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FUTURE NOW

THE AESTHETICA ART PRIZE SYMPOSIUM 2016

26 - 27 May, York St John University

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Future Now: Aesthetica  art  prize  Symposium Thursday 26 May - Friday 27 May York St John University, YO31 7EX Tackling themes in today’s artistic climate through lectures, portfolio reviews and panel discussions, the Future Now  symposium  focuses on the arts ecosystem within a broader social context. The symposium is a place for an exchange of ideas, offering support, talent development and networking opportunities to those working in the sector.

Network / Debate / Engage / Question / Review Future Now  is an opportunity for you to meet the UK’s leading art organisations, publications and curators. Topics include Talent Development and Responsibility; Funding and Commissions; The Impact of Art Prizes; Progression Routes; Digital and Moving Image; Video Art and Technology; Building the Artists’ Career, and the Permanence of Print amongst others.

Book Your Passes One-Day Pass: £24 - 4 Sessions + Networking Party Two-Day Pass: £36 - 8 Sessions + Networking Party Future Now : Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium runs over two days from the 26 - 27 May 2016. You can order a One-Day Pass or a Two-Day Pass. A One-Day Pass entitles you to attend four sessions on either day of the symposium, and a Two-Day Pass permits you access to four sessions on each day of the symposium; in total, 8 sessions. View the following pages for the full list of sessions. You may select up to four sessions each day, including special events like portfolio reviews or film screenings. When you arrive on the day of your sessions, you must register at the De Grey Court Foyer at York St John University, YO31 7EX at least 30 minutes prior to your first session. Registration will open from 9:30. Visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/symposium Cover Image: Pere Ibañez, Aeon.

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Thursday 26 May Sessions

This panel discusses today’s digital age of technological convenience, where many artists opt for digital manipulation in conjunction with, or instead of, analogue photography. Speakers include David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery and Diffusion Photography Festival; Professor Olivier Richon, Head of Programme, Photography, Royal College of Art; Richard Page, Head of Photography, Manchester Metropolitan University; and Anne Braybon, Former Photography Commissions Manager, National Portrait Gallery. Chaired by James Smith, Course Leader Photography and Senior Lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts.

Image: Lam Pok Yin Jeff & Chong Ng, The Untimely Apparatus of Two Amateur Photographers.

Session 1: Breaking New Ground: Photography in the Digital Age 10:00 - 11:15, De Grey 125

A discussion with four of this year’s Aesthetica Art Prize finalists who are working across various media, including light and colour; architecture and installation, calling into question value systems and investigating the way we interact with contemporary art. In this panel, you will hear directly from the artists about what it means to be working in today’s contemporary art landscape as emerging and mid-career practitioners, offering unique insight into their practice. The artists include Liz West, James Winter, Rachel Ara and David Hochgatterer. Chaired by Professor Michael White, History of Art, University of York.

Image: Liz West, Shifting Luminosity.

Session 2: Taking the Risk: Acclimatising Audiences to New Practices 10:30 - 11:45, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Aesthetica Art Prize shortlisted artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman, lecturer at Central St Martins and nominee for the Jarman Award and winner of the ArtAngel Open Award, speaks in conversation with Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image at Film London, about the evolution that is occurring in artists’ film as it defies categorisation through adaptation of more cinematic practices. Working at the intersection of public and private memory, Zimmerman uses fiction and documentary devices to challenge official histories, marginalisation and political, social and economic violence. 4

Image: Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Estate, A Reverie.

Session 3: Artists’ Film and the Moving Image: The Crossover Between Practice & Cinema 12:15 - 13:30, De Grey Lecture Theatre


Session 4: The Permanence of Print: Part 1 13:00 - 14:15, De Grey 125 With Instagram and citizen journalism playing such a major role in disseminating in ion, this panel will reflect on the power of the art press in the digital age, and assess the impact of new marketing aids such as social media on the popularity of print. Focusing on key issues of our times, this session reflects upon major trends transforming the current state of play. Speakers for Part 1 include Rosalind Furness, Frieze Magazine; Emily Gosling, Deputy Editor/Online Editor, It’s Nice That ; Sebastian Bland, Creative Director, Suitcase Magazine; and Fin Murphy, Don’t Panic. Chaired by Alec Charles, Head of Media, University of Chester.

