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Future Now Symposium 2018

Thursday, 17 May – 8:45am York St John University, York, UK

Book Event One-Day Pass: £24 – 3 Sessions + Lunch + Private View or Cocktail Reception / Two-Day Pass: £36 – 6 Sessions + Lunch + Private View and Cocktail Reception

Through panels, lectures, portfolio reviews and advice sessions, the Future Now Symposium provides an imaginative platform for attendees to consider the arts ecosystem within a broader social, political and professional context. Holding talent development at its core, this two-day event is a hive of innovation and idea generation.

The world is increasingly shaped by surveillance and data collection, and the human condition has become one of rehearsal and performance. Exploring the wider effects of over-consumption, media stimulation and data dissemination, this year’s topics call into question new modes of communication, offering reflection upon the era of post-truth through discussions surrounding photography, design, sculpture, painting and journalism.

This year’s talks will include Thames & Hudson authors Caroline Till (author of Radical Matter) and Lucy Johnston (Digital Handmade).

Sustainable Practices: A Material World
10:15-11:30, May 17th
York St John University

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) will discuss how idea generation is bringing about a new wave of talent that recycles and creates with sustainability as the premise.

Digital vs Handmade: 21st Century Craftsmanship
12:30-13:30, May 17th
York St John University

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.

Digital Handmade

Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution Lucy Johnston