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July 3, 2014 Opening of Automatic Art at GV Art gallery. Exhibition runs from Friday 4 July and ends Saturday 26 July 2014. My collaborative work Drawing by Numbers with Simon Emberton is part of the show.

Private View: Thursday 3 July 2014, 6-9pm The exhibition presents 50 years of British art that is generated from strict procedures. The artists make their work by following rules or by writing computer programs. They range from system-based paintings and drawings to evolving computer generated images. Artists : Stephen Bell, boredomresearch, Dominic Boreham, Paul Brown, John Carter, Harold Cohen, Nathan Cohen, Sean Clark, Trevor Clarke, Ernest Edmonds,  Julie Freeman, Anthony Hill, Malcolm Hughes, Michael Kidner, William Latham, Peter Lowe, Kenneth Martin, Terry Pope, Stephen Scrivener, Jean Spencer, Steve Sproates, Jeffrey Steele and Susan Tebby.

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June 20, 2014 Opening of Data as Culture 2014 at Lighthouse, Brighton

June 13, 2014 Launch of The Space at Tate Modern Turbine Hall.

Work-in-progress We Need Us presented alongside Ai Weiwei, Lillian Schwartz, Steina and Woody Vasulka, Jeremy Deller, David Hockney, Olafur Eliasson, Universal Everything (Matt Pyke), Jim Boulton & Craig Blagg, Anneika Rose, Sue Austin, Paul Pfeiffer, Sally Reid, Elastic Future, Pierre Hebert, Larry Cuba, Bart Vegter

May 30, 2014 6 – 9pm Artist Talk, members only venue

May 17, 2014 10 – 5pm Restless Futures: Open Data as Creative Material – Data Jam at the Open Data Institute (CSM students)

May 16, 2014 5-7pm Restless Futures: Open Data as Creative Material at LVMH Lecture Theatre E003, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

Join stellar guests Julie Freeman, Chris Downs and researchers from Goldsmith’s Interaction Research Studio for an evening exploring creative uses of data for art and design. As data plays an increasingly significant role in shaping our society, it is important to consider its meaning and impact for our social, political and cultural lives. The speakers will present their current projects and discuss how they critically evaluate the promise of open data to democratize information flows and access.

April 11, 2014 1-2pm In conversation about Data as Culture 2014 at the Open Data Institute [live stream and podcast available]

The 2014 commission explores our relationship with surveillance, privacy, and personal data, taking a critical and sometimes comedic look at the power of open data. Works include pneumatic contraptions, satellite imagery, data collection performances, and knitted data discrepancies. Art curator Shiri Shalmy talked to Open Data institute’s Art Associate Julie Freeman about the curatorial process behind the 2014 Data as Culture exhibition.

March 24, 2014 6 – 8pm Data as Culture Private View for the new Data as Culture exhibition at the Open Data Institute

March 7, 2014 1:30 – 2:30pm Women in Tech - part of the Women of the World festival at St Paul’s Roof Pavilion, Southbank Centre

What role are women playing in the tech and digital industry, and how the many aspects of the web can or should be influenced by women’s voices? Does it matter?

As the percentage of female internet users who use social networking sites surpasses that of men (approx 75% vs. 63%, respectively) it becomes increasingly clear that women are in a powerful position to shape the future of the web and new technologies.  We are also beginning to see the barriers to learning code diminish; the languages and constructs of the web and technologies are becoming more accessible, intuitive, applicable and creatively applied.

We ask key female influencers, creatives and entrepreneurs in the fields of technology and media about the opportunities they see for women now and in the future. We’ll focus on how women are making, shaping and contributing to the web and new technologies but also question why we still face so many gender inequalities within the digital, technology and media industries.

Cheryl Bart, board member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) looks at the future of the media at a time when we’re all journalists. The speakers are Mariéme Jamme, CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions and founder of African Gathering, Open Data Institute artist in resident and computer scientist Julie Freeman and Emma MulQueeny Co-Founder of Rewired State. Chaired by Olivia Solon, deputy editor of Wired.co.uk

November 27, 2013 7-10pm Drawing by Numbers in the Media Space at Science Museum Lates FREE!