Session 5: Contemporary Painting: Traversing Conventional Boundaries 15:15 - 16:30, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Image: Jennifer López Ayala, Draw the Line.

Dr Alistair Payne, Head of the School of Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art, offers a new perspective on the potential of painting in the modern age, highlighting its current interdisciplinary status. A fine artist and critical author, the exploration of fluidity in practice has influenced Dr Payne’s work throughout his career; in 2008 he published the book Painting as an Interdisciplinary Form, and in 2013 his book chapter The Virtual and Interdisciplinarity  was published through IGI Global. He has also exhibited widely throughout the UK and in the USA and has organised painting conferences.

Session 6: Discovering Creativity: Art Prize Recognition, Exposure and Progression Routes 16:45 - 18:00, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Image: Adriana Salazar, Moving Plants.

How do art prizes help artists to progress their careers? The panel will discuss the power of the art prize in identifying the work of talented practitioners, and bringing their creativity to the fore. It offers an insight into the significance of awards in the art world. Speakers include Eleanor Clayton, Curator, Hepworth Wakefield; Carla Rapoport, Director and Founder, Lumen Prize; Shonagh Manson, Jerwood Foundation; Daniel F. Herrmann, Curator Maxmara Art Prize, Whitechapel Gallery; and Selina Oakes, Aesthetica Art Prize. Chaired by Reyahn King, Chief Executive, York Museums Trust / former John Moore’s Painting Prize Judge. 5


Thursday 26 May Sessions Special Event: Portfolio Review Sessions Session 1 (10:00 - 11:00) | Session 2 (13:00 - 14:00) | Session 3 (16:00 - 17:00) De Grey 124 These Portfolio Review Sessions are designed for practitioners working across all media, including drawing and painting, photography and digital art, sculpture, design and three-dimensional art, video, installation and performance. Here you will have the opportunity to book a slot with industry experts who can give you essential advice and guidance either on your current practice, or your career progression opportunities. Reviewers include Dr Alistair Payne, Glasgow School of Art; Carla Rapoport, Lumen Prize; Professor Jo Stockham, Royal College of Art; and David Drake, FfotoGallery.

Portfolio Review Sessions

Special Event: Film Screenings (select one session as part of your pass) Aesthetica Film Festival Showcase 1 (19:30 - 20:30) | Art Prize Showcase 1 (18:30 19:30) | Featured Screening 1: Estate, A Reverie (17:00 - 18:00) Image: Alex Warren and Tobias Ross-Southall, Eleanor.

Film screenings at the Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium are an opportunity for you to experience the longlisted and shortlisted artists’ film works in a cinema context. The film screening programme also includes Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s shortlisted feature-length documentary Estate, A Reverie, and a specially curated selection of films from the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). These are experimental films from the last edition of ASFF, showcasing the exceptional talent of emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Please see page 10 for more information.

Special Event: Networking Party 20:00 - 23:00, 1331 Bar & Restaurant An excellent opportunity to network with other symposium delegates and attendees, the Thursday night Networking Party takes place in 1331 Bar and Restaurant. Located in York’s vibrant Latin Quarter, 1331 is a go-to place, where you can connect with friends old and new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meet those who are shaping the art world today and build your contacts list. This is the perfect place for one-to-one conversations, connecting with speakers, artists and audiences to enhance your experience of the Future Now : Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium. Free with Pass. 6

Networking Party at 1331


Friday 27 May Sessions Session 7: Curating for the Future: A Collaborative Approach 10:00 - 11:15, De Grey 125

Image: Laurence Harding, Emilie.

In recent years, galleries have had to develop new models for sustainability. This session will look at how galleries are devising new strategies for developing audiences, particularly in an age where technology signifies a new set of business models. Speakers include Sarah Brown, Programme Curator, Leeds Art Gallery; Tim Corum, Director of Curatorial and Public Engagement, Horniman Museum and Gardens; Remco de Blaaij, Senior Curator, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow; and Zoe Sawyer, Curator, The Tetley. Chaired by Dr Steven Gartside, Curator and Research Fellow, Holden Gallery.

