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Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery, as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £19,714,455
  • 2013-2014: £20,167,887
  • 2014-2015: £20,709,928

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Mirrorcity Exhibition, Hayward Gallery, London

MIRRORCITY explores the effect the digital revolution has had on our experiences. http://mirrorcity.southbankcentre.co.uk/ London is one of the world's centres for contemporary art. MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today, who seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age. DoP & Editor Tom Sweetland Produced by Simon Oxley at Greatcoat Films Digital Producer Sarah Toplis

Mirrorcity: London Artists on Fiction & Reality

London artists on fiction and reality 14 October 2014 - 4 January 2015. http://mirrorcity.southbankcentre.co.uk/ MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in London today. These artists seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age. Video Features Mirrorcity Artists Tim Etchells, Emma McNally, Aura Satz & Tai Shani Directed & Edited by Geej Ower Produced by Simon Oxley at Greatcoat Films Digital Producer, Sarah Toplis Music: "Black Refraction" Performed by Tim Hecker, Written by Tim Hecker Published by Warp Publishing Appears Courtesy Kranky, Ltd.

Web We Want Festival | Charlotte Webb and Matthew Gardner

Artists Charlotte Webb and Matthew Gardner, part of the Glasshouse Collective, explored global economies of digital creative labour by outsourcing processes that are usually considered impossible to outsource (idea generation, high-level management) and finding the stories of the people who contribute. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Louise Orwin's Pretty Ugly Experiment

In 2013, live artist Louise Orwin lived as three teenagers online. Pretty Ugly is a live online experiment, research project and live show, which seeks to understand how the constant march of social media is affecting our lives. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

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Web We Want Festival | Peter Jenner on Intellectual Property

In on of the Web We Want Festival's Web Bytes, music manager and producer Peter Jenner discussed the Web and intellectual property - how can creators get paid for their work under the current structure of copyright and what is getting in the way of this essential transaction. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Building the Website We Want

Rob Gethen Smith, Chief Information Officer for the Southbank Centre explained why his digital team were spending their time inside a Glass Box for the festival, and outlined the the project that will design and develop a new website for Southbank Centre with arts and learning at its core. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

A Steve Reich World Priemere - Colin Currie reveals all

Colin Currie introduces us to the Steve Reich premiere that he and the Colin Currie Group will be performing as part of Metal Wood Skin: The Colin Currie Percussion Festival. The premiere of Quartet will take place at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on Sunday 12 October. http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/colin-currie-81169?dt=2014-10-12

SIENA by La Veronal

Winner of Spain's National Dance Award 2013 * * * * (Time Out Barcelona) Thu 30 Oct, 7.30pm - Book tickets: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/la-veronal-84546 A dynamic young company from Barcelona bring their first full-length work to the UK The Italian city Siena is a place crowded with history and stories, a place where art is imprinted upon the very walls of the buildings and the human body is represented in glory, pain, ecstasy, and suffering. Taking inspiration from the city, Siena takes us on a haunting reflection on art and the human body. Journeying through the history of art from Titian’s The Venus of Urbino to David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, the piece moves from The Renaissance to the modern world where the same concerns of the body’s fragility, appearance and mortality colour our views of ourselves. Presented by Southbank Centre in partnership with Dance Umbrella London’s international dance festival. Created in the framework of the European project modul-dance, with the support of the EU Culture Programme.

Web We Want Festival | Women and the Web

As access to the Web expands and our lives become more entwined with the digital world, the Internet may have the potential to be an opportunity to advance gender equality yet an online gender gap is becoming increasingly apparent. Join digital entrepreneur Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE, Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton and Director of the Web Science Institute, Melanie Lenz, Curator of Computer Art at the V&A, and Ruth Nicholls, Managing Director at Young Rewired State, to discuss the reasons behind the gender gap in STEM industries, the representation of women online and in digital communications and how we might balance gender equality in ICT and broadband access and use. Chaired by Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre and founder of the WOW – Women of the World – festival. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Demystifying the World of Online Gaming

What’s the point of computer games? Do they occupy your children’s every waking hour? Will games turn your loved ones into gun-wielding zombie killers? Or is there, in fact, potential for some very positive and creative outcomes from playing games? Games are now just as much a part of our contemporary culture as art, music, TV and film – and many are produced right here in the UK. Some are just about mindless, violent escapism, but there are also a growing number of games that are inspiring musicians, filmmakers and educators and helping players explore and understand politics, immigration, depression and dating. This discussion, which was led by Guardian tech specialists Jemima Kiss and Keith Stuart, explained the world of online gaming and reveal some of the astonishing games development we can expect to see in the next five years. There was also practical advice on how to have a better understanding of the games your kids are play, how to choose games for them, set up things like parental controls and even start them out on a lucrative and enjoyable career for life. Introduced by Jude Kelly. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 27 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | What if I Have Nothing to Hide?

