Day Two: Convergence/Divergence

On Day Two, we will explore how creative practices respond to change, converge with its possibilities, interrogate its direction and actively diverge from its trajectory. While artists and citizens use new digital tools to find new ways of engaging, are they democratising the virtual space, empowering citizens or emphasising hierarchies? And what is the role of government in ensuring equity of access and capabilities, and protecting citizens as well as arts and cultural content? 


wednesday 13 March 2019 (day two)

9.00-10.00

Creative Disruption: Being human in the digital age

Ashkan Fardost (Sweden) is a technology and digitalisation expert who has seen the evolution of the internet from perspectives that few others have: as an aspiring teen creator and semi-hacker in the late ‘90s; music producer in the ‘00s; and in recent years as a collaborator with Hyper Island and the Stockholm tech scene, founder of Oddball Ventures, and expert on the internet revolution and digitalisation.

In this provocation, Ashkan will interrogate what it means to be human in the digital age; share his perspective on the internet as a psychological, sociological and anthropological phenomenon that continues to evolve and change the dynamic of the world; and challenge our focus on how artistic, cultural and creative practices respond.

Session format

Keynote provocation

Keynote speaker

Ashkan Fardost (Sweden)
Technology and Digitalisation Expert and Founder of Oddball Ventures

Moderator

Simon Brault, O.C., O.Q. (Canada)
Director and CEO Canada Council for the Arts

10.00-10.30

Morning tea


10.30-12.30

Creative Divergence / Policy Convergence

This panel session will interrogate the impact of our responses, the challenges and opportunities they generate and for whom, in virtual and physical space. Panellists will examine how these responses disrupt or come together and invite delegates to reflect on convergences and divergences in both policy making and creative practice.

Venue

Pentas 1

Session format

Panel

Moderator

Kathy Rowland (Singapore)
Managing Editor and Co-Founder of ArtsEquator.com

Panellists

Taeyoon Choi (South Korea / USA)
Artist and Co-Founder of School of Poetic Computation

Basma El Husseiny (Egypt)
Director, Action for Hope

Anette Novak (Sweden)
Director General, Swedish Media Council

James Williams (UK)
Writer and academic


12.30-14.00

Lunch


1.30-2.00

In Conversation with Kultura Nova: Participatory Governance

This in conversation session is an opportunity to speak with Dea Vidović, Director of Kultura Nova Foundation and Ana Žuvela, Researcher at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) about the project Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions.

Venue

Ground Floor foyer


14.00-15.30

Parallel Sessions

SESSION A

Brokers of Change

This session will present inspiring case studies of individuals and organisations who are leading innovative and alternative practices, and serving as brokers of change in the heart of their communities and across regions.

Venue

Pentas 1

Session format

Case study presentations

Moderator

Orlaith McBride (Ireland)
Director Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion, Ireland

Case study

Salooni

Presented by

Kampire Bahana (Uganda)
DJ and writer

Kampire Bahana will present on Salooni, a multidisciplinary art project that incorporates film, live art performances, theatre and photography, to present black hair practices as systems of knowledge through which culture and survivalist strategies are passed from generation to generation.

Case study

The Procomum Institute

Presented by

Georgia Nicolau (Brazil)
Director and Founder, Instituto Procomum

The Procomum Institute works with innovators across cities and regions in Brazil to engage communities and explore how creativity can be used to develop areas affected by social inequality. Georgia Nicolau will present on the Institute’s work, which among other things aims to recognise, empower and protect the commons.

Case study

TILLT

Presented by

Tiago Prata (Sweden)
Journalist and cultural manager

TILLT envisions a sustainable society where art contributes to human growth and creates projects in which artists and organisations come together to develop creative and innovative processes to address important societal issues, such as diversity, climate change, integration, elder care and gender equality. Tiago Prata, international project manager at TILLT, will present on the work of the organisation.

Case study

Mekong Cultural Hub

Presented by

Phloeun Prim (Cambodia)
Executive Director, Cambodian Living Arts

Frances Rudgard (Cambodia)
Managing Director, Cambodian Living Arts

Mekong Cultural Hub is a sister organisation to Cambodian Living Arts. It is a new organisation created to offer personal and professional development opportunities for creative cultural practitioners in Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam, Myanmar and Thailand, and to build sustainable networks around Asia. Phloeun Prim and Frances Rudgard from Cambodian Living Arts will present on one of its first projects, Mekong Mapping which was designed to build a strong foundation for a network in the region.


SESSION B

Influence, Privilege and Leadership

This panel session will consider the responsibility of leadership, its influence and notions of privilege in relation to individuals and institutions in arts and culture. Panellists and delegates will debate if – and how – the arts can lead divergence from dominant trajectories; collaborate with other sectors to facilitate change; and ultimately shift the balance of power towards greater equity to benefit the wider community. Panellists will explore the role of leadership in transformative change from various perspectives including investment and public, artistic and community engagement.

