Exhibition and performative events platform organised by Monika Oechsler & Monica Biagioli in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Private View Friday 15 March 2019, 6-9pm
Saturday and Sunday16 & 17 March 2019 from 12-6pm
Chisenhale Art Place, Chisenhale Studios Studio 29 B and Education Room
Salon for a Speculative Future champions and creatively highlights female contributions to society and culture. Thirty artists have designed individual art works, pamphlets, banners and posters, honouring their choice of key female figure, both known and unknown, who inspire their work and thinking. The collection of artworks, the Salon Materials Collection for the Future, will be available later in form of an online publication and will be added to, hence grow and expand, over time through further reiterations of the Salon project.
During the private view the exhibition is accompanied by live performances, sound work and screenings of moving image work.
Grayson’s Robes 2019 – finalists announced
There was an incredible display of talent in front of Grayson Perry on Monday as he reviewed all the designs submitted for his 2019 graduation robes. The Chancellor was assisted by John Lau, Associate Dean, School of Design and Technology at LCF. They deliberated for two hours, reviewing each of the 50 entries from across UAL before choosing the finalists whom he will personally interview on 11 March.
Each college was well represented amongst the entries, and in the end, Grayson shortlisted six finalists (pictured in this week’s banner image) from CSM, LCF and Wimbledon. For the first time, we also asked entrants to upload their submissions to Portfolio as part of the judging process and as a way to share their amazing talents with a wider audience. Head to Canvas to see the finalists and choose your favourite on Portfolio.
CCI’s AI collaboration with Massive Attack
The Creative Computing Institute (CCI) has announced a landmark AI sound project in collaboration with award-winning British musical group Massive Attack. To mark the 20th anniversary of the group’s seminal 1998 album Mezzanine, Massive Attack will encode the album in strands of synthetic DNA in a spraypaint can. This is a nod to founding member and visual artist Robert del Naja’s roots as the pioneer of the Bristol Graffiti scene. It will be unveiled as part of the upcoming Barbican exhibition AI: More Than Human, launching in May. The CCI’s Mick Grierson says: “AI is taking on the role of remix producer. Our research is focused on how to make this kind of system professional, user-friendly and accessible. This will be game-changing for artists.” Visit the UAL News blog for more information.
Watching brief on Brexit
With all eyes on the continuing Brexit machinations, there’s a lot going on at UAL to prepare us for the variety of outcomes we might expect. Guiding this is the Europe Strategy Group, led by Simon Ofield-Kerr, which meets frequently to discuss the latest policy updates and how the various scenarios could affect UAL. They also maintain a risk register which looks at the potential impact of Brexit on finances, resources plus staff and student demographics. In parallel, the Brexit Communications Group, which includes representatives from across the university, is working on a series of initiatives to support staff and students. We have already held briefings for staff and provided information on our Brexit support for EU/EEA staff section on Canvas and there will be more to come. We are also running a second round of workshops for students about the EU Settlement scheme from 11-14 March. Please make your students from the EU aware that they can sign up for a session at any of the colleges.
UAL IT Service Desk awarded 3 stars
The Service Desk Institute (SDI) has awarded the UAL IT Service Desk its third Service Desk Standard star, taking it from the ‘Proactive’ to ‘Customer Led’ level of accreditation. Service Desk Manager, Andrew Pyman said: “Achieving this award could only have been done with a great team and the support from all the IT teams. This isn’t just an award for the hard work and dedication of the IT Service Desk – it also shows IT Service’s commitment to putting students first and learning from our students and staff to improve our service.” Read about their journey on Canvas.
‘Incredible mini museums’
The South London Gallery at Camberwell is “fast becoming one of the city’s most important spaces”, according to Time Out. The magazine named the gallery, “with its new fire-station building, and a history of shows by artists including Katharina Grosse and Lawrence Weiner”, among its 50 best galleries in London.
Alumna reinvigorates the Dior Man
Camberwell and CSM, where Dior men’s designer Kim Jones studied, are mentioned in a six-page spread in the International New York Times. The newspaper highlights how Kim’s time studying graphics and photography at Camberwell, followed by an MA in menswear at CSM are helping him reshape the brand. It notes that in Dior, Kim has “found a universe all his own”. Check out the online version.
