Introducing The Storytellers - Part 2

Continuing with our short interview series, allow us to introduce Silvana Langley, Katie Lips and Alexandra Cox.

Silvana Langley

Why did you pick your story topic?

As we get older and ‘grow up’ we tend to lose that sense of adventure we had in abundance as kids. My daughter has inspired me to see the world through adventurous eyes again, and I want to inspire other ‘adults’ to do the same.

Describe yourself in five words.

Always searching for something different

If you could have one phone call with someone who’s passed away, who would it be?

My maternal grandmother — she passed away from cancer two weeks before I was born, and I would be diagnosed with the same on the anniversary of her death 23 years later. My mother has said we are alike, and I’ve always felt a connection with her. I’d probably have to learn how to speak Italian first though!

This time next year, what do you plan to be celebrating?

My second Ull speaking appearance! ;) Honestly, I just want to be celebrating having lived another year!

What’s the weirdest thing about you that you’re secretly proud of?

That I’m proud to be weird and not the same as everyone else. It’s taken me a long time to figure that out, and I still forget it sometimes.

What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?

Embrace your differences — they can be your best features if you just allow them to be.

And don’t get too fixed on life plans — because life won’t happen the way you plan it or expect it to! But everything will still be okay. You will be okay.

Katie Lips

Why did you choose your story topic?

I want to share my “Art Not Work” Manifesto, which I developed when trying to make sense of the differences between what I might do in my day job to make money and what I might do as an artist to make a difference.

Whilst I’d like to make a difference in my day job and make money as an artist I felt myself using entirely different skills in each. When I swapped them around I made interesting discoveries and all sorts of new possibilities opened up.

The Art Not Work manifesto looks at applying an artist’s approach to business challenges; it’s a story about not just stopping at “done”, and understanding that the best ‘work’ is ‘art’.

Tell us about something you’ve made, done or been, that you’re really proud of.

“Coming out as an artist” after years of a being seen as a technologist is actually quite a challenge.

If you could live anywhere in the world, other than where you live now, where would it be?

Near an ocean, sea or very big lake with a lot of space and beauty. Aha.. perhaps it will be Killarney ;)

What’s your life motto?

“The aesthetic” is really important to me. What things look like influence many of our life decisions — many subconsciously. As a conceptual artist the aesthetic should be less important, but it’s not; things just have to look good, striking, interesting, challenging.

What podcasts are you listening to?

I listen to a fair amount of Radio 4 as mildly-comforting-if-slightly-drively-background noise in my kitchen. No time shift, no on demand, just good, plain old boring radio.

If you could have witnessed one moment in history, what would it be?

We are experiencing change now that we may not yet see; it moves fast but quietly, and makes dramatic changes to our lives before our very eyes. This is our ‘moment in history’. I do not believe that all technology is good technology and I certainly do not believe that all people who make and appropriate technology are good people. I just hope that as we are here now, witnessing these great shifts, opportunities and challenges, (our moment in history) that we make sure we turn up, challenge it, question it, ensure it’s on the right track, and hold these self appointed new leaders to account.

Alexandra (Alex) Cox

Why did you pick your story topic?

I chose my topic because mental illness is often either glorified or damned in regards to creative work. The actual story is nuanced and a lot more interesting.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a Real Human Being one day.

Coffee, tea or water?

I. Love. Water.

This time next year, what do you plan to be celebrating?

I’ll be celebrating my 6th anniversary with my partner in all things (including crime).

What’s your superpower?

I’m a supertaster (Google it!).

If you could haunt someone, who would it be?

I’d use my ghost powers to go back in time 10 years and haunt my 15 year old self.

If you haven’t met our first three storytellers, you can read their interviews here.