Dean Whitbread, from London, England, has been been involved in the arts for over 25 years.
As a writer, Dean is the author of popular blogs and scripts for stage and screen. He wrote the chapter on podcasting for Vito Di Bari‘s textbook Web 2.0. and is responsible for “engaging and compelling” fiction, according to one kind review.
He’s also a producer of events, media of all kinds, an artist and curator.
In 2011 Dean founded international art prize Prix Mobile.
In the world of mobile art, there is no prize more prestigious or more valuable than Prix Mobile.
Open to all, entries judged by an international jury of eminent artists, art curators, photographers, videographers, entrepreneurs, academics, internet and media luminaries, winners are awarded cash prizes and finalists feature in a gallery exhibition.
Prix Mobile lifted the popular mobile art form into the art world via the tech world in Paris at Le Web 2011. Prix Mobile II is scheduled for Basel 2013.
In 2011, Dean also conceived and co-promoted Frostfest with Elind Rui Blix. Incorporating 9 live acts over 12 hours, in the midwinter period this sustained burst of alternative cultural energy proved popular.
Dean began performing when he was four, writing scripts, recording and editing audio when he was ten.
Graduating from Hornsey School of Art in 1984, he first came to public notice with his New Contemporaries performance piece “Camouflaging Trees from Further Attack” when he wallpapered the trees on London’s south bank.
Since then, he has sold no art of his own, but instead has has become a multidisciplinary creative, an author, activist and curator, working with media organisations, production companies, advertising agencies and artists.
When the internet took off in a big way in the early 1990s, Dean was a songwriter and producer. Quick to understand the implications of revolutionary internet technology and how it impacts mass audiences and diverse populations, he was lucky enough to make a few bob with some genuine cultural innovations.
Starting with BBC’s Radio 1nteract in 1995, Dean developed online programme formats for one-off promotions, live rock concerts, fundraisers, carnivals and festivals, with a mixture of live event streaming with as much audience interaction as he could get, and dynamic, high-activity websites for Vince Clarke, MTV, the Sex Pistols, Supergrass, Tribal Gathering, The Big Chill, Notting Hill Carnival and many more.
With input from London artists and contributions from inhabitants of this Victorian municipal park, the exhibition combined sculpture, poetry, installation, photography, performance, music, building-scale projections, and walkie-talkies in trees singing the childhood songs of refugees.
Dean became actively involved in podcasting, co-founding the UK Podcasters Association which he ran for three years. As an advocate and an activist, Dean was the first to describe and discuss podcasting and the culture of podcasters in the House of Commons with MPs, distinguishing it from piracy, and stressing the importance of keeping podcasting and disintermediated media free from undue regulation. In 2006, he played a role in resisting the World Trade Organisation’s attempt to impose television regulations on the internet. Dean is a member of Open Rights Group Advisory Council.
Featured blogger in Google Zeitgeist May 2007, Dean has spoken at the UK Radio Festival, In the City, BECTU, BPI, The Guardian.
Third sector work includes creating interactive educational media for children on behalf of Amnesty International, fundraising for Greenpeace, Swiss charity Menschen für Menschen for whom he wrote the song Survival Game, and most recently, the Rise and Shine show, which raised money for South African township music education charity, Busk Aid.
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Dean Whitbread biography, updated January 22nd 2013.