Future Now Symposium 2019
March 7-8, 2019 / York, UK

Hannah Starkey, Untitled, May 1997. Courtesy of Hannah Starkey and Mack

We are currently living in a time of globalization, expansion and media saturation. There have been considerable shifts in civilization in the Information Age – we now communicate with each other instantly, yet with an alarming level of disconnect. Through panel discussions, lectures and portfolio reviews, The Future Now Symposium is an exploration of 21st century culture through the mechanism of art.

 

Hannah Starkey, Untitled, 2006. Courtesy of Hannah Starkey and MACK

Rebecca Reeve, Untitled #16 (Through Looking). Courtesy of the artist and Upfor Gallery

Daria Jelonek, Technological Nature, 2017

This two-day event brings together key institutions, galleries and publications for discussion surrounding the most pressing issues from today’s creative industries. Through imaginative debates, career advice and cultural engagement, Future Now is a platform for idea generation.

 

Alec Von Bargen, Under the blue skies of Agok #2

May Parlar, Creative Solitude

The Reflective Lens: Photography Today

Panel Discussion: Creative Review, Christiane Zschommler, David Birkin, Edmund Clark, Hannah Starkey & Open Eye Gallery. The invention of the camera gave birth to a 21st century mass media tool. Photography is ubiquitous. It is the signifier of our times, opinions and lives. How can we work towards a compassionate culture which promotes visibility to a diversity of perspectives and encourages the full spectrum of expression, including a sense of meaningful development for the art world at large?

 

Giulio Di Sturco, Aerotropolis, The Way We Will Live Next

Arian Kang, installation view of Digital Book Project, 2011

The Art of Connectivity

Clarice Hilton & Jamila Prowse, SPACE. Increasingly, more and more artists are making work using the tools of technology. SPACE’s Art + Technology (Art + Tech) mission is to provide a test ground and critical exchange platform for artists and thinkers, whose work engages with technology. A question is asked: what role do devices play in our interest in collections, exhibitions and solo works? Art + Technology artist in residence Clarice Hilton will speak about the journey of the algorithmic self in relation to our online lives.

 

Alex Majoli, Congo, Republic of the Congo, 2013. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

Modes of Consumption: Arts Journalism in the Digital Age

Panel Discussion: Aesthetica Magazine, Dazed, Frieze, The Art Newspaper. Today, visual media is circulated and consumed within seconds, so how can digital and print platforms maintain, develop and grow readerships? What is the value of print and digital editorial considering consumers’ expectations for freely accessible content? Curation, selection and journalism add value to content, but what is the process for creating such successful and engaging editorial? Panelists discuss.

 

Filter Lights @ Sabine Marcelis. © Ronald Smits, 2017

Ways of Living: Responsible Architecture

Julia Barfield MBE RIBA Awards Assessor, founder of Marks Barfield Architects. Design has a profound impact on how societies function. The majority of people now live in cities, most notably, in megacities. Today, architecture must push beyond aesthetics and functionality. Where does this leave architects in terms of placemaking? Where space is limited, how should design be responding? Barfield discusses the emotional and geological value of architecture today.

 

Slim Aarons, Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961. Courtesy of Getty Images Gallery

Noriyuki Suzuki, oh my ( ), 2017

The Future of Sound Art

Nick Ryan, Artist. Emmy and BAFTA-nominated Nick Ryan is a multi-award-winning composer, sound designer, artist and audio specialist, widely recognized as a leading thinker on the future of sound, having worked with the likes of Sony, BBC, Tate, MTV and more. His extensive and diverse practice involves working with film, motion graphics, animation, interactive media and instrument making. Ryan will speak about what can be achieved through technology.

 

Todd Hido, #7373, 2008. Courtesy of Huxley-Parlour Gallery

How Do You Define a Photograph?

Marcel Feil, Artistic Director, Foam Amsterdam. Photographs are everywhere and deeply ingrained into society – from selfies and social documentation to advertising and commercial content – the medium has become truly democratized. In an age when taking a photograph is as easy as point and shoot, at what point is the image considered art? Foam Amsterdam discuss when a mass media tool is transformed into an agent of cultural expression.

 

Teppei Yamada, Apart and/or Together, 2017

Tadao Cern, Installation View, Black Balloons, 2016

Representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance:

Aesthetica / Artnet / BALTIC / Chiswick Auctions / Creative Review / DASH / Dazed / DYSPLA / Flowers Gallery / Foam Amsterdam / Frieze / Gazelli Art House / Getty Images Gallery / Goldsmiths University / Harmony Studios / Huxley-Parlour / ING Discerning Eye / Liverpool John Moores Painting Prize / London Art Fair / London College of Communication / Michael Hoppen / Moniker International Art Fair / Open Eye Gallery / RIBA / Royal Academy / Royal College of Art / SPACE / Tate / The Art Newspaper / The Design Museum / University of York / V&A / York Art Gallery / York St John University / Yorkshire Sculpture International

 

Future Now Symposium 2019
March 7-8, 2019 / York, UK
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