VIRAL OPEN SESSION: CREATING CULTURE | OCTOBER 2019
How is culture created and how do we document it?
WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER - 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Three guest speakers join Bex Fidler to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community.
Our next Viral Open Session is with guest speaker, Emma Warren (author) joined by Matt Weston (director at Spacemakers) and Bobby Brown (artist manager in the music industry) to discuss the relationship between space, culture and community
How is culture created and how does it thrive?
Author Emma Warren will be explaining how an old chocolate factory in London can help us understand the ways in which citizen-generated space can create culture – and can help us come alive, too. Emma will be joined in conversation by Matt Weston, director at utopian regeneration group Spacemakers, and Bobby Brown who is an artist manager in the music industry and heavily involved with Brighton’s community arts scene.
Emma Warren will be explaining the DIY origins of her books ‘Make Some Space: Tuning into Total Refreshment Centre’ and ‘Steam Down: How Things Begin’, and of her practice in general, from her time as a founding contributor of fan-made dance music magazine Jockey Slut in the mid 1990s.
Emma Warren has been documenting culture for decades. Her work has appeared in national and international publications and her documentaries have been broadcast on BBC Radio. She worked as a mentor on youth-run publication LIVE Magazine for six years. She currently has a monthly show on Worldwide FM. Her book Make Some Space came out on her own Sweet Machine publishing imprint in April to critical acclaim. She published Steam Down: How Things Begin with Rough Trade Books as part of their pamphlet series.
Matt is a director at Spacemakers, a utopian regeneration group based in Brighton, London and Stockholm. He has ten years’ experience working in the built environment, and his work has been exhibited at the V&A and the Barbican. He recently took on the job of strategy lead for the world’s largest council housing estate (the Becontree, in Dagenham), and is working with Turner Prize winners, Assemble, on a project to regenerate New England House, in Brighton.
Bobby started his career by creating Tésty, a streetwear brand that would soon bring him to work with music artists Rizzle Kicks and Hobbie Stuart. This became a pathway towards managing singer/songwriter Eli ingram who would later sign to Island Records and collaborate with Chase & Status and Jordan Rakei. Bobby continues to work in the music industry as an artist manager, managing Karl Benjamin (recently signed to Atlantic Records) and rap dup Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn. He is heavily involved in the local community arts scenes and is a trustee for local charity, Audio Active.
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Viral Open Sessions are presented by Lighthouse with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
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