Journal of Contemporary Painting





Rebecca Fortnum

Middlesex University


Associate Editors

Beth Harland

Lancaster University


Daniel Sturgis

University of the Arts London


Michael Finch

University of the Arts London


The Journal of Contemporary Painting combines peer-reviewed scholarship, particularly that emerging from practice-based research, with new writing and visual essays by academics and practitioners. Research essays will complement reviews and interviews that are responsive to current debates in painting and related art practices. The Journal is aimed at a broad readership encompassing academics, critics, writers, artists, curators and the gallery-going public.

The Journal of Contemporary Painting responds to the territory and practice of contemporary painting in its broadest sense, treating painting as a context for discussion and exploring its sphere of influence, rather than defining it as a medium specific debate.  The Journal combines a thematic approach with an open call, each issue opening up and problematising different facets of contemporary painting.

As well as contributions to current debates on contemporary art, the Journal also publishes archival texts alongside current responsive articles allowing new debates to emerge, based on the premise that the contemporary cannot be understood without a self-reflexive knowledge of history.  The Journal will also work with artists and other scholars to produce original visual essays.

In focusing on the territory of painting practice, JCP takes an international approach, providing a forum for the exchange of views drawn from a wide geographical field. The Journal maps where painting is, acting as a platform for international scholarship in this area.  The Journal also functions as a multidisciplinary discursive space in which a range of subject specialisms can be brought to bear on the culture of painting. JCP creates a place where scholars and practitioners from many disciplines can converge and exchange ideas on a common object of study.,id=239/

Deleuze and Design – Book Launch

Deleuze and Design

Betti Marenko and Jamie Brassett (eds.)



Thursday, 17 December 2015 from 16:00 to 20:00 (GMT)


Central Saint Martins – 1 Granary Square King’s Cross N1C 4AA GB –

You are invited to celebrate the launch of Deleuze and Design edited by Betti Marenko and Jamie Brassett, published by Edinburgh University Press as part of their ‘Deleuze Connections’ series.

This book investigates the ways that the creative philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari and the multiple practices and thinking of designing impact each other, with focus on technodigital objects, innovation and design strategies, illustration, activism, smithing, functionality, design history and ecosophy.

Join editors Betti, Jamie and some of the authors for an evening of discussion provoked by this book. In addition special guest, Pat Kane, will give a response to the book followed by drinks and networking.

The event is open to all members of the public, UAL staff and students, and would be of particular interest to philosophy and design students or academics, as well as design industry professionals.

“In a field decidedly weak in theoretical constructs, this book goes a long way toward aligning design studies with contemporary philosophy. But it also steers Deleuze in a new direction, unleashing the creative power and possibilities behind one of the chief philosophical figures of our age.” – Dr Elizabeth Guffey, State University of New York, Purchase



Betti Marenko. Research Leader Product Ceramic & Industrial Design Programme, CSM

Jamie Brassett. Subject Leader & MA Course Leader Innovation Management CSM



Manola Antonioli. Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architetture de Paris La Villette

Derek Hales. Independent researcher working in para-academic contexts of R&D, abstract culture and philosophy.

John O’Reilly. Associate Lecturer MA Course Leader Innovation Management CSM



Pat Kane has many personas. He is the author of the 2004 book The Play Ethic, and Director of the innovation and futures consultancy of the same name. Pat is also lead curator for NESTA’s FutureFest and a political activist, supporting Scottish independence. Since 1986 Pat has, with his brother Greg, formed the band Hue and Cry, and still perform and produce new work. He has always engaged in philosophical concepts, especially those from Deleuze and Guattari, and we are honoured to have him join us for this launch.



