Future Takeover

Future Takeover was a research project that was commissioned by the St Neots Masterplan steering group. The group wanted to understand the local citizens and attitudes to digital technology and understand how digital could influence, change and affect the future of St Neots.

Our co-founder and masterplan steering group member, Richard Slade met with arts organisation Collusion and the St Neots Masterplan Smart Place team in 2018 to discuss the future takeover project. The team developed the three-day event that would explore the long-term growth of St Neots and its creative sector through ambitious thinking.

The events took place at a newly-opened gallery and you can read more about the event on this news post and the outcomes in this report produced by the masterplan team.

 

Neotists involved in the project

  • Steve Mulvey
    Steve Mulvey
    Photographer
  • Will Webster
    Will Webster
    Photographer and visual artist
  • Clair Slade
    Clair Slade
    Radio broadcaster and social media
  • Adele Gilpin
    Adele Gilpin
    Data designer, software developer
  • Ben Pitt
    Ben Pitt
    Journalist, video producer, photographer, musician
  • Adrian Storey
    Adrian Storey
    Video producer, cameraman, editor and photographer
  • Dave Fleet
    Dave Fleet
    Field recordist and musician
  • Maciek Platek
    Maciek Platek
    Food and interior photographer
  • Hilary Murfin
    Hilary Murfin
    Designer and artist
  • Bernadette Vong
    Bernadette Vong
    Portrait, product and commercial photographer
  • Christian Payne
    Christian Payne
    Photojournalist and creative technologist
  • Jojo Debrazza
    Jojo Debrazza
    Writer
  • Richard Slade
    Richard Slade
    Graphic and web designer
Steve Mulvey
Photographer

Steve Mulvey is a wedding professional through and through, with extensive experience of wedding and event planning as well as toastmaster training. This ensures he’s got all angles covered to work with any venue or vendor seamlessly while ensuring the newlyweds have everything they need on their wedding day. Steve’s contemporary style of photography has a wide appeal, highlighted with earnest feedback on the emotion captured as well as a technically stunning image.

Will Webster
Photographer and visual artist

Will Webster is a visual artist interested in the evolutionary competition that arises from the production and display of images. Investigating everyday systems of exchange and attempting to mesh them, Webster probes concepts of labour in contemporary society and bias inherent in “busyness”.

Working across various aspects of photographic process, Webster focuses specifically on ideas of capture and display. This approach is inspired by a Derridean concept of the frame as a bridge between inside and out, a fuzzy boundary that in its own way suggests and undermines the autonomy of art. Previous projects have harnessed financial assemblage, the rhetoric of interview, Cartesian geometry and the concept of homo economicus. Core to these activities is a concern to invigorate perceptions of competitive altruism in human exchange.

This approach is informed by a decade working as a commercial photographer of spaces and locations. Some of this work can be seen here.

Clair Slade
Radio broadcaster and social media

Clair Slade has a background in radio, sound engineering, marketing, graphic design, health and childcare and is fired-up by learning new skills. She currently volunteers with local charities and is working as a marketing coordinator for an international telecoms company.

Adele Gilpin
Data designer, software developer

Adele Gilpin is has a background in database design and development and recently moved in to the realm of data visualisation and infographic design. At her previous employer, she identified a need to complement their rather hefty annual reports with snippets of data that were easier to access, digestible and visually interesting. While she doesn’t feel like a creative in the traditional sense, she feels that data can enhance everyone’s lives and her mission is to take the numb out of the numbers.

Ben Pitt
Journalist, video producer, photographer, musician

Ben Pitt freelances for various consumer technology magazines and websites, specialising in photography, video production and music production. A serial dabbler in the creative arts, he’s worked as a wedding and landscape photographer, musician, sound engineer, concert promoter, record label manager, graphic designer, video producer and author. He’s also chair of trustees at Love’s Farm House, a community centre on Love’s Farm, St Neots.

Adrian Storey
Video producer, cameraman, editor and photographer

Adrian Storey aka Uchujin (Alien in Japanese) is a freelance video producer, cameraman, editor, photographer and a recovering ex-pat who recently returned to the UK after a 20 year absence, the last 10 of which were spent in Tokyo. An eclectic career ranging from fashion modelling to working as a sound engineer for the Dali Lama informs and enriches his work which ranges from documentary to music videos.