Spotlight on… International Women’s Day
Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day – a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. Marked worldwide, the day is aimed at celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as acting as a call to action for accelerating gender parity. To mark the occasion this year we would like you to:
Donate bras to fight breast cancer
We’re supporting the charity Against Breast Cancer’s bra recycling scheme. This exciting project keeps textiles out of landfill, helps small businesses in developing countries such as Togo, Ghana and Kenya, where bras remain too expensive to produce locally, and raises funds for the charity’s ground-breaking research.
We have two big ‘bra banks’ to fill from 8-31 March. Here’s what you can do:
Speak to friends and family and get them to support the initiative by donating unused or unwanted bras
Look out for donation boxes across UAL and put the bras in them
Your donations will be pooled into the ‘bra banks’ and sent to the charity once filled up. Any bras which are genuinely beyond redemption will be dismantled and disposed of properly. Every bra counts.
Check out WOWxUAL
We’ve teamed up with Women of the World (WOW) to mark International Women’s Day with a special event at LCF as part of Research Fortnight. A global movement which celebrates women and girls, WOW takes a frank look at the obstacles they face through a series of global festivals and events.
Join WOW founder Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre between 2006 and 2018, and UAL speakers Beverley Carruthers, Jane Woollatt, Daniella Jenkins and Charlotte Webb for a lively and dynamic evening on Monday 11 March. There will be an informal session where participants can chat, meet, share ideas and start new discussions on gender equality.
The event marks the start of a new partnership between WOW and UAL, bringing ideas and methodologies from both institutions together for the first time. Find out more on the UAL news blog.
Tell your students
Accommodation Services Recruitment Drive – now open!
Applications open this week for summer business roles, as well as the new halls social and wellbeing reps for the next academic year. These roles are paid and offer students a variety of opportunities, both over their summer holidays and for the next academic year. For more information, students should email the Student Experience Team at email@example.com. To encourage students to apply, please send them the link to the recruitment page: bit.ly/hallsjobs
Improvements to the creative opportunities website
Creative opportunities, UAL’s student and graduate-facing jobs board advertising 300 jobs each month, has been revamped. Improvements include:
A new ‘course relevancy’ filter to help students find jobs relevant to their education.
A new ‘industries’ filter, which also includes non-creative companies looking for employees with creative skills.
An improved ‘location’ filter to help students to search for jobs in the UK and overseas.
University Mental Health Day, 7 March 2019
The UAL Counselling and Health Advice Service is hosting a series of events and activities across our colleges to promote mental health and wellbeing. Though the official date for University Mental Health Day is 7 March, we have events scheduled across the whole week. In addition to bringing everything from puppies to smoothies to our students, the Service has teamed up with the NHS programme U’n’I.
The programme brings together healthcare providers, charities and therapists to offer information and support on mental health, physical health, sexual health and GP registration services available for UAL students. At an event hosted at CSM, students received information and advice, sampled some delicious food and fresh fruit smoothies, attended a panel discussion exploring ‘What are the building blocks to a healthy university population?’, and took part in a workshop with iCope ‘An introduction to mental health services whilst at university’. Read about the remaining events on Canvas.
University Mental Health Charter Road Trip: UAL
27 March | 9:30am-5pm | High Holborn
Join this all-day workshop with Student Minds, exploring: “If universities had the ideal approach to student mental health, what would that look like and how would we know?” Alongside focus groups, the day will include a variety of workshops, an informative keynote, and opportunities to feed into the discussion. Book your place now before registration closes 13 March.
IR35 Tax training
13 March | 2-3:45pm | Chelsea, MB CG06 Lecture Theatre
The awareness training is suited for Academic staff yet to acquaint themselves with compliance to Freelancer – Off Payroll Worker Regulations. Useful also for other Staff who would like to refresh or top up knowledge. Places can be booked through Employee Self Service.
