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aesthetica symposium // Debate // Discover // connect 7- 8 March 2019 york st john university

Meet with the world’s leading art organisations, publications & curators www.aestheticamagazine.com/symposium 1


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welcome Thursday 7 March - Friday 8 March 2019 York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO31 7EX The Future Now Symposium 2019 invites you to network, question and debate topics in today’s art world. We are currently living in a time of globalisation, expansion and media saturation. There have been considerable shifts in civilisation in the Information Age – we now communicate with each other instantly, yet with an alarming level of disconnect. Through panel discussions, lectures and portfolio reviews, The Future Now Symposium is an exploration of 21st century culture through the mechanism of art. This two-day event brings together key institutions, galleries and publications for discussion surrounding the most pressing issues from today’s creative industries. Through imaginative sessions, career advice and cultural engagement, Future Now is a platform for idea generation. Topics include The Politics of Representation, Responsible Architecture, The Evolution of Code and many more. Through these sessions, we invite you to engage with each other and most importantly question the current state of play. We hope that you leave Future Now inspired. 3


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Image: May Parlar, from the Collective Solitude series, 2018.

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The Future Now Symposium runs over two days from 7-8 March 2019. You can order a One-Day Pass or a Two-Day Pass. View the following pages for the full list of sessions. When you arrive on the day, 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. Tickets are available at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/symposium

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Schedule of Events thursday 7 March Sessions De Grey Foyer

De Grey 103

De Grey 016

De Grey 019

De Grey 124

De Grey Lecture Theatre

08:30 Registration & Coffee (08:45-09:30)

09:30

Keynote Speech (09:30-10:00)

10:30

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (10:30-12:00)

11:30

Portfolio Review Sessions 1-3 (10:00-11:00) Session 1 – The Politics of Representation (10:45-11:45)

Coffee Break (11:30-12:30)

12:30

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (12:30-14:00)

13:30

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

Session 2 – Artists’ Session 3 – Film: Storytelling Do Curators & Concept Take Risks? (10:30-11:30) (10:30-11:30)

Session 4 – Sustainable Design: Why Materials Matter (12:30-13:30)

Session 5 – The Business of Art (12:30-13:30)

Session 6 – Art Journalism in the Digital Age (15:00-16:00)

Session 7 – The Reflective Lens: Photography Today (15:00-16:00)

Networking Lunch (13:30-14:30)

14:30

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (14:30-16:00)

15:30

16:30

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

HEADLINE SPEAKER

The Human Impact: How Does Art Help Us? (16:30-17:30)

17:30

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition: Private View & Prize Giving

18:30

York Art Gallery (18:15-20:15)

19:30

20:30

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friday 8 March Sessions De Grey Foyer

De Grey 103

De Grey 016

De Grey 019

De Grey 124

De Grey Lecture Theatre 08:30

Registration & Coffee (08:45-09:30)

09:30

Welcome Speech (09:30-10:00)

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (10:30-12:00)

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

Session 9 – Painting in the 21st Century (10:30-11:30)

Coffee Break (11:30-12:30)

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (12:30-14:00)

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

Networking Lunch (13:30-14:30)

Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England (14:30-16:00)

Portfolio Review Sessions 16-18 (14:15-15:15)

Session 11 – The Future of Sound Art (12:30-13:30)

Session 10 – Rethinking Sculpture: Connecting with Objects (10:30-11:45)

Session 12 – Ways of Living: Responsible Architecture (12:30-13:30)

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

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11:30

12:30 Session 13 – How Do You Define a Photograph? (12:45-13:45)

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14:30 Session 15 – The Art of Session 14 – Connectivity VR and DataInfluenced Artwork (14:45-15:45) (15:00-16:00)

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HEADLINE SPEAKER Making Sense of Today: The Role of the Curator

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17:30 Cocktail Reception 1331 Bar & Restaurant (18:00-19:00)

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Left: Congo, Republic of the Congo, 2013. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos. Right: Arab Spring, Tunisi, Tunisia, 2011. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos.

