Sessions: Friday Ticket

Sessions: Friday Ticket


Day One of Convergence Sessions revolves around ideas for change and their future impact.

Take part in the discussion with experts including the ‘Willy Wonka of design and science’, Nelly Ben Hayoun; politically charged tech writer and artist, James Bridle; founder of Carroll / Fletcher, one of London’s most forward-thinking art galleries, Jonathan Carroll; curator of Sonar+D and FutureEverything festivals, Jose Luis de Vicente; and many more.

In a special evening sessions, Warp Records opens the floor to iconoclastic artists and musicians such as Warren Ellis, Mark Leckey, Ash Sarkar, as the role and relevance of subcultures in the tech age is debated.

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10:00 - 10:30

Registration and Introduction

Collect your ticket, grab a coffee, say hello and take your seat as we give you a lowdown on what to expect at Convergence Sessions.

10:30 - 13:00

Horizons: for those with tomorrow on their radar

How can we work together to ensure that ideas today become impactful tomorrow?

Three leaders in innovation, art, technology and design share their personal experiences of conceiving and implementing ideas for change.

- Alexandros Tsolakis (Creative Director, Another Space)
- Julie Freeman (Artist)
- Ghislaine Boddington (Creative Director, body>data>space)

(includes breaks)

14:00 - 15:20

Disruptions: a healthy dose of rule-breaking and trouble-making

Fed up of following the rules? Meet the people defying convention to seek out new ways of seeing, studying and shaping the world, whether through their art, business, music or message.

- Nelly Ben Hayoun (Director University of the Underground, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute and Wired Innovation Fellow)
- James Bridle (Artist and writer) in conversation with Jonathan Carroll (Founding Director, Carroll / Fletcher Gallery)

15:40 - 17:00

British Council Presents... Meeting of Minds 2017

In what exciting directions are art and technology headed internationally and how can we make sure they get there? How do we ensure that art remains vibrant, provocative and diverse in a digital age?

Watch, listen and contribute to this roundtable discussion as leaders from the world of music, art and technology debate the future of creative technology, its global potential, and the challenges of working across disciplines and boundaries.

- Alain Thibault (Artistic Director, ELEKTRA, Quebec)
- Pierre-Marie Oullion (Artistic Director, Nuits Sonores, France)
- Jose Luis de Vincente (Curator, Sonar + D, Spain)
- Siddharth Khajuria (Senior Producer, Barbican, UK)
- Irini Papadimitriou (Digital Programmes Manager, the V&A, and Head of New Media Arts Development, Watermans Art Centre, UK)
- Martin Honzik (Director, Ars Electronica Festival and Prix Ars Electronica, Austria)
- Julie Freeman (Artist, exploring the relationship between science, nature and humans, UK)

(this panel will be followed by a break)

18:00 - 20:00

Warp Records Presents... Echo Mobs: is there a future for sub-cultures?

As global protest surges and a real or perceived wave of 'fake news' and 'alternative facts' questions the nature of our reality, these and a myriad other events are refracted through our digital lives while it is unclear just how art and creative communities will play a meaningful role.

There is no lack of new urgent, defiant and iconoclastic ideas, but how are they connected and amplified - where are the new subcultures?

- Mark Leckey
- Warren Ellis
- Mat Dryhurst
- Ash Sarkar

Evening session


A live choreographic encounter
Holly Blakey with live music by Darkstar and Gwilym Gold
in association with Box Artist Management LTD

- Holly Blakey (choreographer, director)
- Darkstar (electronic music duo)
- Gwilym Gold (musician/composer)


Alain Thibault (Artistic Director, ELEKTRA, Quebec)

ELEKTRA is an international Digital art organization presenting artists and works that combine contemporary art and new technologies. As a high-calibre Montreal-based cultural initiative, its annual event, the ELEKTRA Festival, is a showcase of local, national and international creation.

Alexandros Tsolakis (Creative Director, Another Space)

Alexandros is a Creative Director at Another Space and Head of Design at United Visual Artists. His background brings together architecture, design technologies and computation, as well as a personal passion for the History of Art.