E.R.O.S ‘The Interior’

Join us on the evening of Thursday 19 November, from 7.00 p.m.

to celebrate the launch of

Issue VII of E.R.O.S., ‘The Interior’

at Ditto Gallery, 4 Benyon Road, London N1



Issue VII of E.R.O.S. locks itself away behind closed doors. Its subject is the inner sanctum; the projection of the self onto the inside of the shell. The intimacy and egoism of the interior will be glimpsed through keyholes (both escutcheoned and surgical), invitations to cross thresholds, and burglaries. Contents and surfaces will be scrutinised; furniture and appliances will become animate; and the apertures through which we discern what is inside and outside will mirror and deceive.


Issue VII of E.R.O.S., ‘The Interior’, is now available to pre-order ahead of our launch on 19 November at Ditto Gallery. All orders will be shipped on 20 November. The contributors to this bumper issue are:


Ross Exo Adams | Carlo Mollino & Becky Beasley | Francis Haselden | Pier Vittorio Aureli | Mark Cousins | Adam Jasper | Joanna Walsh|Marlene Haring | Jamie Sutcliffe | Gillian Wylde | Melanie Bonajo | J.A. Harrington | Jeanne Randolph | Alessandra Spranzi | Timothy Brittain-Catlin | Associates (Sami Jalili & Emma Letizia Jones) | Nathalie Du Pasquier | Horrible Gif. | Charles Rice | Daniella Valz-Gen | Emma Talbot | Forbes Morlock | Natasha Soobramanien & Luke Williams | Jessie Makinson | Claudia Dutson | A. Jones | Kim Schoen | Ivonne Santoyo Orozco | Hannah Gregory | Christopher Alexander | Nemanja Zimonjic | Gabor Gyory | Jonathan Meades | Neil Chapman| Jaspar Joseph-Lester | Jacob Dreyer | Richard Wentworth

E.R.O.S. is the journal of Eros Press. It is published biannually, and dedicated to the subject of desire. It covers a wide range of fields, drawing together often disparate disciplines under the auspices of each issue’s theme. Alongside newly commissioned work, E.R.O.S. contains excerpts, reproductions and reappraisals. Submissions are welcomed, and notice of forthcoming themes can be obtained upon request.

Commissioning Editors

Sami Jalili
Fabian Lang
Emma Jones
Rebecca LaMarre
Sharon Kivland

Parallel to the issue runs the exhibition The Interior, an artists’ response to the theme made tangible. Laura Eldret, Luke Burton, Marlene Haring and Claire Bailey will present a variety of sculptural works that will transform Ditto into an indeterminate space, between domestic interior and gallery.The exhibition runs between 20.11.15 and 09.12.15

Art and Reason – How Art Thinks

In collaboration with Newcastle University and the New Centre for Research, NYC, FILET is pleased to invite you to

Art and Reason – How Art thinks

A symposium devised by Prof Amanda Beech, artist, writer, visiting professor at Newcastle University and Dean of Cultural Theory at CAL Arts

The Symposium will take place on the 24th of November at Newcastle University. FILET and the New Centre for Research, New York will join in the discussion via live streaming.

Newcastle University – Amanda Beech, Robin Mackay, Bassam El Baroni and Diann Bauer, chaired by Uta Kögelsberger

FILET, London – chaired by Suhail Malik

New Centre for Research and Practice, New York, respondent, Keith Tilford

When it comes to the relation between theory and practice, we know that art works can fall into the trap of illustrating, instrumentalizing, idealizing, and often oversimplifying theoretical ideas and concepts. These relations, affiliations and citations traverse philosophical ideas and artistic practice. In doing so they cause contradictions and problems regarding how we might conceive of the relation between thought and action, appearance and reality, metaphysics and empiricism and art and philosophy. Consequently, this problem urges us to understand how artistic practice thinks as a discipline, if indeed such a thing is now a valid category, and how art determines thought in form; the site where the operations of reason interacts with the spheres of the sensory and the visible.

‘Art and reason – How Art Thinks’ dials critical and theoretical conversations back to core questions about the status of the image and its capacity for scientific reason. Rather than the artwork as the site of some ineffable mystery we confront the question of the artwork as the place where reason manifests. How does art reason and what is a rationalist art practice?

