Calling anyone who works at and across the edges of traditional disciplines; anyone who makes their own tools, because nobody else has made them already; anyone who seeks out unconventional collaborators; anyone who typically Rs & Ds atypically.
Gets a bit lonely sometimes, doesn’t it?
We’re running a series of 5 Salons to help make things a bit more linked-up and sociable.
Taking place on the first Friday of the month, each co-curated with a local organisation, these events are specially put together for the people who don’t fit comfortably into the usual pigeon holes. We don’t mind if you identify as an artist, scientist, craftsperson, researcher, musician, maker, curator, academic, technologist […the list goes on…] – if you’re pushing at the edges of what that can mean then we’d like to hang out with you!
There’ll be invited speakers, a chance for practitioners to talk about / demo / playtest their work in progress to get constructive feedback, a chance to discuss opportunities for change and plenty of chances to chat to interesting people and seek out potential collaborators.
Here’s our schedule for the afternoon:
1-1:45 – Informal arrivals and chat; bring your own lunch or grab something from The Bond’s cafe. We’ve a few people who have highlighted they’ve got nut allergies, so we’d really appreciate it if you could avoid bringing peanuts.
1:45 – 3:30pm – A hello from us, then presentations from our co-curator and guest speaker
3:30 – 3:50 – Break – we’ll provide tea/coffee/cake/fruit
3:50 – 4:20 – Group activity
4:20 – 4:50 – Work in Progress sessions – practitioners seek input on current projects
4:50 – 5pm – Close – parish notices etc (tell us about interesting things that are happening).
After a Many & Varied afternoon, you’ll be in exactly the right place to then go on to enjoy Digbeth First Friday: exhibitions, late-night openings, special events, culture in unexpected spaces, live music, street food and more. The Bond will host poetry and spoken word night ‘Loud Mouth’.
This month’s Salon is co-curated with Karen Newman, Director of Birmingham Open Media, and features a presentation from Brian Degger (transitlab.org @DrBrian)
Brian Degger is an art and science practitioner with a PhD in Molecular Biotechnology. In collaboration with artists and technologists, he uses various methodologies to explore diverse research areas such as bacterial cultivation and fermentation, accessible science technology, aquatic ecologies and open source science. In his home town of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with a small group of geeks, Brian set up Newcastle Maker Space, a place for creative use of technology.
He will bring some of the things he is making to show and tell.
Birmingham Open Media are developing an open lab space that is available for use for photography and/or biological projects. Karen will introduce the resource and talk about the biohacking projects that inspire her.
Work in Progress; what are you working on?
A core part of the Salons is giving people a chance to talk about, demo and ask questions of the projects they’re working on at the moment. That means you! How can a room full of curious, intelligent people help you move forward?
Jenny Duffin and Pete Ashton from Birmingham Camera Obscura will be talking about the latest iteration of their camera obscura on the eve of its debut at CoCoMad. http://bhamobscura.com
Katie Day from The Other Way Works will be asking for volunteers to help play-test an early prototype of their new card-game-meets-interactive-soundscape that will form a key part of their site-specific performance Black Tonic. See http://www.theotherwayworks.co.uk/category/in-development/play-your-cards/ for some early experiments.
Artist Nikki Pugh will have some spatially-aware paper pods from the Where the Sky Widens project with her, and would like to scratch at questions around emotional connections to place, relationships to technology and thinking at the pace of PVA glue.
Image: Mark Rhodes