18 May 2011

Flunconference
FACT, Gallery 2
Friday 20 May, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Free Entry

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If we could see FLocks/cLUsters/coNSTELLAtions, of ideas, emotions and memories, floating through social spaces, what would they look like? What would they sound like? What would it mean? Through the first ever Flunconference, specialists from art, music, science, education and wellbeing will each be given 10 minutes to share their responses to these questions using a mixture of show and tells, formal presentations and performances.
 

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Self-proclaimed videosmith, Sam Meech, will be talking about the genesis of his interactive video piece, The Huge Entity (which he describes as a giant wax crayon etching of what we perceive as “reality”). You might have experienced this when it was installed on the BBC Big Screen in Clayton Square 2009, it was a fantastic to see the general public running about next to dancers from MDI performing intricate moves, all outside Tesco. Voice Artist, Steve Boyland will perform improvised voice channeling of the Flunstellas. If you caught him at Raw Roar Rare last year, you will know that this is a performance not to be missed. The “Dance of the Flunstellas” will be performed by belly dancer, Ishtar, who will also be talking about embodiment and Clinical Psychologist Richard Brown will join us from M.U. to explore a psychological perspective on the Flunstellas.  Other sections of the conference include Dave Reid (participatory simulations of neural nets and celluar aromata) and Lucy Fiori (chilling tales of Flunstellas) amongst others.
 

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The Flunconference is taking place during The Future of Learning…? week running from 18 – 24 May as part of the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition. If you have caught the Flunstella bug then visit www.flunstellas.org for more info or look up in the FACT atrium to see the large-scale installation by artist Neil Winterburn (the mastermind behind the Flunstella) and Weatherhead High School.

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