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Future Culture - The expanding role of technology in cultural production, experience, and exchange (V&A Museum, London, Monday 17 November 2014, 10.30– 16.00)


Monday 17 November 2014, 10.30– 16.00 (Open for public, a small number of seats still available)


The V&A, in collaboration with the Calvert 22 Foundation, invite you to a half-day conference exploring the interplay between digital technology and culture. The conference will bring together leaders from major cultural institutions, leading technologists, journalists, creative professionals, commentators and experts from the UK and Russia to discuss how technology is shaping the future direction of museums, providing greater access to audiences regardless of geography and providing new opportunities for international cultural dialogue.

11.30 – 12.00 Registration, coffee and pastries

12.00 Welcome and Introduction
Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum
Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in culture, Ambassador-at-Large

12.15 – 13.30 Session One: Digital Future

How is technology affecting cultural institutions and what will the future look like as the digital becomes a more important tool for institutions and a medium of engagement for audiences?

Chair: Bill Sherman, Head of Research, Victoria and Albert Museum
Richard Boulderstone, Chief Digital Officer, British Library
James Davis, Program Manager, Google Cultural Institute
Elena Gagarina, Director, Kremlin Museums
Dmitry Ozerkov, Director of Contemporary Art, State Hermitage Museum
Martin Roth, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum

13.30 – 14.45 Session Two: Communicating Regional Culture in a Digital Age

Has technology changed the balance of cultural power between regions, capitals and global audiences?

Chair: Ekow Eshun, Creative Director, Calvert 22 Foundation
Alisa Prudnikova, Director, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Ural Branch
Andrea Rose, Former British Council Director of Visual Arts
Anastasia Shavlokhova, Director, Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art
Zelfira Tregulova, Director, Rosizo
Godfrey Worsdale, Director, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

14.45 – 15.00 Refreshments

15.00 – 15.55 Session Three: Culture as a platform for cross-national dialogue in the digital age

How can we maintain good relations in a context of political discord?

Chair: Jonathan McClory, Trustee, Calvert 22 Foundation
Dmitry Aksenov, Chairman Board of Directors, RDI Group and
Lutz Engelke, Chairman, TRIAD Berlin
Michael Idov, Journalist and Creative Director, Arts Pictures
Ilya Kalinin, Historian, St Petersburg State University
Rohan Silva, Founder, Second Home

15.55 – 16.00 Summary and Conclusion Bill Sherman, Head of Research, Victoria and Albert Museum

The programme is subject to change without warning.

This event is a collaboration with Calvert 22 Foundation and has been supported by MTT



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