Session 8: Fuelling Creativity: Funding and Commissions 10:30 - 11:45, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Image: Pere IbaĂąez, Aeon.

Fuelling Creativity: Funding and Commissions highlights the importance of nationwide and international funding opportunities and commissions to support artists, filmmakers and creative organisations in the realisation of their ideas. It will also discuss how these enable practitioners to bring their activities to wider audiences. Speakers include Denise Fahmy, Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, Arts Council England; and Roxy McKenna, Creative Industries Manager, Northern Film and Media; and Ian Fenton, Producer, Random Acts Network Centre North. Chaired by Adrian Friedli, Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network.

Session 9: The Future of Art and Culture: Talent Development and Responsibility 12:15 - 13:30, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Image: Anna Coburn, Reflections in Blue.

Playing an essential role in our lives, the future is of art is of paramount importance. Dani Burrows, Director of Strategy at the Delfina Foundation, will pinpoint the duties that organisations have to safeguard culture through talent development. Drawing on specialist experience, Burrows will highlight the value of nurture and support for creative individuals emerging in the art industry and comment on the current status of arts opportunities in the UK, which aid the development of the next generation of talented creative practitioners. Hosted by Vanessa Corby, Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, York St John University. 7


Friday 27 May Sessions Session 10: The Permanence of Print: Part II 13:00 - 14:15, De Grey 125 The digital age has rocked publishing worldwide – magazines have come and gone, newspapers have seen a steady decline in circulation since 2007, and one national paper ceased print in March 2016. With nearly everyone glued to their iPhones, what is the future for independent publishing and the art press at large? Speakers include Julia Michalska, The Art Newspaper ; Lee Taylor, Flux ; Susanna Davies-Crook, artist, writer and journalist for publications including Dazed & Confused, Sleek and Thisistomorrow ; and Kate Simpson, Aesthetica. Chaired by Jenny Kean, Head of Programme, Media Production, York St John University.

Rosie Cooper, Head of Programmes at Liverpool Biennial will speak about the value of art in today’s commodity driven society, and its profound role in promoting a healthy creative economy and society. The Biennial will be surveyed as a case study in connection with recent developments in the city. £20.7 million was generated for Liverpool in 2014 and 877,000 visitors came to the city to see art from across the world, with the Biennial taking place in public spaces and galleries. What can we learn from this outstanding example of a major international art event and its impact on a place?

Image: Sir Peter Blake, Everybody Razzle Dazzle, 2015. Photograph by Mark McNulty.

Session 11: Defining the Value of Art: Economic and Societal Impact 15:15 - 16:30, De Grey Lecture Theatre

David Freer and John O’Shea will discuss the evolution of contemporary practices and analyse the increase in digital art works as technology becomes more accessible and more powerful. As materials change and artists produce works that reflect current state of play, the line between fine art and media is becoming even more blurred. Speakers include David Freer, O Street / External Creative Consultant, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art and John O’Shea, Senior Exhibitions Manager, National Media Museum. Hosted by Warren Fearn, Head of Programme BA Design, York St John University. 8

Image: Squidsoup, Aeolian Light.

Session 12: Innovation in the Making: Technological and Design Advancements 16:30 - 17:45, De Grey 125


Session 13: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Public and Private Galleries 16:45 - 18:00, De Grey Lecture Theatre

Image: Attilio Fiumarella, The 100 Swimmers.

This panel identifies the differences between private and public galleries, and how they compete and work together to build a healthy, diverse art market. This relationship is fundamental in building artists’ careers. Speakers include Sophie Hall, Director, Flowers Gallery; Agnieszka Prendota, Creative Director, Arusha Gallery; Kirstie Hamilton, Head of Exhibitions and Display, Museums Sheffield; Stephanie Bush, Programme and Production Manager, Zabludowicz Collection; and Dr Steven Gartside, Curator and Research Fellow, Holden Gallery. Chaired by Dr James Boaden, Lecturer, History of Art, University of York.

