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Playback: Making It, Millennial Creatives and the Digital Revolution

Playback: Making It, Millennial Creatives and the Digital Revolution

24 Mar 2018

If tickets are sold out, you are encouraged to join the returns queue at the ICA Box Office on the day of the event. For free events there is a high chance you will gain entry, though we cannot guarantee a place. Fifteen minutes after Playback events begin, unclaimed tickets are distributed to waitlist customers and visitors present in the ICA foyer

A frank, film-centric discussion with digital native creatives about their work, inspirations and how they have forged their professional careers. Hosted by filmmaker and writer Bidisha, the panel explore how creativity can survive in a world where you can make what you want, but payment, career stability and institutional support are hard to find.

We discuss the barriers to creative and career success and the solutions for any young creative wanting to craft a body of work that stands the test of time. We also celebrate millennial creativity, where nobody is solely a director or a designer but instead takes on many roles, spanning film, performance, dance and fine art. Host Bidisha is joined by writer Simran Hans, creative educator Lou Barnell,  filmmakers Alexander Rowland, Georgie Daley and Aliyah Hasinah, and Jide Adetunji and Ibrahim Kamara, creators of GUAP magazine.


  • Jide Adetunji

    Jide Adetunji is a multi-award winning creative entrepreneur and co-founder of GUAP, the world's first video magazine. Setting up his first business at the age of 17, Adetunji has always had an eye for spotting a gap in the market. Now at the age of 23 he is representing the Institute of Contemporary Arts as a Youth Ambassador and has been identified as a Digital Pioneer by the Mayor’s Office; Adetunji has become a face for the UK's DIY Generation of entrepreneurs. His ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation of movers and shakers to more a creative and ethical future.

  • Lou Barnell

    Lou Barnell manages a varied portfolio of programmes at A New Direction focused on children and young people's  collaboration and engagement  with London’s cultural organisations, and Continued Professional Development for the arts and cultural sector. Barnell’s background consists of community arts and curation, research and strategy. She is also an experimental sound artist, composer, performer, producer and vocalist.

  • Bidisha

    Bidisha is a British writer, filmmaker and broadcaster/presenter for BBC TV and radio, Channel 4 and Sky. She is chair of judges for the 2018 Forward Prizes for poetry and has just directed her first short film, An Impossible Poison, which premiered at the Breaking Ground festival in Berlin in November 2017.

    She specialises in international human rights, social justice, gender and the arts and offers political analysis and cultural diplomacy tying these interests together. She also does outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres. She is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation, looking after the UK's most prestigious prizes for literature in English and in translation. Her most recent book, her fifth, is Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London

  • Georgie Daley

    Georgie Daley is a 22 year-old filmmaker from Watford who focuses predominantly on social documentary. Inspired by people and their journeys, she uses this format of storytelling to bring words and moments to life.

    Growing up in the suburbs of London has motivated her to give individuals a platform through moving image, while simultaneously drawing from her own experience, covering topics such as social, political and personal issues. Most recently she completed a short documentary via the STOP PLAY RECORD scheme, which takes a brief venture into whether social media is diluting what it is to be truly connected.

  • Simran Hans

    Simran Hans is a film critic for The Observer and a culture writer for publications including Dazed, The FADER, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound and Variety, among others. She is also a millennial.

  • Aliyah Hasinah

    Aliyah Hasinah is a 21 year-old poet, producer and curator based in Birmingham, whose writing focuses on personal understandings of history, politics, decoloniality and culture. Hasinah recently co-curated The Past Is Now exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and is Midlands Producer for Apples and Snakes.

    She is also part of the Art against the Grain collective and one third of the podcast Who Got the Juice? on Newstyle Radio. Hasinah is an aspiring historian and Random Acts filmmaker.

  • Ibrahim Kamara

    Ibrahim Kamara is a 24 year-old award-winning creative entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and managing director of GUAP, the world's first video magazine. What started out as a small university project has now become an industry-known platform for emerging talent, and with Kamara’s lead has expanded into events, video production and more. He has been profiles on NME, BBC 1Xtra and more for his work in entrepreneurship.

  • Alexander Rowland

    Alexander Rowland is an artist from North London. Rowland graduated from London College of Fashion in 2013 with a BA in Photography, and now collaborates on a freelance basis across a variety of media including photography, set design and digital media. He has produced work for magazines such as WAD and Dazed & Confused, and designers including Martine Rose and Roxanne Farahmand.


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