[spectre] Co-making Futures: How Do Universities, Publics and Cultural Organisations Create Equitable Cities? event, 3rd July

Gary Hall mail at garyhall.info
Fri Jun 23 17:20:20 CEST 2023

For those of you who can make it to the West Midlands on the 3rd...

Co-making Futures: How Do Universities, Publics and Cultural 
Organisations Create Equitable Cities?
3rd July 2023, Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK

Eventbrite to Register:


ArtSpaceCity (https://postdigitalcultures.org/strands/art-space-city/), 
based in the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, at Coventry University, 
invites you to an afternoon seminar with talks from six contemporary 
thinkers on cultural and co-operative methods for building equitable 
cities. The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion with 
contributions from artists, city stakeholders, cultural organizations 
and academics. The roundtable will take the examples and experiences 
shared by the speakers as a basis for a conversation, directing these 
ideas towards the future of Coventry.

Co-making Futures: How Do Universities, Publics and Cultural 
Organisations Create Equitable Cities? is the second event of a series 
of ArtSpaceCity assemblies bringing together researchers and cultural 
practitioners to debate change in the city of Coventry. The idea is to 
think of small scale, individual ways of working together, unlocking our 
own assets and collaborating to make the best of our shared resources 
given current austerity and cuts in funding regimes.


Xenia Kalpaktsoglou is a co-founder of the Athens Biennale. She is 
curator and a founding member of the Athens-based collective Laboratory 
for the Urban Commons (Neo Cosmos). Her curatorial practice is concerned 
with the consideration of the protocols of exchange and production 
between cultural producers and institutions/organizations.

Ana Laura López de la Torre is an artist, writer, and educator who works 
as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at the Universidad de la 
República in Uruguay. Her practice is community-based and involved with 
ideas of the “common good,” seeking to stimulate generosity, 
collaboration, and exchange, by pooling resources and producing communal 

Julian Manley is a research fellow in the Centre for Citizenship and 
Community, School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of 
Central Lancashire. His research is into co-operative values and 
principles based around action research on the Preston Model, a version 
of community wealth building that has taken on a specific life of its 
own in Preston.

Simon Moreton is Associate Professor of Creative Economies at the 
University of the West of England Bristol, where he leads the Creative 
Economies Lab, part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre. He is 
currently the director of the Bristol and Bath Creative R&D part of 
AHRC's Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP). Their work has 
focussed on supporting sustainable, inclusive, and responsible R&D in 
the creative sector.

Andrea Phillips is BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research 
Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. 
Andrea lectures and writes about the economic and social construction of 
public value within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of 
participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and 
social reorganisation within artistic and curatorial culture.

Paul Alexander Stewart is a researcher and curator in critical practice 
and social engagement with expertise in art, curatorial strategy, 
digital communication and critical theory for socio-political change. He 
is a Principal lecturer at Teesside University where he co-leads the MA 
Curating Apprentice.

This programme, a CPC funded initiative for specific grass roots 
engagement with issues of culture and the city in Coventry, is convened 
by ArtSpaceCity Group, Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry 
University (https://postdigitalcultures.org/).

Gary Hall
Professor of Media
Director of the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University:

Website: http://www.garyhall.info
Mastodon: @garyhall at hcommons.social

Director of Open Humanities Press: http://www.openhumanitiespress.org


Journal article (open access) 'Defund Culture': https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/commentary/defund-culture

Book review: ‘Review of Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage' by Matthew Kirschenbaum: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/721475

Blog post: 'Invest in the De-liberalisation of Society': http://garyhall.squarespace.com/journal/?SSScrollPosition=0

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