Digital Citizen

Thu 11 February, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: The Swan in the Rushes

FREE

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In the last five years, the UK’s digital economy has changed beyond recognition. Every part of the UK economy and our lives has been digitised – from how we shop and entertain ourselves to the way we travel to work and manage our health. For some the digital revolution has been seen as contributing to the decline of our high streets, but the focus of this seminar will be about the positive contribution the digital can make to communities, how it can enhance the town centre customer experience and support the prosperity of our town centres.

The seminar will consider both the huge changes that have taken place and how as an individual, or digital citizen, we can utilise digital technology in order to actively engage with the world around us. Featuring a panel of leading practitioners, united by their research and practice, this seminar will offer an opportunity to discuss the transformational impact of digital technologies on community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. We will be hearing from a cross section of individuals working in this field:

Ben Eaton
Ben Eaton is the lead digital artist for Invisible Flock; three interactive artists based in Leeds. They make highly participatory live and digital work on a large scale. Drawing from real life, their practice invites people to reimagine the world they live in and how they participate in it, using technology to incite meaningful encounters. Invisible Flock have made seafront installations powered by apps interacting with nautical buoys floating out at sea, sound walks across Morecambe Bay accompanied by the Queen’s last Sand Pilot, created revolutionary communities via SMS, new pieces that span continents as well as work for galleries such as the V&A, MIMA and John Hansard and festivals such as The Tbilisi International Festival, Brighton Festival, L’Entorse Lille and Unbox India.

Guy Douglas
Guy Douglas recently served as the principal consultant to the government’s Future High Streets Forum’s Digital High Street Advisory Board, and was the project manager for the Digital HighStreet 2020 policy report to Department for Communities and Local Government and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, published in March 2015. He currently runs Connected Places UK, an independent consultancy with a focus on the digital high street agenda, with emerging thinking on “Smart City 2.0” and incorporating the online-mobile-digital experience into place management.

This is one of a number of workshops/seminars that are being organised as part of the current Market Town programme.  They are intended to further investigate the themes explored in the main commissions, and to further engage the local community in the debate about the future of Loughborough.

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May 2017

For & Against! The Art of the Pamphlet - Exhibition

May 2017

For & Against! The Art of the Pamphlet - Exhibition

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The political tradition of the pamphlet goes back centuries. The radical, simple format and DIY approach of the pamphlet, has been of long-standing significance for artists, providing alternative platforms for intervention and provocation.

Focusing on the pamphlet as a form of material culture, this exhibition curated by Gillian Whiteley will explore the local, private and public collections of pamphlets, their visual rhetoric, materiality, reproducibility and the ways in which they lend themselves to topicality.

Join us for the Exhibition Opening with a special performance / reading by artist Patrick Goddard: Friday 26 May, 6 – 7.30pm 

27 May – 24 June: Open daily (Tues – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm)

To see the full programme for all events, please click here.

(Image courtesy: The People's History Museum, Salford)

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May 2017

Pamphlet Day - For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

May 2017

Pamphlet Day - For & Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet

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For and Against: Art, Politics and the Pamphlet is a two-day research and public ‘festival’ event responding to research into the political pamphlet and exploring the relevance of the pamphlet for contemporary art practice. 

DAY 2 - Pamphlet Day
Saturday 27 May
Loughborough locations - Charnwood Museum, Loughborough Library and Queens Park

This day-long event takes place across sites in Loughborough. It will involve live performative elements by artists commissioned by Radar and a ‘market’ of stalls where public participation in the making of new pamphlets, zines and protest paraphernalia is actively encouraged. Join us!

FREE, no need to book a place, just turn up!

What's on during Pamphlet Day at a glance:

- The Fertile Ground, exploring choreography, speech and music, plus short walk through Loughborough town

- "Yesterday's Future: And The Reality Of Who We Actually Grew Up To Be" sound installation in Queen's Park bandstand, derived from interviews with Loughborough’s senior citizens

- GBP Camouflage, experimenting with colours and dimensions of British banknotes and military camouflage

- Protest Zine-Making Event, providing drop-in workshops to make your own limited edition publications

- Off Message, printing and editing wearable slogans with stencils and screenprinting

- Miss B's Pop-Up Political Hair Salon, offering professional haircuts whilst you delve into an artist's pamphlet collection (supports the Baca charity)

- Freee in the Park, a social kiosk in Queen's Park offering discussions and badge making

- Stalls: Tales of the Luddites (short stories), Size Acceptance - Towards Inclusivity – A Creative Exploration (exploring body size and weight stigma), What Is To Be Done? (ideas from the Loughborough public), Extra-Ordinary News (create your own stories), Kühle Wampe (blend of traditional market trade with political rally), Leicester Riot Grrls (presenting a Riot Zine), Collaboration: Cooperation As An Act Of Protest (zine-making), and The Urban Pamphleteer (pamphlet inspired discussions).

To see the full programme for all events, please click here.

To see the associated event on Friday 26 May, please click here.

(Image courtesy: Chiara Dellerba)

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Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

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