Thursday 7 March: Sessions

Thursday Headline Speaker The Human Impact: How Does Art Help Us? Alex Majoli, Magnum Photographer 16:30-17:30 | De Grey Lecture Theatre Since joining Magnum Photos in 1996, Alex Majoli’s work has been published in the likes of National Geographic, NY Times and CNN. He has documented major conflict zones and humanitarian issues, including the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq. If art is a mechanism to understanding the world around us, how can it help us to make sense of large humanitarian issues? Majoli discusses how art can help to establish dialogues around issues such as displacement, war, terror and the environment.

Panel Discussion: DASH, DYSPLA, Goldsmiths University, The Design Museum, Museum Detox, York St John University. What are we representing, who and why? In a world where accessibility and diversity must be addressed and then changes must follow, how is the art sector making a progressive movement towards a more inclusive society? What conversations are happening throughout the curatorial and educational spheres, and how is this influencing what audiences are expecting to see in galleries today? 8

Teppei Yamada, Apart and/or Together, 2017.

Session 1 – The Politics of Representation 10:45-11:45 | De Grey 019


Session 2 – Artists’ Film: Storytelling and Concept 10:30-11:30 | De Grey 124

Ludivine Large-Bessette, Drop Out Bodies, 2017.

Panel Discussion: Jason Wood, HOME; Rhea Storr; Charlotte Ginsborg & Ludivine Large-Bessette. Film is rich in narrative. It can cover both personal and universal stories in a matter of seconds and span far-ranging landscapes. Artists have been using film for decades, but in recent years it has gained in popularity and is now being used as a tool to create alternative futures, depicting wider social concerns that reflect present-day issues. The panel will speak about how film plays a vital role in storytelling, and how it is developing.

Session 3 – Do Curators Take Risks: How Are Exhibitions Programmed? 10:30-11:30 | De Grey Lecture Theatre

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Panel Discussion: Artnet, BALTIC, Royal Academy of Arts & York Art Gallery. Curators are responsible for joining ideas, inspiring audiences and presenting artists’ works in ways that comment on and transform the current state of play. How are curators responding to public demand? Is this a factor in what we consider within our galleries and museums? What opportunities are there for emerging practitioners? How much does footfall determine the programme? In essence: how do curators decide what to curate?

Session 4 – Sustainable Design: Why Materials Matter 12:30-13:30 | De Grey 124

Filter Lights @ Sabine Marcelis. © Ronald Smits, 2017.

Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er. What does it mean to live in a material world? Given the disquieting scale of both consumption and pollution on today’s planet, a reassessment of how to use materials to our advantage – ethically and responsibly – is fundamental to both artists and designers working today. Solanki discusses why materials matter, offering sustainable solutions through exploring the earth’s elements and the rise of scientific developments, combining past, present and future. 9


Thursday 7 March: Sessions

Panel Discussion: Chiswick Auctions, Flowers Gallery, Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London Art Fair, Michael Hoppen Gallery & Moniker International Art Fair. Auction houses, galleries, collectors and fairs influence market trends and ultimately what determines success. What is this ecosystem and how does it control the business of art? How far does the media play a role in determining the value of a given work? What does this mean for artists and gallerists who are just starting out? Speakers discuss these systems at large.

Todd Hido, #7373, 2008. Courtesy of Huxley-Parlour Gallery.

Session 5 – The Business of Art: How the Art Market Influences All 12:30-13:30 | De Grey Lecture Theatre

Panel Discussion: Dazed, Frieze, Aesthetica Magazine & The Art Newspaper. Today, visual media is circulated and consumed within a matter of seconds, so how can digital and print platforms maintain, develop and grow readerships? What is the value of print and digital editorial considering consumers’ expectations for freely accessible content? Curation, selection and journalism add value to content, but what is the process for creating such successful and engaging editorial? Panellists discuss.

