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17-18 May 2018

York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX

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Future Now: Aesthetica  art  prize  Symposium Thursday 17 May - Friday 18 May 2018 York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX Addressing themes in today’s artistic climate through lectures, panel discussions and portfolio reviews, the Future Now Symposium 2018 considers the arts ecosystem within a broader social context. It establishes a place for the exchange of ideas, offering support, talent development and networking opportunities to those working in the sector.

Network / Debate / Engage / Question / Review This year’s event examines the changing landscape of society. A wide range of topics delve into the human condition, posing questions about an increasing level of mass consumption, overstimulation and emotional disconnection, considering new modes of communication. Welcoming speakers from some of the UK’s leading art organisations, publications and galleries, Future Now gives attendees the opportunity to meet those who are shaping the art world today. Topics include The Value of Design; Ethics of Content: Arts Journalism in the Digital Age; The New Language of Software and How To Get Ahead as an Emerging Artist amongst others.

Book Your Passes One-Day Pass: £24 – 3 Sessions + Free Lunch + Private View or Cocktail Reception Two-Day Pass: £36 – 6 Sessions + Free Lunch + Private View + Cocktail Reception Future Now  runs over two days from 17-18 May 2018. A One-Day Pass entitles you to attend three sessions on either day of the symposium, and a Two-Day Pass permits you access to three sessions on each day of the symposium; in total, six sessions. A free lunch is included. View the following pages for the full list of sessions. 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 8:45am each day. Visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/symposium Cover Image: Meagan Streader, Response VII (Partition III), 2017. Site specific installation, 40ft shipping container, electroluminescent wire. Commissioned by Soft Centre and Liverpool City Council, Australia. Photo by Sam Whiteside.

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Schedule of Events Thursday 17 May Sessions De Grey Foyer

08:30

De Grey 102

De Grey 016

De Grey 124

Fountains Theatre

Registration & Coffee (8:45-9:30)

09:30

Key Note (9:30-10:00)

10:30

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (10:30-16:00)

11:30

Morning Coffee (11:30-12:30)

Portfolio Review Sessions 1-3 (10:00-11:00)

Portfolio Review Sessions 4-6 (12:00-13:00)

12:30

Session 2 – Redressing the Balance: Diversity in the Art World (10:30-11:45)

Session 3 – Exhibition Programming: Risk Taking in Curation (12:15-13:30)

Networking Lunch (13:30-14:30)

13:30

Portfolio Review Sessions 7-9 (14:15-15:15)

14:30 15:30

Aeshetica Art Prize Exhibition: Private View & Prize Giving York Art Gallery (18:15-20:15)

16:30

Session 6 – Artists’ Film: The Evolution of Moving Image (14:45-16:00)

Session 1 – Sustainable Practices: A Material World (10:15-11:30)

Session 4 – Digital vs Handmade (12:30-13:30)

Session 5 – Democratisation of Photography (14:45-16:00)

17:30

Friday 18 May Sessions De Grey Foyer

08:30

De Grey 102

De Grey 016

De Grey 124

De Grey 019

Fountains Theatre

Registration & Coffee (8:45-9:30)

09:30

Welcome (9:30-10:00)

10:30 11:30

Morning Coffee (11:30-12:30)

12:30 13:30

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (10:30-16:00)

Portfolio Review Sessions 10-12 (10:00-11:00)

Portfolio Review Sessions 13-15 (12:00-13:00)

Session 7 – What is the Future of Painting? (10:15-11:45)

Session 9 – Responsive Worlds: The Value of Design (12:15-13:30)

Networking Lunch (13:30-14:30) Portfolio Review Sessions 16-18 (14:15-15:15)

14:30 15:30

Cocktail Reception 1331 Bar & Restaurant (17:00-18:00)

16:30 17:30

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Session 11 – VR and Data-Influenced Artworks (14:45-16:00)

Session 13 – Manual for Redesigning Reality (10:30-11:30)

Session 8 – How to Get Ahead as an Emerging Artist (10:15-11:30)

Session 10 – An Examination of Post-Truth (12:30-13:45)

Session 12 – Ethics of Content (14:45-16:00)


Thursday 17 May Sessions Session 1 – Sustainable Practices: A Material World 10:15-11:30 (Fountains Lecture Theatre)

Image: Will Yates-Johnson, S-M-A-S-H-E-R. Photography by Paul Plews.

