Virtual BOM update

How is BOM World shaping up in this newly evolving off site situation, we hear you ask?
We really miss our real life HQ but BOM has never been busier. Through a multiplicity of online apps we’re keeping in touch, working together and interacting with our BOM audiences and communities.

The BOM Fellows very quickly adapted to this new situation with their own ZOOM online café and meditation events, right now they’re organising projects and skills sharing via Slack. Our meditation sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays are open to the wider creative community – if you’re interested, DM us on social media or email louise@bom.org.uk

Our Director Karen published two informative videos on the Arts Council Emergency Response Fund for Practitioners. We will also be posting a video conversation with our finance consultant to help artists who are sole traders. We will focusing on tax returns, keep you eyes peeled for that!

Our Propeller group for Autistic adults has had their first online social meetup and are planning more.

BOM’s Engagement producer, Chloe, is keeping our regular young people’s coding meeting going  online. Chloe has also consolidated a lot of our educational output so that you can access fun learning activities for children to do whilst everyone’s holed up at home. Take a look here

We also hear about a recent BOM visit to Ethiopia where we debuted our Self Air app!

We love our Art & Tech Socials. Real life offerings this year have included, Alistair Gentry with his cute but pretty damn creepy Dox Box Trust Bot, a puppet AI that would just love to get hold of your personal data. We had Kinicho demonstrating spacial sound with their virtual reality sound framework, and now we can all look forward to the next Art & Tech Socials from the comfort of our own devices with our first online events curated with Eyebeam in New York.

BOM Curator Louise has brought our HERSTORY exhibition to the website with an online introduction to the show for those of you who missed our exploration of gynaecology and reproductive rights in the gallery.

And if you need a fix of internet based art right now check out Olia Lialina’s BEST EFFORT NETWORK. We were originally planning to show this on a screen in the BOM Café, but now thanks to Covid-19 you can watch Olia spinning through cyberspace wherever you are (but without the really great BOM Café coffee to hand) More information on this piece can be found on our blog here, there’s more going on than is first apparent.

We also have our hashtag #ArtnotIsolation going on Twitter, we just wanted to see something lovely in our timelines, so you are invited to add any uplifting, digital/GIF/moving artwork piece with that hashtag. It’s not about getting anything trending, we just wanted to see some beauty online, and frankly right now, we all need it.

Ciao!