January 2012

January is Month 8 for Caper.

The period before Christmas was filled with Culture Hack development, including the launch of Culture Hack East, Culture Hack North in Leeds and a Culture Hack taster at the Museum Computer Network conference in Atlanta. We’re now devising the next stage of Culture Hack, which will be back with a new format in 2012.

We’re very pleased to have launched Happenstance, our ACE/NESTA/AHRC funded R&D project, which puts technology at the heart of arts organisations. We’re looking for six bright, creative technologists and producers to fill spaces in three of the UK’s most vibrant arts organisations: Lighthouse, Site Gallery and Spike Island. It’s an amazing opportunity, and we’re thrilled to be working with the Centre for Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick, who will be mapping the impact of the residencies. Applications are open until 30 January, so spread the word.

Katy is developing a digital communications strategy for an inner-London NHS foundation trust, including a key piece of research around reputation management; and managing content distribution of a UK premiere for a major radio broadcaster.

Rachel is acting as an external acting as an external advisor for the BBC/Arts Council England initiative The Space, along with Matt Locke (Storythings), Anthony Lilley (Magic Lantern) and Paul Gerhardt (Archives for Creativity); developing a map-based open-data prototype for Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; and helping our friends at Coney develop a digital strategy.

We have a number of other projects in process:

Forthcoming Women in a Room events, including plotting something that just might change the world of conferences with She Says, Web Heroines and Girls’ Club.

Programming the next round of Makers’ Guild events at the V&A (to be announced soon), with Natasha Carolan and Fiddian Warman.

Developing the next phase of Coding for Kids with Rewired State.

Advising other UK digital programmes, such as Culture Code (delivered by CodeWorks in the North East of England), and developing the international development of our own projects.

We have also, finally, created and launched our website. Finding the time, and the words, to describe what we do has been a challenge, especially as we’ve growing and developing every month since we started Caper at the end of May 2011 – for which thanks to Dean Vipond, who created the Caper logo and brand identity, for design inspiration, and to Rebekah Ford, Emily Webber and Alex Sexton for technical expertise.

Talks, Workshops, Blogs

Since starting Caper in May 2011, these are some of the talks and workshops we’ve given, and guest blogs and articles we’ve written.

Lecture, BA/MA Culture, Policy & Management, City University, 2011
A Call to Arms” at Special Moves, Internet Week Europe 2011
Panel chair, “Museums and Games”, at Games for Brands, 2011
Post-Digital Experimentation and Creativity” at Alphaville, 2011
Culture (Paper) Hack” with Mia Ridge at V&A Web Weekend, 2011
Talk and Panel Discussion on “Social Media and Museums” at The Courtauld MA Curating the Art Museum, 2011
Panel Chair, Hacking CultureFuture Everything, Manchester, May 2011
Curator, No Furniture So Charming, London Word Festival, 2011

“Culture Hack Day”, Cultural Open Data Day for Open Knowledge Foundation, 2011
“Making Stories from Reality TV”, Controlling the Production of Meaning at One Thoresby Street, 2011
“Don’t Make a Drama Out of a Crisis: Twitter Crisis Management”, Arts Marketing Association Tweet Meet, 2011
Video and Connected TV in the Cultural Sector, Arts Marketing Association Digital Day, 2011
“I Can Has Extensions: The Grammar of Cats”, McLuhan’s Message, Watershed, 2011
Provocation – Let’s Make Technology the Way We Make Art, Edgelands, August 2011
Hacking Arts and Culture, Open Culture, 2011
Making Future Narrative, part of Making Future Work, LPAC, 2011
Panellist, Hacking CultureFuture Everything, Manchester,  2011
The Joys of Having Nothing to Read at No Furniture So Charming, London Word Festival, 2011
Guest blog posts and articles
On “Bubble Bath” by Nora Fok for 40:40 – Forty Objects for Forty Years, Crafts Council
Digital Arts and the Imagination“: Guidance notes for the Arts Council England and BBC initiative The Space (reposted on Get Ambition)
Everyone Wants to be On TV” for the Arts Marketing Association blog (republished on Guardian Culture Pros)
How Smart Labels Could Change the Museum” on the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network Internet of Things Blog

Women in a Room: Field Trip

Recent reports suggest women make up only 12% of the UK design/tech workforce. Are women really not choosing this career path or is it a very interesting time for women who work in digital?

Web Heroines host an evening at the British Library on Weds 18th January 2011 debating the topic, as part of the Emerge Mini-Conference. Speakers include User Interface Design specialist Sarah Parmenter, leading entrpreneur Sarah McVittie, accessible web design advocate Julie Howell and Jess Ratcliffe, founder of GaBoom and of BBC Dragons’ Den fame.

We’re attending on the mini-conference on a Women in a Room field trip. It’s sold out I’m afraid, but, not to worry, you are all welcome to join us at the (free, non-ticketed) social from 8:30pm at the Somers Town Coffee House Pub, located between London St Pancras and Euston at 60 Chalton Street, NW 1 1HS. Let us know you’re coming on our Eventbrite page.