Arian Kang, installation view of Digital Book Project, 2011.

Session 6 – Modes of Consumption: Arts Journalism in the Digital Age 15:00-16:00 | De Grey 124

Panel Discussion: Creative Review, Christiane Zschommler, David Birkin, Edmund Clark, Hannah Starkey & Open Eye Gallery. The invention of the camera gave birth to a 21st century mass media tool. Photography is ubiquitous. Is it the signifier of our times, opinions and lives in contemporary society. How can we work towards a compassionate culture which promotes visibility to a diversity of perspectives and encourages the full spectrum of expression, including meaningful development for the arts at large? 10

Untitled, 2006. Courtesy of Hannah Starkey and MACK.

Session 7 – The Reflective Lens: Photography Today 15:00-16:00 | De Grey Lecture Theatre


Thursday 7 March: special events Portfolio Review Sessions with Industry Professionals 10:00-11:00, 12:00-13:00, 14:15-15:15 | De Grey 016

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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 both personally and professionally. For a full list of reviewers, please visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/symposium

Advice Surgery with Arts Council England 10:30-16:00 | De Grey 103

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Join Denise Fahmy, Relationship Manager Visual Arts 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. Gain knowledge about the application process first-hand.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition – Private View and Prize Giving 18:15-20:15 | York Art Gallery

© Jim Poyner.

Visitors have the chance to explore the 2019 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 the 18 shortlisted artists included, whose diverse works cover questions about an increasing level of mass consumption, over-stimulation and emotional disconnection. 11


Left: Slim Aarons, Young women by the Canellopoulos penthouse pool, Athens, July 1961. Right: Slim Aarons, Beverly Hills Hotel, 1957. Both courtesy of Getty Images Gallery.

Friday 8 March: Sessions

Friday Headline Speaker Making Sense of Today: The Role of the Curator Shawn Waldron, Curator, Getty Images Gallery 16:30-17:30 | De Grey Lecture Theatre In today’s media-driven world, we are constantly scrolling through content on hand-held screens. Getty Images Gallery alone holds more than 200 million photographs in its archives. Shawn Waldron, Curator, specialises in distinguishing between that which is data and that which is fine art, focusing on creating a sense of empathy in the viewer. Waldron explores the role and responsibility of the curator to provoke meaningful and lasting experiences, contributing to a wider network of idea generation.

Panel Discussion: Aesthetica Art Prize, Foam Amsterdam, ING Discerning Eye, Jerwood Arts & Liverpool John Moores Painting Prize. Navigating the art world, understanding the gallery sector and reaching new collectors are all aspects of being a practitioner today. How do art prizes further artists’ profiles? How do you define success? This engaging session will explore the various avenues available to artists for career development, discussing a wide range of progression routes through the lens of talent scouting. 12

May Parlar, Creative Solitude, 2018.

Session 8 – How to Get Ahead as an Emerging Artist 10:15-11:15 | De Grey Lecture Theatre


Session 9 – Interdisciplinary Practice: Painting in the 21st Century 10:30-11:30 | De Grey 019

Daniel Mullen, 37-67. Courtesy of the artist.

Pamela Golden, Senior Tutor, Royal College of Art. Painting and drawing have arguably provided the foundations for contemporary art. But how is it changing in an age of mass media and post-truth? Golden’s practice involves reimagining absent or potential histories, investigating generational relationships with imagery and visual culture and considering how associations adapt and alter over time. This session looks at how interdisciplinary methods uncover new pathways for painting, looking at the future of the medium.

Session 10 – Rethinking Sculpture: Connecting With Objects 10:30-11:45 | De Grey 124

Tadao Cern, Installation view of Black Balloons, 2016.

Jane Bhoyroo, Producer, Yorkshire Sculpture International. In 2019, the Yorkshire Sculpture International launches with Phyllida Barlow as the “provocateur.” Exploring the notion that “sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms,” the event responds to the idea that there is a basic human impulse to make and connect with objects. Bhoyroo discusses what’s in store for this major international event, as well as discussing how sculpture as a practice continues to assert its significance in a technological world.