In today’s material world, objects that surround us – from plastic and packaging to defunct technological items and everyday possessions – present new opportunities for practitioners. Sculptors and designers have always explored and evaluated the world through materials, processes and narratives, so what types of works are now being created, and why? Caroline Till, (FranklinTill Studio and author of Radical Matters, published by Thames & Hudson) will discuss how idea generation is bringing about a new wave of talent that recycles and creates with sustainability as the premise.

Session 2 – Redressing the Balance: Diversity in the Art World 10:30-11:45 (De Grey 124) Image: Anna Heinrich & Leon Palmer, Strange Attractor, 2016.

The arts communicate a wealth of ideas and experiences, however, the industry, like any other, still carries a certain amount of imbalance. This reflective session looks directly at diversity from a variety of perspectives, from those working in galleries to practitioners, as well as audiences and funding. Amira Gad (Serpentine), Ayo Adeyinka (TAFETA), Christopher Moore (York St John), Skinder Hundal (New Art Exchange) and Mike Layward (DASH) consider how to create measurable change through widening participation and how to build a sector where diversity is fully integrated into curation, creation and exhibition.

Session 3 – Exhibition Programming: Risk Taking in Curation 12:15-13:30 (De Grey 124)

Image: Emmanuelle Moureaux, I am here, 2016.

Galleries are tasked with balancing blockbuster exhibitions whilst supporting talent development. How much does public opinion determine what is programmed? Does an artist need to be acclaimed in the private sector before being recognised by the public sector? Darren Pih (Tate Liverpool), Amira Gad (Serpentine), Nigel Walsh (Leeds Art Gallery), Zavier Ellis (Charlie Smith London) and Steven Gartside (Holden Gallery) will look at various aspects of economic impact and footfall, considering how far calculable assets affect what is being exhibited. 5


Thursday 17 May Sessions

Technology is allowing artists to push to the extremes of design and product development. The fear that humans will be replaced by machines is as relevant as it was during the Industrial Revolution. This session explores how artisans are combining elements of digital and analogue – through the means of various multi-disciplinary methods – and what freedoms this introduces. Lucy Johnston (Author of Digital Handmade, Thames & Hudson) considers the local and global impact from practices that combine the craftsman with the machine.

Image: Michael Hansmeyer, Digital Grotesque Grotto, 2013.

Session 4 – Digital vs Handmade: 21st Century Craftsmanship 12:30-13:30 (Fountains Lecture Theatre)

How do we distinguish between an image and data? Is it art or archiving? Today, there are over 2.1 billion people using smartphones and editing software, and uploading images to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Scott Gray (PHOTOFAIRS), Tom Ivin (i-D / VICE), Thomas Dukes (Open Eye Gallery), Olivier Richon (Royal College of Art), Lottie Davies (Artist) and Andrew Marsh (Central St Martins) discuss how the very definition of photography has been altered. Panellists will advise on how to create a successful image through composition, style and technique.

Image: Joachim Hildebrand, Wild West, 2015-2017.

Session 5 – Democratisation of Photography 14:45-16:00 (Fountains Lecture Theatre)

Video content is integrated into our culture, with one-third of online activity spent watching the moving image. Is artists’ film benefiting from a rising interest in video? How is it responding to new modes of communication? How much narrative is necessary and how can we encourage audiences to further engage with this art form? Artists Noémi Varga and Jasmina Cibic will consider how artists’ film has become a standalone genre alongside Phoebe Roberts (Artangel), Gideon Koppel (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Alessandro Vincentelli (BALTIC). 6

Image: Noémi Varga, The Happiest Barrack, 2017.

