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The Longplayer Conversation 2019

November 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Jem Finer and Gavin Starks discuss change, technology and long term thinking

A British Library event

The 2019 Longplayer Conversation brings together composer Jem Finer and multidisciplinary entrepreneur Gavin Starks, who are trustees of Longplayer.

Jem Finer is an artist, musician and composer. Since studying computer science in the 1970s, he has worked in a variety of fields, including photography, film, experimental and popular music and installation. His 1,000-year-long musical composition Longplayer represents a convergence of many of his concerns, particularly those relating to systems, sustainability, long-durational processes and extremes of scale in both time and space.

Gavin Starks helps solve complex, multidisciplinary, collective action challenges exploring the impact of data and the web on business, society and culture. He has worked across fintech, climate change, supply-chain management, modern slavery, the circular economy, digital media, telecoms, machine learning, blockchain and the internet of things. Gavin co-chaired the development of the Open Banking Standard and was founding CEO of the Open Data Institute. He is currently convening federated partnership programmes to help address the Sustainable Development Goals.

Introduced by film director and producer Sophie Fiennes.

Longplayer was composed by Jem Finer, and originally commissioned by Artangel. Now in the care of the Longplayer Trust, it can be heard in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, as well as other listening posts around the world, globally via a live internet stream, through an iOS app and occasional live performances. The annual Longplayer Conversations are a way of celebrating the vision behind Longplayer’s long term aspirations.

At the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. 

Tickets £13.00 / concessions

Further information on the British Library website

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November 28, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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