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 - 10:40

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.

10:40 - 12:00

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.

10:40 - 11:15: Talk / Alexandros Tsolakis (Creative Director, Another Space)
11:15 - 11:35: Talk / Julie Freeman (Artist)
11:35 - 12:00: Talk / Ghislaine Boddington (Creative Director, body>data>space)

12:35 - 15:30

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.

12:35 - 13:05: Talk / Jonathon Carroll (Founding Director, Carroll / Fletcher Gallery)
13:05 - 13:40: Talk / James Bridle (Artist, Writer)
13:40 - 14:30 Panel / Hack the Senses: New Frontiers of Sensory Tech
Liviu Babitz (Co-Founder and CEO, CyborgNest)
Grace Boyle (Creative Director, The Feelies)
Sean Rogg (Artistic Director, The Waldorf Project)
Francesca Perona (Transdisciplinary Designer)
Imre Bard (Founder, Hack the Senses)
14:30 - 14:45: Talk / Katja Lucker (Managing Director, Musicboard Berlin)
14:45 - 15:30: Talk / Nelly Ben Hayoun (Designer of Experiences at the SETI Institute)

15:40 - 17:15

British Council Presents... Meeting of Minds 2017

In what exciting directions are art and technology headed 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 experts debate the future of creative technology, its global potential, and the challenges of working across disciplines and boundaries.

Siddharth Khajuria (Senior Producer, the Barbican Centre)
Jose Luis de Vicente (Curator, Sonar + D)
Pierre-Marie Oullion (Artistic Director, Nuits Sonores)
Irini Papadimitriou (Digital Programmes Manager, the V&A)
Katja Lucker (Managing Director, Musicboard Berlin)
Alain Thibault (Artistic Director, ELEKTRA)
Julie Freeman (Artist)

15:40 - 16:30: Panel / British Council presents Meeting of Minds I
16:30 - 17:15: Panel / British Council presents Meeting of Minds II

18:15 - 21:30

Subversions: searching for new movements, moments and cultures

Which of today’s burgeoning sub-cultures will be the new norm of tomorrow? For Friday’s evening session, after grabbing a drink at the bar, get involved in discussions and demonstrations of some of the most exciting products of culture today.

18:15 - 18:45: Talk / Robin McNicholas (Marshmallow Laser Feast)
18:45 - 20:00: Panel / Warp Records presents... Echo Mobs: is there a future for sub-cultures?
Mark Leckey (Artist)
Warren Ellis (Author for comics, novels and television)
GAIKA (Artist)
Mat Dryhurst (Artist)
Ash Sarkar (Senior Editor, Novara Media)
20:00 - 20:30: Performance / ABIDE by Holly Blakey + Darkstar + Gwilym Gold
in association with Box Artist Management
20:30 - 21:30: Live Music / Mr. Mitch


Alain Thibault (Artistic Director, ELEKTRA, Quebec)

Curator and artistic director in the fields of digital arts, electronic music and sound art, Alain Thibault is also the founder of two major events in Montreal, ELEKTRA - an annual festival showcasing performances in the digital arts, and the BIAN, International Digital Arts Biennial, oriented towards exhibitions, installations and public art. Also an electronic music composer, his work is largely disseminated throughout Canada and international scene.

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 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.

Francesca Perona (Transdisciplinary Designer)

Francesca Perona is a London-based trans-disciplinary designer, whose work is guided by a strong material lens. Collaborative to the core and heavily research-driven, her hybrid practice explores the in-between territories between traditional crafts, innovation, science, digital technology, arts and design.

Influenced by her background in textile design, she aims to critically unpick and reflect upon the relationship between materiality and the digital, with the aim of envisioning new opportunities in design and the visual arts for vibrant material interfaces. She is particularly interested in the role of haptics in digital-to-physical interfaces, strategies for enhanced perception, as well as multi-sensory, immersive experiences.

Francesca recently completed a Science Gallery London commission, developing tangible technological possibilities for human enhancement in the form of wearable mouth-controlled prototypes, focusing on synaesthetic links between taste, textures and sounds.

GAIKA (Artist)

Brixton born-and-raised, GAIKA is a vocalist and producer who’s ‘gothic dancehall' straddles industrial electronics, twitchy bashment and mutated strains of leftfield rap and R&B. He has collaborated with Atlanta’s Awful Records collective, futuristic R&B priestess Kelela and enigmatic maestro Dean Blunt - all before releasing 2016’s lauded Spaghetto EP on Warp.

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.

Grace Boyle (Creative Director, The Feelies)

The Feelies is a multisensory VR studio, creating original content that speaks to all of your senses. Bringing experience design, theatre, perfumery and crossmodal and sensory science into the world of VR, The Feelies have been developing what it is to write, ‘shoot’ and deliver experiences that are multisensory from the initial concept.Founder and Creative Director Grace Boyle speaks about the potential for emotional connection and empathy by no longer excluding the messages we receive through our non-audiovisual senses, and some of their recent experiences developing a narrative in the Amazon rainforest with environmental organisation Greenpeace.

Gwilym Gold (Musician/ Composer)

Gwilym Gold is a songwriter and composer. His last solo release was the austere, arresting piano set A Paradise, released in 2015. Gwilym has since collaborated on numerous performance works including Eddie Peake's Head, performed at the newly opened Jeffrey Deitch space in New York in 2016. Gwilym is also co-founder of evolving music software company Bronze and was most recently commissioned to use the software to make some new Sigur Ros music infinite. He is currently working on new solo material.

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.

