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DATE: Friday 14th June 2002  
TIME: 9.30am to 5.30pm
VENUE: INIVA (Institute for International Visual Arts)
6-8 Standard Place, Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3BE
MAP: streetmap

Tube: Old Street or Liverpool Street;
Buses: Curtain Road Bus Stop


The Lab is the second of two events investigating collaborations between the arts, academia and civil society organisations using new media and technology. It forms part of SoMa's Liquid Geography research theme, and is a partnership between Proboscis, INIVA and MEDIA@LSE (London School of Economics).
Using the themes of 'Landscape & Identity; Language & Territory', the Labs explore how innovative use of new technologies can transform our perception of other societies and cultures, territories and places, and provide enabling tools which are a catalyst for the development of new ideas.
The Labs provide an opportunity to examine how new technologies might cross a range of disciplines to make ideas and knowledge available to diverse communities in different areas.

The first Lab initiated the process of mapping out the issues at the heart of LI;LT
[report available here (PDF format - 40k)].

This second Lab begins the process of exploring those issues in more detail, looking at the area of Broadcast. The Lab will present the eBook commissions for LI;LT as models for creative uses of technology.

  • To develop a context and think creatively about partnerships that could create the basis for a longer-term programme of work in this area.
  • To extend understandings of the creative uses of broadcast technologies as a catalyst for engagement with social issues.
  • To identify models of how creative uses of broadcast technologies by artists' and designers' can act as bridges between cultural and civil society agendas - and to demonstrate possible partnerships that could create and deliver this.

The Lab will be focussed on group discussions with several short presentations including Roshini Kempadoo, Mohini Chandra, Gair Dunlop and Andy Pratt.
The Lab will be moderated by Bruce Davis of Deep Hanging Out Ltd.
The number of participants is limited to 25.

9.30-10am registration & coffee/tea

Introduction to the day


creative presentations: [LI;LT eBook artists commissions]
- Giles Lane
- Roshini Kempadoo
- Mohini Chandra

11-11.25am Open floor discussion
11.25-11.45am coffee/tea
11.45-12.15pm Creative presentations:[LI;LT eBooks - models of practice]
- Andy Pratt
- Gair Dunlop
12.15-12.45pm Open floor discussion
12.45-1.45pm lunch
1.45-2pm Outline of afternoon activity
2-3.30pm Breakout groups
3.30-4pm Groups report back
4-4.15pm coffee, cakes & tea
4.15-4.45pm Open floor discussion on the group feedback
4.45-5.15pm Summing up & Closing Remarks
6pm onwards Post seminar drink at The Pool Bar, Curtain Road


Production - How can partnerships between artists and Civil Society organisations benefit people wishing to explore (through digital video, radio and broadcast media) issues of language, identity and place?
How can cultural organisations support this kind of work?

Context - How can broad frameworks of meaning and cultural and educational contexts be established in which individuals and communities are able to create their own work? How can cultural organisations help frame the context and give broader meaning to community media in exploring perceptions of language,identity and place?
For instance, by breaking down the barriers between high culture (art) and popular culture (TV and community media).

Distribution - Broadcast and communications media are, in most countries, highly regulated by government and controlled by big business.
Can partnerships between cultural and civil society organisations create alternative structures for access to and creation of non commercial media?
How might existing alternatives assist the development of partnerships?

Liquid Geography questions and explores contemporary perceptions of geography, territory and landscape, at a point in time when understandings of place and space are being redefined:

  • How do we map and interpret of the shifting boundaries between the local and the global?
  • How are our visions and understandings of the landscape we inhabit created and how do they affect the way we then alter the landscape to fit that vision?
  • How do information communication technologies (ICTs) affect our perceptions of geography?
  • How are our concepts of identity constructed and defined through our relationships to landscape and territory? In what ways are languages tied to experiences of the landscapes their speakers inhabit and what does this mean for strategies of translation and communication?
  • How are civil society organisations using ICTs beyond business management and how are they experiencing their growing use? What costs (time / training / human etc) and constraints might ICTs impose on culture and civil society organisations seeking to make collaborative creative use of them?
  • How can questions of difference and distinction/distinctiveness be articulated in the liquid space of contemporary culture?


  • to map out an area of collaborative practice under the LI;LT theme that bridges culture and society.
  • develop the basis for a programme of work
  • to look at digital communications technologies and their creative use by artists and designers as a catalyst for engagement with social issues.
  • to identify partners and supporters for the programme of work.
  • to create a forum for development of ideas and partnerships through participatory events


Dr Andy Pratt MEDIA@LSE, London School of Economics
Roshini Kempadoo Artist & Lecturer, University of East London
Mohini Chandra Artist & AHRB Research Fellow, Royal College of Art
Gair Dunlop Artist
Anwar Choudhury Director of Technology/Innovation, E-Envoy's Office
Aladin Cultural Strategy Advisor, Mayor of London's Office
Ruth Maclennan Artist in Residence, London School of Economics
Ben Eastop Coordinator, Art at LSE, London School of Economics
Rick Hall Fellowship Programme Manager, NESTA
Nikos Papastergiadis Centre For Ideas, Victoria College of Art, Australia
Deborah Smith independent curator
Bruce Davis Consultant, Deep Hanging Out Ltd
Hannah Redler Curator X-Space Gallery, C/PLEX
Gerry Gavigan Office of the E-Envoy, Cabinet Office
Bergit Arends Sciart Co-ordinator, The Wellcome Trust
Catherine Hermannn Community Development Foundation
Marlene Smith


Pat Naldi Artist
Tony White

Collaborative Arts Unit, Arts Council of England

David Clark Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
Erica Tan Artist
Terhi Penttila Tampere Polytechnic School of Art and Media, Finland

Event facilitation:
Moderator: Bruce Davis. Bruce is a brand strategist who has consulted to companies such as Electrolux, One2One, Unilever and Barclays on a range of branding and innovation projects. He now advises both companies and communication agencies on how they can extend their brand experience into the everyday lives of their customers in new ways. In particular he has extensive experience of wireless technology and its application as marketing medium.
Giles Lane, Alice Angus & Katrina Jungnickel (Proboscis)
Gary Stewart & Mahita El Bacha Urieta (inIVA)

Landscape & Identity; Language & Territory is a collaboration between Proboscis, MEDIA@LSE and inIVA as part of SoMa's LIQUID GEOGRAPHY Research Theme.

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