Demo Week: A week-long celebration of the testbeds artists and their work
The University of Bedfordshire is proud to present Demo Week. TestBeds
artists will share their development to date and engage audiences in
discussion about how arts and culture are helping to define Luton. TestBeds brings together early-career, Luton-based creative practitioners with internationally-renowned artists and immerses them in a hothouse for creative innovation. Demo Week is a chance to engage with the creative process and help shape the future of their projects.
All Demo Week activity is free to attend.
All activity will be held at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus, Park Street, or at the School of Art & Design, Guildford Street, Luton. A full schedule is outlined below.
Monday 21st May: Music
11am - 12.30pm
The Ozzlebox: Creative Thinking Inside a Box
Human BeatBoxer Oz Azubuine explores the possibilities of human beatboxing as a collaborative contemporary artform in this workshop for all ages.
Judith Blake Theatre, Park Square. Suitable for all ages.
May be of interest to: educators, young people.
3pm - 4pm
Workshop: Music and Business
Classical Musician David Murphy leads an introductory workshop to inaugurate the world of music to business operations, developing a toolset of interdisciplinary working skills.
Judith Blake Theatre, Park Square.
May be of interest to: business professionals and students.
Music and Business
Tuesday 22nd May: Art and Science
12pm - 1pm
Fine artist Gayle Storey invites you to learn more about Bio Orchestra, inspired by Darwin's Theory of Movement in Plants using data mapping to create music.
1.30pm - 3pm
Ex Vivo: The performative nature of science
Join collaborators Adam York Gregory and Gillian Jane Lees, on a practical exploration of their research so far.
4pm - 5pm
Luton: A multidisciplinary workshop
TestBeds alumni Sophie Gresswell will present on the work she has done since being on TestBeds in changing perceptions around indentity, space, and the urban environment.
An evening reception to celebrate Demo Week.
Wednesday 23rd May: Media
11am - 12pm
Make Art not War
Videographer and photographer Jamie Newell leads a practical discussion around our understanding of drones and their place in contemporary society. What have they been used for, and importantly, what could they be used for in the future?
1pm - 2pm
An introduction to Four Faced Films
TestBeds Alumni Four Faced Films invite you to join them to talk about their company. What do you want to see? What skills do you think people need? How can we work together to make it happen?
3pm - 5pm
Gurls Du Filme: An introduction to future filmakers
Gurls Du Filme invite you to learn more about their business, a production company with a difference.
An evening reception in collaboration with the University of Bedfordshire's Media Department.
Thursday 24th May: Duration
The Big Weave
Throughout the week a large freestanding loom will be located around the campus.Fine art and textile artist Nicola Moody seeks to engage a wider community with weaving and to explore how it can be used as a tool for gathering information. The loom will be at different points around the site starting at School of Art and Design on Monday, Park street on Tuesday, The University Library on Wednesday and Thursday and Campus Centre reception on Friday. Come along and have a go at weaving.
Durational (workshop 1pm - 2.30pm)
Playing with feeling
Ceramicist Moriam Grillo presents a durational practical exploration of art as a vehicle for processing thoughts, feelings, and emotion.
Arts and Health
11am - 12pm
Workshop: Interdisciplinary art
TestBeds alumni Agnieszka Rebosz leads a practical workshop on dance and art. Please wear appropirate clothing
Dance and Art
2pm - 3.30pm
Threads of Narrative
Fine art Textile artist Nicola Moody will lead a workshop that seeks to explore personal histories through the language of textiles. Embroidery, weaving and manipulation of thread will all be used as tools to express specific narratives.
3pm - 4.30pm
Mary Hearne leads a practical workshop using personal stories as stimulus for creative output.
5pm - 6pm
Learn about the unique Luton history of printmaking and propaganda with artist and curator Caroline Wallace. A practical and playful session discussing printing in Luton (with work from Letterpress Artist Helen Ingham), discussing delivering workshops with hard to reach audiences.
Friday 25th May: Work in Progress
11am - 12pm
Join interdisciplinary artist Andy Abbott in collectively imaginging a post-work Luton with 360 video and virtual reality technology.
Arts and tech
2pm - 3.30pm
Girl in a Box
Debra Knight presents Girl in a Box, an exploration of the elements of light, projection, sound and movement to transform and connect people and spaces using poetry.
3.30pm - 4.30pm
Artist Nicole Mollett will transform local stories into a graphic novel with input from artists and writers from Luton.