Art & (H)aktivism Guest Judges

Introducing our Art & (H)aktivism Guest Judges

For each creative season Ugly Duck reach out to a panel of three guest judges to help with the curation of the program. As a young organisation we hugely benefit from the experience of the panel and it’s also widens the exposure for the artists involved. We value the opportunity to work with a variety of industry professional to not only expand our knowledge but it also launches us into a different network and expands our community.

On the Art & (H)aktivism panel we have:

Ashley Lee Wong is a digital curator and researcher based in London and Hong Kong. She has worked as Head of Programmes and Operations for Sedition, an online platform for the distribution of digital limited editions by contemporary artists based in London, UK. She has recently co-founded the digital studio MetaObjects facilitating digital projects in collaboration with artists and cultural partners. She is currently a PhD researcher at the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong.

Nicole Crentsil is Ghanaian born, London-based curator, facilitator, designer and public speaker. Having graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA in Product Design, Nicole balances working as a freelance curator alongside her passion with marketing, branding and content creation. Since her successful exhibition in September Nicole has curated an exhibition at the V&A, spoke and hosted TEDxUCLWomen and also curated a panel discussion at Tate Britain.
Nicole is the founder of Unmasked Women, an exhibition channeling the Black British female experience through creatives focussing on mental health. Launched in September 2016, the show sought out to creatively spark a much needed conversation about mental health within the black community. Nicole is also the co-founder of Black Girl Festival, the UK’s first festival celebrating Black British women past, present and future.
Nicole’s main interests include working on collaborative community based projects, art, design and creating platforms for new emerging groups and artists. Nicole is keen to continue working with local community groups, schools, universities and local councils to bring her creative ideas to fruition. Nicole is particularly interested in fostering intergenerational conversations amongst the diaspora and beyond.
Tim Jordan is a researcher and teacher at the University of Sussex. He is currently Head of the School of Media, Film and Music and Professor of Digital Cultures. He has been analysing the effects of digital and internet technologies and of popular protest since the early 1990s.

His current project is working on new economic practices in digital contexts. The aim is to produce a book called The Digital Economy for Polity Press. The book will examine a range of case studies, including Google/Baidu and search, Facebook and social media, Uber/AirBnB and regulatory disintermediation, free and open source software production, and the maker movement among others.

Tim has been involved in analysis of the social and cultural meaning of the internet and cyberspace since the mid-1990s. His most recent book is Information Politics: liberation and exploitation in the digital society (Pluto 2015) which involves analysis of clouds, social media, recursion, securitisation, iPads, hacktivism and online gaming. He has also been working with colleagues on the idea of ‘being in the zone’ among surfers and computer programmers which has appeared as a co-edited collection Culture, Identity and Intense Performativity: being in the zone (Routledge 2016) co -edited with Professor Kath Woodward and Dr Brigid McClure.

Prior to this Tim’s research has been about communication and the internet, published in the book Internet, Society, Culture; communicative practices before and after the internet (Bloomsbury 2013) in which he compares letters from 1832-1857 between England and Australia with communication in online games. He also has a longstanding interest in hacking and hacktivism and have previously published Hacking: digital media and technological determinism (Polity 2008), Cyberpower (Routledge 1999) and, with Paul Taylor, Hacktivism and Cyberwars (Routledge 2004). More recently he has been working maker cultures, with a co-written article with Kat Braybrooke on maker culture and decolonising western techno-myths.

Tim also played a role in analysing social movements and popular protest with publications including Activism!: direct action, hacktivism and the future of society (Reaktion 2002), as co-editor of Storming the Millennium (Lawrence and Wishart1999, with Adam Lent) and as a founding editor of the Taylor and Francis journal Social Movement Studies.
In addition to his books on social movements and internet cultures, Tim has published on Pokemon, surfing and technology and cultural theory. I began at the University of Sussex in 2014. Prior to this I worked at King’s College London for three years and at Sociology at the Open University for eleven years, contributing there widely to teaching and co-editing the books Security: sociology and the making of social worlds (Manchester University Press 2008, with Simon Carter and Sophie Watson) and Social Change (Blackwell 2002, with Steve Pile).

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