BFI Player


I attended the launch of the BFI Player this week in central London which was introduced by Chair, Greg Dyke. It’s a new digital platform to support both emerging and established British film-makers as well as provide new access to the national film archive. There were some interesting innovations in terms of navigation. The integration of some curation from the BFI’s critically Sight & Sound as well as the archive is a good move as it allows a deeper experience than services such as Netflix and there is scope for even more content cross-over here. BFI Player is only available online at the moment with no App, Smart TV or console support which is a shame but these should arrive in due course.


The business model is also an interesting with free as well as paid for content and it also draws inspiration from other services such as Curzon On Demand by offering the chance to view the latest British films for a price in your own home with access on the same day as their theatrical release.


Google Cultural Institute, Paris


In 2012, CultureLabel Co-founder Peter Tullin got to spend a little time helping the team Google bring alive their vision to create a new type of space for creative collaboration between the arts and tech world’s which was finally launched last week in Paris. The Google Cultural Institute as it will be know is a physical extension of the online platform and is located inside Google’s new Paris HQ. The footprint of the Google Cultural Institute incorporates a number of different spaces. Some showcase cultural content or provide a home for events for new conversations but most interestingly others are designed to enable collaboration between creatives and technologists.


The Serpentine Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist is one collaborator who is excited by the possibilities of new forms of creative expression and distribution. He recently co-founded 89Plus an initiative to support a group of artistic talents all born after 1989 with a loose remit of helping them flourish and break the mould. He will be selecting some of these creatives to take advantage of something called the Lab which is a playground of creative digital tools such as interactive screens and 3D scanners. Institutions will also be encouraged to use the space and Google has a team of engineers working on the project to support the process and help achieve aspirations of the users.

“The Lab is not a virtual museum, nor is it a gallery, or an exhibition space. It is a work space which serves as an invitation to those working in the cultural sector to come and find new solutions using new technologies” Anselm Baird-Smith, Google


The outcomes are very open-ended but this is the exciting bit. When you put creative people in a room together from different disciplines, with some great tools and resources around some potentially ground-breaking ideas then amazing things could be invented.


Last Monday we took a select group of 15 cultural delegates on a tour of some of the most innovative tech projects and startups in London’s Tech City and got to hear the stories of the founders and entrepreneurs behind them.


After breakfast at South Place Hotel we headed to Google Campus where we heard from three exciting cultural startups closing in on investment. At Inition we got a peek around the corner at what’s happening next in 3D printing and augmented reality. At BL-NK we heard from founding partners POKE and the V&A about their vision for the new culture and digital hub. After and incredible lunch at Ace Hotel we visited Songkick and Nexus who shared insights into their entrepreneurial approaches before finishing the day with drinks at the stunning Shoreditch House.


REMIX London Summit announced…

We are super excited that this year’s REMIX London event is going to take place at the Town Hall space in the recently opened UK Head Office of Google at Tottenham Court Road. 50 amazing speakers from the likes of Spotify, VICE, V&A, Unilever, BBC, Absolute, the Dubai Design District (d3) and Trip Advisor and will be lighting up the stage as we look at the big ideas and trends shaping the future of the cultural sector.



The Town Hall at Google HQ, London. Even the chairs are on brand.


The Library at Google (I wish more libraries were like this).


The patriotic Reception area with inbuilt exhibition in partnership with the Science Museum and others. All workplaces should clearly be like this.


If Punchdrunk did bars…

The Manderley Bar, where 200 guests can enjoy live entertainment. , McKittrick Hotel

They would probably be the best bars in the world. I remember chatting to Felix Barrett the Artistic Director of Punchdrunk many moons ago and rambling something to that effect. No doubt, they have had some great bars hidden within productions (I remember a particularly beguiling Absinthe parlour in collaboration with La Phee at Masque of the Red Death), but now they finally have a standalone bar and restaurant in New York sited on the top floor of the building that holds their wildly successful Sleep No More Production.

Bowie Live


More than 312,000 visitors have seen the David Bowie is: exhibition at The V&A. Now a whole new audience will get the chance as it draws to a close. A live cinematic event called David Bowie is Happening Now on August 12th. Live exhibitions and cultural experiences are a growing phenomena which are striking a chord with audiences. The art house cinema group Picturehouse say that content of this nature is now accounting for 12% of their gross box office revenue.


REMIX Partners with the Dubai Design District


REMIX Summits has announced its latest Global Partner, the Dubai Design District (d3).  Dubai Design District is a major new 21 million sq ft creative industries facility that will open in the city in 2015 which aims to become the focal point for creativity in the emirate. REMIX delegates will get a chance to hear about the development at REMIX NYC when Lindsay Miller, the Managing Director will speak -

Little Sun by Olafur Elliason





Little Sun is an entrepreneurial project by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson which has an incredible social dimension. These solar powered lamps are designed to reduce reliance on kerosene lamps in areas that are off grid.




Nearly 2,000 global creative leaders will attend REMIX Sydney at Carriageworks one of Australia’s leading new cultural venues. REMIX Sydney forms part of a unique series of summits in leading creative capitals including London, New York and Dubai exploring the intersection of Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. REMIX uncovers the big ideas that will shape the future of the booming cultural and creative industries. Inspirational speakers identify new opportunities for the arts and creative entrepreneurs created by emerging technologies and changing consumer landscape, revealing the ingredients that are the building blocks of the world’s leading creative cities.

REMIX Sydney will feature over 75 speakers such as Tom Uglow, Director, Creative Labs, Google, Simon Crerar, Editor Buzzfeed, Alex Light, Head of Content, VICE and Leigh Carmichael, Creative Director of Dark Mofo, MONA.

The REMIX team are delighted to be partnering with the City of Sydney, Destination New South Wales, Google, Bloomberg, ABC, VICE, British Council, The Guardian Culture Professionals Network, University of New South Wales, The Loop and SBS Studio.

Previous sellout REMIX Summits have featured over 100 inspirational speakers to date such as Jude Kelly OBE, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, London, Andrew Grahame, Co-Founder, Mr & Mrs Smith, Adam Williams, MD, Spotify (UK), Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator, Serpentine Gallery, Renaud Visage, Co-Founder, Eventbrite, Felix Barrett, Artistic Director, Punchdrunk, Fabien Riggall, Creator, Secret Cinema, Victoria Broakes, Curator, V&A and Co-curator David Bowie is exhibition, Amit Sood, Director, Google Cultural Institute (and creator of the Google Art Project) and Tim Arthur, CEO Timeout.