Adrian has over 20 years experience, has produced video and shot for a large range of international clients including VICE Japan, Greenpeace and Cascade Records and his photographs have been published in The Guardian, La Revue, Jyllands Posten, Der Spiegel, South China Morning Post and The Japan Times amongst others. He is available for projects of any size and can be contacted through his website or on multiple social media platforms where he spends a little too much of his time.

Dave Fleet
Field recordist and musician

Dave Fleet is a field recordist, electronic musician and photographer in so much as that he can point a camera at something that catches his eye in the same way as he point’s a microphone at something that catches his ear.

Maciek Platek
Food and interior photographer

Maciek Platek is creating a name for himself in the local area as young and upcoming food and interior photographer. He has several large commissions with well established companies including Wyboston Lakes and La Maison Chic successfully promoting their businesses through his photography. His passion is not only for food and interior photography, but also for architecture, examples of which can be seen in his portfolio.

Maciek is actively seeking new commissions and will be more than happy to discuss any photographic requirements.

Hilary Murfin
Designer and artist

Hilary Murfin grew up on a Bedfordshire farm and, by a long and circuitous route, in the 1980s attained a degree in textile design at Loughborough.

Hilary spent 20 years as a freelance designer of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers and now makes hand-painted papier mache objects, applying her pattern-making skills to three-dimensional shapes. She fell in love with vintage things before they became really retro-fashionable and still takes inspiration from them, hence the name of her website  www.papierretro.co.uk.  She recently unearthed some of her 1960s teenage fashion drawings and is introducing them onto her work.

Bernadette Vong
Portrait, product and commercial photographer

Bernadette Vong, or Berna has established herself as a photographer since graduated with a BA in Designs & Interior Design in 2008. Berna has a background worked as a motion capture and facial capture technician for three years in a west London 3D digital facility.

Outside her own photography work, Berna has an extensive work experience in both film, TV and the commercial industry working for the BBC, Vogue, Net-A-Porter, The Observer, Nokia, the prestigious British designer Hussein Chalayan, and on films 47 Ronin, Give It A Year, Skyfall and Shanghai, just to name a few.

Since her recent start in photography, she was soon acknowledged with her skills and her eyes for beauty, and has several works published in the UK and Asia.

Berna is currently setting up her business focused on product and commercial photography, and in wedding photography is officially opening in January 2016.

Her work is heavily inspired by shapes, simplicity, and her personal work embodies the female’s nature in sensuality and emotion complexity. You can see more on Berna’s blog.

Christian Payne
Photojournalist and creative technologist

Christian Payne specialise in creative technology and communications. Working with multimedia creation, social media documenting and amplification. He also consults. Working with large and small businesses, news agencies, charities, NGO’s and the arts and corporate sector.

He likes to travel light and share stories and interactions in realtime and blogs as @Documentally and occasionally writes about technology for The Guardian.

Some of the workshops he delivers focus on documenting and sharing stories with networked devices. From getting to grips with Twitter to Mobile Video Production.

Jojo Debrazza
Writer

Jojo Debrazza is a writer of young adult and children’s fiction. The Charm is her debut YA novella. Jojo has a vivid imagination and likes to make up stories. Her friends call it lying but she calls it writing. She lives mainly in a dream world with her partner and a house full of small furry animals. It’s a carefree happy place where everything is bright and fluffy. Jojo’s other passion is football (soccer). As well as playing and helping to run a club she works as a football development officer in Cambridgeshire, England.

Richard Slade
Graphic and web designer

Richard Slade has over 20 years experience in the design industry working in the public, private and charity sectors with some of the top names in design. He produces highly creative work for brands and organisations across the UK and his work covers a wide range of disciplines, including web, print and corporate identity. As well as extending his skills into both marketing and project management, Richard is also a highly capable photographer and illustrator. A huge advocate of design and creativity Richard formed Neotists in 2015 as a way to promote local freelance talent and community engagement.