Art (I)rrelevance Symposium: Academics, Collectors, Funders and Artists Talk Data, AI and Arts

The inaugural 'AI and art futures symposium' (12 September 2019) explored the interplay of art market futures, art and data, and the role of the tangible and intangible artefact. Organised by UCL (Jo Townshend, UCL Enterprise and Innovation) and hosted by Barbican, the symposium considered the following topics: How the democratisation of art is shaping art … Continue reading Art (I)rrelevance Symposium: Academics, Collectors, Funders and Artists Talk Data, AI and Arts

The Arts+ Future of Culture Festival: Highlights & Reflections

The Frankfurt Book Fair is commonly referred to as the biggest book fair in the world. While I don't know if that's actually true,  I can confirm it is BIG.  Clearly the publishing industry is trying to spread its wings and explore the interconnections between literature, other forms of culture and creativity and digital technology. … Continue reading The Arts+ Future of Culture Festival: Highlights & Reflections

A First Look at the Berlin Biennale 2018

I visited the two main sites of the Berlin Biennale 10 this weekend: KW Institute of Contemporary Art and Academie der Kunst. The first artist I encountered was Firelei Baez and her work does not disappoint: she overlays historic maps, architectural drawing and statistical charts with vibrant images which uncover issues of colonialism, forced migration, and … Continue reading A First Look at the Berlin Biennale 2018

Continuing the Conversation: Statues, Monuments and Difficult Histories

The following commentary originally appeared in ICOM UK weekly news The tragic events of Charlottesville, instigated by the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, highlights the important role we as museums and heritage professionals play in preserving, interpreting and displaying public history. Myself and Edmund Connolly, Head of Communications for … Continue reading Continuing the Conversation: Statues, Monuments and Difficult Histories

Raqqa: The Cultural History of the ISIS Stronghold

Those who are reasonably well informed know that Raqqa (also known as Al-Raqqah, Rakka, Ar-Raqqah) is the city in Syria that is the ISIS stronghold and focus of Western forces’ air strikes. It currently holds immense symbolic power – a successful military campaign in Raqqa would be a major defeat for the Islamic State. But … Continue reading Raqqa: The Cultural History of the ISIS Stronghold

60 Second Tour: Mona Hatoum’s Turbulence

This is a bit of a throwback, but I am really impressed with Mona Hatoum's work. She is an alumnus of University College London (UCL) where I work, but I only discovered this after I became a fan of her art.  I suspect few got to see this major exhibition in Doha, Qatar, so I'm … Continue reading 60 Second Tour: Mona Hatoum’s Turbulence