Modual: Catalyst 2019
26-28 March / 24-25 April / 01 May | London Design Museum
This free six-day workshop is open to all staff, across all colleges. Working in interdisciplinary teams, participants will explore new technological possibilities and their potential to transform the way in which we engage and inspire students. All teams will be invited to pitch their projects for seed funding to develop their ideas into sustainable practice. Find out more at bit.ly/modcat2019 and book your place.
A Century of Drawing the Body
Until 03 Apr | CSM Window Galleries
Featuring works from the CSM Museum & Study Collection, this display explores how manifestations of the body have changed over time. The material on show documents one hundred years of drawing the body at CSM, from the life rooms of the early twentieth century to more recent student work. See highlights from the display on Twitter and Instagram by searching #acentruyofdrawingthebody. Find out more.
Beyond Black History: Elevating our POC Voices
13 Mar | 5:30-7:30pm | Chelsea
Join artists and educators Mary Evans, Shanon Bertram and Aisha Richards in this female-empowered panel discussion chaired by Arts SU womens’ officer Shannon Bono. The discussion will draw on art, identity, activism and writing. This event is open to all UAL students and staff, as well as members of the public. Booking is essential. Find out more and book a ticket on the Arts SU website.
Document 1. Public Symposium
13 Mar | 4-8:30pm | Camberwell
An evening of free public talks by CCI and CreativeApplications.Net (CAN), its second fellowship. The event will showcase key practices with a unique approach to engaging technology as a form of cultural critique. It will examine new forms of cross-disciplinary art and design practice by exploring critical applications of emerging technologies and provocative adaptations of old ones. Find out more and book a place.
TrAIN Special Lecture Dr. Yuko Kikuchi
20 Mar | 6-8pm | Chelsea
Join Dr Yuko Kikuchi, who is leaving UAL after 25 years, for this special lecture in which she will discuss the issue of ‘craft’ as an important area of design history in East Asia. She will also examine this as a driving force for contemporary design and postcolonial resistance. A particular focus will be made on Japan’s production of kurafuto (craft design), which evolved during the Cold War period. Find out more and book a place.
Student designed capsule collection: Zara x Chelsea
Five BA Textile Design students had their work celebrated during London Fashion Week in a collaborative collection produced with Zara Kidswear called VIEW.S.
Placing emphasis on the professional communication of textiles to industry, students worked individually on their own designs, with selected finalists working as a team to develop the final capsule collection which was presented to the ZARA Kids team. The project also included a visit to the Zara HQ in Madrid in November 2018, with the winning students getting to see their designs put into production.
Our colleges’ Business and Innovation teams work fervently to build connections and partnerships with some of the most recognised names in the creative industry. The opportunity for students to apply their creative expertise to real life projects, and see their work used and celebrated, is one of the most exciting parts of being at UAL. Find out more about the project and the experience for the students involved, on Canvas.
Delve into the cutting-edge research being carried out by our staff and PhD students throughout our annual Research Fortnight series of events. Visit Canvas to see the events taking place at CSM, or organised by CSM staff.
The current UAL Assessment Criteria are over nine years old, and following consultation, research and analysis of feedback from our staff and students, we are now updating the criteria to ensure they are fit for purpose. We’ve also consulted with Arts SU, and received strong endorsement for the project. Find out more about why we’re updating the criteria, and what will change. This is part of our project to enhance assessment to support student learning and attainment. Read more
University Mental Health Day
To mark University Mental Health Day, Counselling and Health Advice Services will be running a series of workshops and events across UAL this week. Meet them in The Street on Wednesday 6 March, 12–4pm, for:
CSM Film Society Screening – Les Quatre Cents Coups [The 400 Blows]
Monday 4 March
LVMH Lecture Theatre
The next CSM Film Society screening will be Les Quatre Cents Coups [The 400 Blows] (1959). The film will be supported by, amongst other things, the only short film ever to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, Le Ballon Rouge [The Red Balloon] (1956).
Madame B is an immersive video installation which examines the link between capitalism and romance in relation to Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 novel Madame Bovary. It is a collaboration between Dutch cultural theorist and video artist Mieke Bal and British video and performance artist Michelle Williams Gamaker.
