A reminder and a correction: I'm currently spending three days in Central (if not middle) England, at the invitation of the Visualisation Research Unit at the University of Central England's Department of Art.
They've asked me to deliver the first annual Daniel Hunt lecture
in memory of Dan Hunt, a VRU assistant who died in May of this year after heart surgery.
The lecture, which has its own web page
, takes place on Friday November 17th at 6pm in the Lyttelton Lecture Theatre at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS. Tel: 0121-236 3591. (At one point I was advertising the date as November 19th, but it's the 17th.)
Entry is free, but you're asked to reserve a seat by e-mailing email@example.com
or calling 0121 331 5978.
The lecture is entitled "The IT Culture":
"The IT culture, like the IT girl, is the culture that every other culture wants to be. But what happens when the IT culture becomes just another culture? When it becomes, in other words, situated?" Momus
"Techno-culture hero Momus," runs the blurb, "gives his view on where we might be headed... Momus, aka Scotsman Nick Currie, is living the life futurologists always promised us. Best known for deceptively simple songs laced with adult themes, Momus changes location frequently in search of new stimulation, and works in a digital world where geography doesn't affect economics so much as it creates opportunity. His regular output of CDs has drawn together a loyal fan base, and in this lecture they have the chance to hear the enigmatic Momus as he discusses his own idiosyncratic take on the relationship between creativity and digital technology."
Robert Sharl and Gregory Sporton, who've kindly organized this lecture -- and can be seen above flanking Dan -- add: "The lecture is given in honour of VRU Research Assistant Daniel Hunt, a huge Momus fan, who died in May this year. Contributions to the University Hospital Charities, who cared for Dan during his short illness, will be gratefully received."