H.N.5 515

Centrala Birmingham 28 November 2015 – 9 January 2016

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In H.N.5 515 Sława Harasymowicz uses personal biography (and documentary records) to explore one of the biggest World War II maritime disasters that still remains obscured in history and clouded in ambiguity.

On 3 May 1945 in Neustadt Bay near Lübeck, three stationary German ships, Cap Arcona, Thielbek and SS Deutschland were torpedoed by RAF Hawker Typhoons. Unknown to the British pilots, the ships were populated by thousands of (primarily) Polish and Russian prisoners from Neuengamme concentration camp. In the camp’s forced labour Messap commando, prisoners were ‘employed’ to construct miniature detonators for anti-aircraft rockets using tools that included magnifying glass and tweezers. The production of these timed mechanisms proved poignantly if ironically futile in confrontation with the fighter-bomber planes.

As a way of unpacking or exposing the personal and public significance of this event and interrogating the impulses of knowledge, destiny, timing and control, Harasymowicz juxtaposes drawing, print, found footage, archives and sound. Additionally she creates a haunting multi-vocal audio and object installation, where voice, soundtracks and story compete for attention in our attempts to make sense of the richness and density of material. Narratives reverberate and overlap, zooming in on the victims’ ordeal and that of their unwitting perpetrators whilst further interweaving the artist’s family history. The project seeks to examine universally inherent tensions between images, words and historical records in reconstructing and invoking memory.

Recalling Walter Benjamin’s mnemonic excavations, the exhibition takes the form of a three-chapter artistic interrogation which continues Harasymowicz’s interest in exploring contradictions of history, archive and representation.

After the inaugural presentation at Centrala, the project will be reformed at Narrative Projects, London in the summer of 2016, and will culminate in a final evocation at The Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, towards the end of the year.

Curated by Dominik Czechowski

Redlines Are Not For Crossing

 

Redlines Are Not For Crossing held a talk on 15th October with art activist John Jordan and Robbie Gillett from Reclaim The Power – after an inspiring night – IT’S TIME TO ACT!

http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2015/10/15/Red-Lines-Are-Not-For-Crossing/

There are only five weeks left until the start of the Climate Conference in Paris, COP21. That’s five weeks to come up with the creative actions that will wrest the narrative from those that would allow ‘business as usual’ to continue in the shadow of catastrophic climate change. It is time to build the red lines that must not be crossed if we are to halt the rising tide. Time to build the actions that will ensure the last word in these talks. Time for everybody to help.

As those of you who made the talk will know, CSM is hosting an ART ACTION BUILD event on November 21st for students and staff – activists and artists – to come together to create and make the teams, actions and artworks for the Climate Games and Red Lines activities between 29 November (N29) and 12 December (D12).

To make the most of this DAY OF COLLABORATIVE CREATIVE ACTION we need to prepare – we need your help to gather together the people and work out the materials and machines we’ll need to make our insurrectionary imaginings a reality!

First, meet up at the CSM Platform bar on Monday 2nd November at 6pm to plan the ART ACTION BUILD workshop – let us know you are coming here.

http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2015/11/2/Planning-Session—Art-Action-Build-workshop

Then, sign up for the ART ACTION BUILD workshop on the 21st November here. http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2015/11/21/Red-Lines—Art-Action-Build-workshop

See you on Monday 2nd November at 6pm.

Keep It Lit!

Jamie and Adam

PS Let your friends know about www.climategames.net and the Redlines plans for #D12 and forward on the links to Reclaim the Power (www.nodashforgas.org.uk) so that as many people a possible are given the opportunity to make their voice heard at the COP21 talks!

 

Design-ing and Creative Philosophies

Call for Papers

 

Design-ing and Creative Philosophies at the Design Research Society Conference – Brighton 27-30 June 2016.

The theme of this session focuses on the intersections of design-ing with a philosophical lineage that addresses material becoming, intensities, open-ended production, desire, and, crucially, sees the creation of concepts as a creative practice. Thus, this session seeks to engage with the thought of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari to start with – but also with other thinkers such as Spinoza, Gilbert Simondon, Isabelle Stengers, Michel Serres among others – to explore the extent to which this mode of philosophical thinking can trigger new ways of theorizing design, by critiquing the existent, provoking responses and destabilizing the known.

The aim is twofold:
– first, to present current research that pushes design interrogation beyond the boundaries of conventional philosophical engagement;
– second, to challenge the meaning and values of existing design ideas and practices in the light of creative philosophies.

Co-Convenors:
Manola Antonioli, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architetture de Paris La Villette
Jamie Brassett, University of the Arts, London

We invite papers that explore, but are not limited by, the following questions:

Why would design need to engage with creative philosophies?
What impact can Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy have on design studies and theories, as well as on design processes and practices?
Is there such a thing as a Deleuzian design? And if so, what would it look like?
How to develop lines of “minor design”?

Register and submit your paper here
https://www.conftool.pro/drs2016/

DRS Conference info
http://www.drs2016.org/#drs2016

Please forward to colleagues who may be interested. Thanks.