HOST: Leigh Alexander (Digital culture writer and host of the Guardian's tech podcast)

Leigh Alexander is a journalist working at the intersection of technology and popular culture. She hosts the Guardian’s tech podcast, writes a technomancy column at Motherboard called "Oracles of the Web", and occasionally does narrative design for independent video games. She recently published Monitor, a cyberpunk novella, and launched an ASMR video series devoted to vintage computing.

Imre Bard (Founder, Hack the Senses)

Imre Bard is the Founder of Hack the Senses, a collective supported by the Wellcome Trust, exploring sensory science. Hack the Senses brings together a multidisciplinary team who design multi-sensory experiences to deepen appreciation of the richness of perception, probe its boundaries, and go beyond them. Imre has a background in philosophy, cognitive science, and the social study of science and technology. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the London School of Economics, where his research uses quantitative and qualitative methods to study attitudes to human enhancement technologies.

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).

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.

Katja Lucker (Managing Director, Musicboard Berlin)

Born in the north of Germany Katja Lucker started her career as an actress in Berlin in 1990 but quickly became a successful self-employed cultural manager. Her portfolio ranges from managing tasks at the ‘Kesselhaus – Kulturbrauerei Berlin‘ and the ‘Karneval der Kulturen’ to works at the ‘Haus der Berliner Festspiele’. From 2007 until 2012 Katja Lucker continued working as project manager for the creative industries during Ruhr.2010 – the European Capital of Culture that year. Throughout this time she also acted as a driving force in various local music networks and juror of diverse Berlin music promotion programs. In December 2012 Katja Lucker was appointed music representative of Berlin and managing director of Musicboard Berlin. Since 2015 Musicboard Berlin has also been responsible for organizing the Pop-Kultur festival under her lead.

Liviu Babitz (Co-Founder and CEO, CyborgNest)

Liviu is the CEO and co-founder of Cyborg Nest, the world’s first company to sell intelligently designed senses that are permanently anchored to the body effectively creating cyborgs. Their first sense is called the North Sense and enables people to sense the electromagnetic field of the planet. Liviu and his business partner Scott Cohen were the first two people to attach the North Sense on their bodies. In his previous role, Liviu was the COO of Videre est Credere, an edgy human rights organization training and running undercover networks of people who use technology to document human rights violations in places where the media has no access.

Mark Leckey (Artist)

Mark Leckey is a British artist whose videos include Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) and Made in ‘Eaven (2008), which formed park of his 2008 Turner Prize winning exhibition. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at MOMA PS1, New York (2016-17), Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2016), Hammer Museum, LA (2013) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2011). His performances have been presented in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, Abrons Arts Center; at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, both in 2009; and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2008.

Mat Dryhurst (Artist)

Mat Dryhurst is an artist who releases music, research and artworks solo and in conjunction with creative partner Holly Herndon and the record label PAN. As well as touring their critically acclaimed album ‘Platform’ (4AD/RVNG intl.), he recently released the decentralized publishing framework Saga, that enables creators to own each space in which their work appears online, and a number of plays that derive their narrative from the personal information of listeners. He lectures on issues of music, ideology and technology at NYU Berlin, and advises the blockchain based platform co-operative

Mr Mitch (Producer / Writer)

As the founder of fast rising record label Gobstopper Records and co-founder of club-night, now also record label Boxed, he’s a curator and auteur at the forefront of forward thinking instrumental grime, ambient and experimental electronic music. He’s currently signed to Planet Mu as a solo artist about to release his new album 'Devout' on the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Parallel Memories’. As a producer/co-writer he has worked with grime stalwarts Skepta, P-Money and more recently with r&b/electronic star Katy B. He is fast becoming a go-to producer/writer outside of the instrumental grime sphere.

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

Nelly Ben Hayoun designs extreme experiences allowing 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 '.

Patrick Morgan (Creative Director, Room One)

Trained at the Royal College of Art, Patrick has worked as a commercial artist for over 20 years receiving commissions from famous designers and exclusive patrons; Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Dior, Fendi, The Royal Academy of Arts, The London Olympics, and was personally commissioned to do a portrait of US Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington.
Patrick had lectured for over a decade at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni Milan,london and Paris in fashion and design also giving talks at Goldsmiths, Tate Modern, NABA Milano and RCA.

Major works created in collaboration with Tom Ford for the English National Ballet, Ballet Russe’s 'The Firebird', which was then reused to represent Art and Culture at The Mayor of London's Office for the Olympics during 2012. Morgan also designed the Justin Timberlake world tour and most recently designing for Christian Dior Couture and James Bond film 'Spectre'.
photo credit: nicola favaron

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

After a university degree in history of art and a masters 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.

Sean Rogg (Artistic Director, The Waldorf Project)

Sean Rogg is a British artist working in the field of video, photography and performance. For the last five years he has been the creative director of the radical immersive art performance, Waldorf Project. His work has been exhibited at Bloomberg SPACE, ICA and Wapping Project in London, as well as part of TinaB Biennale in Prague, at Modern Art Oxford, Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, CCA in Tel Aviv, Galerie Mathias Güntner in Hamburg and Galleri Kleerup in Stockholm.

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.

Stephen Christian (Creative Director, Warp Records)

Stephen Christian is the Creative Director of Warp Records. In over a decade with the visionary label he has worked across music and visuals with Warp’s roster of post-genre outliers.

Warren Ellis (Author for comics, novels and television)

Warren Ellis is the New York Time-bestselling author of GUN MACHINE and NORMAL, and the award-winning graphic novelist of TRANSMETROPOLITAN, INJECTION, TREES and RED, which was adapted for films starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren..He has previously been a columnist for WIRED, VICE and Reuters. He lives in south-east England.

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