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24th March, 2017

Inside Out Festival 2017


Event Details

24th March, 2017
End Date:
25th March, 2017
Various locations

The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) is delighted to announce the programme for this year’s Inside Out Festival, returning for its seventh year on 24th and 25th March with a robust mix of workshops, discussions, debates, performances, walks, screenings and exhibitions. Showcasing the extraordinary contribution made by the TCCE member universities and conservatoires to the arts, cultural and creative sectors, and vice versa, the Inside Out Festival, in association with Times Higher Education, creates a unique platform for creative knowledge exchange around areas of mutual concern, interest and speculation. With a substantial focus on the increasing intersections of technology on and in the arts and culture, this year’s Inside Out Festival is being hosted by Somerset House on Friday 24th March and London South Bank University on Saturday 25 March.


Technology and Culture highlights include:


Artists and Tech City: A debate confronting the salient issues faced by local and creative communities when the technology sector takes over post-industrial areas with Anna Harding CEO, SPACE Studios and ShinJoung Yeo, Loughborough University London.


Developing Technology Collaborations with the Cultural Sector: CEO of Ravensbourne, Professor Linda Drew leads a panel on the potential of new creative collaborations, highlighting their new work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, made possible by Janet, a high-speed network for the UK research and education community provided by Jisc. The project enables schools from around the world to watch broadcasts of plays via a special website hosted by the RSC.


Going to things together: Audiences, Sociability and Enriching Cultural Experience: Professor John Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) leads a development workshop about going to cultural events based on his recent research on the social media app, MeetUp. It shows that the opportunity for productive connections to the other attenders is a key factor, sometimes even more important than the cultural offering itself. He will be joined by representatives from Ben Uri Gallery, Somerset House and others to discuss how this knowledge might enable cultural providers to enhance their programmes.

Data Recovery: Most people in Europe have had a mobile phone since the late 90’s. There are now more mobiles than people on the planet. Almost seamlessly, our phones track, trace and archive our lives. Victoria Mapplebeck (Royal Holloway) will screen her award winning Film London smartphone short, 160 Characters. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6, it brings to life the secrets buried in a vintage Nokia; a story that unfolds in just 100 texts and tells the real story of how two people meet, date, break up and deal with an unplanned pregnancy. Followed by a debate on the role of mobile communications in everyday life.


Folk Music composed by a computer!?: Folk music, by its nature, involves folks. So it’s absurd to think a computer can compose such music. This unique event – part presentation, concert and workshop – shows how it’s not absurd at all! Researchers have been applying methods of “machine learning” to modeling folk music from around the world, resulting in a computer programme that can generate an endless number of tunes. This event kicks off with a fun presentation about “machine learning” and how it can be used compose music, followed by a short concert, workshop and panel discussion.


Other highlights include:


Of Slime and the City: The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919: A re-enactment by Freddie Mason (RCA) of that surreal catastrophe,  its history and that peculiar moment when an urban environment can turn ‘gloopy’.


“Welcome to Aldwych”: a walk designed by Mark Hunter (Middlesex University) inviting local workers, students and inhabitants to construct a guided-walk of the area. Confessions, digressions, ear-bendings, hidden histories, information, rants, raves and urban myths will combine to present an alternative narrative to the ‘official’ guided walk.


Jasmin Vardimon’s Dance Theatre: Movement, Memory and Metaphor: This new book by Libby Worth (Royal Holloway) published by Routledge will be launched during the festival accompanied by an ‘in-conversation’ with acclaimed choreographer, Jasmin Vardimon, Libby Worth and Geoffrey Colman, (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). A leading force in British dance theatre for nearly twenty years, Jasmin Vardimon has built a reputation for challenging, exciting and visually stunning dance.  Her company enjoys critical acclaim and sell-out performances all over the world.


Artistic purpose in a fractured society: visions for a conservatoire: This interactive “salon” session, led by Professor Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) is based on a provocation paper and designed to stimulate exchange and fresh thinking abou the power of performing arts in contemporary societies. It will explore what is needed to create cohesive, sustainable communities in our contemporary world.


The Rise & Fall: An actor meets with theatre-maker Shireen Mula only one hour before the performance begins. Only then are they given any information about the solo show that they will star in. How do we perform under pressure? When everyone is watching?

A show that questions how we physically and mentally keep on going in increasingly difficult times. The Rise & Fall was seed-commissioned by Ovalhouse, and developed with the support of Old Vic New Voices and London South Bank University’s inaugural New Digital Storytelling Research Grant.

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