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MSL Discover are pleased to announce a new partnership with RSA to explore ethical broadband connectivity, heritage and culture in a one-day conference in Hastings on 23 September, called 'Is This For Everyone?'
Come and hear from leading thinkers and practitioners about how digital connectivity can help culture and heritage venues develop placemaking and audience networks that are part of local circular economies.
The morning event (full price tickets, £25) features national speakers and includes lunch. The free afternoon session of the event will be lead by RSA and will be an invitation to arts and creative industry professionals and local people and to discuss themes inspired by recent RSA national debates around coastal economies and digital skills. A drinks reception sponsored by the RSA follows at the end of the day.
“We hear 5G might turbo-charge the quantity of data and digital connectivity around us in the future. Global ISPs keep telling us our connected lives are going to change massively as a result,” said Jon Pratty, Associate Director of MSL Digital. “That’s likely to be the picture for the top cities in Britain, but what about the rest of us? What if we want connectivity that meets the needs of local arts and heritage networks, and the social sector? Do we even know what communities really need, in terms of connections?”
Confirmed speakers are: Professor Gillian Youngs (‘The Internet of Place’); Ira Bolychevsky, founder and Director of Redecentralize.org; Caroline Bassett, Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Cambridge; and Iain Bennett, from The Fifth Sector and BOP Consulting.
As part of this project Arts Council England supported three digital artist commissions, titled ‘This Is For Everyone’, which went live in Hastings on 7 September. Artists Kevin Grist, Judith Ricketts and Rosanna Lowe will report back about their experiences at the conference on 23 September. Go to our ‘This Is For Everyone’ page to find out more about the artists.
Strands of discussion will include:
– Do we need 5G when many places already have under-used free town WiFi? (Will coastal towns with significant deprivation even get 5G?)
– Can town broadband networks help rebuild local cultural and digital economies? (How can we use local networks to evaluate people flow to heritage venues?)
– Can we signpost history and heritage better for visitors? (Mobile use, live streaming, location-based apps etc.)
– How else might we use local connectivity for cultural and heritage uses? (#IoT; open data, sensor networks, open plaques...)
Eventbrite link for all day attendance: (includes lunch and RSA pm session plus reception) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/is-this-for-everyone-tickets-68474592349
RSA afternoon session, 'In ConveRSAtion': (pm session plus reception) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-conversation-could-commandeering-the-town-wifi-connect-the-community-tickets-69977956953
For more information, go to our ‘Is This For Everyone?’ page.
HELP US CREATE A NEW PARK IN THE HEART OF HASTINGS
The Alley Association (https://alleyassociation.org.uk) is working with White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures and local producers, MSL, to begin a transformation of the unkempt Alley behind Claremont into a park for all. Join Gary Baverstock and the team, FrenchnDawson as they start work on Saturday 7 September between 11am and 3pm in the Alley. Bring a picnic, help paint or plant, look at the plans, peer into the caves. Funded by Pocket Park Plus, National Lottery Community Fund, Awards for All and the Coastal Communities Fund. If you have the time, we would welcome anyone who can commit to working with us on the project. Contact Sophie at MSL on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01424 234000.
CAN ARTS AND HERITAGE DIGITAL PROJECTS TACKLE DEPRIVATION IN HASTINGS?
MSL Associate Producer, Jon Pratty, outlines an exciting new development in Hastings. Click here to read Jon's article on the RSA website.
CRITICS’ AWARDS FOR THEATRE NOMINATIONS
MSL Projects in association with Mischief La-Bas, IN SITU, UZ Arts and Radiator Arts received three nominations in the shortlists for last year's Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for the production Nursery Crymes. The nominations were for Best Director, Best Technical Presentation and Best New Play. Click here to go to the Nursery Crymes page to see why we were nominated!
Nursery Crymes is now available for touring – click here to find out more.
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