A panel led by Katarzyna Szymielewicz, co-founder and President of the Panoptykon Foundation and Vice-President of the European Digital Rights (EDRi), discussed how our data shadows and digital dandruff can be used to track and record our activities online and why this can become problematic – even if there is nothing to hide. Szymielewicz is joined by Jeremy Malcolm of Electronic Frontiers Foundation, Joana Varon, researcher and project coordinator at the Centre for Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro, Niels ten Oever of Article 19 and Harry Halpin, team member at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | The Web: A View from South America

In April 2014, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff signed the Marco Civil or Civil Rights Framework for the Internet in São Paulo, making the country one of the first in the world to set out guidelines for freedom of expression, net neutrality and data privacy for the country’s 100 million internet users. With online gaming, social media, e-commerce and entertainment all experiencing huge growth in South America – where 60% of Internet users are under 35 – our panel took a look at the future of the Web in Latin America. Renata Avila, Global Campaigns Manager for Web We Want was joined by Carolina Rossini, Vice President for International Policy at Public Knowledge, Beatriz Busaniche, of Fundacion Via Libre, founding member of Wikimedia Argentina and Vanessa Gabriel-Robinson, Project Manager for Transform UK/Brazil at the British Council as well as Joana Varon, independent Brazilian researcher and advocate on Internet Governance and Digital Rights. Introduced by Jude Kelly. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 27 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | A Better Net for the Young: Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE on iRights

The iRights Manifesto is a call to action and was launched by Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE in 2014 to create a better, safer and more supportive Internet for children and young people. Baroness Kidron talked to Dr Maggie Atkinson, the Children’s Commissioner for England, about the five rights being proposed and the current landscape for the young as digital technologies become more integrated into how we all work, learn and play. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 27 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Amir Taaki on Cryptocurrency

BitCoin developer Amir Taaki spoke about his work on cryptocurrency and Dark Wallet – an open source digital wallet for untraceable, anonymous online transactions. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Yimby's Jack Sheldon on crowdfunding

How the web is transforming philanthropy: Jack Sheldon from Yimby by JustGiving, discussed how crowdfunding now enables everyone to make good things happen in their community. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Digital Journalism: The News And Tech

According to the Office of National Statistics, over 55% of internet users in the UK used the Web to read or download news from online sources, including newspapers, broadcasters, blogs and social media such as Facebook and Twitter. With the advent of 24-hour news cycles and ever increasing global connectivity, how are media channels and traditional journalism being challenged and transformed through the Web? Timothy Karr, Senior Director of Strategy at Free Press, Rossalyn Warren, Reporter at Buzzfeed and Max Harlow, Developer at Guardian News and Media discussed this. Introduced by Olivia Solon. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Sir Tim Berners-Lee In Conversation

25 years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web while working at CERN, the large particle physics lab near Geneva. He then worked to ensure the code was made freely available, to everyone, forever. For Southbank Centre's Web We Want Festival celebration of his achievement Sir Tim Berners-Lee appeared in conversation with Professor Richard Susskind OBE, IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice, President of the Society for Computers and Law and Chair of the Advisory Board at the Oxford Internet Institute. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 27 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | The Myth Of The Digital Native

A recent report commissioned by Ofcom found that the average six-year-old understands more about digital technology than their parents, but what is the real impact of the all-pervasiveness of digital platforms in the lives of young people? Emma Mulqueeny, Founder of the Rewired State Group, Dr Ellen Helsper, lecturer in the Media and Communications Department of the London School of Economics, Monica Bulger, Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and student Eleanor Fogden explore how children and young people are dealing with the Web, from the fantastic opportunities that it provides to the emotional resilience required for children and young people to live their lives online. Introduced by Olivia Solon. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | The Web: A View From Africa

