Thursday, 25 October 2012

Virtual Futures Salon at TROVE


Last night was the Virtual Futures Salon at TROVE.  Here's the blurb >

Virtual Futures is the West-Midlands' longest running cyberculture conference with previous events including a live demonstration of computer controlled body parts, music and video-enhanced presentations from internationally renowned theorists, a series of talks from leading authorities on new scientific paradigms of complexity and non-linearity and guided tours of revolutionary virtual reality environments.
The Virtual Futures Salon is a new series of unique underground events exploring the convergence of technology, art, science and philosophy. They aim to explore one of most important intellectual and cultural developments of our times – the technological extension of the human condition.
On October 24th 2012 the Virtual Futures Salon will be hosted at the TROVE Gallery, Birmingham UK and explore the theme of image, thrill, and the semi-artificial imagination:
Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? For philosophers and artists there have always been two types of imagery: 1) the faithful reproduction and 2) the image that is distorted intentionally. Increasingly interactions with synthetic and technologically driven spaces could be said to blur our perception of what is authentic. Designers and artists have often attempted to create faithful simulacrum that mimic the natural environment (in a process of bio-mimicry). But in the 21st Century, where we are increasingly impressed by our own technological prowess, we now have the tools to adapt and reform our environment - no longer biased by the the biological but servant to the synthetic.
Virtual Futures Salon will aim to question the limits of representation and imagery exploring different ways in which technology is fundamentally changing what it means to be human.

The event will include artworks and discussions from an exciting line-up of internationally renowned participants:
Dr. Trudy BarberSex-tech Researcher, Artist and Senior Lecturer
Pat Cadigan, Queen of Cyberpunk
Prof. Johnny GoldingPhilosopher & Director of Centre for Fine Arts Research
Dan O'HaraPhilosopher of Technology
Dr. John PickeringCognative Scientist
Sascha Pohflepp, Artist (Synthetic Aesthetics)
Mer RobertsArtist from collective 0rphan Drift
Franken Beaumont, Performance Artist
Liam Worth, Installation Artist
J.R. DooleySound Artist & Composer


 And here's the event in pictures >

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Pop! Bang! Wallop! Pictures!

This weekend was TROVE's 3rd Anniversary - here is a bit of blurb about the occasion and some pictures from the party!

Over the past three years TROVE have worked with 146 local, national and international artists that have created, exhibited and performed as part of TROVEs programme.

TROVE have realised over 36 shows in the wonderful TROVE home, the Old Science Museum, and in offsite projects, with venues including Curzon Street Station, mac birmingham, Edible Eastside, DownStairs Gallery, FarGo, The Burlington Fine Art Club, Coexist and ARC.

TROVE is an independent art gallery who have worked with Fierce Festival, Hereford Photography Festival, Hedge Enquiry, Minnie Weisz Studio, Museum of Lost Heritage, Birmingham Architects Association, Birmingham City Council, Clarke Gallery, Birmingham City University and Crowd 6.

TROVE Birthday cards and gifts by: aas, Sophie Bancroft, Tom Butler, Darrell Buxton, Graham Chorlton, Elly Clarke, Rosie Curtis & Steph Bryant, Anna Francis, Jo Gane, James Gill, Caitlin Griffiths, Anne Guest, Jaime Jackson, Victoria Jenkins, Dominic Johnson, Calum F Kerr, Matthew Krishanu, David Lee, Paul Newman, Maria Mattos, Laura McDermott, Karen Mc Lean, Milk, Two Sugars, Katy Morrison, Bharti Parmar, Sally Payen, Trevor Pitt, Antonio Roberts, Matthew Robinson, Daniel Salisbury, Polly Saunders, Vishwa Shroff, Helen Snell, Viv Sole, Sparrow+Castice, Kate Spence, Jane Tudge, Sam Underwood, Sam Voong, E.Louise Wachler, Cathy Wade, Ed Wakefield, Emmett Walsh, Caroline Wright, Mary Yacoob

With permanent pieces in TROVE by: Vicky Cull, Adrian Johnson, Hannah Kershaw, Alistair Levy, Vishwa Shroff, They Are Here, Zoe Williams and Mary Yacoob













Friday, 12 October 2012

Pop! Bang! Wallop!



TROVE’s 3rd Birthday Party
12th October 2012
5pm – 9pm

TROVE
Newhall Square, off 144 Newhall Street
Birmingham, B3 1RY
TROVE.org.uk



TROVE started life in 2009 when independent curator, Charlie Levine, decided to write a 6 month programme of exhibitions entitled TROVE.

With the idea in place, but no current venue, Charlie’s exhibitions were held in different places. First was an exhibition by Birmingham curatorial/performance group aas, at Rea Gardens in Digbeth. 

The second, an exhibition of three films by Australian artist Sam Smith, was held in the atmospheric Engine Room of the former Science and Industry Museum in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. 

Charlie had to borrow electricity from the Queens Arms pub next door via several extension cables before the show could start. Amidst all the panic, was much satisfaction as the show was a hit. So much so that developer of the Newhall Square site, and keeper of the building keys, Neville Topping, allowed Charlie and TROVE to do another show there the month after and after that another show, and so on.  Until 6 months into the programme Charlie got her own set of keys to the venue, and 2 months later Neville switched the main power back on in the site allowing TROVE to become a fully fledged independent contemporary arts venue in Birmingham City Centre.

TROVE are hosting their third birthday party On Friday October 12th, as a way of saying thank you to their audience and supporters.

It is also a way of saying thank you to all the artists that have been involved over the past three years.  TROVE is mainly unfunded, and most of the artists that have shown at TROVE and all the people that have helped make it the success it is today, have all done so for free.  This party is a way of thanking them.

Over the past three years TROVE have worked with 146 local, national and international artists that have created, exhibited and performed as part of TROVEs programme.

TROVE have realised over 36 shows in the wonderful TROVE home, the Old Science Museum, and in offsite projects, with venues including Curzon Street Station, mac birmingham, Edible Eastside, DownStairs Gallery, FarGo, The Burlington Fine Art Club, Coexist and ARC.

TROVE is an independent art gallery who have worked with Fierce Festival, Hereford Photography Festival, Hedge Enquiry, Minnie Weisz Studio, Museum of Lost Heritage, Birmingham Architects Association, Birmingham City Council, Clarke Gallery, Birmingham City University and Crowd 6.



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