Venue

Pentas 2

Session format

Panel

Moderator

Clare Shine (Austria)
Vice President and Chief Program Officer,
Salzburg Global Seminar

Panellists

Felipe Mella Morales (Chile)
Executive Director of the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center

Simon Mellor (England)
Deputy Chief Executive, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England

Dato' Dr Faridah Merican (Malaysia)
Co-Founder & Executive Producer, The Actors Studio, KLPAC, Penangpac

Patrick Shannon (Canada)
Creative Social Innovator


SESSION C

Digital Hierarchy: Who controls, who accesses, and who decides?

This long table session will interrogate the digital hierarchies that apply to the generation, dissemination and accessibility of online creative content. Participants will share policies and practices, as well as ideas on how to challenge these hierarchies – and their effects on access, control and decision making – to decolonise the virtual space. Legal, political and ethical concerns continue to emerge in this space and participants will explore new challenges for policy making, such as data protection, intellectual property, artificial intelligence and creative freedom online. Participants will also be invited to imagine how policy design can harness unprecedented opportunities created by the digital shift to level the digital playing field, and find new approaches to support and encourage innovation, creative risk and experimentation.

This session is generously supported by the British Council.

Venue

Indicine

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

Olu Alake (UK)
Director, November Ventures

Provocateurs

Khaled Barakeh (Syria / Germany)
Artist and cultural activist

Dimas Prasetyo Muharam (Indonesia)
Founder and CEO, Kartunet.com

Aleksandra Uzelac (Croatia)
Head of the Culture and Communication Department and a Senior Research Associate at IRMO

Dr Wendy Were (Australia)
Executive Director, Strategic Development and Advocacy, Australia Council for the Arts


SESSION D

New Creative Environments and Economies

This long table session will interrogate the emergence of new creative environments and changing economies. It will challenge us to rethink creative processes, new narratives and approaches to creation, production, distribution and consumption. Participants will examine the intersections between other sectors and cultural policy making and creative practice, as well as how these reframe the creative environment to advance more equitable and resilient forms of development. Provocateurs will share what they have learned and reflect on any patterns that have emerged in their experience of different contexts around the world.

Venue

Studio 4

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

Staffan Forssell (Sweden)
Director General, Swedish Arts Council

Provocateurs

Andrés Gribnicow (Argentina)
Secretary for Culture and Creativity, Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Presidency of Argentina

Fu Jiebei (China)
Founder and General Manager of Shenzhen HongYan Tech. Co., Ltd.

Ojoma Ochai (Nigeria)
Director Programmes Nigeria, British Council

Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin (Malaysia)
Founding CEO of CENDANA



SESSION E

Transnational Perspectives on Sustainability and the Future of International Collaboration

Participants in this long table session will discuss the challenges and opportunities created by the changing ways in which we connect and engage beyond political and geographic borders. Provocateurs will present on why international collaboration is key for sustainability and participants will examine current and future influences in policy work and potential road maps – such as international conventions and the 2030 Agenda – from the perspectives of local government, international networks, government agencies and civil society.

Venue

Studio 5

Session format

Long table

Facilitator

Nguyen Phuong Hoa (Viet Nam)
Deputy Director General, International Cooperation Department Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam

Provocateurs

Kenneth Kwok (Singapore)
Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Planning & Engagement), National Arts Council of Singapore

Angela Martins (Ethiopia)
Head of Culture Division, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission

Helena Nassif
Managing Director, Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy)

Jordi Pascual

Coordinator of the Committee on Culture of the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)


SESSION F

Cultural Rights and Public Space, Issues at Stake: Consultation with Dr Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights

Join Dr Karima Bennoune for a discussion on how actors from across the cultural ecosystem access and use public space. What challenges do they face and what strategies do they develop to overcome them? What is the role of public space in the enjoyment of cultural rights? What issues should the Special Rapporteur prioritise in her next report on this issue?

Share your insight and experience on issues related to public space, including impediments to cultural expression, the privatisation of public places, the protection of cultural diversity, discrimination, equal access and accessibility.

Venue

Green room lounge on Level 2

Session format

Open discussion

Presented by

Dr Karima Bennoune (Algeria/USA)
UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

Diane Dodd (Spain)
Regional Adviser, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)


15.30-16.00

Afternoon tea


16.00-17.30

Parallel Sessions

SESSION A

Women Brokering Change

In this session, women who are brokering change for their communities – and across regions – will present inspiring case studies on their innovative and alternative practices.

The session will be facilitated by Atlas of the Future and will include presentations from:

Presenters

Korkor Amarteifio (Ghana) the Executive Director of Accra Symphony Orchestra, who has lobbied for a creative sector development plan to be included in the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda (GSGDA)

Caroline Bowditch (Australia) a performer and the Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria, who has advocated for accessibility and inclusivity in the UK and Australia

Daliana Suryawinata (Indonesia) the co-founder of SHAU who has used architecture to create micro-libraries in Indonesia, engage communities and effect positive change.

