LAURENCE HILL - OVERVIEW
I am currently working as an independent curator, creative producer, lecturer and researcher. I am primarily focused on digital artwork and am passionate about work that seeks to investigate not only the impacts of digital technology on society, culture and politics but also the nature of the technology itself.
I was formerly Director of Brighton Digital Festival and alongside my current arts practice I am a researcher at the University of Sussex and a lecturer at the University of Brighton.
In all areas of my arts practice, I create equitable spaces to encourage and support diverse artists to make work and make that work to available to broad audiences.
As a curator, I have worked on a number of groups shows as well as smaller projects.
The image above shows a visitor at the exhibition Desire Lines at the University of Brighton in 2019. The exhibition was an outcome of a large project led by the University in partnership with Gatwick Airport around the use of data for creative and commercial purposes.
Desire Lines featured 16 works, from a diverse range of artists, that were thematically linked around data as travel, as window and as tool. The work above is 'Words that remake the world' by Nye Thompson.
Whilst at Brighton Digital Festival, I was able to commission a number of works and projects. I used these commissions as a vehicle to ensure that the festival showcased artists and communities that are often underrepresented.
For example, we worked with the Trans and non-binary community in the city on the project VoiceOver: Brighton and with young people of colour on a Research Council project around online representation.
The image above shows a still from Finding Fanon 2 by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, commissioned in 2014.
I have programmed many artist talks and events during my time in the arts sector but I want to highlight the flagship conference I created and programmed for Brighton Digital Festival.
For the Messy Edge, a digital culture conference, I invited artists, academics and activists drawn from groups not only underrepresented in the arts but more specifically underrepresented at these kinds of digital culture events. With few exceptions, the speakers were BAME, trans, queer, neurodiverse and so on.
This selection of speakers attracted diverse audiences and offered a rich environment for both the audience and the speakers.
The image above features Dr Romy Gad el Rab who spoke at the Messy Edge in 2018 representing Hyphen Labs an international design collective of women of colour.