2:00pm and 7:00pm /
Brian Gambles, CEO of the Library of Birmingham Trust, welcomes you to xHumed: How the Industrial Age Forged Our Digital Future. xHumed producers, Jason and Samara Jones-Hall introduce the show.
2:15pm and 7:15pm /
Shaping Things to Come. xHumed from original audio recordings, courtesy of BBC Archives, seminal texts, courtesy of United Agents, and photographic imagery, H.G. Wells presents our opening keynote with his forward-thinking ideas on foresight.
2:20pm and 7:20pm /
Erasmus Darwin / Dr Christophe Veaux
Using Your Voice: Own It or Clone It. Erasmus Darwin will be xHumed live on stage via a 6ft mechanical automata sculpture based on the "Speaking Machine", as described in his scientific poem, "The Temple of Nature, or The Origin of Society", from the Library of Birmingham archives. Dr Christophe Veaux picks up the theme and brings Darwin's work up-to-date for the digital age with the Centre for Speech and Technology Research's Voicebank project.
2:45pm and 7:45pm /
John Baskerville / Dr John Troyer
Reclaiming Your Identity. Digitally xHumed on screen to tell the tale of his multiple previous xHumations over a period of more than 100 years, John Baskerville appears as a cautionary tale drawn from an image courtesy of Birmingham Museums Trust and archive texts and works from the Library of Birmingham. Dr John Troyer of the Centre for Death and Society and the Death Reference Desk, explores the technology of death and the data rights of the dead.
3:10pm and 8:10pm /
Joseph Priestley / Jon Bounds
Eye of the Twitterstorm. Joseph Priestley is Alive! xHumed via Twitter by social media expert, Jon Bounds, commenting on contemporary events from original texts found in the Library of Birmingham archives. Follow him now on Twitter @JPriestley1733. Jon Bounds will take to the stage to discuss this project, Priestley's connection with Twitterstorms and the impact of this recent twitter-based xHumation.
3:30pm and 8:30pm /
Twenty five minute interval.
3:55pm and 8:55pm /
Matthew Boulton / Nick Allen
The Maker Community and 3D Printing. Matthew Boulton, xHumed from original paintings and sculptures courtesy of Birmingham Museums Trust and texts and letters held in the Library of Birmingham archives. Boulton will be recreated via the medium of 3D printing as an animated action figure, joining Nick Allen of 3DPRINTUK, in conversation. This digital video and animation piece will bring these two together for the first time to explore the pros and cons of manufacturing in the digital age.
4:00pm and 9:00pm /
Geraldine Cadbury / Helen Milner
Social Inclusion and the Digital Divide. Social reformer, Geraldine Cadbury, will be xHumed with content based on the Barrow Cadbury Trust archives held in the Library of Birmingham. Helen Milner, CEO of the Tinder Foundation, picks up the baton of digital social inclusion for contemporary communities.
4:25pm and 9:25pm /
Mary Shelley / Jon Turney
The science of xHumation: resurrection by digitisation. Mary Shelley, digitally xHumed and re-animated from archive portraits, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, and texts, courtesy of Bodleian Library, University of Oxford breathes new life into her own groundbreaking writings on bringing back the dead. Jon Turney, author of Frankenstein's Footsteps and Rough Guide to the Future, traces the continued relevance of Shelley's original work on contemporary commentary and appreciation of science and technology.
4:50pm and 9:50pm /
Kickstarting the Kickstarters. Reading from his seminal piece, The Gospel of Wealth, Andrew Carnegie is xHumed via animated text and original audio archive, recorded by Edison and held by the G. Robert Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
4:55pm and 9:55pm /
Thank you to all artists, participants, funders, sponsors and you - our audience.