Alexandros shapes the creative vision and ethos of the studio and ensures these permeate each project. Over the course of ten years he has worked in collaboration with brands such as BMW/ Mini, Hermes, Google, Unicef and MTV and in live performance for Massive Attack, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and more recently with the Paris Opéra Ballet, Fondation Cartier and Nike.

Darkstar (electronic music duo)

Darkstar are James Young and Aiden Whalley. Having released their critically acclaimed third album ‘Foam Island’ in 2015 on Warp Records they have been busy collaborating with the likes of Gaika and Empress Of and recently scored the the Palm D’or nominated short film ‘Dreamlands’. They are currently collaborating on a commissioned piece for PRS’ New Music Biennial with world-renowned organist James McVinnie and busy at work on their fourth album.

Ghislaine Boddington (Creative Director, body>data>space)

Ghislaine Boddington is Creative Director of body>data>space and Women Shift Digital, a researcher, curator and director specialising in body responsive technologies and immersive experiences. She is recognised worldwide as a pioneer having strongly advocated the use of the entire body as a digital interaction canvas for over 25 years. With body>data>space she creates unique convergences of the virtual/physical body through telepresence, motion capture, robotics, wearables, sense/gesture tech and virtual worlds. She keynotes worldwide on her research 'The Internet of Bodies', is a Reader in Digital Immersion at CPDA, University of Greenwich and consults into the creative industries sector. She is a Co-curator of Nesta’s FutureFest, Creative Director of Plexal, the new innovation centre in Here East and you can catch her co-presenting bi-weekly for BBC Click, the BBC World Service Radio flagship technology programme.

Holly Blakey (choreographer, director)

Born in North Yorkshire and now based in London, much of Holly’s recent work has been for camera, working with directors and musicians internationally from India to Los Angeles for stage and screen whilst collaborating with visual artists globally.

Recent music video credits include Florence and the Machine, Young Fathers and Jungle whist choreographing films for Dior, Gucci, Paul Smith and Claire Barrow. 2016 saw Blakey win a UK MVA award for her work on Delilah (Florence and the Machine) for ' Best Choreography in a Video', she was also nominated as 'Best New Director.’

The artist is known for her live collaborations with visual artists such as Hannah Perry (Serpentine Galleries, Boiler Room, CFA Berlin) and Jala Wahid (Serpentine Galleries), but equally her long standing practice with Gwilym Gold, Darkstar and Mica Levi for both video work and live performance. An established and world-renowned choreographer, Holly is fast establishing herself amongst the most successful and progressive figures in contemporary art and performance.

Irini Papadimitriou (Digital Programmes Manager, the V&A, and Head of New Media Arts Development, Watermans Art Centre, UK)

Irini Papadimitriou is a curator, producer and cultural manager, working at the forefront of digital culture. As Digital Programmes Manager at the V&A Irini is responsible for the annual Digital Design Weekend: a big-scale event of interactive installations, open and collaborative workshops, artists’ presentations and talks. Irini is also Head of New Media Arts Development at Watermans, an arts organisation supporting artists working with technology and co-founder of Maker Assembly.

James Bridle (Artist, writer, journalist, and publisher on literature, culture and technology)

James Bridle is a British writer, artist, publisher and technologist currently based in Athens, Greece. His work covers the intersection of literature, culture and the network. His work has been shown in solo shows in the UK, US, and Germany, in group shows worldwide, and commissioned by organisations including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Southbank Centre, the Photographer’s Gallery, Artangel, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Oslo Architecture Triennale and Guimaraes 2012 European City of Culture.

Jonathan Carroll (Founding Director, Carroll / Fletcher Gallery)

Jonathon Carroll is founding director of Carroll / Fletcher, a contemporary art gallery supporting artists who use diverse media to explore socio-political or technological themes. A collector for more than 20 years, he opened the gallery in 2012. He has a background in finance and is based between London and New York.

