Art, Activism and the Archive in the New Millennium
Art as activism engages with the democratisation and availability of the artistic works, which gain cultural significance and can impact on social and political change. To address this subject, and how marginalised communities use the arts, media and creativity to challenge forms of exclusion in the field of cinema, we will bring together a panel of filmmakers and curators across two generations. The panel will explore some of the historical tendencies in British art and culture that have influenced the politics of race and cinema and other aspects in the wider arts and creative industry. The discussion will be framed around new questions of the relevance to artistic work in the digital age, which is equally defined by new power relationships between the artist/creator and the audience/consumer; and the product/archive and cultural institutions.
This illustrated panel featured – Adeyemi Michael (Sodiq, Entitled), Ngozi Onwurah (Welcome to The Terrordome, Shoot The Messenger), Gaylene Gould (No Direct Flight) and Imruh Bakari (Riots and Rumours of Riots, Blue Notes and Exiled Voices, Big City Stories) (Chair)