Hacking Hearts

Open call… We invite postgraduate students from across CSM to join an exciting experimental project designed to interrogate and reimagine contemporary scientific research centred on heart disease, energy harvesting and cellular sensing.


  • How are scientists tackling the problems of heart conditions?
  • How do heart cells sense and understand environmental conditions?
  • How are engineers developing technological interventions to interface with the body?
  • How is scientific research conducted and how can this research be ‘hacked’ by the practices of art and design?


4-8 November 2019


Monday – Thursday: 2-6pm

Friday: 10-1pm + evening public seminar (optional)


The Grow Lab, Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross

Doctoral Open Days at the British Library

I am pleased to let you know that the British Library has scheduled another season of Doctoral Open Days in January and February 2020.

We are circulating the dates of these now, so that you and your colleagues can include details in any induction pack / training being prepared for your new Doctoral Students.  The Box Office will open in mid-October and we will be in touch then with further details.Our Open Days are designed for first year PhD students who are new to the Library.  The days explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services – including navigating our physical and online collections. Students are encouraged to choose the event which is of most interest and relevance to their studies, from the following:


Asian & African Collections                                                   Monday 20 January
Music Collections                                                                         Monday 27 January
The Collections at Boston Spa … and beyond          Wednesday 29 January
British & European Collections from Antiquity to 1600     Monday 03 Feb
British & European Collections after 1600                    Monday 17 February
Contemporary Society and Culture Collections         Monday 24 February
The Americas Collections                                                           Friday 28 February


We hope you find this advance information useful and will be in touch again with full details of individual events and how to book, once the Box Office is open.

light | sensitive | materialphotography conference 2019


A two-day conference at the University of West London supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

1st and 2nd November 2019
Keynote speakers:
Professor Howard Caygill, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy,

Kingston University, London
Professor Laura U. Marks, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver



The fields of photography theory and history have in recent years moved away from the assumption of a break between the analogue and digital image to a more nuanced understanding of both past and contemporary photographic practices, images, and technologies. Increasingly photography is discussed in relation to other media, to industry and markets and to climate and the environment. At the same time questions of aesthetics and interpretation are recast and understood in terms of sensual, haptic, embodied and everyday encounters with material images. This conference will examine photography as simultaneously material and immaterial, addressing not only the tangible properties of photographic objects, but also the ecosystems in which they circulate. We live in and through the photographic, in its physical presence in the world, and in our thought. The conference thus also invites considerations of the ways in which a mode of philosophical thinking can be conceived as photographic or vice versa.

We welcome abstracts from colleagues in film or cinema studies working on the physical and chemical aspects of film (celluloid and light for example) and questions of aesthetic / sensual experience; and from colleagues in media, literature, history and philosophy whose work addresses the photographic in its various manifestations and forms. Artists whose work engages with the conference themes are welcome to submit a proposal.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:Ecologies of photography: atmospherics (clouds, fogging, aerialism, climate), energetics

Photography and the ineffable: material/immaterial, apparitions, image/imaginationTransience: ephemerality, obsolescence, wear and tear

Materiality: from celluloid to coltan, gelatine and silver, tactility, gesture, embodiment and thingliness

Science and technology: maintenance, glitches, wet and dry photography, chemistry, apparatus

Visibility and illumination: enlightenment and luminescence, flash, phosphorescence


Abstract Submission: Please send abstracts (300 words max.) with your name, title, affiliation (where appropriate) and a short bio (up to 200 words).
Please prepare for a 20 minute presentation

by 5th of June 2019 to the conference organizers:

Dr. Michelle Henning — Professor of Photography and Cultural History, University of West London


Dr. Junko Theresa Mikuriya — Senior Lecturer in Photography, University of West London




Not Just Me but You Too: Cinemas of Sisterhood

Presentation 25 and 27 April  Whitechapel Gallery

Focusing on the feminist body as a site of trauma and resistance, this extended presentation of films is curated by artist, activist and CSM Lecturer in Dramaturgy and Devising For Performance BA, Andrea Luka Zimmerman. The two-day event features conversations with the filmmakers, and four current and former Central Saint Martins students are showcasing work in the short film programme.  


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Lana Lin’s The Cancer Journals Revisited

Presentation by Lana Lin

Presentation Friday 26 April 5.30–7pm LVMH Lecture Theatre

Lana Lin, New York based filmmaker, artist and educator will take us through a survey of her work and the process that led to her most recent film about Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals Revisited (2018). The UK premiere of the film will take place on the following day, 27 April 2019, at the Whitechapel Gallery, in an event curated by Andrea Luka Zimmerman.


