Join us for a discussion exploring the different tools and analysis techniques used to combat forgeries in today’s art market. The invited speakers will give an overview of current imaging and scientific analysis techniques used to detect art forgeries and a presentation on new digital labelling technologies such as Tagsmart. Finally, as well as using technologies to guarantee authenticity, how can creatives further employ these same cryptographic tools for creative endeavours?
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Francis Eastaugh, Director, Business Development, Art Analysis & Research (AA&R)
Francis Eastaugh trained as an aerospace engineer before joining Art Analysis & Research as an imaging specialist. He led the implementation and continued development of Art Analysis & Research's imaging capabilities. He was also responsible for the inbound sales process and project management of AA&R's imaging projects. For the last 18 months as General Manager (UK) and then Director, Business Development he has worked on developing the Company’s sales and business development efforts leveraging his knowledge of the Company’s product, customers and market. During this process he has worked closely with the company's business development and marketing consultants to engage proactively with art market participants.
Tom Toumazis MBE, Executive Chairman, Tagsmart
Tom Toumazis MBE is the Executive Chairman at Tagsmart and leads the company alongside Steve Cooke, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer. Tom is a highly experienced media executive and avid art collector. Tom has held senior posts in a number of media. entertainment and technology companies including The Walt Disney Company, ITV, Endemol and Yahoo. Tom is also founder investor and Chair of two other start ups, Fusebox Games and TVbeat. He is also Chairman and founder of the Childline Board, part of the NSPCC in the United Kingdom. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List for services to children. In 2016 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Business and Creative Industries at London South Bank University and in October 2017 awarded an Honorary Fellowship at London South Bank University.
Steve Cooke, Tagsmart Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder
Steve Cooke is the Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Tagsmart (www.tagsmart.com), responsible for the design and development of artwork security systems. After an early career as a playwright, with work performed at the National Theatre and on the BBC, Steve spent many years in the computer games and entertainment technology industries before setting up Tagsmart in 2014. Corporate clients have included British Telecom, Sony Computer Entertainment, Philips, Mattel, Radica USA, and GAME Retail Group.
Marcus O’Dair is a Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at Middlesex University. As convenor of the Blockchain for Creative Industries research cluster, he is currently examining the impact of blockchain technology on the creative industries as researcher in residence at Digital Catapult. He has written for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, the Financial Times, the Irish Times and City Metric (New Statesman), and appeared on CNN, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music and the BBC World Service. Different Every Time, his 2014 biography of Robert Wyatt, was a Radio 4 book of the week and was shortlisted for the Penderyn music book prize. A former session musician with Passenger, he has also released three acclaimed albums and toured Europe as one half of Grasscut.
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