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Speaking / events / exhibitions

18 March 2021 19:00 talks and panel discussion online (here) at Translating Nature: Data as Art. Organised by Rachel O’Dwyer at NCAD / The Digital Hub, Dublin. Panelists: Dr Patrick Bresnihan, Dr Julie Freeman, Fiona McDonald

01 August 2020 – onwards, featured in DIGITAL POWER online exhibition at ACM SIGGRAPH. Digital Power: Activism, Advocacy and the Influence of Women Online.


been & gone…

17 December 2020 19:00 online at Dorkbot London. Artist talk: ALICE in microbe land or Why we should all be taking the piss to save the planet.

17th September 2020, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT, Is Data Just a Numerical Opinion? Defining Data as an Art Material talk at CI Labs #12: Creativity and curation in a post-digital world with Dan Hett and Shannon Vallor and Fabi Fabi, Curated by Pip Thornton at Edinburgh University’s Creative Informatics lab.

13th May 2020, 16:30 – 17:45 GMT, hosted online. Future Focus: Art Hack Practice series, exploring shifting spaces of production, labour and artistic practice in a precarious world.

17 June 2020, online lecture for the Digital Art master’s program at the Federal Dar East University, Vladivostok, Russia.

4 February 2020, launch of Copy That? Surplus Data in the Age of Repetitive Duplication at ODI HQ, with author and editor discussion to celebrate the publication of Art Hack Practice: Critical Intersections of Art, Innovation and the Maker Movement, edited by Victoria Bradbury and Suzy O’Hara (featuring a chapter on Data as Culture)

1 – 6 December 2019, Fieldwork immersive workshop, India with British Council / Abandon Normal Devices / Barbican.

14-16 November 2019, Speaker on Art & Algorithms at the VIII St Petersburg Cultural Forum

12 November 2019, Assistant performer for DoxBox by Alistair Gentry at ODI Summit

9-10 October 2019, In̛t͘e͟rf̕e̢ren̵ce at Creative XR marketplace, Digital Catapult with Abandon Normal Devices.

18 September 2019, Encode Data Journeys. Opening session for the Encode conference Artist talk. Curated by Outliers in Data Design. Free. [TALK VIDEO]

Summer 2019, We Need Us (Notes from Nature) featured in Seasons of Media Arts, Karlsruhe, curated by ZKM.

19 – 21 July 2019, new work: In̛t͘e͟rf̕e̢ren̵ce previews at Blue Dot festival, Jodrell Bank. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices, commissioned by Jodrell Bank Observatory, Abandon Normal Devices and Cheshire East Council as part of SHIFT. Supported by University of Manchester, bluedot, ArupKuva, with public funds from Arts Council England (ACE) and CreativeXR, a joint collaboration between Digital Catapult and ACE.

21 – 25 July 2019, TED Summit, Edinburgh. Fine Acts Imaginary Artwork workshops.

12 June 2019, Closing the Gaps event Digital Catapult, curated by Data as Culture / ODI

13 May 2019, Data as an Art Material workshop at Open School East, Margate

10 April 2019, Web of Art conference, hosted by Data as Culture at ODI

20 Nov 2018, Data as Culture hosts Mr Gee (poet) and Data Stories:Tribes, Treasure Hunts & Truth Seekers (with BOM and Southampton University) at the Open Data Institute annual summit.

16 Nov 2018, Seminar on Data as an Art Material for Wearable Technologies at University of the Arts Berlin (UdK)

6-11 Nov 2018, We Need Us 2018 relaunched at NEoN Digital Art Festival

6 Nov 2018, Speaker at Creative Dundee Pecha Kucha night

27 Sept – 7 Oct 2018, Curation of Project Light for Fine Acts and Peek Vision, Brick Lane, London.

6 July 2018, life drawing workshop at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

7-11 June 2018, Mentor at Fine Acts Labs part of the Fine Acts Fellowship supported by Open Society, Sofia, Bulgaria

17 May 2018, speaker at Thinking Digital, The Sage, Gateshead, UK [TALK VIDEO]

18-19 May 2018, Mentor at Data-driven Storytelling, film making hackathon, University of York, UK

21-23 March 2018, We Need Us at the Data for Development Festival, sponsored by The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, Cartegena, Colombia

10 March 2018, talk at MetaMorf – A Beautiful Accident, Trondheim, Norway

23 January 2018, launch of 😹 LMAO new exhibition co-curated with Hannah Redler Hawes at the Open Data Institute

24-26 November 2017,, data, art, activism workshop, Sofia, Bulgaria

21 October 2017, presentation on data art at The State Tretyakov Gallery an invitation from 7th Moscow Contemporary Art Biennale, Russia

28 September – 1 October 2017, at New Scientist Live – join us for naked mole-rat life drawing and data art showcase.

16 – 18 September 2017, talk and tutorials at Medialab Prado Visualizar’17  on the theme of Migration data, Madrid, Spain

22 June – 1 October 2017, at The New Observatories FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool. (free to attend)

19 – 28 August 2017, Coastal Gallery at Artsway, UK (group show, free to attend)

21 May 2017, lecture on data art at Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. (free to attend)

17 May 2017, speaker at Pint of Science, London ( With Kasper Althoefer. (£4 to attend. SOLD OUT)

19 April 2017, Artist talk at Resonate 2017, Belgrade

24 March 2017, speaker at Convergence 2017, London

12 January 2017, Artists talk (data, art, nature) at Margate WI :)

3 December 2016, talk entitled Data is Not Neutral at Technology is Not Neutral Symposium, Watermans, London

3 December 2016Using Data as an Art Material – workshop with Marcin Ignac. Watermans, London

1 December 2016, Talk: “A Body Language of Objects, physical & dynamic visualisations of data”. At State of Flux – soft robotics symposium, Queen Mary University of London