Session 6 – Artists’ Film: The Evolution of Moving Image 14:45-16:00 (De Grey 124)


Special Event: Portfolio Review Sessions with Industry Professionals 10:00-11:00, 12:00-13:00, 14:15-15:15 (De Grey 016)

Image: Jim Poyner.

These sessions are for practitioners working across all different types of genres including drawing and painting, photography and digital art, sculpture, design and three-dimensional art, video, installation and performance. Whether you’re established or emerging, artists, designers and writers have the opportunity to book a slot with industry experts who provide essential advice and guidance on current practices and how to develop a career in a competitive landscape. For a full list of reviewers, please visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/portfolio-reviewers-2018.

Special Event: Advice Surgery with Arts Council England 10:30-16:00 (De Grey 102)

Image: Jim Poyner.

Join Denise Fahmy, Media Arts Officer from Arts Council England, for a series of unique and tailored advice surgeries. Each 30-minute session gives individuals the opportunity to discuss funding applications and gain feedback on prospective projects. Learn more about how to access the wider industry through the annual Arts Grants – open access funding programmes for practitioners and art organisations working in multiple media. A unique opportunity to gain knowledge about the application process first-hand and about what’s on offer.

Special Event: Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition – Private View and Prize Giving 18:15-20:15 (York Art Gallery)

Image: Jim Poyner.

Visitors have the chance to explore the 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize ahead of the crowds at the Private View. Following an informative day of talks and panel discussions, join delegates, guests from the art world and the Aesthetica team for a special evening of networking and attending the awards ceremony – all within the heart of the York Art Gallery. Find out about 12 shortlisted artists whose diverse works include questions about an increasing level of mass consumption, over-stimulation and emotional disconnection in the digital age. RSVP only. 7


Friday 18 May Sessions

Painting and drawing are time-honoured techniques. They are two of the oldest known methods, from religious and representational to abstract and surreal, consistently evolving with the times. How has the rise of digital changed the landscape of painting’s potential? Alistair Payne (Head of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art) offers new perspectives on what it means to paint in today’s accelerating world, answering pivotal questions and looking at interdisciplinary practices. He will give advice on what makes an enduring piece in today’s ever-evolving culture.

Image: Peter Davis, Cardboard Reality 1, 2017.

Session 7 – What is the Future of Painting? 10:15-11:45 (De Grey 124)

Offering insight into art prizes as models for talent development, this session considers the end goals of gallery representation, interest from collectors and further exhibition, and the ways for artists to break into the sector. Find out what prizes are looking for and what they offer for professional development as part of a wider career plan. Speakers for this eye-opening and imaginative session include Griselda Goldsbrough (Aesthetica Art Prize), Javier Pes (Artnet), Carla Rapoport (Lumen Art Prize), Jacquelyn Jubert (Anise Gallery), Rachel Ara (Artist) and Rebekka Kill (York St John).

Image: Jiayu Liu, Ocean Wave, 2017.

Session 8 – How to Get Ahead as an Emerging Artist 10:15-11:30 (Fountains Lecture Theatre)

Presented by the V&A, Curator Mariana Pestana asks: what is the value of design? How is it changing to reflect the needs of society? From luxury products to everyday solutions, everything that is designed is being constantly re-written by the demands of the wider world. Ultimately, practitioners are reflecting upon what we value most, coming up with solutions that address environmental realities whilst adhering to popular trends. Pestana discusses the responsive nature of design across a broad range of industries and sectors, offering a wealth of expertise. 8

Image: Tomás Saraceno, Aerocene.

Session 9 – Responsive Worlds: The Value of Design 12:15-13:30 (De Grey 124)


Session 10 – An Examination of Post-Truth 12:30-13:45 (Fountains Lecture Theatre)

Image: Edmund Clark, Swimming pool in the Hotel Gran Melia Victoria Palma de Mallorca.

In a world where “alternative facts” are offered instead of reality, art offers us the chance to make sense of the world. Edmund Clark is an award-winning artist who engages with state censorship to explore the hidden spaces of control and incarceration in the “Global War on Terror.” Having exhibited at a number of renowned galleries including ICP, New York, and Imperial War Museum, London, Clark will discuss how his work finds new ways to visualise the covert sites and experiences associated with the global response to terrorism, and the impact this has on our society and culture as a whole.

