Talks & Workshops

On a tech/art panel with Martin Kemp and Liliane Lijn at the Excel Centre for New Scientist Live, 2016.

I frequently give entertaining talks about all sorts of things. I love hosting and presenting things for other people, too, so shout if you’d like me to contribute to your event in some way.

Hosting or producing events for you
I curated and hosted regular events for the Site Gallery in Sheffield in my role there as Digital Art Curator (January 2017-19). I’ve also hosted a podcast for The Guardian, and was ‘In conversation with’ Richard Dawkins at the Lowry theatre, in September 2015 and Romesh Ranganathan at Sheffield’s City Hall in October 2018.

I’ve MCed for numerous clients across the technology and culture industries, including The Story 2016, and ‘Horizons’ – Imperica’s 30th Birthday event for the ZX Spectrum at the BFI. I hosted the computer art pioneers event Making Art by Writing Code for the Site Gallery, in 2013. In 2018, I hosted short films about data for BBC Tomorrow’s World.

I have extensive experience of producing original events. For Hack Circus, I created and directed six immersive, sell-out events bringing together art, tech and science playfully with experts and entertainment. I’ve organised a number of panel discussions for various organisations.

Talks about my own work
I’m often invited to give talks about my work and projects, and read from my books. Dozens of places I’ve spoken at include TEDx Sheffield and TEDx Brighton, New Scientist Live, The RCA, the RI, the BBC, the Lowry, Google Campus, the Hepworth, Fun Palaces, Creative Mornings, and Future Everything.

Sci-fi and hacking, comedy talks
From time to time, I do spontaneous talks not really linked to any other projects. These have included talks about AI for the Festival of the Spoken Nerd and others, and ‘Star Wars: Flowers for Alderaan’ for The Royal Institution and others. I’ve done one of my most popular talks, ‘Terminator, how worried should we be?’ for numerous clients and conferences.

Making Things Fast
This talk about how to get out of a creative rut and get stuff done has been one of my most requested. I’ve delivered this for clients like Hachette UK, The Monday Club at The Assembly, Watershed, the Writing Platform conference and many more.

I often give workshops on practical and theoretical technology and creativity. Examples include a two-day workshop on creativity and subverting the city at Berlin’s School of Machines, Magic and Make-believe (2015), a magic show and making workshop for a community in Leeds in 2015, a Making Things Fast workshop for the Writing Platform conference, and a robots and LED puppet workshop for the Helsinki museums, in October 2016. In summer 2018, I co-created a dance/tech workshop for patients at the Derby Royal hospital, with dancer Rosa Cisneros.