May was a month of planning… With two conferences and a public talk in June, a trip to the portfolio review at Arles photo festival at the start of July and further development of Digital Media Labs it has been a busy time for me and Emma!
I was commissioned by CIDA to create an artwork for ‘Creative Industries – The Roots of Innovation’, an ECCE Innovation symposium in London on the 24th June. The artwork, which will be uploaded onto the website in July, draws on the history of the mathematics of beauty, of art and of culture and seeks to highlight the collective nature of the creation of knowledge.
Each delegate has been sent a signed limited edition print with a unique rubber stamp. This apparently chaotic and Dadaist work will have its inner logic revealed during my presentation at the symposium. Also writer and cultural strategist Graham Devlin will be presenting his paper ‘A Place to Think; the development of Arts Research’, alongside presentations from a selection of acclaimed national and international speakers including Sarah Iley from The Banff Centre, Henk Borgdorff from the Amsterdam School of the Arts and Will Hutton from The Work Foundation.
I also found the time to go and see my exhibited work at the opening night of Recollect 2010, at which the artist Richard Wheater made one of his glass birds in front of a lively audience, before casting it in the air – above a concrete floor – to see if it could fly!