[EVENT] #TrollingtheArtist with @MsMapes and @NatashaCaruana. A @RedEyeNetwork Event

I’ve just returned from an interesting, and challenging evening at RISE Manchester, at an event organised by the RedEye Photography Network. I was asked to chair the session, in which photographic artists Sarah Maple and Natasha Caruana discussed their work, and the impact of trolling – both being trolled, and being the troll, has impacted their work as they seek to provoke conversation and discussion. I introduced the artists, largely drawn from the biographies they had Continue Reading →

Thinking about Thinking Digital #TDCMCR

For the last few years I’ve managed to attend Thinking Digital in Newcastle … and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a duff session at one, and definitely some mind-triggering sessions! So, when I heard it was coming to Manchester, which I’ve just moved to, that was good, and when my work offered me a ticket, even better! (Cover photo Thomas Jackson Photography) Monday Afternoon A tradition of Thinking Digital is that there are workshops Continue Reading →

Visiting #AiWeiWei (@aiww) at the Royal Academy

Yesterday evening, after a few worries that the train wasn’t going to make it in time, I visited the Ai WeiWei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. I was coming to London for another event, and my cousin asked if I wanted to go .. and being a bit of a Danny Wallace mood (‘Yes Man‘), I said yes. I like to try things with no expectations, but I have to admit feeling a Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Love

#BIGRead14 So, for me, Lent starts today. I had no understanding of Lent before I started working with The Big Read 2010, aside it was something for which people gave something up, and I’m more keen on the idea of taking something up than giving up. It was 2-3 years ago that I gave up supermarket shopping for Lent (as in any of the big supermarkets) – which has had a long term impact on Continue Reading →

Art and Technology: Can they work together?

Interesting piece from the Guardian: Technology and art have enjoyed a tempestuous relationship over the years. Fine art purists have demonstrated a wary scepticism towards the use and abuse of new technologies, and tech-heads have been staunchly resistant to art’s whimsical influence. But as the pressing issues of privacy and identity, addiction and dependency, and lives increasingly enmeshed in technology begin to create compelling subject matter for artists and technologists alike, art and tech are Continue Reading →

What are the digital & photography doing to us?

Fascinating piece of art… The artist describes the context: Every occasion of our lives now seems to be documented with the plethora of cameras we carry around with us. Images are shared and distributed online for our family, friends and the public to see. Unsure of the implications of this life online, will photos of us remain on the internet forever? Or will they simply get lost and become anonymous in the billions of images we Continue Reading →

Arts, Humanities & Sciences?

Now this is a great quote, taken from a section on Times Higher Education re ‘the importance of the humanities/sciences’: Are the arts and the sciences as distinct as many assume? Stephen Mumford, professor of metaphysics and dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham, poses the question in a post on his Arts Matters blog. “If they are, what is the distinction? Do we have a clear definition of each that allows us to Continue Reading →

Digital Art: The Sandpit

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo. Just catching up on BBC Click, and thought this was amazing… and yes, it’s real people in New York, not a model! Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…