middel_afronautsHere are a few links of events to be aware of over the next few weeks.

Do take a look, find out more, add to research and take the time to attend, if you can!

These have been selected for their relevance to the topics you are covering in your practice.

Uncertain States talk at the V&A
Thursday 7 November 2014


Uncertain States presents writer and lecturer Paul O’Kane who is joined by the artists David George and Karl Ohiri to discuss photography as a tool to reflect longingly and critically on one’s past.

Contrary to what one might expect with the advances in technology, our fascination with cyberspace and the virtual world, we appear to have increased yearning for something or sometime past. Nostalgia is considered not only as a longing for the past, but a longing for an idealised past, for a moment that prehaps never actually existed. The talk will consider a view of the individuals and cultural memory which does not pretend to rebuild this mythical place, but dwells in ambivalence and a tells of a narrative that is inconclusive, and fragmentary. The artists individual recollections are intertwined with collective memory offering a view of their history which has removed the nostalgic filters .

V&A Museum, Sackler Centre, Seminar room 3,
Cromwell Road SW7 2RL
Friday 7 November 2014
7 – 9 pm, Free Admission


Brighton Photo Biennial, the UK’s largest international photography festival, returns for its sixth edition. For BPB14, we break with the single curator model and instead we are working in close partnership with a host of regional, national and international collaborators to develop a series of new projects on the theme of Communities, Collectives & Collaboration. BPB14 embraces novel perspectives and fresh approaches to generate commissions, new work and represent archive material.
Designed to inspire, challenge and celebrate the most democratic medium of our age, BPB14 takes place online and in public spaces, galleries and pop-up venues across Brighton & Hove and beyond, involving more than 45 photographers and collaborators all bound by a common approach.
Featuring re-discovered archives premiering new commissions, BPB14 addresses the role of photography across genres and includes established and emerging talent, across communities and continents. Photography is explored as prints, projections, pixels and pages.
The core programme takes place throughout October and offers a packed schedule of workshops, talks, screenings and other events to complement the exhibitions, ensuring everyone – whatever their level of interest or expertise, can participate in BPB14.
Stranger than Fiction Symposium
Saturday 8 November, 9.30–18.00

Staged scenes have been read as real since the invention of photography. But the effect of digital technology has increased public questions about the truth of what we now see in photographs.

This one-day symposium explores the work of photographers and artists who have used fiction in their work and considers the critical issues raised by such practices. We have invited key contributors to the debate around fiction and photography. Speakers include:

David Bate, Professor of Photography, University of Westminster
Mia Fineman, critic and curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Cristina de Middel, artist of the acclaimed series ‘The Afronauts’
Lucy Soutter, author of ‘Why Art Photography?’ (Routledge, 2013)
Peter Kennard, photomontage artist, tutor at the Royal College of Art
Joan Fontcuberta, artist, curator and theorist
Federica Chiocchetti, curator and founder of the platform Photocaptionist.com
The event accompanies the exhibition of Stranger Than Fiction by Joan Fontcuberta who will also participate in the symposium.


Spill Festival, 29th Oct to 2nd Nov


SPILL 2014, an international festival of live performance, installation, film, discussions, and parties. Across 5 days there over 100 uncompromising events, taking place at a range of great sites and venues across Ipswich.