Archived/upcoming talks on miscellaneous topics.

Localhost: The Radio and the Commons

The Radio and the Commons is a two-day events programme of talks and a workshop. The programme explores the power of radio in contemporary society, and to propose radical ways in which it can be co-opted by the public in the digital age. It is the second in the Localhost events series, and will take place at the Forest Centre Plus, Edinburgh, 20th-21st November 2014.

Roel Roscam Abbing (Rotterdam, NL) will give a talk on the historically imagined potentials of the radio. Withs its root in the latin word 'radius', it translates to "I beam" or "I radiate", hinting at the possibility that it was perhaps conceived as medium where we could all be listeners as well as broadcasters. In the context of the forthcoming 'digital radio switchover', can we make use of the old public AM/FM radio bands, and turn it into a new commons?

Following this, Jack James (London, UK) will discuss his work Temporary Local Broadcast, which involved the development of a temporary community radio station, broadcasting conversations with Peterborough locals examining the history of the city, its multiculturalism, and its place in modern England. Jack will present audio recorded during the residency period, and discuss the creation and subsequent 'tuning-in' session at Metal in Peterborough.

Localhost: Corporate Curation

As the art world adjusts after the economic crisis and a series of funding cuts to the state arts budget, assistance from big business is increasingly sought to subsidise cultural production. At a time when many 'emerging artists' are not receiving fair pay for their labour, shouldn't we welcome more investment in the arts, whether the source is public or private? And should we expect big business sponsorship to alter the autonomy of the artist any more or less than the state would?

Looking at Google's recent 'Dev Art' exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London through the frame of a wider historical view on systems of arts patronage, Corporate Curation will contextualise the current neoliberal frameworks of cultural entrepeneurialism and the role big business should play in the arts.

With talks by Jake Watts and Dave Young, followed by an open forum for collective debate.