Session 11 – VR and Data-Influenced Artworks: The New Language of Software 14:45-16:00 (De Grey 124) Technology is the signifier of our times and new outputs such as VR and datainfluenced artworks are dominating the sector. Taking examples from those that create, curate and fund art that utilises technology, the panel will discuss this new language, and how we are still defining the vocabulary that surrounds media arts. Thomas Greenall (RCA), John O’Shea (National Science and Media Museum), artist Rachel Ara, Jacquelyn Jubert (Anise Gallery), Mike Stubbs (FACT) and Warren Fearn (York St John) will consider how these modes of communication are vital creative pathways for the dissemination of wider culture.

Session 12 – Ethics of Content: Art Journalism in the Digital Age 14:45-16:00 (Fountains Lecture Theatre)

Image: Joanne Handley, Untitled (Orange), 2016.

What is the meaning of responsible content in the 21st century? Social media platforms and online publications have introduced new possibilities for sharing, commenting and editing. Questions need to be asked: is everyone a critic? We must consider if there is such a thing as authentic content and reliable publications. Kate Simpson (Aesthetica), Lara Prendergast (The Spectator), En Liang Khong (Frieze), Javier Pes (Artnet), Jenny Kean (York St John) and Will Hudson (It’s Nice That) discuss the changing nature of arts journalism through online identities and the balance between sponsored and non-sponsored content. 9


Friday 18 May Sessions

Post-production dominates both life and art. The representation of reality is in our control through editing, cropping and filtering. This new way of living enables the internet to leave the screen and manifest materially. Images, sounds and even entire cities are now transitioning, forcing us to critically assess what this might mean for the environment, the economy, society and individual identity. Thomas Greenall, Matteo Mastrandrea and Nicola Koller (Royal College of Art) look at the outcomes of smart technology for the creative industries, building upon ideas from Postproduction: Manual for Redesigning Reality.

Image: Meagan Streader, Response VII (Partition III), 2017

Session 13 – Postproduction: Manual for Redesigning Reality 10:30-11:30 (De Grey 019)

These sessions are for practitioners working across all types of genres including drawing and painting, photography and digital art, sculpture, design and three-dimensional art, video, installation and performance. Whether you’re established or emerging, artists, designers and writers have the opportunity to book a slot with industry experts who provide essential advice and guidance on current practices and how to develop a career in a competitive landscape. For a full list of portfolio reviewers for Friday, please visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/portfolio-reviewers-2018.

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Image: Jim Poyner.

Special Event: Portfolio Review Sessions with Industry Professionals 10:00-11:00, 12:00-13:00, 14:15-15:15 (De Grey 016)


Special Event: Advice Surgery with Arts Council England 10:30-16:00 (De Grey 102)

Image: Jim Poyner.

Join Denise Fahmy, Media Arts Officer from Arts Council England, for a series of unique and tailored advice surgeries. Each 30-minute session gives individuals the opportunity to discuss funding applications and gain feedback on prospective projects. Learn more about how to access the wider industry through the annual Arts Grants – open access funding programmes for practitioners and art organisations working in multiple media. A unique opportunity to gain knowledge about the application process first-hand and about what’s on offer for practitioners nationwide.

Special Event: Cocktail Reception 17:00-18:00 (1331 Bar & Restaurant)

Image: Jim Poyner.

Celebrate new connections and inspirational ideas at the Aesthetica Future Now Symposium closing event. This is a fantastic opportunity to unwind and catch up after a busy day of sessions, exhibition viewing and networking, and chat to both participants and delegates alike within the city centre. Housed within York’s picturesque Latin Quarter, 1331 – a unique bar and independent cinema – is the location for this event, offering drinks for all attendees and providing the perfect end to an imaginative and informative two days. Free with Symposium pass.

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Future Now: The Aesthetica Art Prize Symposium 2018  
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