23 November 2016, Soft Machines: A cross-disciplinary conversation on soft robotics in art & design symposium, co-organiser and speaker, Royal College of Art

17 November 2016, Speaker at 2nd Joint International Conference: Creative Technologies in the Public Realm, Leicester

4 November 2016 – 8 January 2017, Technology is Not Neutral, Watermans, London, UK (group show)

1 November 2016, Panel discussion for Data as Culture at ODI Summit, BFI, London

10-16 October 2016, A Naked Mole Rat Eutopia, Utopia 2016, Somerset House, London, UK (multi-work installation, talks, comedy event, workshops)

16 September 2016, inter/sections symposium. Session: Symbiosis in Media Art & Technology

10-16 September 2016, inter/sections, Mile End Pavillion, London (group show)

2-24 September 2016, Technology is Not Neutral, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK (group show)

30-31 August 2016, Data for Life, Jakarta, Indonesia (group show, conference)

May 21, 2016 We Need Us is part of Big Bang Data exhibition at Art/Science Museum (group show), Singapore

March 13, 2016 Drop-in Mentoring at Women of the World festival, Southbank Centre

February 13, 2016 Artist Talk at Somerset House Big Bang Data Dating

December 11, 2016 artist talk: The Curious Case of Colony 800 (naked mole rats, data, and more) at DorkbotLondon

December 3, 2015 – February 28, 2016 We Need Us is part of Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House (group show), London

November 23, 2015 Computer Music! feat. a performance (ish) of We Need Us at Queen Mary University of London

November 12, 2015 – February 28, 2016 We Need Us is part of Right Here Right Now exhibition at The Lowry  (group show), Manchester

November 3, 2015 Open Data Institute Summit – feat. Data as CultureGeneration O, London

October 28/29, 2015 Paper presentation: A Concise Taxonomy for Describing Data as an Art Material, IEEE VISAP, Chicago

October 27, 2015 7pm – 9pm We Need Us on display at IEEE VIS art show, Leroy Neiman Center, Chicago

October 24, 2015 Speaker at Transforming Data an AHRC Digital Transformations event by CREAM, London

October 7, 2015 ‘Data Champion’ speaker at Nesta’s Digital R&D event: Making Digital Work

July 16, 2015 Private View of Natasha Caruana part of the Data as Culture art programme at the Open Data Institute 18:00 – 20:00 (BST)

June 24-25, 2015 Attending Interfaces at Warwick University. Interfaces: Method and Critique for Designed Cultures

May 22, 2015 Data as Culture open house (featuring Thomson & Craighead)

May 15, 2015 Data as an Art Material, Keynote talk at Data Natives

May 11, 2015 Data as Culture at Digital Shoreditch with curator Hannah Redler

April 20, 2015 We Need Us screening and talk at the Cartagena Data Festival, Columbia

March 16-20, 2015 Attending TED 2015 – Truth and Dare, Vancouver. We Need Us featured in art exhibition

March 6, 2015 Lecture/workshop for Open School East on open data and art, data art, Data as Culture

Open School East was founded in 2013 in response to spiralling tuition fees and student debt, and a climate of increasing bureaucracy in arts education. It was instituted as a space for artistic learning that is experimental, versatile and highly collaborative.

February 25, 2015 Talk for students of the Curating Art after New Media Course from University of Sunderland about Data as Culture

January 20, 2015 Arts Council England Digital Utopia‘s Workshop on Open Data with Gavin Starks (ODI) Slides here

November 5, 2014 BBC World Service – Click: Open Data Revolution Panel discussion with Dame Wendy Hall (swoon), Jude Kelly, Ruth MacKenzie

November 4, 2014 Open Data Institute Annual Summit at BFI

October 6-10, 2014 TED Global, Rio de Janeiro. Short TED talk and launch of We Need Us

September 10, 2014 Digital Data and Artistic Expression, British Library, sold out Speaking with Ernest Edmonds, Anthony Lilley, Michael Takeo, Kevin Walker

Computational methods for the creation and interpretation of digital Data is an established activity among researchers in all fields of scholarship. Huge amounts of information collected from multiple digital resources are used and combined by scientists, helping them to approach their research questions from interesting angles and innovative perspectives. But the fact is that digital Data is moving beyond research practices to become an inspirational motif in other areas, as it is the case of contemporary artistic expression. Artists are integrating digital Data into their work, helping to translate large amounts of information into meaningful content to their audiences.

September 9, 2014 Closing party and artist talks for Automatic Art at GV Art gallery. Exhibition extended to 10 September 2014. My collaborative work Drawing by Numbers with Simon Emberton is part of the show.

September 5, 2014 Speaking at TEDx Stormont at Houses of Pariliament in Belfast, on Data as an Art Material and Digital Art

August 29-31, 2014 I’ll be at Electromagnetic Field in Bletchley in the OpenDataVillage

August 22, 2014 Interview about digital art on BBC Radio 4 – Front Row

July 3, 2014 Opening of Automatic Art at GV Art gallery. Exhibition runs from Friday 4 July and ends Saturday 26 July 10 September 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.

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

June 13, 2014 Launch of The Space at Tate Modern, Turbine Hall. Preview screening of We Need Us

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

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.

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.”