Desired Futures Symposium at Mima, Middlesbrough

Desired Futures Symposium Edited Version from Julia Bell on Vimeo.

This symposium on September 15th 2011 was for creative practitioners, researchers, educators and those interested in changing and developing the cultural landscape in and across the region.

 In light of recent media focus on how the people of the Tees sub-region perceive themselves and their significant places, the symposium aimed to investigate how these perceptions could be developed and disseminated to create productive new potentials for art practices. 

 Desired Futures,  started with the panel presenting research by art practitioners, academics and curators that enriches the relationship between art and place, especially within global post-industrial contexts, looking at how our cultural identities rooted in specific places are connected to contemporary global issues.

The Panel

Kate Brindley, mima Director, Chair

Richard Forster, artist.

Jill Morgan, Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Media, Teesside University

Annie O’Donnell, Platform A artist and PhD researcher, Newcastle University

 Following the forum a robust discussions took place around how critically engaged art is made, exhibited and interpreted facilitating critical dialogue for those wishing to debate shifts in the production, teaching and curation of art.

 Event organised in collaboration with Platform A gallery, Turning Point North East, mima, & University of Teesside. Funded by Turning Point North East as part of its Critical Dialogue Programme.

Filmed by Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Archive Centre,

The link above leads to an edited version of the video. For the full unedited version click here where it can be seen on Baltic's archive.