20 April 2015
Writer Naomi Alderman, theorist Florian Cramer, and performers Blast Theory set to appear at this year’s Writing Digital: MIX DIGITAL Conference 2015
The new Commons building at the Newton Park campus of Bath Spa University will be the home of this year’s MIX DIGITAL conference. Following the success of the last two MIX DIGITAL conferences, held at Corsham Court, the University’s School of Humanities and Creative Industries continues to be at the forefront of both research and teaching of creative practice across many forms.
This year’s conference will take place from 2 – 4 July 2015 and will take advantage of the features and interactive spaces in the new Commons building where it will host a vibrant mix of academic papers, practitioner presentations, seminars, keynotes, discussions, workshops and an exhibition of the work by conference participants.
The full schedule of keynote speakers is yet to be finalised but confirmed speakers are Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media Naomi Alderman, theorist of the post-digital Florian Cramer, and adventurous artists’ group Blast Theory.
Professor Alderman is a prize-winning author; in 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers, and in 2007 was named as Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones’ 25 Writers of the Future. In 2012, she co-created the top-selling fitness game and audio adventure Zombies, Run! which has been shortlisted for a Develop award for narrative and the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain best videogame award.
Florian Cramer is an applied research professor at Creating 010, the research unit affiliated to Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. He also works for WORM, a Rotterdam-based venue and production house for DIY avant-garde culture. Recent publications include the essay collection Anti-Media, and the paper What Is Post-Digital?
Blast Theory is renowned as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media for creating new forms of performance and interactive art. Blast Theory will appear at the conference to discuss their current kickstarter project entitled ‘Karen’.
Conference Co-Chair, Professor Kate Pullinger, Bath Spa University, says ‘MIX Digital 3 gives participants the chance to catch up with artists, writers and academics who are working at the forefront of where arts practice meets technology, where the artificial division between the digital and the analogue no longer exists. This year’s conference will be push the discussion forward into new and challenging territories, from new digital literary forms to our analogue futures.
MIX DIGITAL is an established, innovative forum that features the discussion and exploration of writing and technology. The conference attracts a cohort of local, national, even international attendees with contributors coming from the UK, Australia, Europe and even North and South America too. After this year the conference will become biennial event and will be one of the flagship conferences for Bath Spa University.
The MIX DIGITAL partners, The Writing Platform, will also be showcasing their two winning projects from the competitive bursaries that they awarded earlier in 2015 to Victoria Bennett and Adam Clarke, and Kelly Jones and Linda Sandvik who each entered as a team of two for their new creative writing and technology projects.
Everyone is welcome to the conference but booking in advance is essential where tickets can be purchased on the Bath Spa Live website via this link. All tickets include access to all of the conference activities and conference-related public events as well as food but vary in price depending on whether you require accommodation and conference tickets or conference tickets only.