and Craighead, Matthew Plummer Fernandez, Julie Freeman, MolMol Kuo from YesYesNo and Memo Akten to name but a few!
Clinics will cover everything you wanted to know about digital art but were afraid to ask and feature useful tips and tactics. Open Data Institute will be leading a discussion on how to open your data.
The day will finish with an immersive digital art work. ‘The Measures Taken’ is a collaboration between Marshmallow Laser Feast and Alexandra Whitley Dance Company. Both a dialogue, and a duet between human movement and the digital world, this performance promises to be visually striking and kinetically charged.
Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England said:
‘We are delighted to be continuing our collaboration with Google for the Digital Utopias conference, and to be holding it in Hull, City of Culture 2017.
‘Digital creativity has the potential to bring arts and culture direct to the widest possible audiences and bringing together leaders in these fields will help to explore the opportunities that these innovations might create.’
Eileen Naughton, Google’s MD for UK and Ireland said
‘We’re delighted to be supporting Digital Utopias and especially delighted to be coming to Hull. Google’s always believed in the power of technology to inspire, impact and create art and culture, and I’m very excited to see what comes out of this excellent event.’
Chief Executive of the Culture Company, Martin Green said:
‘Hull is moving in the right direction in terms of building on the ambition for the city to fully realise its potential as a growing digital sector.
‘We already have a burgeoning cultural quarter around Humber Street and this will be an ideal opportunity for key representatives to meet some of the culture creators and digitally creative businesses in our city.
‘This is part of our wider plan to establish Hull as a growing hub in digital technologies in the build up to the UK City of Culture 2017.’
Read the full press release about Digital Utopias.

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