103 Murray Grove, London, N1 7QP
FILET is a space for experimental art production founded by Rut Blees Luxemburg and Uta Kögelsberger. Based in London, it is a research organ in close proximity to silicon roundabout providing a platform for the creation, dissemination and discourse of emergent strategies in contemporary art.

LENS Community of Practice

Dear Colleague,

Invitation to LENS Community of Practice meeting.

LENS is a Community of Practice connecting people working at the intersections of art, design, technology and science at UAL. Open to staff and research students across all Colleges, LENS invites you to join the community.

The aim of LENS is to build stronger connections between researchers and practitioners working in art, design and science, both internally and in developing more coherent external links and collaborations.

We are really keen to extend this community across UAL and invite you to come along to our first LENS Open Forum on Wednesday 25th November 5.30-7.00pm to find out about how to get involved. The meeting will take place in the Staff Club (Ground Floor, off the Street) at CSM Kings Cross where refreshments will be provided.

Following short presentations from LENS founding members there will be opportunity to share activities and interests and meet others working across disciplines.
We have recently launched the LENS website as a portal for events and to help connect people with shared interests. Please visit and you can sign up at
If you would like to come to the meeting on 25 November, please register at so we know numbers for catering.
We look forward to seeing you there.

If you know of other colleagues who may be interested in LENS please forward this invitation.

The LENS coordinating team – Sal Anderson (LCC), Heather Barnett , Nathan Cohen , Rob Kesseler (CSM), Carolyn Mair (LCF).
Nathan Cohen
MA Art and Science
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London

Adult Social Care Studio: Workshop Invitation

Workshop details

Monday 30 November 10am-330pm

Central Saint Martins, Granary Building. 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA


What is it

A one-day workshop bringing together people from different backgrounds to collaborate to generate visions for looking after older people, informed by the latest analysis from London Borough of Merton.


The background

Adult social care is in crisis. Demographic changes, funding cuts, health conditions such as dementia, growing recognition of the role of loneliness and other factors are resulting in policy, service delivery and personal challenges affecting millions of people in the UK. There is increasing attention being paid to the care crisis in the form of research, funding and entrepreneurial activity. However there are new opportunities to address these challenges from systems perspective by combining technology (eg distributed data gathering and analysis shaping service delivery), research (eg understanding of behaviour change to support older people’s wellbeing) and social practices (eg informal and formal caring networks).



More specifically this workshop will provide proposals for business models/service experiences that make use of these resources:

  • Ways to gather data from people’s homes to enable better care for older people
  • Behaviour change research and supporting technology
  • UAL’s expertise in user research, experience design and service design
  • Local government teams exploring new ways to deliver services.


The workshop will make use of a four-layer service design framework that connects:

  • People’s experiences of being cared for, self-caring or caring
  • Service operations
  • Business models and funding
  • Policy and governance.


After the workshop, project and service ideas generated will be further worked up and made public to participants and others working in this area and we anticipate participants will build on these to apply for research and development funds.


Workshop outcomes

We anticipate that the outcomes of the workshop will include:

  • embryonic proposals for projects that participants will take forward connecting with funding and research schemes in the UK/EU
  • insights into what a people-centred service design approach brings to a systemic challenge such as adult social care
  • new connections between participants providing a basis for future collaborations.


Who will participate

Workshop participants are limited to 20 people from:

  • Local government (strategy and policy for adult social care)
  • Business providers of adult care services (domiciliary/residential)
  • Technologists developing new data devices and platforms
  • Researchers working in behaviour change
  • Designers specialising in service design and experience design
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Central government policy teams


How it will work

Facilitated by UAL, the workshop will take a “studio” approach with these principles:

  • People-focussed: with an emphasis on understanding people’s lived experiences in relation to adult social care
  • Whole systems: recognising the dynamic interplay of actors in the system
  • Designbased: involving cycles of exploring problems/generating solutions
  • Collaborative: working together across different knowledge and expertise
  • Agile: fast learning cycles with several iterations
  • Open: findings and ideas shared after the workshop for anyone to develop.