Betti Marenko

“Philosophy needs not only a philosophical understanding, through concepts, but a non philosophical understanding, rooted in percepts and affects. You need both. Philosophy has an essential and positive relation to non philosophy. It speaks directly to non philosophers” (Deleuze 1995 139)
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Dr Betti Marenko
Research Leader
Product Ceramic & Industrial Design
Contextual Studies Leader
BA (Hons.) Product Design
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA
tel. +44(0)207 514 7102

http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/people/teaching-staff/product-ceramic-and-industrial/dr-betti-marenko/

https://csm-arts.academia.edu/bettimarenko

International Placement Schemes – AHRC and ESRC

International Placement Scheme Showcase Invitation

The AHRC and ESRC invite you to a showcase of funded fellowship opportunities for PhD students and
early career researchers (ECR), through our International Placement Scheme (IPS), at these world-leading international research institutions:

Harry Ransom Center, at The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Huntington Library, California, USA
Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA
National Institutes for the Humanities, Japan
Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut, USA

IPS fellowships run for up to six months and include a travel and living stipend; unparalleled access to collections, facilities,
curators and other scholars; and opportunities to present work, network and make international contacts.

The showcases will include presentations from IPS alumni and AHRC staff.
Lunch will be provided, during which all speakers will be available to discuss the scheme.

The IPS is open to ECRs and AHRC & ESRC-funded PhD students. ESRC candidates may only apply to Library of Congress.
The events are primarily aimed at eligible candidates, but relevant RO staff such as BGP/DTP co-ordinators would be welcome.

The two showcase dates are:
Monday 2nd November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Westminster, Regent Street, London
Friday 6th November 2015, 11.00 – 15.00 at University of Manchester, Sackville St Campus, Manchester
Registration opens from 10.30.

More information on the IPS, including host and eligibility information, agendas for each showcase and
how to register to attend can be found via the main AHRC IPS webpage.

We will email you within five working days of registration to confirm whether you have been allocated a place.

Please direct queries not answered by our webpages to ips@ahrc.ac.uk or call Allie Brown on 01793 416074.

Description: cid:image005.png@01CFED45.127A6050We are also holding an IPS Twitter chat with IPS fellows, alumni and AHRC staff from
2-3pm on Wed 11th Nov 2015 – @ahrcpress, #AHRCIPS.
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Please delete this email when it is no longer needed, and securely dispose of any printed copies you have made. Please contact the AHRC Information Services Manager if you have any queries. Email: enquiries@ahrc.ac.uk

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Exhibitions: Histories, Practices – Victor Wang and Sakina Dhif/Rachel Pafe

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us for the next gathering of the ‘Exhibitions: Histories, Practices’ research group at Central Saint Martins. I am delighted we will be able to share film footage of the first Stars exhibition (Beijing, 1979) and a performative lecture reflecting on the curatorial historicisation of The International Art Exhibition of Palestine (Beirut, 1978).

More information below and, with a great image, here online:

http://newsevents.arts.ac.uk/47538/exhibition-studies-talks-victor-wang-sakina-dhif-and-rachel-pafe/

If based outside of University of the Arts London, please contact me about getting access on the day.

All best,

Lucy
………………

Victor Wang on the first Stars Exhibitions and Sakina Dhif/Rachel Pafe on ‘Past Disquiet’

Wednesday 18 November 2015, 2pm to 4pm

Room KX A002, Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

Victor Wang will share his research on a pivotal moment in Chinese exhibition histories: the 1979 and 1980 Stars Exhibitions (星星画会). Accompanied by documentation, the presentation will consider the importance of the public sphere and civil resistance with the beginnings of a contemporaneity in post-Cultural Revolution China.

Victor Wang (王宗孚) is a curator and exhibition-maker based between London and Shanghai. Most recently he was appointed the K11 curator of the travelling and collaborative exhibition between Palais de Tokyo and K11 Art Foundation, ‘Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant’ at the chi k11 art museum, Shanghai. Victor is also a Curator in Residence at Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders (CAHF): a knowledge platform initiated by and built around the collections of four contemporary art museums in Flanders, Belgium: S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Mu.ZEE (Ostend), MUHKA & Middelheimmuseum (Antwerp).

Sakina Dhif and Rachel Pafe will present part of an ongoing project that examines the historically repetitive desires behind archival exhibition making. They will present the second version of a performative reading that will first be given at the PARSE Biennial in Gothenburg. Using an exhibition earlier this year at MACBA, ‘Past Disquiet’ (curated by Rasha Salti and Kristine Khouri), as an entry point, they will discuss messianic time, archival impulses, haunting, withdrawal and the place of fiction in exhibition studies.

Rachel Pafe and Sakina Dhif are researcher/writers/artists based between London, Washington DC, Brussels and the floating world. Graduates of the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, they began to collaborate in 2014. Jointly they experiment in order to question the concepts of fiction, ghosts and repetition in fiction and academic writing. Sakina’s latest research looked at the Arab Image Foundation, in Beirut, Lebanon, to explore the relations existing between an art institution’s space, its collection and possible procedures. Rachel’s practice centers on iterative ideology, desire and associated politics, juxtaposing the mundane, absurd and ideal through the lens of messianism. She examines this within the exhibition format: through academic writing, fiction and a hybrid involving spoken word.

