AoMO2021 in the Pandemic

AoMO in the Pandemic was a virtual event hosted during the global pandemic of COVID-19. In recognition of the AoMO community not having been able to meet in person or collaborate in its usual space of the bi-annual conference a global discussion event took its place. You can see the proceedings from the event here:

We have been asked by many people who were not able to attend some or all of the 2021 AoMO in the pandemic if we would make the recordings available. We have now put the (largely unedited) videos up on YouTube and created a document that links to them, which we are calling the proceedings of the conference.


AoMO 21/22 Important Update

Dear AoMO

We hope that you are well and your loved ones are safe. Here in the UK, almost all COVID restrictions have been lifted as a consequence of the success of the vaccination programme. Whilst the situation remains under careful review, life does seem to be resuming to something recognisable. With a brighter future ahead, we have resumed planning our future events with a view to breathing new life back in to the AoMO community. 

This email contains a number of updates and important pieces of information so please do read it carefully. As ever, if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Jenna on 

AoMO2021 in the Pandemic
For AoMO in the pandemic this August, we have changed our thinking a little. We have had some, but not very many submissions for the event. We suspect that this is a tough time for everyone and thinking about one more online event just hasn’t been that enticing to many. So, we have decided to not try and plan a large event with multiple concurrent sessions. In early August, we will look at what has been submitted and put together a set of online events/ conversations (based on the submissions and people’s time zones) to be held August 25-27th. We don’t know what exactly that will look like since it will depend on what we receive and what we can make of it. More information to follow. 

AoMO2022 – Art as Activism in Liverpool, UK (18th-21st August 2022)
We are planning to get back to as close to a ‘normal’ AoMO event (if there is such a thing) in August 2022. In order for us to begin to start planning we need to get a sense of how many submissions we have and your feelings about attending a face to face event next year. To help us with this could I ask everyone who submitted a proposal to AoMO2020 to complete the following short form which can be accessed at AoMO2022 Update (It is only 4 questions). 

We are planning an exciting and creative event across three venues in Liverpool, the Bluecoat Gallery, The University of Liverpool’s Guild of Students and the Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight. The theme will remain as ‘Art as Activism’ and we are working hard to schedule a range of inspiring keynote speakers, artists and events to compliment our bold schedule of events! 

If you would like to make a new submission to AoMO2022 then please follow the instructions below: 

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, in word.doc format, should be submitted as an email attachment by 2nd February 2022 to Jenna using Further information about streams and other events will be released shortly. 

Registration is now open again for the Earlybird offer (until May 1st 2022). This year we are offering packages with and without accommodation. 

We hope to see you there!

Jenna, Steve and Steve 


Financial Support for AoMO2022

For the 2022 AoMO conference, in Liverpool, UK,  AoMO is offering up to 4 bursaries to support PhD students and/or artists who have had a contribution (paper, workshop, installation, performance, etc.) accepted for the conference.

AoMO Bursaries

What does it include?

The bursary is for £250 accessed through a discounted ticket price.

Who can apply?

The bursary scheme is open to PhD students and practising artists. Within the application you must make a clear argument as to how the bursary would be used and why you feel you are deserving of it. You must also have had a contribution to the conference accepted, and be in receipt of the acceptance letter sent by the conference host organising team.

How to apply

You will need to complete a bursary application form and email this directly to Application forms have been circulated via the mailing list, and you can also download here: conference_bursary

The closing date for applications is 1st May 2022. All decisions will be made and communicated by the 1st June 2022.

For more information please contact or


Call for Contributions: AoMO2022 Liverpool

Deadline for contributions to AoMO 2022 Liverpool (18th August – 22nd August) is February 2nd 2022.  Please click on ‘The Beatles’ inspired stream titles below to download the Call for Papers/Contributions.

ALL you need is Art 2022

Courageous Activism 2022

Dear Prudence won’t you come out and play 2022

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool 2022

I’m Looking Through You 2022

Mersey Sounds2022

Norwegian Wood 2022

Within You but Not Without You: Open Stream (please submit directly to

Through the open stream we are particularly interested in inviting contributions that explore theatre as spaces of action, alternative organisations and the use of music in movements of resistance.

