“We are the real time experiment” by Mike Stubbs


“We are the real time experiment”

Mike Stubbs

15.00, Wednesday 17th April,

Jill Craigie cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth.

‘Streets are my gallery and local communities are my audience’, Yola.

From street art, site-specific interventions and performance in public space, when and how do we create different types of agency and effective responses within a context of people and place?

With new opportunities to develop the town centre, parks and play areas, what new partnerships and strategies might we explore and how do we enable license for artists to do their own thing?

This informal presentation focuses on making and presenting work inside/outside the gallery by artist/curator Mike Stubbs. Mike will talk about ArtBomb festival and hub, Doncaster, a case study of commissioning Krzysztof Wodiczko and on his most recent curatorial project at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Are Your Working Now?  Time permitting, a quick dash around one of his recent artworks Climate Emergency Services and other works.

Key words: Art, Experiment, International, Art & Science, Ontology, Play, Mental Health, Environment, Curatorial, Public, Partnerships

Mike Stubbs will present diverse examples of his own creative practice, curatorial projects and programs which have blended life as an artist, random conversations with people on the bus and strategic partnerships.  What new approaches to engaging the less engaged do we have?  How do we feed our own inner sense of poetic artistry and creativity, whilst enabling others to make art or work in collaboration?

Mike Stubbs is an artist and senior creative leader currently running ArtBomb. With over 30 years’ experience of producing innovative projects internationally and in the UK. From institutional management, strategic planning, program development to curating he has an international reputation. For 12 years he was the Director/CEO of FACT, Liverpool, jointly appointed as Professor of Art, Media, and Curating by LJMU, 4 years, Head of Program for ACMI, (Australian Centre of Moving Image), Melbourne & 3 years Senior Research Fellow, Visual Research Centre, Dundee University. He has initiated and overseen Festivals such as: ArtBomb, ROOT & Abandon Normal Devices, led public facing programs such as FACTlab, European Media Art Residency Exchange and Doncaster Creates. Encompassing a broad range of arts & media practice, internationally, Stubbs is an award-winning moving image artist in his own right, showing at the Tate, Baltic, BBC, Channel 4, and museums around the world. Mike’s current research subjects include art in the public realm, ecology, town centre regeneration, deep time, and work.


[Image from Climate Emergency Services (CES), 2021]