With over 200 million people now connected to the Internet in Africa, many using mobile devices, opportunities for commerce, education and development are now at the forefront of an African digital revolution. Following the recent launch of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms, this discussion explores how Africans are using the Web and what the future holds. With Lulu Kitololo, Co-Owner and Creative Director of Asilia, Nnenna Nwakanma, Africa Regional Coordinator for the World Wide Web Foundation, Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda and Eliza Anyangwe, Editor of Guardian Global Development Professionals Network. Chaired by Anne Jellema, Chief Executive Officer, World Wide Web Foundation. Introduced by Olivia Solon. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Digital Dissent The Web in The Middle East

In 2011, the Web and social media in particular was touted as a key component of the uprisings that swept countries during the ‘Arab Spring’, when mass demonstrations in the Arab world – from North Africa to the Gulf – led to political unrest and the bringing down of long standing regimes. Three years on, are the effects still being felt by Web users in the region? What is the impact of state surveillance of online activity? And is the Internet still a platform for expressing dissent? Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Advocacy Officer at Privacy International, digital rights and security researcher Ramy Raoof, Reem Al Masri, Internet Research Lead at 7iber and Karl Sharro, architect, writer and commentator on the Middle East joined chair Aaron Cezar, founding Director of the Delfina Foundation to discuss. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Censorship And The Web

More and more people are now online across the globe, opening up communities and exposing new cultures, what is the future of the ‘information superhighway’ and how are governments and organisations currently ‘filtering’ and regulating information before it gets to Internet users? Reem Al Masri, Director of Research at 7iber, a Jordan-based media organization, Timothy Karr, Senior Director of Strategy at Free Press and Ellery Biddle of the Global Voices Advocacy highlighted recent case studies from around the world. Introduced by Jude Kelly, Artistic Director at Southbank Centre. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | The Internet of Things

As the Web moves beyond screens and technology builds our physical world into the online infrastructure, this session explored how the Internet of Things will shape our future, from how our phones and fridges could start talking to each other to the potential impact of cybernetics on the body and how wearable technologies will make our relationships with the digital sphere more interconnected and intimate. The panel included Kevin Palmer and Matt Wade of Kin Design, Adrian Hon, author of A History of the Future in 100 Objects, and cognitive neuropsychologist and Google Glass Explorer Sarah Weldon. Chaired by Malcolm Garrett RDI, Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | Newspaper Review

The Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director Jude Kelly OBE, digital entrepreneur Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE and Tom Chatfield, writer, commentator and author of How to Thrive in the Digital Age reads through the Sunday papers, taking a look at the most interesting headlines, stories and comment published on the second day of the Web We Want Festival. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 28 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | How We Make Art Now: Artists in a Connected World

In 2002, artist and Guggenheim museum curator Jon Ippolito identified Ten Myths of Internet Art. Myth Number 1 was the idea that the Web is solely a medium for delivering other artistic media. Today, the Web and digital technology offers unprecedented opportunities for artists to make work which could not exist if the Web did not exist. This panel explore online performances, interactive experiences and digital and online art which uses the structure and behaviour of the Web to comment on how we live now. The panel are Ruth Catlow, artist and co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Furtherfield online community for arts, technology and social change, performance and video artist Katherine Araniello, Rachel Rayns, Artist in Residence of Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer, and Sandeep Mahal, Director of The Space. Chaired by James Cowdery, Head of Digital Engagement at Southbank Centre. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 27 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

Web We Want Festival | The Great Firewall Of China

In 2013, the Oxford Internet Institute reported that 42% of the world’s internet users live in Asia. The region is home to some of the world’s fastest and slowest connection speeds, the most advanced technical innovations and prominent concerns around access and affordability. While the Philippines crowdsourced a Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom in 2013, China continues to exercise one of the most extensive and comprehensive Internet censorship policies in the world with the Golden Shield Project. Dr Ning Wang, Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Lang Xiao, Research Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media and Emilie Wang, Director of Public Relations at Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Groupto discussed the Internet in Asia. Chaired by Jeremy Malcolm of Electronic Frontiers Foundation. Introduced by Olivia Solon. Web We Want Festival, Southbank Centre, 27 September 2014. @WebWeWantFest #WebWeWantFest www.southbankcentre.co.uk/webwewant

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