To submit a paper or artistic contribution to a stream please follow instructions in the individual calls. We are also keen to consider exhibitions, installations, workshops or performances. If you have an idea, please email

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, in word.doc format, should be submitted as an email attachment by 2nd February 2022 to the stream convenors (contact details can be found within the individual calls) and to Jenna using

… be creative … be bold

AoMO Update

Thank you to all who attended AoMO2018 at the University of Brighton. It was wonderful to come together again as a community to celebrate, explore and challenge mainstream ideas of management and organisation. 

In response to a number of requests please see here: 

AoMO2018 Delegate List

Performance Programme 2018

Book of Abstracts AoMO2018

Planning for AoMO2020 at The Guild of Students and the Bluecoat in Liverpool are underway. More information including a call for streams exploring the theme Art as Activism will be released at the beginning of November!  

However, in the meantime we are looking for feedback on the conference and on AoMO more generally. If you have the time please complete the following short survey here:

Keith Moss: conference photographer

Keith Moss


Keith was born in 1959 in Morley near Leeds. His love of photography began at the age of thirteen while on a trip to Lagos Nigeria with his parents. On his return he successfully exhibited and presented his work at his school.

He is self-taught and passionate about black and white photography, specifically film. He is an Official Ilford Artisan Partner qualified to teach the artisan process of film and darkroom photography and was instrumental in the concept behind Ilford’s “Share a Darkroom” idea.

Keiths’ inspiration comes from photographers Jean Loup Sieff, Robert Doisneau, Clyde Butcher and the main man Ansel Adams.

He guest lecturers at several universities throughout the UK, has appeared at Focus on Imaging at the Birmingham NEC and at the prestigious Photo Romania Festival where he held a street photography masterclass.

Author of the acclaimed book Urban Portraits, which contains images of the people Keith has met during his travels as well as hints and tips about street portraiture, he has also been fortunate enough to have photographed members of the royal family as well as many celebrities throughout his long career.


Keith has worked with Leica UK and Phase One camera brands, is a contributor to photography magazines and has had a successful 30-year career as an advertising photographer working for large blue-chip companies. He now puts his energy into passing on his passion and craft through workshops run from his gallery, studio and darkroom and now with the help of Dapper Dan the Darkroom Van at various locations in the UK and Europe.


“Photography is life.. it gives me the ability to express my every thought and emotion, It’s my way of communicating. It gives me fulfilment and above all photography gives me peace”


Keith Moss is the AoMO2018 photographer and be sharing his experiences in the panel session ‘Making a Living Through Art’ on Saturday at 3.30pm.

Keith is also running a Street Photography Masterclass on Thursday 10am-1pm. Please come along to the School of Arts on Grand Parade, Brighton with your camera. More information can be found here:

Street Photography

Katrin Kolo Artist in Residence 2018 -2020

AoMO would like to introduce the 2018-2020 Heather Hopfl Artist in Residence: Katrin Kolo

Katrin Kolo

I was trained as a dancer and choreographer from the age of five, received a Master in Economics and worked in management consulting. Realizing my work in choreography and consultancy had quite some similarities, I started to investigate art and organisation related research and projects, which led to my Master thesis in Transdisciplinarity in the Arts “Corporate Choreography”  as artistic research on contemporary forms of collaboration. Apart from my artistic and consulting occupations, I have been co-director of Tanzhaus Zürich and program and production manager of Zurich Festival.


I consider the functioning of organisations and society along choreographic structures, procedures and rules. My primary definitions of choreography are choreography as the design of the perception of movement in time and space and choreography as decision making. Applied on a society perspective I propose that decisions on individual and community levels are based on the perception of the movements in a certain time and environment. With my work I intend to widen the horizon for such choreographic perceptions, in order to give the individuals and collectives a wider range of possible decisions and to make use of a collective intelligence which is built on trust between individuals.


