It'a good to see that two of the artists chosen as BOM's inaugural fellows have an interest in working with archival collections.
Photographer Jo Gane is interested in exploring how memory acts as a filter to how the past is represented, and often takes her cues from how past events can be viewed 'objectively' in images from the fields of forensic science and archaeology. Through the use of historic photographic techniques in her practice, she attempts to create a sense of confusion about the age and authenticity of images. New media artist and curator Antonio Roberts, who is currently artist-in-residence at the University of Birmingham, is investigating copyright and the re-use and remixing of archive material. We'll be following his blog for tips on how best to advise creatives using our archives!
BOM (Birmingham Open Media) is a new space for art, technology and science. Based at 1 Dudley Street (close to New Street station), the building includes a gallery, a cafe, a co-working space for practitioners exploring new technologies, open studios, a laboratory with facilities for darkroom innovation and scientific experiments, and a photography studio. BCU are their Creative Enterprise Partner in this project. They are working with students, academics and graduates from the New Technology Institute; Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Visual Communication, Performance Media and English.