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 http://lens-ual.net/ and you can sign up athttp://lens-ual.net/people/
If you would like to come to the meeting on 25 November, please register at http://lensopenforum1.eventbrite.co.uk 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 http://www.adass.org.uk/uploadedFiles/adass_content/news/press_2015/Distinctive%20Valued%20Personal%20ADASS%20March%202015(1).pdf

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: volumedissolvesintoatmosphere@gmail.com 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

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!


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.


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.

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

DRS Conference info

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)

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



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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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:


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

All best,


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 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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