Examples of recent, ongoing and upcoming artistic projects: “The Many We Are”, Solo-Performance about women’s roles in professional, societal and private life, Corner College Zurich, Nov 2015“La Récréation de l’Opéra”, performance researching artistically dependencies of opera and society, Opernhaus Zürich and others, ongoing since Feb 2016 “Thinking as and with a collective body”, choreographic workshop as part of the exhibition 100 ways of thinking at Kunsthalle  Zürich, Sep 2018

As Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence 2018-2020 I plan to focus on gender topics in our research field and academic environment. During the Brighton 2018 conference a “Gender Collection” and “Höpfl-Performance” shall offer visibility and direct experiences of existing thoughts, research and discussion in this field. Whereas “The Gender Move –  A Collective Performance” is planned as the final piece at the conference in 2020. It will be developed from the “Höpfl-Performance”, the “gender collection” and experiences as well as material added in the time between conferences.

Emmanuel Guy (Artist in Residence 2016-2018) will also be present throughout the conference. He will bring with him not one but two chairs made as part of his AoMO residency!


Richard Durrant @ AoMO2018

Richard Durrant has performed tirelessly since his graduation from the Royal College of Music & London debut in 1986. He plays around seventy concerts each year at home and abroad and has written, arranged and discovered much new guitar repertoire.

Performing, composing, promoting music literacy and breaking down musical barriers has been his life’s work. In recent years, partly as an ecological statement, Richard has undertaken three concert tours on a bicycle and trailer, pedalling some 4,500 miles around the UK between venues.

Richard is a proud ambassador for the Brighton Youth Orchestra, patron of Guitars on the Beach in Shoreham by Sea, Fellow of London College of Music and board advisor to Guitarras del Corazon (Paraguay). In 2017 Richard launched his online teaching website The Richard Durrant Academy and in April 2018 his orchestra The Richard Durrant Orchestra gave a concert entirely of Richard’s own music including the ukulele concerto “Six Grooves for Ukulele” (Arts Council of Great Britain).

The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay

Guitarist and composer Richard Durrant explains how a number 26 Brighton bus took him to Paraguay and plays some of the vivid and colourful music he has discovered there.

His regular visits to this fascinating and magical part of South America have earned him accolades and awards whilst his concerts and recent trilogy of Paraguayan albums have uncovered the richness of guitar music being written in the region today.

Guitar in hand, Richard uncovers the beauty of Paraguayan music and explores the mysteries of La Ruta Mangoreana.

Richard Durrant will perform “The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay” at the Sallis Benney on Saturday 1st September at 5pm.

Song writing and Artisan Techno @AoMO2018

Mike Reinstein: Song writing

Mike Reinstein will be running a song writing workshop on Thursday 30th September at 3pm and will be encouraging impromptu musical performances throughout the conference! Please bring along your musical instruments to join Mike.

Mike Reinstein

Sam Warren: Artisan Techno

Sam Warren is Professor of Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management at Portsmouth Business School, UK. Her research interests lie at the intersection of aesthetics and capitalist economy, and she is best known for her foundational work on visual and sensory methodologies in the business and management fields. At this year’s conference she will play a live, audio-visual DJ set showcasing ‘artisan techno’ alongside findings from her research into the ‘grass roots creative labour’ of DJs in underground electronic music scenes. A life-long fan of electronic music, Sam finally felt brave enough to start teaching herself to DJ four years ago, and is now beginning to produce her own tracks. She is using this process to generate auto-ethnographic data on the transgressive experience of being a female electronic music producer in an overwhelmingly male dominated industry. Ongoing commentary on this project can be read at and you can hear more of Sam’s mixes at

To showcase data from a project exploring the challenges and opportunities facing ‘grassroots’ creative workers in a digital age and in the spirit of the conference theme of ‘performance’ Sam Warren will play a DJ set of approximately 30 minutes accompanied by a visual presentation. Sam will only play tracks released by small independent producers, (many of whom are informants of the study) in order to bring the data ‘sensually alive’ through music and dance. It is also offered as a fun social event, and the music style will be funky, melodic and groovy techno.

Prof Sam Warren will perform ‘Artisan Techno’ DJ set on Friday 31st August at 9pm

Sam Warren