What does the drawn line look like to a computer? Take part in a life drawing class in Universal Everything & You and find out how to turn your drawing into code with artist Julie Freeman, who will also introduce her art practice working with algorithms and software.

December 20, 2013 1-2pm An Open Data Christmas at the Open Data Institute, lunchtime lectures.

To end the year with a sparkle, we’ve asked three Friday lunchtime lecturers - Julie FreemanJeni Tennison and Patrick Hussey - to return and tell us their version or vision of an Open Data Christmas. Each will talk for about five minutes followed by your visions and plenty of discussion. FREE. Book here.

November 11-13, 2013 Strata EU Conference, London Session: Data as an Art Material. Case Study: The Open Data Institute

Artists use data as an art material in many ways: materialising them physically, sonifying them to amplify natural phenomena, coalescing them to create new realities. They question how objective the treatment of data is, and how much truth do we expect from an artwork with statistical roots? And we are asked to consider whether it matters. If we accept that there is dogma in the artists code, do we accept that it plays a part in other code too? 
At the Open Data Institute (ODI) we see the creative use of data as an intrinsic and essential part of our cultural landscape. As part of it’s ongoing operations, the ODI has an Art Programme committed to facilitating artists in the exhibition and creation of works which translate data into something that is meaningful to people’s lives.
- Julie Freeman, Art Associate at The ODI

October 29, 2013 The Open Data Institute Annual Summit at the Museum of London. Session: Data as Culture
With Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Gavin Starks, Jeni Tennison, Michael Flowers, Francine Bennett, Tom Heath, Honor Harger, Tony Ageh and many more.

October 10, 2013 4:30-8pm Data Visualisation Workshop for the Technology Strategy Board and The Creative Industries KTN

October 8, 2013 7pm  Women in Data Speaking on Data as an Art Material with case studies on how data is being used by artists in their work.

August 17-21, 2013 TED Fellows Retreat – Vancouver

June 25, 2013 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering - post-award ceremony celebration at Tate Modern. My works from the PROTOTYPE series will be on display: LepidopteralBird + the Moon
Engineers Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen were announced as the winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering at the Royal Academy of Engineering.  The Prize is a £1million global engineering prize designed to reward and celebrate the individuals responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity. Her Majesty the Queen will present the specially designed trophy at the award ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on 25 June 2013. http://engineeringparty.qeprize.org/

April 27 – May 2, 2013 CHI2013, Paris. “The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction. CHI 2013 is about changing perspectives: we draw from the constantly changing perspectives of the diverse CHI community and beyond, but we also change perspectives, offering new visions of people interacting with technology.” Participant in Crafting Interactive Systems: Learning from Digital Art Practice.

March 21 – 24, 2013 FutureEverything, Manchester. “The FutureEverything conference is a meeting ground for the digital and creative communities. It is focused on the trends and innovations in the digital sphere. In 2013 there are three main themes - Creative Code, Future Cities and The Data Society. Exploring the interface between technology, society and culture, it is the crucible that allows artists, technologists and future thinkers to share, innovate and interact. Speaking on the Facilitating Artistic Practice panel about a career as a digital artist, and the cycle of facilitating myself and facilitating others.

February 25 – March 1, 2013 TED2013, Longbeach, California. The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered. Attending as a Senior TED Fellow, speaking at TED University on the Data as Culture collection of data-driven art.

January 11, 2013, 13:00–13:45 Friday Lunchtime Lectures at the Open Data Institute: Data as Culture. Curators of the ODI Data as Culture art commission, TED Senior Fellow, Julie Freeman will provide a background of the data-driven art movement, why this commission is so timely, and take you on a tour of the art works installed at the ODI offices.

November 29 2012 Private view of Data as Culture at the Open Data Institute

November 22 2012, 19:00 speaking on data-driven art at Cameron McKenna

September 19 – 24, 2012 speaking at ISEA2012 Albuquerque on data-driven environmental art, with ANAT. Info: “The Eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature.”

October 1 – 2, 2012 speaking at O’Reilly Strata Conference, London, on data-driven art. Info: “Unprecedented computing power and connectivity are bringing new layers of experience to our lives: a change that brings both opportunity and the challenge of new technologies and skills. The future belongs to those who understand how to collect and use their data successfully.”