Thursday 7 March
LVMH Lecture Theatre
In his forthcoming book, Ezio Manzini advocates for the creation of flexible communities which are open and inclusive, and therefore resilient and socially sustainable. For this lecture, he will explore how each of us activates ‘policies’ for everyday life and proposes a radical overhaul of how we as individuals spend our time.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Vagina-nomics is hosting a two-days pop-up shop. Come and say hello, meet the founders and the artists, stock up on feminist art and get the first Vagina-nomics issue. They will also be collecting donations for Bloody Good Period., so please bring some unopened packages of tampons or sanitary towels with you.
First-year postgraduate students from the Art programme share their work publicly for the first time. Bringing together MA Fine Art, MA Art and Science and MA Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies, this exhibition presents new perspectives and serious intentions in urgent times.
See work of UAL postgraduate students and alumni who have responded to the theme of caves, darkness and the underground, alongside documentation and archival objects from the Mendip Caving Group Archive, considering the history, exploration, study and conservation of caves and related features.
Until 3 April
Central Saint Martins
Featuring works from the Central Saint Martins Museum & Study Collection, this display explores how manifestations of the body have changed over time, as the figurative tradition gave way to a focus on conceptualism, and representations of physicality became more abstract and fluid.
14 February–20 March
L Gallery (CSM Reception)
For the first time, the annual Spotlight exhibition, which showcases the work of our PhD students, will take place in the CSM reception at King’s Cross. TitledDocument, the exhibition presents the thinking work-in-process of Research students. The act of documentation is a problematic, necessary aspect of all research, particularly practice-based research; and this work responds visually and conceptually to the questions that this raises.
Vanishing Point: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality brings together industry experts from the BBC, Tate, V&A and BFI to discuss the challenges of preserving new media and look towards possible solutions.
Saturday 9 March, 9.30am–7pm
St Dunstans, Catford
Varsity, also known as the Arts Cup, is an annual celebration of sport, where UAL clubs compete in a variety of sports against our rivals Goldsmiths at St Dunstan’s College. UAL triumphed in 2018 with a score line of 8-4, and hopefully another successful varsity will ensure the trophy stays at Arts SU for another year. Good luck to all our teams.
I RUN is a fast-paced, explosive and moving one-man play about running, grief and missing someone we love. It explores how exercise can improve mental health, the rise of male depression, and why we find it so hard to talk about death.Produced by third year BA Performance: Design and Practice student Ludwig Meslet in collaboration with graduates from Drama Centre at CSM.
As we communicated in November, Adobe have made a major change to the way their 2019 Creative Cloud apps are licenced. The following is an update on the issue and further advice on how to access the Adobe Creative Cloud – read more.
Planned phone system upgrade across all sites
CSM, King’s Cross | 6 and 7 March
New software is being installed on all UAL office desk phones across the coming weeks and may result in a small amount of disruption. Please take note of the following information and how this change affects your phone – read more.
Website accessibility law: is your website or system compliant?
A new EU accessibility law came into effect on 23 September 2018, which affects both UAL internal and external websites. Lunchtime sessions have been taking place to help staff find out more about the changes required. If you manage a university website or system and have not yet attended a session, the next one takes place on 27 March, 2-3.30pm at LCC. Find out more on Canvas.
How current is your Canvas profile?
Our new People directory has been live for 5 months. If you haven’t updated your info yet, now’s the time, as the Digital team have produced a handy new video showing all the features and how to edit them. Completing sections such as your profile picture and Organisation Chart is really important and helps cross-university collaboration. Take a look at yours today and give it a refresh – read more.
New Programme Research Directors appointed at CSM
We are pleased to announce that Dr Caterina Albano and Dr Jamie Brassett have been appointed as our new Programme Research Directors (PRDs). These appointments will help us to expand the richness and diversity of our research culture and will provide vital support in the lead-up to REF 2020. Read more
We’ve created an annual opportunity for all current UAL students to give feedback during a dedicated ‘Survey Season’ (January-April). All students can visit our survey page and select their year group, which will take them straight to the relevant survey.Students who complete the survey can claim a £10 voucher to spend in college canteens, arts shops or on print credits. Read more
PRIVATE VIEW: 6pm – 7.30pm Thursday 28th February 2019
at The Street Gallery, University College Hospital,
235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU
The exhibition runs from 29th February – 24th April 2019, open 24 hours a day.
