Does new technology enable or create more barriers?
Watch the recorded FUTURE session (with captions and BSL):
Clare Reddington joined Watershed in 2004, establishing its creative technology programmes including Pervasive Media Studio and Playable City. She become Creative Director in 2014, looking after the Studio, engagement and cinema teams, and CEO in 2018. Clare works with industry, academic and creative partners from around the world to champion inclusion, support talent and develop new ideas. Clare is Executive Producer of REACT, a Visiting Professor at University of the West of England, and chair of Emma Rice’s Wise Children, and is on the boards of RSC and Theatre Bristol.
Jonny Cotsen was born in Cardiff, a profoundly deaf man in a hearing world. Jonny is a qualified graphic designer and teacher but has left his professional career to develop himself as a performance artist, drama facilitator and consultant for inclusion in the arts. Jonny also runs inclusive drama workshops and is a Deaf Equality Trainer for people with and without disabilities, and is a trustee for Disability Arts Cymru. Jonny is currently an artist-in-residence with Pervasive Media Studio, which is based at the Watershed, Bristol, working on a new immersive theatre piece. His performing credits include: ‘English’ (Quarantine and National Theatre Wales), ‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’ (Mr & Mrs Clark, touring), ‘Ways Of Being Together’ (Jo Fong), ‘Cardiff: City Road Stories’ (Sherman Theatre) and ‘Confessions’ (Theatre Versus Oppression).
James Hilton is the Chief Creative Officer at Native. James works with the world’s most innovative brands creating transformative design solutions which seamlessly blend the physical and digital into unforgettable experiences. James has collected a multitude of global awards for his work and has been appointed into the Creativity 50, a list of the world’s fifty most influential creative personalities. James has headlined TEDx and Cannes Festival of Creativity talking on the subjects of creativity and innovation. He has also lectured at Oxford University, St. Andrews University, British Columbia Institute of Technology and within Google, Ford Motor Company and Unilever. James is a visiting professor at Southampton University. Prior to joining Native, James co-founded the internationally respected agency AKQA, leading it for over twenty years to become one of the world’s most awarded agencies. native.com/
Kamal Sinclair is the Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology; as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms program; and as artist and producer on the ‘Question Bridge: Black Males’ art project. At New Frontier, she partners with Chief Curator, Shari Frilot, to development and platform landmark projects in the evolution of story, including experimentations with VR, AR, and AI as storytelling mediums. At Ford Foundation’s JustFilms, she consults on trends in emerging media as a tool for social justice. At Question Bridge, she and her collaborators launched an interactive website and curriculum; published a book; exhibited in over fifty museums/festivals; won International Center for Photography’s 2015 Infinity Award for New Media; and was archived at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her career began as a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit ‘STOMP’.
Jo Verrent believes that ‘different’ is delicious not divergent. She works in arts and culture at strategic levels embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action. Jo is the Senior Producer for Unlimited – the world’s largest commissions programme for disabled artists. Unlimited is a programme delivered by Shape Arts and Artsadmin, working with partners Arts Council, Arts Council Wales, Southbank Centre, Tramway, Spirit of 2012 and British Council. Jo created a video installation –Take Me to Bed – with Luke Pell, which won Best Work in Festival in Limerick Light Moves and tours internationally. Working with Sarah Pickthall, Jo created SYNC – examining the interplay between disability and leadership which has run in UK, Australia and Korea. Jo has won both Cosmopolitan’s Woman of Achievement Award and her village’s cup for making jam. She is on the Northern Advisory Panel for Arts Council England and regularly advises on access. Jo is a Clore Fellow.