The Art of Ideas is a three-day music and art event taking place at the Hippodrome this week, we popped along to the first event – Culture & Identity The Role of Place in Shaping the Arts, as did Pete Ashton.
Catherine O’Flynn, Sam Jacob (FAT, architecture and design) and James Yarker from Stan’s Cafe did a brief talk each, then some discussion – and then a Q&A from the floor.
Cath and James both talked about how Birmingham shaped their art: Catherine’s essay is online at the Post – similar in tone to her talk (and I agree with every word). And James’ talk is on the Stan’s Cafe blog.
The Q&A was the same old nonsense that you’d hear at any event where “birmingham” and “art” are mentioned, it was too much about Birmingham, and not enough about art – I was really looking forward to thoughts about why/how/if art is related to place, but it was all about the Council and marketing and The Arts Council and worrying about diversity/integration and representation (worthy subjects for discussion, but not really on topic).
Guess there’s nothing to stop us thinking about this stuff on our own ;) and I’m sure we will continue to.
Related link: Euphoria (mentioned by Cath, but not so easy to find on the web).