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Gestures of Love and Violence

Screen Research Forum presents

Gestures of Love and Violence:
transforming bodies from Looney Tunes to Oedipus Miranda Pennell in conversation with PhD student Alessandra Ferrini Friday 10 May at 5.30 in MLG06

A performance about belief, doubt, power and possession in film and through film. In this lecture- performance-screening, Miranda Pennnell draws upon her experiences as a dancer and filmmaker to consider the powers of corporeal presence and absence on screen and in the imagination, as she explores aspects of projection both psychic and cinematic.

“Now, before your very senses a subversive dark art will perform the transference of one body to other bodies. It will bring about the unholy mixing of object, animal and human essences. It will produce shape-changing hybrids, that will try to trick you and to seduce you. You will feel things you know to be irrational. You will believe things you know to be false.”

Organised by Professor William Raban, the Screen Research Forum investigates new interventions in cinema. It is primarily intended for our growing community of film-based PhD students but all are most welcomebotbookingessential: https://lcc_srf_gesturesoflove.eventbrite.co.uk

Small Museums in a Global Context

During the late twentieth century there was a massive rise in the numbers of museums across the world. In the main, these new museums were small, independent and addressed non-traditional subjects. However, very little is known about the differences and commonalities in museum development in a global context. In this half-day symposium, specialists on Brazilian, British, Canadian, Tibetan, and Kenyan museums will explore the various factors that underpinned museum expansion in specific countries or regions. We will ask: what forms did the new museums take, who founded them, for what reasons, and with what effects?


Lianne McTavish: From Gophers to Fear and Wonder: Studying the Small Town and Rural Museums in Alberta, Canada

Louise Tythacott: The Buddhist Museums Boom

Bruno Brulon Soares: Community museums of the 21st century in Brazil: local experiences for a global reflection

Fiona Candlin: Village Life, the Cold War, and the Beeching Cuts: Opening museums in the UK

Congratulations to Dr Giorgio Salani

The Doctoral Platform is delighted to announce that Giorgio Salani has acquired his PhD.

Dr Salani’s PhD is entitled, “Salience, qualities and narratives in the making of contemporary British hand-thrown tableware”.

His supervisory team is: DoS Matt Malpass, Supervisors Kathryn Hearn and Janet McDonnell

Another Land

Another Land is an exhibition and events programme, devised and produced by LDoc students to showcase experimental visualisations of place in art and design research. Bringing together practitioners from across Kingston University, the Royal College of Art and University of the Arts London, contemporary works and events have been integrated into Kingston Museum, engaging with themes of past and present, real and imagined, identity and community.


The exhibition and programme draw links between creative practice and anthropology, archaeology, architecture and geography, encompassing video, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, photography and print. This is extended with a series of screenings of moving image works presented at the Stanley Picker Gallery, exploring concepts of human movement, environmental narratives and emerging worlds.


We invite you to join us for the opening at Kingston Museum

4 April 2019 6.30pm – 8.30pm


Please RSVP here



Denise Ackerl, Victoria Ahrens, Maxine Beuret, Karen Bosy, Daniel Brackenbury, Ben Branagan, Pamela Breda, Adriana Cobo, Tom Coward, Sinead Evans, Azadeh Fatehrad, Mireille Fauchon, Matthew Flintham, Leah Fusco, Hugo Glover, Carl Grinter, Ayano Hattori, Greta Hauer, Felicie Kertudo, Marianne Keating, Melanie King, Jina Lee, Lana Locke, Jane Madsen, Gareth Proskourine-Barnett, Emily Richardson, Matthew Richardson, Cole Robertson, Hannah Rollings, Caitlin Shepherd, Matthew Turner




A lecture by Professor Tim Ingold

2.30pm, Tuesday April 9 2019

Lecture Theatre E002


The ground is a surface’, says the dictionary, ‘upon which things or persons stand or move’. But this leaves many questions unanswered. What kind of surface is this? Does it have one side or two? Does it cover the earth or cover it up? Can you roll it, fold it, cut it or make holes in it? What lies above, and what beneath? In seeking to answer these questions, I shall argue that the ground is caught in a double movement, of opening up and closing off, formation and encrustation, thanks to which its inhabitants are at once confidently supported and precariously afloat.’

Tim Ingold


Tim Ingold is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Following 25 years at the University of Manchester, Ingold moved in 1999 to Aberdeen, where he established the UK’s newest Department of Anthropology. Ingold has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, the role of animals in human society, issues in human ecology, and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. In more recent work, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold is currently working on the interface between anthropology, art and architecture. His books include The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making : Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture (2013),The Life of Lines (2015), Anthropology and/as Education (2017) and Anthropology: Why it Matters (2018).



This lecture launches APPROACHING ESTATE: methodologies for practices of site and place (9 – 12 April) a four-day encounter with the specificities of site, place and landscape as contexts for artistic and other creative enquiry.

For full details see: https://sensingsite.blogspot.com/p/approaching-estate.html


APPROACHING ESTATE is a sensingsite project www.sensingsite.blogspot.co.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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