If the Internet of Thins is the Future, what is design doing?

When Monday 14th of March 14.00 – 16.00pm
Where Futuro House
What A roundtable discussion about the future of the Internet of Things and interaction design broadly taking inspiration from the following material.

1. (in press) Marenko, B. and Van Allen, P. (2016) Animistic Design: How to Reimagine Digital Interaction between the Human and the Nonhuman. Digital Creativity. Special issue on Post-Anthropocentric Creativity. Stanislav Roudavski and Jon McCormack (eds.). London, Routledge
2.Meese, R., Ali, S., Thorne, E., Benford, S., Quinn, A., Mortier, R., Koleva, B., Pridmore, T. and Baurley, S. (2013). From codes to patterns: designing interactive decoration for tableware In: CHI ’13: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 931-940
3.Steve Benford’s talk on Uncomfortable Interactions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNMJ0nzKe9k


The long awaited promise of the Internet of Things is still far from mainstream reality. Debates about smart devices seem highjacked by either technophilia (the machines will save us) or techno-dystopia (the machines will take over), by the banality of a fridge talking to a phone, or the anxiety about privacy and control. It seems clear that if the Internet of Things wants to grow it needs a robust design-led vision, able to stay clear of technodeterminism.

What is design’s role in shaping the new hybrid landscape of the physical and the digital? Can design lead in the search for a critical-practical framework that articulates the new relationships between the human and the nonhuman?

How Round table discussion

Who The event will bring together interested CSM staff across different Programmes, and special guests.

Special guests
Steve Benford Professor of Collaborative Computing in the Mixed Reality Laboratory. University of Nottingham.
Matt Webb Technologist ex-Berg
Organized by
Tony Quinn Course Leader BA Ceramic Design
Betti Marenko Research Leader PCID programme

RSVP b.marenko@csm.arts.ac.uk

Call for Papers – MIRAJ

                Issue 6.1/6.2


                50 Years of British Artists’ Moving Image

                Call for Papers | Deadline: 15 August 2016


On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the London Filmmakers’ Cooperative (LFMC) and the fortieth anniversary of London Video Arts (now LUX), articles are invited that reflect upon the histories, contexts and legacies of artists’ film and video practices in Britain since 1966. Both organisations played a significant role in the development of the distinctive and diverse artists’ moving image culture experienced in the UK today. This double issue of MIRAJ marks these anniversaries in order to draw forth new scholarship and research in a vital field of study and practice. This issue will be guest edited by Benjamin Cook and Lucy Reynolds.


We invite articles that examine:

•         Ecologies of practice, distribution and production (including workshops, funding, the academy, distributors, collectives, co-operatives, galleries, festivals, the art market, television and the internet).

•         Spectatorship (spaces and patterns of reception from museums to micro-cinemas, from festival to home viewing and online).

•         International links, networks and perspectives (in particular encouraging dialogues concerning a non-Western axis).

•         Scholarship then and now (magazines, film journals, educational contexts).

We encourage articles that debate:

•         What was and what continues to be at stake in contemporary British artists’ moving image culture.

•         Interplay and tensions between moving image culture and contexts such as artists’ film production and film industry, experimental film and the art world.

•         The dialogues between earlier movements and contemporary practices.

•         Technological shifts and the significance of medium specificity in the digital age.

We welcome articles that explore:

•         Original theoretical and interdisciplinary methodologies for the historiography, analysis and discourses of post-war artists’ moving image practices in Britain.

•         Posit new research and perspectives on figures and contexts overlooked or under-represented.

•      Dissect and examine existing canonical representations of key figures and contexts.



Please submit completed manuscripts only. Send all contributions and proposals by e-mail in Word format to the Editorial Assistant: miraj@arts.ac.uk

We publish the following types of writing: scholarly articles (5000–8000 words); opinion pieces, feature articles and interviews (4000 words); review essays of books, individual works, exhibitions and events (4000 words). Scholarly articles will be blind peer-reviewed and feature articles and review essays can be peer-reviewed on request. All writings should propose a central idea or thesis argued through a discussion of the work under review.


