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Memory Diving

BY JOSH LEACH
@ VOL 22 ON JUL 18, 2019

In his talk, Josh Leach facilitates mental time travel. By sharing a technique he developed called Memory Diving which can be used as a stimulus for storytellers, writers, actors or anyone open to exploring their consciousness in a new way. Take a deep breath and get ready for life to splash behind your eyes...

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Out of Sight and Out of Mind

BY JAYNE MURRAY
@ VOL 22 ON JUL 18, 2019

Jayne Murray talks about Druids Heath, an area on the southern edge of Birmingham, that is predominantly modernist social housing and provides some examples of its successful community activism over the years.

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How I Lost my Sense of Smell but found a Unicorn

BY MATT WESTBROOK
@ VOL 22 ON JUL 18, 2019

10 years ago Matt Westbrook suddenly lost his sense of smell, leaving him also unable to taste. As a keen eater this left him bereft and having to re learn taste, odour and flavour. Of most anxiety though was his inability to access the 'smell memories’ accrued through life. However he soon became intrigued in how this process of searching for lost files could enhance his art practice.

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Ghost Signs of Birmingham

BY TRACEY THORNE
IN BIRMINGHAM

Tracey's talk explores the visual language of the streets through hand-painted old advertising signs found in Birmingham. Ghost signs helps us connect with the streets and provide a different way to navigate around the city. Revealing a hidden part of the city - connecting us with stories about people, buildings and places from the past. 

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Art in the Biogenetic Age

BY LAURIE RAMSELL
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Laurie Ramsell talks about his sculptural work and the creation of a 'Pseudo-Siren' from bacterial cellulose and human hair, currently being exhibited at Birmingham Open Media. How can art lean from scientific research, and perhaps vice versa?

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Land + Territory

BY ANA CORDEIRO REIS
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Ana Cordeiro Reis presents a visual journey based on photographs she took in her home land of Tras-os-Montes (Northeast Portugal). Her narrative is accompanied by a soundscape, also produced by Ana. 

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Waterworks

BY LYNN DENNISON
IN BIRMINGHAM

Lynn Dennison shows some of her collage and installation work on the subject of Land and Water. She talks about some of her ideas and working methods and her current project at the University of Birmingham.

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Keep Swimming Moseley Road Baths

BY KAT PEARSON
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Kat Pearson is a member of Moseley Road Baths Action Group who are trying to make sure that the current owners (Birmingham City Council) not only look after the building, but also keep the pool open. The title comes from their recent social media campaign which encouraged people to #keepswimmingmrb!

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Art in the Biogenetic Age

BY BEN WADDINGTON
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Laurie Ramsell talks about his sculptural work and the creation of a 'Pseudo-Siren' from bacterial cellulose and human hair, which featured at the Birmingham Open Media - 'Genecraft: Art in the Biogenetic Age'.

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The Many Shapes of Earth

BY ALEXANDRE COATES
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Alexandre Coates talks about how we think about the Earth, mainly about what shape it is, from a flat earth (and flat-earth societies) to a sphere. The surface of a sphere simply cannot be rolled out on a 2D surface, so maps must always choose something to keep, and something to get rid of. So what does map-earth look like?

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Water, Drugs and Human Guinea Pigs

BY ALEX CONNER
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Alex Conner talks about his role as a scientist, all his mistakes on the way and how water going into our brains keeps us alive but can easily kill us.

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In Sync: Music and Movement

BY JULIA GILBERT
@ VOL 14 ON MAY 18, 2016

Julia Gilbert is a big fan of dance and music and spoke about the inextricable links between them, along with exciting examples of emerging technology that is enabling the creation of music through movement. Here’s some links to the people and tools she talked about

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