AI FUTURES: Opening Up

The Exchange: 3 Centenary Square Birmingham B1 2DR
Event cost
Free, drop-in
Thursday 25 July 2024 (18:00-20:00)
Artist Exodus Crooks smiles in a black and white portrait photograph

Join Ikon and University of Birmingham at The Exchange for an evening of talks, exhibitions and creative workshops that open up conversations between artists and academics around AI Futures and the Stuart Hall Archive Project.

Hear Exodus Crooks talk about We need 2 tlk (2024) with Cathy Wade, Artist Facilitator, Vivid Projects, and participate in a creative text-based workshop led by artist Sadie Barnett. Listen to Dr Nick Beech and Dr Rita Gayle introduce live projects that expand access to the archive of Professor Stuart Hall (1932–2014).

18.00 Arrival  

Talks (Banking Hall)

18.10 Welcome and Introduction to AI Futures – Simon Cane, Director of Public and Cultural Engagement, University of Birmingham 

18.20 We need 2 tlk – Exodus Crooks, Artist, and Cathy Wade, Artist Facilitator, Vivid Projects  

19.00 Break 

19.10 Introducing the Stuart Hall Archive – Dr Nick Beech, Academic lead on the Stuart Hall Archive Project, University of Birmingham   

19.35 Break  

19.45 Introducing Conjunctures – Dr Rita Gayle, Research Fellow on the Conjunctures strand of the Stuart Hall Archive Project, University of Birmingham 

20.10 Closing remarks – Linzi Stauvers, Artistic Director (Education), Ikon, and Julia Habeshaw, Head of Public Programmes, University of Birmingham 

All talks are BSL interpreted by Gurmail Narwain and Joy Lear-Bernard. 

Workshop (South Entrance)

18.00-20.00 Would a computer get it? - Sadie Barnett, Artist, Writer and Facilitator and Regan McDonald, Public Health Research Officer, Ikon and Birmingham Council

Exhibition (The Vaults) 

18.00-20.00 We need 2 tlk (2024) – a moving image installation by Exodus Crooks. Commissioned by University of Birmingham and Ikon as part of AI Futures at The Exchange. 

Exhibition runs 4 July- 2 November 2024. Opening hours are Monday - Saturday, 10:00 - 16:00. Admission is free. 

We Need 2 Tlk is presented as part of AI Futures, a journey into the brave new world of artificial intelligence through the lens of University of Birmingham research. Our programme of exhibitions and events runs February - November 2024 at The Exchange.