Blood & Bones: Living with Cancer is an exhibition of work by internationally exhibited and award-winning artist Tom Corby whose poignant images combine quantitative medical/clinical data describing the artist’s Multiple Myeloma* with the qualitative data generated by his personal experience of living with cancer.
Corby has developed a range of simple data driven approaches to track, share and make sense of his haematological cancer. These include data indexes capturing both clinical and personal experiences of the physical, emotional, and affective impact of living with cancer as a patient, artist, and human being.
Engaging with issues at the heart of UCLH’s mission, and the concerns of its patients, Blood & Bones: Living with Cancer presents different ways to represent the subjective experience of someone suffering from illness, providing various entry points for audiences/viewers to engage the exhibition theme. For example, some photographs are of the types of head-ware patients wear while undergoing chemotherapy. Others use the visual language of data visualization and medical graphing, but are here deployed by the patient and used to articulate personal rather than medical data. In this, the works in the exhibition are connected to the popular use of personal narratives such as blogging to discuss illness in ways that are often moving, funny, informative, and therapeutic.
In sharing his personal data, Corby has sought to demystify the experience of serious illness by drawing attention to the multiple experiences that are shared between patients, their families and clinicians, in order to contribute to understanding to what he calls ‘the ecologies of treatment [in which] patients, diseases and medics are entangled’.
Blood & Bones: Living with Cancer is curated by Dr Marquard Smith (UCL Institute of Education) and Dr Rishi Das-Gupta (formerly Director of Innovation, UCLH now at Royal Brompton). It is accompanied by a series of public engagement activities (curated by Agnese Reginaldo) and a catalogue (designed by Mark Little) published by The Archives Gallery. The project is in collaboration with UCLH Arts and Heritage UCLH NHS Foundation Trust’s arts programme. UCLH arts and heritage is committed to providing a welcoming, uplifting environment for all patients, visitors and staff through the use of a varied and stimulating arts and heritage programme. Its work aims to improve the patient experience, boost staff morale, increase engagement with the arts and celebrate the Trust’s unique heritage and community. The exhibition, associated events and catalogue are funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.
*Multiple myeloma, also known as myeloma, is a type of bone marrow cancer. Bone marrow is the spongy tissue at the centre of some bones that produces the body’s blood cells. It’s called multiple myeloma as the cancer often affects several areas of the body, such as the spine, skull, pelvis and ribs.
Blood and Bones
Public Engagement Programme Calendar
Thursday 7th March 5.30-6.15pm
The Street Gallery, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU
Thursday 14th March 2.00- 5.00pm
Symposium at UCL Institute of Education: The Human, Data, and Exhibitionary Cultures’
Art, Design & Museology Studios (8th Floor) 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL
Contributors include: Gilly Angell (member of the Patient Experience Group and the UCLH Arts Committee.); Dr Agnes Arnold-Foster (Medical and Cultural Historian, Roehampton University); Professor Tom Corby (artist, Associate Dean of Research, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UAL); Fiona Johnstone (People Like You, University of Warwick); Dr Guy Noble (UCLH Arts Curator); Dr Marquard Smith (curator, UCL Institute of Education); and Sarah Josefsberg and Zoe Large (Macmillan Patient Experience and User Involvement, UCLH)
The event will include a special preview screening of Lana Lin’s The Cancer Journals Revisited.(98 minutes, 2018)1
Drinks reception and book launch
The event will be followed by a drinks reception to launch the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Blood & Bones: Living with Cancer.
Thursday 21st March – 5.30-6.15pm
The Street Gallery, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU
Thursday 11th April 5.30-6.15pm
The Street Gallery, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU
Thursday 18th April 5.30-6.15pm
The Street Gallery, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU
Youth Brunch and Closed Workshop at Cancer Centre Facilitated by Sarah Josefsberg and Zoe Large
Tuesday 23rd April 2.00-4.00pm
Zine Workshop open to all
Wellcome CollectionCo-facilitated by Sarah Josefsberg, Zoe Large and Agnese ReginaldoFollowed by Blood & Bones: Living with Cancer exhibition tour
1 The Cancer Journals Revisited is an experimental non-fiction film inspired by Black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde’s memoir/manifesto, The Cancer Journals. The project is prompted by the question of what it means to re-vision Lorde’s classic 1980 text today.
