Exhibition Histories: Dekker and Weber

On Thursday 16 November, 16:30–19:00 at Central Saint Martins in King’s Cross, we at Afterall will be hosting a symposium on the theme of online exhibition histories research.

This will essentially enquire into online opportunities within the field of art’s exhibition histories, asking: what sort of sensual and discursive justice might a web platform offer past shows of art, as distinct, perhaps, from the provisions of the printed page?

For this, we have Annet Dekker and Samuel Weber presenting their keynote papers, respectively titled, ‘Publishing and Exhibiting Online; Or, How to Create and Sustain a Performative Archive’ and ‘Pictures After an Exhibition’.

Further details of the event including short abstracts can be found on our website



Open Days at British Library

The British Library is again running a series of Open Days for Doctoral Students, taking place in December 2017 as well as January and February 2018. 
Doctoral Open Days are designed to explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services, plus help you navigate our physical and online collections, and are a chance for PhD students who are new to the Library to discover the British Library’s unique research materials. From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, our collections cover a wide range of formats and languages spanning the last 3,000 years. Each day concentrates on a different aspect of the Library’s collections and most take an inter-disciplinary approach.  As well as hearing from our expert and friendly staff students will have the opportunity to meet researchers in all disciplines. Students are welcome to choose the day they feel is most relevant to their studies.
The Open Days are as follows:
8 December  –            Music Collections
11 December  –          News & Media Collections
22 January –                Asian & African Collections  
29 January –                Social Sciences Collections  
31 January –                Exploring the Collections at Boston Spa  
5 February –                Pre 1600 Collections
12 February –              17 & 18th Century Collections 
19 February –              19th Century Collections  
26 February –              20th & 21st Century Collections 
All events take place in the British Library Conference Centre at St Pancras, London, except for the event on Wednesday 31 January 2018, which takes place at the Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. This event is suitable for researchers of all disciplines and subject areas as it will showcase the expanding range of research material accessible to researchers at Boston Spa. However, speakers will also provide an overarching introduction to the Library that will be of interest to anyone planning to explore our collections for PhD research – whether that is in Yorkshire, in London or online.  You can see a draft programme for the day here.
For further details of the all Open Days and how to book please see our website. Places cost £10.00 including lunch and other refreshments.
Kind regards
Robin Saklatvala 
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The Light PG Reading Group

The Light PG Reading Group proposes a discussion on the interdisciplinary role of light in contemporary practices. Postgraduate students from diverse disciplines, including arts, media, design, special practices and theory, are invited to join the dialogue with the aim of discussing how both materiality and technologies of light, advance innovative forms of expression and of experience. The Light PG Reading Group welcomes contributions across disciplines, with interest in discussing the artistic, historical, scientific and technological aspects of light in society. The Light PG Reading Group intends to raise awareness of light-based practices in preparation for the International Day of Light, 16th May 2018.


Session 1 – Thur. 9th November at 4 pm – Pod A – Learning Zone, CSM

The emergence of light-based practices

Piene, N., 1967, Light-Art, In Art in America

Led by Sara Buoso, PhD student – CSM


Session 2 – Thur. 30th November at 4 pm – PoD A – Learning Zone, CSM
Techniques of the Observer – Jonathan Crary

Led by Melanie King, ex alumni and MPhil Student at Royal College of Arts


For more information, please visit:











“I don’t like to talk about it ….”



Dean of School of Art Central Saint Martins

Thursday 9 November Central Saint Martins Room C303 at 6.15pm (bridge)

A presentation that will cover a series of very short talks about aspects of being an artist, or fulfilling the role of the artist, in the context of social change processes that don’t actually require the presence of an artist.

This is a contemplation about the undertakings of focused and specifically motivated communities and the relevance of their artist friend. The session will include an experimental demonstration of paint making and mixing, using materials that would normally service our social and political identity, subtitled: “How to make oil paints at home, or close to where you live”.

