Open Art, or What could Open Art mean? - Round table discussion with Elly Clarke (Coventry University), Penny Whitehead and Daniel Simpkins (Independent artists) and James Wallbank (Access Space Sheffield).
Elly Clarke (Artist/Curator)
Elly Clarke is an artist, photographer and curator/founder of Clarke Gallery in Berlin, but which is currently mobile, or one, could say homeless! She is interested in the impact of mobility (of people, information and things) upon sense of self, both when alone and as part of a community. She produced internationally recognized documentary projects such as Moscow to Beijing (exhibited in Helsinki, Moscow, Milton Keynes, London & New York) and the Broadway House Photo Project. Next up atMeter Room will be THE MOBlLlTY PROJECT, a traveling show that launched this summer at Galerie SUVl LEHTINEN in Berlin and will find its way to Coventry in January. Her first travelling exhibition,WUNDERKAMMER, is also currently on show at TROVE in Birmingham.
Penny Whitehead and Daniel Simpkins (Independent artists)
Penny Whitehead and Daniel Simpkins are two artists/organisers working collaboratively since 2006 across a number of experimental disciplines, communicative channels and media. They are currently based at Static Gallery where over the last year they have been developing an ongoing series of projects around free and self-initiated education. They approach their art practice as a means of political agency through which to interrogate and re-imagine the systems, spaces, institutions and situations of contemporary urban life.
James Wallbank (Access Space Sheffield)
For more than a decade James has developed and led action research exploring the impacts of creative digital engagement on personal, community and economic development. He works to shape ethical relationships with technology which are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Currently he is CEO of Access Space Network, an organisation which provides the UK’s longest running free, open media lab. He works locally and internationally to seed similar creative digital communities. James has worked on projects with Oxford E-Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University’s Culture, Communications and Computing Research Institute (C3RI), Sheffield University’s Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-Digital Worlds (IRiS) Centre and “Imagination” at Lancaster University. He has authored several influential documents, including “Lowtech Manifesto” (1999), “Grow Your Own Media Lab” (2008) and “The Zero Dollar Laptop” (2010) which have spawned transnational networks of practice. James works with diverse groups, including young people, adults in danger of social and economic exclusion, people with disabilities, artists, designers, asylum seekers, professionals and technical experts. He is a frequent presenter at research conferences, universities and digital media festivals and delivers technical training for enterprises and community organisations. He has an MA in Art & Design and is a self-taught LPIC1 Engineer.