Session 11 – The Future of Sound Art 12:30-13:30 | De Grey 019 Nick Ryan, Artist. Emmy and BAFTA-nominated Nick Ryan is a multi-award-winning composer, sound designer, artist and audio specialist, widely recognised as a leading thinker on the future of sound, having worked with the likes of Sony, BBC, Tate, MTV and more. His extensive and diverse practice involves working with film, motion graphics, animation, interactive media and instrument making. Ryan will speak about how to push the boundaries of what can be achieved through technology in our digitised world. 13


Friday 8 March: Sessions

Julia Barfield MBE RIBA Awards Assessor, founder of Marks Barfield Architects. Design has a profound impact on how societies function. The majority of people now live in cities, most notably, in megacities. Today, architecture must push beyond aesthetics and functionality. Where does this leave architects in terms of placemaking? Where space is limited and demand is increasing, how should design be responding? Barfield discusses the emotional and geological value of architecture today.

British Airways i360, designed by Marks Barfield Architects. Image: Paul Raftery.

Session 12 – Ways of Living: Responsible Architecture 12:30-13:30 | De Grey 124

Marcel Feil, Artistic Director, Foam Amsterdam. In 2019, 2.5 billion people are expected to be using smartphones. Photographs are everywhere and deeply ingrained into society – from selfies and social documentation to advertising and commercial content – the medium has become truly democratised. In an age when taking a photograph is as easy as point and shoot, at what point is the image considered art? Feil discusses when a mass media tool is transformed into an agent of cultural expression.

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Alec Von Bargen, Under the blue skies of Agok #2.

Session 13 – How Do You Define a Photograph? 12:45-13:45 | De Grey Lecture Theatre


Session 14 – Evolution of Code: VR and Data-Influenced Artwork 15:00-16:00 | De Grey 124

Daria Jelonek, Technological Nature, 2017.

Panel Discussion: Gazelli Art House, Goldsmiths University, Harmony Studios, London College of Communication & University of York. We are living in a technological age – film, sound, code and immersive experiences are becoming more commonplace. VR and Media Arts are integrated into many facets of culture from galleries and museums to cinema and educational institutions. How is VR shaping the future of the art sector? It is making it more inclusive? What kind of opportunities is it opening up for a wider range of audiences?

Session 15 – The Art of Connectivity 14:45-15:45 | De Grey Lecture Theatre Giulio Di Sturco, Aerotropolis, The Way We Will Live Next.

Clarice Hilton & Jamila Prowse, SPACE. Increasingly, more and more artists are making work using the tools of technology. SPACE’s Art + Technology (Art + Tech) mission is to provide a test ground and critical exchange platform for artists and thinkers, whose work engages with technology. A question is asked: what role do devices play in our interest in collections, exhibitions and solo works? Art + Technology artist in residence Clarice Hilton speaks about the journey of the algorithmic self in relation to our online lives.

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Friday 8 March: special events

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 both personally and professionally. For a full list of reviewers, please visit: www.aestheticamagazine.com/symposium

© Jim Poyner.

Portfolio Review Sessions with Industry Professionals 10:00-11:00, 12:00-13:00, 14:15-15:15 | De Grey 016

Join Denise Fahmy, Relationship Manager Visual Arts 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. Gain knowledge about the application process first-hand.

© Jim Poyner.

Advice Surgery with Arts Council England 10:30-16:00 | De Grey 103

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. 16

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Cocktail Reception 18:00-19:00 | 1331 Bar & Restaurant, Grape Lane


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Future Now Symposium 2019  

The Future Now Symposium 2019 invites you to network, question and debate topics in today’s art world. We are currently living in a time of...

Future Now Symposium 2019  

The Future Now Symposium 2019 invites you to network, question and debate topics in today’s art world. We are currently living in a time of...