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BCMCR Research Seminar: Creative Industries

November 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

BCMCR Research Seminar – Creative Industries – Work in Progress
1600-1730 Wednesday 14 November 2018
C284, Curzon B, 
Birmingham City University
Alexa Torlo (BCU) STEAMlab – a open innovation model to foster creative solutions
Focus on one case study ‘STEAMlab Health – Future of Respiratory Care’ how areas of change are required to meet a challenge to foster creative solutions. It will draw on how the STEAMlab connects communities and how we are linking our approach to other areas of the city for example The Pump in Shard End with a specific challenge around “how to cultivate young people’s creativity and support entrepreneurship utilising our Makerspace as a model for sustainability”
Prof Rajinder Dudrah (BCU) Slanguages: Research/Practice/Collaboration 
Slanguages is a consortia project involving different universities and cultural stakeholders and is exploring the creative way artists take inspiration from and use different languages. The project is wide-ranging and includes exhibitions, performances, and collaborations with artists, creative professionals and partners such as Punch Records, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Beatfreaks, and Sputnik Theatre Company, London. This presentation will discuss the project thus far, particularly around the borderland spaces between research, practice and collaboration and consider some of the implications of this.
Prof. Paul Long (BCU) smART Audiences? Understanding on and offline engagement in the smARTplaces project
This paper considers the challenges for audience development emerging from the Creative Europe-funded smARTplaces project. Echoing the challenges of the European Union’s cultural policies and address, smARTplaces call to its potential audience is inflected on one hand by the identity of individuals within the bounds of nation state, local conditions and concerns as well as prompts to engage with culture. On the other hand, there is the push and pull of European culture and identity. Furthermore, the online presence of smARTplaces gives it the global reach of digital projects raising questions about the potential audience beyond EU borders. Locating smARTplaces in the context of EU-funded and other projects of this nature poses questions for this presentation about our perception of audience engagement, durability and indeed authenticity. How do digital mediations offer ways of understanding who hears the call to participate in culture, the extent to which they follow up this call with attendance as well as the degree to which they are able to enter into a relationship with cultural institutions?
Dr. Karen Patel (BCU) Supporting diversity in craft practice
In this presentation I will reflect on my AHRC funded Creative Economy Engagement Fund project in collaboration with Crafts Council UK. The project seeks to support diversity in craft practice through social media skills development, focusing particularly on women makers of colour. Now I am near the end of the project I will provide an overview of the activities carried out so far, potential next steps and some of the intellectual questions raised by the project.
About the speakers:
Alexa Torlo: My role specialises in open innovation practice and involves producing a variety of development labs aimed at bringing people together from different disciplines, to test, learn and prototype. Working on programmes that help creatives achieve their ambitions to bring new ideas to the market place and develop links internationally. I have worked on a variety of EU funded initiatives to support the creative industries, including Cross Innovation Interreg IVC project, sharing city policies and experiences, Design for Europe looking at design methodologies to help organisations innovate & grow and ECCE Innovation focussing on the internationalisation of SMEs.
Rajinder Dudrah is Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries in the School of Media, Birmingham City University.
Paul Long is Professor of Media and Cultural History in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University. His recent research on popular music history, heritage and archives has taken a practical turn with the co-curation of the exhibition ‘Is There Anyone Out There?’ Documenting Birmingham‘s Alternative Music Scene 1986-1990 (Parkside, 2016) and in his involvement in the Home of Metal heritage events and exhibitions for 2019. He is currently writing Memorialising Popular Music Culture: History, Heritage and the Archive (Rowman and Littlefield) for publication in 2020.
Dr Karen Patel is an AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow in the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR). Her research interests centre on questions of expertise and inequalities in cultural labour, and the role of social media in creative practice. Her current research focuses on the expertise of women craft makers from ethnic minority backgrounds.


November 14, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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