‘Gonna start a revolution from my bed’ – The art of the social network and convergence culture, the power of the co-op’

by Asha




Cornerhouse (Manchester) is playing host to a very special event on

Thursday 24th Feb 2011 , Cornerhouse (The Annexe, 70 Oxford Road, Manchester, UK (6pm)


Confused by the title? get the low down here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participatory_culture

it seems like there is a media revolution happening at the moment –

‘Gonna start a revolution from my bed!’

Future Artists live creative co-op is an organization born out of the need of the creative community, part local, part global, full info here:

A Co-op that see’s the art form of convergence culture (the coming together of film, music, art, performance via digital/social media) and the power of social networks as something that is truly 21st century. As we leave the analogue thinking of the 20th century behind, these digital natives are re-writing the rules and co-operating, in new exciting ways!

This evening will be an introduction to this school of thought, a chance to meet the  creative co-op and some of its members, and see for yourselves the power of a co-operative network (more on this can be read is this ESSAY – CAMP FIRE THEORY BY FUTURE ARTISTS)

The night will be hosted by Mark Ashmore (Future Artists) and Jeff Thompson (Unconvention, Fat Northerner Records) introducing you to the creative co-op – the who, what, where, why and how!

A chance to network with fellow like-minds

and listen to our special guest speakers from the meshwork

Tech talk: Paul Stacy from Fatsoma.com

Paul is one of the co-founders of Fatsoma.com a social ticketing network, that allows your social network to become ticket reps, create a box office and handle all the admin associated with creating an event. A year old and already the talk of the town, based in Manchester.

Music: Jimmy Docherty from Northern Song Collective

Creative Director of The Northern Song Collective, which provides a platform for fledgling and innovative songwriters, artists and composers. The team behind the Collective have the entrepreneurial skills, experience, knowledge and contacts to ensure an audience of those ‘in the know’. They have the ability to source advice and information from the upper echelons of the industry in spades.

Performance: Darren R L Gordon from actingclass.co.uk

Darren is an Acting coach, Film/theatre Director and Channel 4 4talent mentor, Darren R L Gordon launched this company in 2005 with a manifesto to create a resource that would service the performance needs of Manchester and the Greater North West. Now through a network of associates we have become a market leader in providing expertise and skills relevant to the demands of this extremely competitive industry.

Acting clients have worked on notable television and film productions such as:

The Wolfman (Universal Pictures), Looking for Eric (DIR: Ken Loach), Rock Rivals, Waterloo Road, Footballers Wives (Shed Productions), Doctors, Casualty, Doctor Who, The Occupation, The Street, Ideal (BBC Television), Unforgiven (Red Productions), Life on Mars, Spooks CODE:9 (Kudos), Father & Son, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Clash of the Santas, The Royal, Heartbeat (ITV), Hollyoaks, Grange Hill (Lime Pictures).

Publishing: Print is dead talk: Jane Mcconnell (M+ Magazine, Speechmarks blog)

Jane graduated last year from MMU, came to Future Artists LTD for work experience and ended up challenging the accepted notion of what a digital magazine can be. Jane is editor of M+ magazine and a journalist on websites such asgirl about town and speechmarks. Her unique style and future artists attitude is fast making her a leading light in digital publishing.

Beth McCann Festival Director Not Part Of Festival

The Not Part Of Festival provides the fringe to Manchester International Festival.
The Not Part Of Festival provides a platform for artists from all disciplines to come together to showcase their work when the worlds press comes to Manchester.

Beth & Gareth McCann set up the festival in 2007 i a response to MIF. In their first year the festival hosted 47 events and around 10,00 people attendied in 2009 the festival grew to over 100 events across Manchester and an audience of around 25,000

They are now getting set for the 2011 festival.


Tickets are FREE (50 only) Via eventbrite here

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