Cycles of exploring problems and generating solutions within a design approach


About the organisers

UAL is a specialist higher education institution formed of six renowned art and design colleges. UAL’s Innovation Insights Hub connects emerging practice and research inside the university with external partners to deliver new insights and projects that result in innovation for business, society and other research disciplines. UAL is currently partnering with London Borough of Camden to bring design approaches to service delivery supported by an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as well as working with a wide range of business, social and technological partners.


KareInn is a technology innovation firm focused on changing the lives of people over 65. The firm is trusted by care decision makers to leverage technology, academia, design and behaviour change tools to deliver a better quality of life for adults living in any segment of the care spectrum.


How to get involved

We are sending this invitation to people already working in this area who we believe will value the opportunity to accelerate their own work. Please note:

  • It’s a one-day commitment at minimum but you will get the most out of it if you see it as enabling you to build on your own work by connecting with other specialists.
  • We see this first workshop as the starting point for building practically-oriented research and development projects we can work on together.
  • Any ideas generated in the workshop will be useable by any of the participants going forward, as well as being distributed to wider communities of interest.


 Find out more

If you’d like to know more or are ready to confirm your place, please contact the co-organisers.


Lucy Kimbell

Director, Innovation Insights Hub, UAL

07860 785 238


Eric Kihlstrom

Co-founder, Kareinn

07872 905 319

Further reading

ADASS: Social care: The next five years

Innovate UK Long Term Care Revolution

Ageing 2.0

Nesta: Five hours a day

Government Office of Science Future of Ageing blog

Innovate UK Dallas

Volume Dissolves Into Atmosphere


A project by Central Saint Martins MA Culture, Criticism and Curation at David Roberts Art Foundation


“…At the slow party, copies sync towards zero”: New sound work by Andrew Sunderland in the DRAF studio.


Open to the public: 27-28 November 2015, 12-6pm


Private View:

Thursday 26 November, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Free: All welcome.


Volume Dissolves Into Atmosphere is a project curated by MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students from Central Saint Martins for the DRAF studio.


The project presents “…At the slow party, copies sync towards zero” – a newly commissioned sculptural sound work by artist Andrew Sunderland. The piece links the industrial history of the DRAF building to the re-purposing of similar post-industrial spaces in ’90s rave culture. Using a recording of his voice within the downstairs exhibition space as a starting point, Sunderland has deployed software plugins commonly used in the production of club music such as time-stretching and auto-tune to create an audio work that stretches over three days.


Andrew Sunderland is an artist working with music, sculpture, and print. He often constructs works using clothing, and ‘soft’ fabrics that respond to sound and vibration. He is a recent graduate of Goldsmiths.


Curating Sound. A conversation with David Toop, Ed Kelly, Antonia Blocker and Hamish Dunbar.

Thurs 26 Nov, 4–6pm

Free, email: to reserve a place.


On the occasion of the project Volume Dissolves into Atmosphere, Central Saint Martins MA Culture, Criticism and Curation students host a discussion about the relationship between sound and space and their coexistence in the gallery environment. What is the status of sound in the gallery and how can it be experienced as art? What are the challenges in exhibiting and curating sound work? What is the changing relationship between sound and its audiences? These questions will be discussed by David Toop (composer/musician, curator and UAL Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation), Ed Kelly (composer/musician and associate lecturer in Visual Art: Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College of Art), Antonia Blocker (Curator: Public Programmes, Whitechapel Gallery) and Hamish Dunbar (Founder and Director, Cafe Oto).


David Roberts Art Foundation

DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle




Symes Mews

London NW1 7JE


H.N.5 515

Centrala Birmingham 28 November 2015 – 9 January 2016



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

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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