Fee Plumley is an artist, writer, consultant, speaker, and self confessed ‘technoevangelist‘.
My experience in Theatre Design and Technology (BA, 1995) somehow got distracted by the (then) quite new phenomenon known as the Internet. Seduced by this new digital culture, I went on to obtain a Masters in Interactive Multimedia Production (MA, 1997). This kickstarted a (trans)media arts practice as a creative producer, combining (primarily) technology, performance and literature.
An inherent early-adopter, I like to take others along for an extremely collaborative ride. I have curated public screen content (GMI, London, 1999 & BBC Bigger Picture, 2004), enabled community webcasting (Superchannel.org 1999-03), and created interactive experiences for clients including Douglas Rushkoff (Ecstasy Club, Manchester 1997) and the Manchester Literature Festival (The Burgess Project, Manchester 2006).
As co-founder of UK based company the-phone-book Limited (2000-2008), I was best known for encouraging people to be creative with their mobile phones at a time when most people didn’t realise the power they carried in their pockets. I have chaired a media arts network and advised boards of company development relating to digital strategies. I am often found as a speaker, mentor and juror at international arts gatherings, games festivals and educational establishments (Freeplay, ISEA, Banff New Media Institute [RIP], AIMIA & BAFTA). And I’ve been involved in a couple of international exhibitions (Huddersfield Media Centre, UK; Media Miniatures, Manhattan; Platform Animation Festival, Portland) and written for other people’s exhibitions (Larissa Hjorth, Micronarratives).
Until recently I was found promoting a culture of digital literacy and strategic innovation as the Digital Program Officer at the Australia Council for the Arts. There I was attempting to debunk the term “geek”, showcasing generative art systems, and helping arts organisations increase their confidence with social media and online tools. I eagerly await the arrival of the National Broadband Network & the chance to endorse its wealth of creative opportunity. Oh and I’m now a “distinguished talent” (hehehe) permanent resident too!
Photo of Fee from here.