#shifthappens – a barely informative write-up

I went to shift happens last week. My first visit to this one day conference held in York, which is based around the arts (theatre (particularly), gallery or online based), new technology and interconnectedness (e.g technology, collaboration, audience and performer, audience and ‘institution’). I’m probably describing it badly. To borrow from the website , it’s about  how emergent technologies are shaping and changing the things we now do. Whether that’s Art/theatre practice or indeed the promoting of them (in part to to ensure sustainability of that practice/organisation/piece). Actually it was more than that, more expansive, which made of a head-filling day.

I attended for a few reasons:
(1) I like art / theatre / culture .. 2D, 3D, written, performed, whichever. as long as it ‘hits me’. That’s seems a really obvious statement and maybe too wide-ranging. Anyway, over the years I’ve also had varying forays into making and contributing : painting, acting, writing.. but mostly looking at, listening to and absorbing the work of others.
(2) In my work world, aside from commercial ‘brand marketing’ over the years, I’ve also worked with a couple of cultural organisations from a digital / social media marketing POV. Primarily the excellent Mikron Theatre company (and I’m on the council of management).
(3) I’m a geek, so a conference that has emergent technologies and artistic practice in the mix gets my attention.
(4) I’m a digital marketing freelance / consultant  – networking, enough said.

Some of the above is summed up in an audioboo between @mikrontheatre ‘s @petetoon and myself :

listen to ‘#shifthappens with @markkelly333 hopes and dreams!’ on Audioboo

I’m not going to summarise each speaker here. There were a lot of great speakers on the day – both IRL and via skype. And all spoke with passion which was great, not a ‘sales pitch’ in sight.

I hope some of the talks will be transcribed (e.g @exitthelemming and @lyngardner). You can already see Dr Rebekka Kill’s great ‘talk’ (loud music, no talking, excellent sound track) on Facebook is Disco, Twitter is Punk here:

Content and themes ranged from collaboration between techies and artists and what unexpected outcomes come from that, how we can crowd-source problem solving and get gestalt-ic outcomes, on being a digital nomad, The BBC’s / Art Council’s TheSpace.org .. and a lot more.
And how we need to value artistic practice and cultural institutions (of all sizes and types) and not allow them to be swept away in a tide of short-term fiscal myopic-ness.

Details of the speakers here : http://www.pilot-theatre.com/?idno=1327

For a broad sense of what was covered, have a look at #shifthappens on Twitter. (note:  like most hashtags there are some some tweets mixed in there not from the conference but using same #).
And some reach stats here

I’ve also scanned in my notes from the day .. which, looking at them, may cause more confusion than enlightenment.
Actually, go back to Twitter, you’ll get more of a sense of some of the ‘headlines’ and take outs from there.

Shift Happens session 1 notes

Shift Happens session 1 notes

Shift Happens session 2 notes

Shift Happens session 2 notes

Shift Happens Clay Shirky notes

Shift Happens Clay Shirky notes @cshirky

Shift Happens final session notes

Shift Happens final session notes