We are proud to announce Touching Distance, an exhibition of works by Alyona Larionova, Sophia Al Maria and Terry Ryu Kim, which will take place at Exposed Arts Projects from 1 FEB to 8 MAR. Join us for the exhibition opening on 31 JAN @ 18:00 – 21:00.
Touching Distance is the first exhibition in the “Empowerments” series of public events, hosted by Exposed Arts Projects in 2019 (curated by Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze). Over the course of four exhibitions and concurrent events, researchers and art practitioners will interrogate contemporary notions of power, and consider how they reside in, and emerge from, our social structures, institutions and systems of belief.
Touching Distance explores the relationship between control, dependence and vulnerability in the context of the current climate of mass migration and hyper connectivity. Artists Alyona Larionova, Sophia Al Maria and Terry Ryu Kim present work that investigates this theme from multiple access points, such as systems and networks of state control, historical forms of power exchange, and the nature of touch. The exhibition considers the interior lives of individuals in relation to circumstances of transience, freedom, connectivity and distance, via sculptural environments and narratives that interweave the fantastical and the documentary.
Alyona Larionova’s film Staying With the Trouble is a hybrid documentary film that follows a Kazakh berkutchi (eagle-hunter) on his journey to tame his wild eagle, Sadak. The film draws upon the unique bond between the hunter and his eagle to provide a meditation on power relations in a world dealing with security crises and accelerating hyperconnectivity. Oscillating between states of control and submission, berkutchi, Sadak, a judoist, and a border control officer, offer viewers their own bodily interpretations of the constantly shifting power scales.
Sophia Al Maria’s practice spans writing, film and performance. In her film Mothership Al Maria creates a haunting vignette that straddles the line between documentary and fantasy. A tiny drama of cosmic proportions performed in a sinkhole in the desert where a newborn earthling receives a shadow visitor: time – the terror of all creatures.
Terry Ryu Kim’s work Binaural Cabin Sounds demarcates a distorted aeroplane cabin space within one of the rooms in the gallery. Metal stands supporting windows follow the contours of the inner cabin walls, while others hang from the ceiling to confront viewers as they orientate the space. Traces of the human presence, shifts between transparency and opacity, and distortions in the forms of the windows themselves subvert the context of the work from a supposedly safe space of leisure and transit, to one that addresses the senses of anxiety, uncertainty and misinformation surrounding issues of mobility and migration. Referencing the implementation and relinquishment of control performed upon and by flows of people, Kim acknowledges how power structures are frequently built upon visibility; those who have access to data and those who don’t, those whose visibility is accepted, and those who are excluded.
Terry Ryu Kim, drawing for Binaural Cabin Sounds, 2018.
Alyona Larionova (b. 1988, lives and works in London) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. She received her BA Honours in Photography from London College of Communication and her MFA in Media from Slade School of Fine Art. Recent and upcoming shows include screenings at Sharjah Art Foundation; as well as participation at the 11th edition of Lo Schermo Dell’Arte Film Festival in Florence; 35th Kasseler Dokfest, the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil; and the 7th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art.
Sophia Al Maria (b. 1983, lives and works in London) studied comparative literature at the American university in Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Al-Maria has shown at the Whitney Museum NY, USA (2016); New Museum, NY (2015); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2013); Waqif Art Centre, Doha Qatar (2007); and townhouse Gallery Cairo (2005). She participated in the 2016 Biennale of moving images (BIM), organized by the centre d’art contemporain in Geneva. In 2015 she guest edited issue 8 of The Happy hypocrite (Fresh Hell). Her memoir, The Girl Who Fell to Earth (2012), was published by Harper Perennial. Her writing has also appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Triple Canopy and Bidoun.
