January 24, 2017

Museums, Innovation and Entrepeneurship: Forthcoming Talks


A busy few weeks of presentations about museums, international working and entrepreneurship (links included below).

Date: 26-28 January
Location: the Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex, Siena, Italy
Quite excited about this conference as it frames the discussion in the relation of the future of culture, and unusually locates museums in the dialogue with music and cities.  The title of my paper is ‘How Not To Be National’ in which I’ll be talking about how it is possible to develop an international practice by ignoring your regional or national cultural institutional structures and going straight to global projects and collaboration. In my session I share the platform with Raquel Mesa from Action Cultural in Spain and N2U Art Group Paris.

Date: 2 February
Location:  Birmingham University.
I often hear myself referred to as entrepreneurial, and though never correct it, don’t believe it is a good description at all. So I’ll be talking at the Cultural Heritage Workshop about Entrepreneurship. Really the key to entrepreneurship is not pursuit of making money at all; it's new thinking that matters – Asking yourself fundamental questions about how your practice works and how to trade on your uniqueness.

Catalyst Conference (part of Spectra Festival)
Location: Aberdeen
Date: 9-12 February

This one will be a version of the Siena presentation, applying the experience of Bury to the opportunities for Aberdeen. I’m speaking on Friday 10 Feb. Sharing a platform with Chris Carney of Threshold Festival of Music & Arts, Stefán Magnússon, is the Artistic Director of Eistnaflug festival, in Iceland, and Angela Michael, Festivals and Cultural Director at VisitAberdeenshire.


In case anyone is trying to keep track, my recent presentations have involved me speaking at Museum2015 Tokyo, European Network of Cultural Centres 2015 (hosted in Bury), Museum Cluster & Cultural Landscape, Taiwan Museums Association 2016, UK Trade Mission to Seoul 2016, International Touring in Banja Luka, 2016, Chinese Museums Expo 2016 – and various UK events which I haven’t time to list.


January 18, 2017

Inauguration of Donald Trump: Sequester the Bile




















Sequester the Bile

1
Will this be filmed? Will I ever been seen again?
Déjà vu to pre-empt the desire to say:
this is me and that is them - as emphatic modifiers
If the signature is left as an empty list
A loser’s garden for a nobody,
nobodies, useless eaters as a forgetful functor:
their intropunitive ignorance of a soliton that goes ahead of us
Austere defenders of the right to pay towards the certificate
with or without fear.

2
Now conditionally bijective to now
A catalogue of comparatives and superlatives been here before
those heroes, holders or changes to the governance pathway;
recursive choice mildnesses
the indecisive
bring me the head of stupid
enjoy your day of barely disguised resentment, whispered irritation
catalogue systems of libraries, ideas cosy, mediocrity built after
                bombing,
trees all the same height are the same age
in estates of easily constructed isotropic housing

Apologies (labelled transitions between states)
when to compromise only generates compromise –
the axiom of determinacy
not the axiom of choice
standing despite all possibilities to fall
We are not going out onto that jetty,
it's dangerous and no one will thank us.
In the same way valleys are better than mountains
barbarous dissolution
its budget for the new management
You are pathetic and will get what you deserve

3
Architects of the future:
The tyranny of cardinal geometry, stars and grids with sightlines
our breath will create weather OUR BREATH WILL CREATE WEATHER
truly monumental … far exceeding all expectations for our 1000
years
our arch will be bigger than your arch OUR ARCH WILL BE BIGGER
                                                                           THAN YOUR ARCH
the wall detail of cracks and crevices, beautiful colours, fronds and teeny weeny microphylls
the worst thing that could happen
this absolute future looks bleak for vertebrates