Articles submitted to MIRAJ should be original and not under consideration     by any other publication, including online publications. We do not publish         articles by artists about their own work, nor reviews by curators or venues     about their own exhibitions.


All submissions should be in English and adhere to the Intellect Style Guide




Founding Editor: Catherine Elwes (CCW Graduate School, University of the Arts London)

Guest Editors: Lucy Reynolds (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London) and Benjamin Cook (LUX, London)

Associate Editors: Sean Cubitt (Goldsmiths, University of London), Eu Jin Chua (Unitec,New Zealand), Janine Marchessault (York University, Canada), Jonathan Walley (Denison University, USA), Maria Walsh (CCW Graduate School, University of the Arts London), Rachel O. Moore (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Reviews Editor: Colin Perry (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London) 
The International Advisory Board includes:

Mark Bartlett; Pryle Behrman; Suzanne Buchan; Ian Christie; Stuart Comer; Maeve Connolly; David Curtis; T.J. Demos; Thomas Elsaesser; Catherine Fowler; Stan Frankland; Amrit Gangar; David E. James; Laura Mulvey; Mark Nash; Michele Pierson; Lucy Reynolds; Pratap Rughani; Catherine Russell; Tom Sherman; Lisa Steele.



The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first peer-reviewed publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. It is published twice a year in print by Intellect Books in collaboration with the University of the Arts London. MIRAJ offers a widely distributed international forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks.




Lubaina Himid in conversation with Paul Goodwin

Dear friends and colleagues,


I’m writing to invite you to our upcoming Exhibition Histories talk, in which Lubaina Himid will discuss the 1985 exhibition ‘The Thin Black Line’ and related projects with Paul Goodwin.


The talk will take place this Thursday 3 March, 19:00-20:30 at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. We have a few complimentary tickets available so do just drop me an email if you can make it and would like to come along. Happy to add your name to the list.


With best wishes,

Louis Hartnoll

Louis Hartnoll <l.hartnoll@afterall.org>

Editorial Assistant


Central Saint Martins

University of the Arts London

Granary Building

1 Granary Square







Art and Science


 MA Art and Science Workshops

 Saturday 5 March, 9.30am – 5pm | around Central Saint Martins


MA Art and Science are offering a range of creative workshops for adults and young people  – come along and get hands on with slime mould problem solving, microbial image making, nebula bottling, water mapping, microscopy inspired glass sculpting and chemigram making.

Events this week include:

Gender Without Borders – Sonya Sharma


Gender Without Borders

 All welcome

 4 March, 6.30 – 8pm | LVMH E003 


Several short presentations from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and research interests of faculty teaching on the MA Gender without Borders at Kingston University. Dr. Sonya Sharma will talk on “Religion and Intimacy Between Sisters,” Dr. Emma Casey on “Consumerism and Gendered Identity Practices,” Dr. Martin Dines on “Class/age/sex: post-war queer fiction” and Dr. Jane Jordan on “Narratives of Victorian Prostitution”. Visit the event page to book your free ticket.

Gender without Borders: Mary Lynne Ellis


All welcome

 2 March, 6.30 – 8pm | LVMH E003 

Mary Lynne Ellis is author of the book Questioning Identities; Philosophy and Psychoanalytic Practice. She is a relational psychoanalytic psychotherapist and artist. Her lecture is entitled “Mourning’s Dissonance”, part of a series of interdisciplinary lectures organised by the faculty teaching on the MA Gender without Borders at Kingston University. Visit the event page to book your free ticket.

Jeanne van Heeswijk


Spatial Practices Lecture Series

 Thursday 3 March, 6 – 8pm | LVMH Lecture Theatre E003


Jeanne van Heeswijk is a visual artist who creates contexts for interaction in public spaces. Her projects distinguish themselves through a strong social involvement. With her work Van Heeswijk stimulates and develops cultural production and creates new public (meeting-)spaces or remodels existing ones.

Considering London’s crisis of living by structuring a range of projects and external partnerships that experiment with the provision of an affordable and equitable place to live, the series is not to be missed!

Visit the event page to book your free ticket and to see the full list of lectures talking place.


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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