This is a gathering of the Exhibitions: Histories, Practices Research Group at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Places are limited, so please contact Lucy Steeds if you are interested in attending: l.steeds@csm.arts.ac.uk

 

The Effectiveness of Symbols

 

Interdisciplinary Conference at the Freud Museum London
Saturday 24 October 2015, 9.30am – 5pm

The shaman’s art is like a dramatic performance, and drama can be thought of as a kind of shamanic ritual. What unites the two domains of experience is the impact of symbols, words and narrative on the body and emotion. This conference is for anyone interested in ‘the effectiveness of symbols’, the title of a seminal essay by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Lévi-Strauss opened up new ways of thinking about the symbolic dimension of human life, offering a subtle reformulation of the Freudian unconscious and putting forward a theory of symbolic function that continues to resonate within psychoanalysis and anthropology. It is still to be widely appreciated in art theory, theatre studies and performance.

This conference brings together eminent speakers to reflect on Lévi-Strauss’ paper and its influence, and to discuss symbolic effectiveness in their own research and practice.

REGISTRATION
£60 Full Price / £45 Students/Concessions
£5 reduction for Members of the Freud Museum

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/76106/the-effectiveness-of-symbols/ 

How Institutions Think: The Bard Seminar

Monday 26 October 2015

2pm to 5pm, Room C303, Central Saint Martins

Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA, UK

For all students on the MA Culture, Criticism and Curation and MRes Art: Exhibition Studies programmes and open to Stage 3 students in BA Culture, Criticism and Curation, to doctoral students across CSM and welcoming invited guests.

In November 2014, Central Saint Martins collaborated with international partners on a symposium about curatorial and exhibition studies, which took place at Bard College in the US. Please investigate the recordings of this event online here: https://vimeopro.com/ccsbard/symposium-the-future-curatorial-what-not-and-study-what-conundrum

 

This academic year there will be a follow-up symposium – at the LUMA Foundation in Arles, South of France, 25 to 28 February 2016 – looking at institutions for contemporary art historically and as a future proposition. In preparation, this October seminar will reflect on the short book that gives its name to both events: How Institutions Think (1986) by Mary Douglas.

 

In How Institutions Think, Mary Douglas writes as an anthropologist, considering institutions in general as a social phenomenon to be analysed and understood. Please familiarize yourself with the book before coming to the seminar and be ready to discuss how we might take up its insights into current thinking about institutions for contemporary art. A week ahead of the class, you will be assigned a specific chapter of the book to prepare in particular.

 

This seminar will be jointly led by:

  • Michaela Giebelhausen, Course Leader for BA Culture, Criticism and Curation
  • Alison Green, Course Leader for MA Culture, Criticism and Curation
  • Yaiza Hernández, co-Pathway Leader for MRes Art: Exhibition Studies
  • Lucy Steeds, co-Pathway Leader for MRes Art: Exhibition Studies

 

Those attending the seminar will become eligible to apply for a scholarship to visit Arles for the February symposium. Interested applicants will be asked to explain what questions they would take to the event and how it would fit within their research and career plans. One scholarship across the 3 courses – BA Culture, Criticism and Curation; MA Culture, Criticism and Curation; and MRes Art: Exhibition Studies – will be awarded.

 

CSM’s partners for the ‘How Institutions Think’ symposium in Arles in 2016 are:

  • Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
  • De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
  • Goldsmiths College, London
  • LUMA Foundation, Arles
  • V-A-C Foundation, Moscow
  • Valand Art Academy, University of Gothenburg

 

PLEASE REGISTER your intention to take part in the seminar: simply email your name and affiliation (e.g. BA CCC, MA CCC, MRes ES) to Karina Lee (k.lee@csm.arts.ac.uk) by Friday 16 October

 

 

 

Spotlight 2015: PhD Research at CSM – Exhibition and Symposium

Spotlight 2015
Spotlight 2015

WINDOWS – EXHIBITION

23 February to 11 March, 2015

We are delighted to be exhibiting the work of:

  • Elena Brebenel
  • Joana Casaca Lemos
  • Adriana Cobo
  • Slawa Harasymowicz
  • John Miers
  • Andrea Muendelein

SYMPOSIUM

Thursday 5th March 2015- 2pm – 7pm

(2.00pm – 7pm Learning Hub A / CSM Library)

Spaces are very limited, so please RSVP to l.russell1@arts.ac.uk

2:00 – 3:00pm Sara Buoso
The Space of Light in Painting: A comparison between Mark Rothko and James Turrell`s paintings

3:15 – 4:45pm Lucy Russell
WHAT EYE SEE I OWN: (re) drawing body-images from fashion and beauty [ Workshop]
5:00 – 6:15 Joana Casaca Lemos
Tell Them Like It Is [ Workshop]

6:15 – 7: Drinks

Spaces are very limited, so please RSVP to l.russell1@arts.ac.uk

All PhD students welcome!

 

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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