Terry Ryu Kim (b. 1985, Seoul, Republic of Korea) lives and works between London and Berlin. She received an MA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, and a BFA in Painting at Seoul National University. She is the winner of the Catlin Art Prize 2013. Recent exhibitons include Creative Tech Week, VDPlas Gallery, New York; Slimeface Emoji! A collaboration with Adham Faramawy, tank.tv, London; Here, Here and Sometimes There, Display Gallery, London; Demimonde, Amberwood House, London; and Points of Contact, No Format Gallery, London.
4T Design and Design History Association, Biannual Symposium, 2019
May 2-4 2019, İzmir, Turkey
The coupling of design and authority in a google search, the “internet search authority,” surprisingly results in entries which have more to do with the procedural and legislative aspects related to design: The “authority” issues rules for which the product of design or the designer has to comply with, or claims privilege in shaping the design product. Authority is usually attributed to an agent of enforcement regulating products and to an extent, that those produce design. Understood as a form of legitimized power, authority is realized only by the mutual recognition of those who hold power and those who do not.
A cliché argues that Italians cannot leave their moka pots behind when they go on a holiday, or the Turkish obsessively want their tea served in a specific type of glass, Japanese cars will never reach the quality level of the Germans, the Chinese are the new rulers of the world of electronic gadgets and so on. Another recounts the obsession of those who hold possession of a unique or rare object carrying the signature of a famous designer and how it’s valued. How do we account for the authority of designed objects in our daily lives, or in the way we value other cultures?
Digital culture, on the other hand, independent of any geographical, national boundaries, has been enthusiastically embracing all kinds of sharing platforms and collaborative tools. Digital design culture seems to have built its own peculiar collaborative environment. This collaboration does away with authorship by way of open-source software (which are generally not de-vised by designers), or by acts like taking and modifying scripts, utilizing algorithms shared online by various designers. Our way of teaching is, therefore, heavily influenced by the way we learn, question, think about and produce design. Call it the “digital elimination of authorship” or the “digital design knowledge of many hands,” old authorial notions of intellectual property and copyright often remain meaningless in such a collaborative environment.
Taking these subject headings as possible strands we welcome contributions from all design-related disciplines and fields that address questions such as, but not limited to: In what ways do design and authority come together? How does design exert authority? How can design resist authority? How does authority shape design in shaping itself, its powers? How do products of design have authority over lives, cultures, countries, histories or how do they lose the authority they once had? When does design become complicit with authority in creating authoritarian structures? How does authoritarianism enforce design regimes that hold sway over the field of cultural production? In what ways can one explain the relationship of authorship, design and authority? Is it possible to talk about the authority of collective authorship in design?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Those who are interested in contributing papers to the thirteenth 4T Symposium are invited to submit a title and an extended abstract of 1000 words through EasyChair (https://easychair.org/ conferences/?conf=4t2019) by January 25th 2019.
Registration to Easy-Chair is essential in order to submit abstracts. The symposium language is English, therefore all abstracts, presentations and papers should be in English. For any further questions please contact Işılay Tiarnagh Sheridan (4Tsymposium@gmail.com). Selected proposals will be announced on February 25th, 2019.
This event marks the finale of a two-week residency at CSM, conducted by Priscila Mastro, Fábricas de Cultura and Sheyla Maria Alves de Melo, Arte Maloqueira. These Brazilian artist activists are involved in setting up communications networks in São Paulo favelas with the aim of linking vulnerable groups and communicating across, within and between different communities. The discussion will be moderated by Alex Schady, Art Programme Director, accompanied by Paul O’Kane, Fine Art Critical Studies lecturer. It will be conducted in Portuguese and English with translation. This event is part of the Resistances in Residence programme funded by British Council Brazil.
Competition: Design our 2018 festive campaign for the chance to win £300
Extended Deadline: Friday 30 November
CSM is commissioning a student to design our 2018 festive digital visual! This can be a static or animated image, and will be used on the landing page of our website, on screens around the College and in our end-of-year email campaign.
Prize:the student who wins the commission will receive £300 as well as a few celebratory mentions across the College’s social media channels (and of course, your work will be seen throughout the building and by all those on our mailing lists). Find out more.
Featured above: last year’s winning design by Ben Chan and Malone Chen
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.