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‘Identity is not in the past to be found, but in the future to be constructed.’

— Stuart Hall (1996) 

23 May / 9.45am / The Box

Stories form identities; identities form persons. Every story that we tell, as individuals and collectives, reflects the society that we live in. Personal broadcast is a seemingly unstoppable trend which is shaping contemporary life, but what does it mean for our identities? From selfies to hashtags, and with countless platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, whether you are active on social media or not, the way stories are told has changed.

#TrendingStories seeks to involve media creators and publishers who currently use ICT tools in their everyday creative practices, and to engage them in a collective dialogue with ICT researchers and developers. Inspired by provocations from leading philosophers, transmedia storytellers and artists, participants are invited to explore the technological impacts of personal broadcast, establish the relationship between identity and storytelling, and question what the future is for media and publishing, both personal and professional.

Sponsored by the European Commission, this important one-day workshop aims to bring together individual creators, professionals, SMEs, creative groups, communities and institutions in the creative and ICT sectors to support knowledge exchange for effective collaboration, and to empower participants to identify emerging visions and build a dynamic roadmap for the future development of their sectors. 

All contributors will be invited to join the CRe-AM initiative as key stakeholders and beneficiaries of the project.

Provocations:

Dr. Lisa Jones, St Andrews University:

Speaking as part of the The BSA Philosophy in the Gallery Lecture Series,

Dr. Jones investigates the philosophical ramifications of emerging forms of publishing, examining the relationship between social technologies and the storied self.

Prof. Francesco Casetti, Yale University:

Hailed as "the best analyst of cinematographic enunciation",

Casetti explores the future of transmedia storytelling.

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David Clegg, Artist and founder of the Trebus Project:

Clegg elaborates on his exceptionally moving work surrounding dementia and storytelling, and how the project aims to capture first person narratives from deteriorating memories.

Helen Pynor, Artist working across installation, photography, sculpture & video:

Pynor explores the relationship between consciousness and materiality. With a provocation surrounding the transmigration of memory, Pynor questions whether our bodies and organs can be receptacles of memory.

This workshop is delivered by Liverpool University, in collaboration with FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), as part of the CRe-AM (Creativity REsearch Adaptive roadMap) project; a 2-year EU-funded project running from October 2013 to September 2015. CRe-AM aims to bridge communities of creators with communities of technology providers and innovators, in a collective, strategic intelligence and roadmapping effort to streamline, coordinate and amplify collaborative work. This will be achieved by developing, enhancing and mainstreaming new ICT technologies and tools by addressing the needs of different sectors of the creative industries. By engaging stakeholders in a fruitful dialogue, CRe-AM aims to build a good understanding of your context, discover common ground, identify your future needs, create a shared future vision and plan strategically towards new ways of using technologies and tools, new products/services and new business models.