THE MESSY EDGE
Digital Culture Conference 2017-2019
As Director of Brighton Digital Festival, I developed and curated the Messy Edge, the Festival's in-house conference, designed to challenge the dominant narratives around digital technology and culture by inviting artists, activists and thinkers from outside of the usual white male perspectives that are over-represented in the conversation. As such, the conference was radically at odds with the usual digital culture conference offer.
It was a pleasure to be part of Messy Edge. It's a lovely vibe and I really like your ethos. I especially notice and appreciate the work you have put into diversifying the voices represented, crucially without publicly patting yourself on the back for it and tokenising everyone in the process!
Congratulations for another outstanding conference. It’s truly my favourite conference. It takes diversity seriously & provokes our understandings & mid understandings of (digital) society & culture. Truly the cutting edge of the #messyedge
Thanks to Laurence Hill and the speakers, for yesterday's The Messy Edge conference. I'm awake early hours of the morning with a head full of the diverse, complex, engaging, challenging and currently, very relevant ideas presented.
#messyedge literally confounded my expectations. Well done Laurence Hill
for an excellently curated set of speakers. I like it when my reality tunnel is perturbed.
MESSY EDGE SPEAKERS
Photographs by Idil Bozkurt (2017) | Jo Thorne (2018) | Leonardo Lami (2019)