Venue

Pentas 1

Session format

Case study presentations

Moderator

Cathy Runciman (UK)
Co-founder, Atlas of the Future


FUTURE CRAFTING PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOPS

These workshops will have limited places and early booking is recommended. Full information will be sent to registered delegates prior to the Summit and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend one of the workshops and have not yet registered, please speak to a member of staff at the registration desk.

WORKSHOP B

Drawing Together: Mapping, Decolonising and Futuring Arts and Culture

This workshop will be led by Tristan Schultz (Australia), founder and director of strategic design practice Relative Creative Community Hub, which designs experiences and events to help people think, talk and mobilise their futures. Tristan’s work sits at the intersection of decolonial thinking, design and sustainability, and is informed by extensive interdisciplinary critical design experience, as well as his Kamilaroi Aboriginal and European Australian heritage.

Places available: 60

Venue

Pentas 2

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

Tristan Schultz (Australia)
Co-Director, Relative Creative


WORKSHOP C

Developing Innovation Clusters for Cultural Organisations

This workshop is targeted toward cultural managers, policy makers and leaders of cultural organisations. It will be delivered by Ragnar Siil (Estonia) Founder and Managing Partner of Creativity Lab, a cultural policy and creative industries think-tank and consultancy.

In these times of rapid social, economic and technological changes, cultural organisations need to be more agile, dynamic and innovative in order to find new models to engage audiences, diversify their value proposition and develop new revenue streams. While some innovation capacity originates within cultural organisations, there is vast and often untapped potential for new ideas and joint solutions to come from outside organisations – particularly from working within clusters.

The workshop will investigate the benefits of working within physical and virtual clusters; how to set up and develop clusters that consist of cultural and non-cultural players; how to overcome the innovation paradox and install appropriate cluster management models for effective cooperation; and how to design road maps for cluster development in cultural and creative sectors.

Places available: 30

Venue

Indicine

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

Ragnar Siil (Estonia)
Founder and Managing Partner of Creativity Lab


WORKSHOP D

Distributed Web of Care Project

This workshop will be led by Taeyoon Choi (South Korea/USA), Co-founder of the School of Poetic Computation, an artist run hybrid of a school, residency and research group that explores the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory, with a focus on artistic intervention.

The workshop follows the principles of the Distributed Web of Care initiative, which explores the Distributed Web as a peer-to-peer alternative web that prioritises collective agency and individual ownership of data and code, and imagines networks as a form of interdependence and stewardship, in critical opposition to the networks that dominate the world today. Participants will address the question: can we code to care and code carefully?

Places available: 60

Venue

Studio 4

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

Taeyoon Choi (South Korea / USA)
Artist and Co-Founder of School of Poetic Computation


WORKSHOP E

Ideas for Sharing Stories in Performance

This practice workshop will be led by Marion D’Cruz (Malaysia), pioneering dancer-choreographer and co-founder of Five Arts Centre, Malaysia. The workshop will open with a presentation on the work of Five Arts Centre, followed by an opportunity for delegates to experiment and explore how performance can communicate ideas and stories. Participants will need to wear loose, comfortable clothing that they can move in easily.

Places available: 20

Venue

Studio 5

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leader

Marion D’Cruz (Malaysia)
Founding Member of Five Arts Centre


WORKSHOP F

Penan Women’s Weaving Workshop

This workshop will offer delegates the opportunity to meet in a different setting where they can share ideas as they learn traditional weaving techniques from Sarawak.

Places available: 15

Venue

Ground Level Foyer

Session format

Participatory workshop

Facilitator

Kraftangan Malaysia


WORKSHOP G

Domestic Hacking with the House of Natural Fiber

This workshop will be led by Irene Agrivina Widyaningrum (Indonesia) a founder and director of new media and technology laboratory House of Natural Fiber, along with artist, chef, entrepreneur and researcher Liyana Fuad (Indonesia). Participants will conduct two experiments – one in DNA extraction, one in bacteria farming – to explore how microscopic agents such as genes, proteins, bacteria and fungi relate to macroscopic dynamics of power in contemporary biopolitics. Participants will consider how science can be used to solve urgent societal needs, and empower women by transforming the domestic space into science lab.

Places available: 20

Venue

in front of Summit Marquee

Session format

Participatory workshop

Workshop leaders

Irene Agrivina Widyaningrum (Indonesia)
Founder and Director, House of Natural Fiber (HONF)

Liyana Fuad (Indonesia)
Artist and chef


20.00-22.00

Gala Dinner

Venue

Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)

The Gala Dinner will take place the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) in Kuala Lumpur. A celebratory evening event prior to the closing day of the Summit, delegates will enjoy welcome drinks and networking, followed by a formal seated dinner and performances from local artists.

Please note that alcohol will not be served at this event.