In entirety, the presentation is a compilation of short semi-fictional and actual accounts of failure in the production of an individualised arts practice.

followed by drinks

Book here   https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/susan-trangmar-steven-ball-15597523700





‘Outside of education I remain committed to long term collaborative initiatives that are typically characterised by a role for artists and art producers in processes of social innovation and local change. I am a Director of Guns to Goods CIC, a collaboration with the artist Karen Lyons, dedicated to the reduction and recycling of gun metal through creative design and sculptural practices. I am the co-founder of Colourground, working with the designer Maxine Kennedy on a long-term mass observation project that is making use of technologies and social interactions to build a global map of colour in the environment. I collaborate with Ruth Potts in the School of Midwifery at University of Salford and we have established and joined the European Co-operative Learning Action Network concerned, committed to the development and design of open learning recognition in support of non-traditional informal learning. I continue to work in a company director role with Islington Mill Arts Club as part of their development with local regeneration in the new cultural quarter in Salford.

I paint at weekends.’




This event is organized by sensingsite www. sensingsite.blogspot.co.uk

Fahad A. Dhawi – PhD awarded

The Doctoral Platform at CSM is delighted to announce that Fahad A. Dhawi has been awarded his PhD. 
The project is entitled:
Redesigning Arabic Learning Books
An exploration of the role of graphic communication and typography as visual pedagogic tools in Arabic-Latin bilingual design
Fahad’s supervisory team is composed of: Rathna Ramanathan (DoS), Sheena Calvert, and James Swinson   

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?


Explore the relationship between graphic design and health at the Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition, co-curated by Graphic Communication Design Programme Director Rebecca Wright.

Visit the Wellcome Collections websitefor more information.

Putting the Spotlight on Social Enterprise at UAL


Join Peter Ptashko from UnLtd: the UK foundation for social entrepreneurs to discuss the potential for social enterprises created by staff or students to start up and thrive within a university environment.

All UAL staff welcome, scones and wine provided!

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Drama Centre London: Solo Performances


Celebrate the work of our Drama Centre London students with this series of solo performances written by 3rd year BA Acting students, each based on one of the ‘inner attitudes’ of Yat Malmgren’s system.

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Spatial Practices Lecture Series: John Palmesino & Ann-So Rönnskog -Territorial Agency


This autumn, the Spatial Practices Programme will respond to Head of College Jeremy Till’s Creative Unions ‘Call to Action’ and demonstrate how creativity must continue to know no boundaries in order to play a role in the current political landscape.

Territorial Agency is an independent organisation established by John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog that innovatively promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations. Recent projects include the Anthropocene Observatory with film maker and photographer Armin Linke and curator Anselm Franke, the Museum of Oil in collaboration with Greenpeace, North, Unfinishable Markermeer, the Coast of Europe

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Building Ruptures

MA Architectural History Symposium and Exhibition


Room 6.02, The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

Please join the MA Architectural History 2016-17 cohort for Building Ruptures, a symposium, exhibition and book launch. Building Ruptures will feature a series of position papers from guest speakers, presentations by graduating students, discussions with guest respondents and an exhibition of students’ work. The symposium sessions will cover a diverse range of topics including territories and places, materialities and subjectivities, histories and materialisms, site writing and theorising practices.


Keynotes: Stuart Elden (University of Warwick), Owen Hatherley (Writer) and Katie Lloyd Thomas (University of Newcastle). Respondent: Jon Astbury (Architects’ Journal)


9.30                Welcome

10.00-11.30  Panel 1 & Keynote: Professor Stuart Elden – Terrain: The materiality of territory

11.45-13.00  Panel 2  & Keynote: Professor Katie Lloyd Thomas – Building relations (or transductive research as question and method)

14.00-15.30  Panel 3 & Keynote: Owen Hatherley – Modernism and the Left: Writing political history and architecture in Britain

15.45-16.30  Panel 4: Respondent: Jon Astbury

16.30-17.00  Presentation of the ‘Site-writing’ exhibition

17.00-17.20  Closing Comments

17.30-20.30  Book launch and drinks reception

18.00              Music performance by Sean McBride (of Martial Canterel, Xeno & Oaklander)


The event is free and open to all with no registration required.


Contact:  Professor Peg Rawes (m.rawes@ucl.ac.uk)

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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