Jose Luis de Vincente (Curator, Sonar + D, Spain)

Jose Luis de Vicente is a curator and cultural researcher. He develops projects in the intersection of culture, technology and design. He is the curator of Sónar+D, the Creative Technologies area of Barcelona's acclaimed Sonar Festival, as well as the Futureeverything festival in Manchester. He runs the Visualizar program for Data Culture at Medialab Prado (Madrid). He curated “Big Bang Data” (CCCB Barcelona-Fundació Telefónica Madrid-Somerset House London) which explored the information explosion phenomenon. He is now preparing “After the End of the World” (CCCB Barcelona), an exhibition focused on how we can adapt and survive after an environmental collapse. He teaches at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC).

Josh McNorton (Festival Producer, FuturePlay)

Josh McNorton is a Canadian-born, UK-based creative producer, curator and festival manager. Highlights of his 10+ year career include producing large-scale entertainment at two Olympic Games, international festivals, showcases and tours, and working for cultural and academic institutions. He currently works for Riverside Studios as the Producer of FuturePlay, a new digital arts and performance festival taking place in Edinburgh in August.

Julie Freeman (Artist, exploring the relationship between science, nature and humans, UK)

Julie Freeman translates processes and data from natural sources into kinetic sculptures, physical objects, images, sound compositions and animations. Her work explores relationship between science and the natural world; questioning the use of technology in how we experience nature.

Martin Honzik (Director, Ars Electronica Festival and Prix Ars Electronica, Austria)

Martin Honzik is an artist and director of Ars Electronica’s Festival, Prix and Exhibitions divisions. He studied visual experimental design at Linz Art University (graduated in 2001) and completed the master’s program in culture & media management at the University of Linz and ICCM Salzburg (graduated in 2003). From 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the production team at the OK Center of Contemporary Art. In 2001, he joined the staff of the Ars Electronica Future Lab, where, until 2005, his responsibilities included exhibition design, art in architecture, interface design, event design and project management. Since 2006, Martin Honzik has been director of the Ars Electronica Festival and the Prix Ars Electronica and in charge of the exhibitions in the Ars Electronica Center as well as Ars Electronica’s international exhibition projects. His recent achievements in addition to numerous art projects (e.g. Ganz Linz, Vernichtungsaktion), include co-founding the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD festival for young people and serving as head of production and director of the 2012 Voestalpine Klangwolke.

Nelly Ben Hayoun (Director University of the Underground, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute and Wired Innovation Fellow)

Nelly Ben Hayoun designs extremes experiences for you to become an astronaut in your living room while dark energy is being created in your kitchen sink and a volcano erupts on your couch. She leads an interdisciplinary 'Willy Wonka' design studio in London which devises subversive events and experiences and is on a mission to bring chaos, subversion, critical thinking and disorder into the scientific and digital world.
In 2013, Icon Magazine nominated Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers "shaping the future". She is the Head of Experiences at We Transfer, Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), a member of the International Astronautical Federation and a United Nations Advisor to the UN VR (Virtual Reality) labs. In 2014 Wired magazine awarded Nelly Ben Hayoun with a WIRED Innovation fellowship for her work to date and its 'significant impact on the world '.

Pierre-Marie Oullion (Artistic Director, Nuits Sonores, France)

After a university degree in history of art and a master in Cultural management in the anthropology field, Pierre-Marie Oullion has integrated the team of Arty Farty for the first Nuits Sonores festival in 2002. Since this he has developed the numeric art part of the festival and became artistic director of the company. Nowadays he is managing the whole artistic direction of Arty Farty « ecosystem » such as Le Sucre (cultural venue in Lyon), AKA (Booking agency based in Paris), and several international projects, such as Nuits Sonores Bruxelles.

Siddharth Khajuria (Senior Producer, Barbican, UK)

Siddharth Khajuria is a senior producer at the Barbican Centre, where he jointly manages a small internal team, the Barbican Incubator. His current responsibilities include managing a new programme of installations for the Centre's public spaces, commissioning and producing digital arts + tech projects, digital strategy, and research into (and delivery of) new models for inter-disciplinary programming. Prior to his current role, he was the Centre’s digital producer and before joining the Barbican, Sidd was a producer at the BBC.

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