AV Festival 2010

Going to the first event of the AV Festival tomorrow at BALTIC, the ‘Commissioning and Collecting Variable Media’ symposium run by the Contemporary Arts Society and Crumb.

The decription of the symposium is:

‘The work of artists who use new media art, live art and other ‘variable media’ is increasingly being drawn into our national public collections. Excellent models exist where major works are acquired or where artists are commissioned specifically to create works for collections. This symposium offers an opportunity to learn from pioneering institutions that have worked with artists.

Keynote speaker: Benjamin Weil, Chief Curator of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial de Gijón, Spain.

Other confirmed speakers include: Laura Sillars, Programmes Director, FACT; Lisa Panting, Director, Picture This; Lois Keidan, Director, Live Art Development Agency; Graham Harwood, artist.

About Ben Jones

I am an artist and curator, interested mainly in web-based work, video, drawing and animation. I have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally gaining commissions as well as working with communities and in schools on projects. I have worked for a variety of different organisations from an artist run studio and gallery to a large contemporary gallery in a number of different roles. My practice deals with how the reality we live in is constructed by media, where there are many different beliefs, which can be accepted, rejected or modified. I am interested in the disintegration of traditional social discussion and debate, due to media saturation, and how it now manifest’s itself in many new and technological ways.
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