Special Event: Film Screenings (select one session as part of your pass) Aesthetica Film Festival Showcase 2 (17:00 - 18:00) Art Prize Showcase 2 (18:15 - 19:15) | Featured Screening 2: Symmetry (19:30 - 20:30)

Image: Diana Olifirova, Mirror.

Film screenings at the Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium are an opportunity for you to experience the longlisted and shortlisted artist film works in a cinema context. This film screening programme also includes Ruben van Leer’s longlisted dance-opera film, Symmetry, shot inside CERN, the largest experimental particle physics facility in the world, and a specially-curated selection of films from the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). These are experimental films from the last edition of ASFF, showcasing exceptional talent from around the world. Please see page 10 for full listings.

Special Event: Portfolio Review Sessions Session 4 (10:00 - 11:00) | Session 5 (13:00 - 14:00) | Session 6 (16:00 - 17:00) De Grey 124 These Portfolio Review Sessions are designed for practitioners working across all media, including drawing and painting, photography and digital art, sculpture, design and three-dimensional art, video, installation and performance. Here you will have the opportunity to book a slot with industry experts who can give you essential advice and guidance either on your current practice, or your career progression opportunities. Reviewers include David Freer, O Street; Remco de Blaaij, CCA Glasgow; Sophie Hall, Flowers Gallery; Maggie Ellis, FLAMIN London; and Agnieska Prendota, Arusha Gallery.

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Film Screenings: Schedule Featured Screening 1: Estate, a Reverie 17:00 - 18:00, Thursday 26 May, 1331 Bar & Restaurant

Image: Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Estate, a Reverie.

Formed by the shared time of living in a place confirmed for erasure, Estate offers a memory grounded in the experience of living within difference. See Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s Jarman Award-nominated feature length documentary about the residents of a condemned housing estate.

Aesthetica Art Prize Showcase Screening 1 18:30 - 19:30, Thursday 26 May, 1331 Bar & Restaurant

Image: Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann, Desert Miracles.

Curated from the Aesthetica Art Prize artists’ films, this programme deals with intimate reinterpretations of tradition. Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann’s Desert Miracles explores empty Las Vegas wedding chapels while Lucy Cash’s Sight Reading Redux examines alternative modes of perception.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival Showcase Screening 1 19:30 - 20:30, Thursday 26 May, 1331 Bar & Restaurant

Image: Freya Billington, Bread and Butter.

This showcase screening is specially curated from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015 Official Selection. Eleanor hauntingly examines the human condition, starring award-winning actress Ruth Wilson in multiple roles. Monster reinterprets Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein  in a stark and theatrical setting.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival Showcase Screening 2 17:00 - 18:00, Friday 27 May, 1331 Bar & Restaurant

Image: Tessa Power, Trickster.

The second showcase from ASFF 2015 features experimental shorts from the UK, the USA and UAE. Diana Olifirova’s Mirror  casts cinema as a lens, refracting audiences into parallel worlds. Total Moon  throws us into the life of a set of siblings still living under the structures of their parents’ legacy.

Aesthetica Art Prize Showcase Screening 2 18:15 - 19:15, Friday 27 May, 1331 Bar & Restaurant

Image: Diego Fiori & Olga Pohankova, The Words Hear the Light.

The second screening of artists’ film from Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 investigates the place of the individual as an isolated unit existing in an uncompromising environment. Gabriella Sonabend’s A Window Out of Bogotá pieces together a personal narrative of place from a series of Skype interviews.

Featured Screening 2: Symmetry + Documentary 19:30 - 20:30, Friday 27 May, 1331 Bar & Restaurant

Image: Ruben van Leer, Symmetry.

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CERN scientist Lukas is thrown off balance while working on the theory of everything. He rediscovers the moment before the big bang, when time didn’t exist. Ruben van Leer’s incredible narrative dance-opera was filmed on-site, and is accompanied by the making-of documentary Symmetry Unravelled.


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