MA Graphic Design graduate works on V&A ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition identity

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Disobedient Objects Poster, 2014.

Marwan Kaabour, an MA Graphic Design graduate, has just completed work on the V&A’s current exhibition ‘Disobedient Objects’. With a history in political design, Barnbrook Design, where Marwan works, was commissioned to design the visual identity, exhibition graphics, book and marketing campaign for the exhibition.

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Disobedient Objects Exhibition, 2014.

We caught up with Marwan to find out more about the design process and inspiration.

“The exhibition identity was centred around a prominent theme of the exhibition; the ingenious transformation of everyday objects into weapons of social change. Intrinsic to our thinking was a hope that the Disobedient Objects will be viewed not just as activist objects but as thoughtfully designed objects.

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Disobedient Objects Book, 2014.

“In the spirit of the exhibition, the book designed to accompany the exhibition surpasses conventional definitions of an exhibition catalogue. As well as a series of how-to guides, the book contains six essays and round-table discussions that deal in rich detail with the themes highlighted by the exhibition. The essays are illustrated with images of the objects in context.

“Each essay opens with a list of (disobedient) objects that are subject to the same call to arms as the book cover and posters. The same objects are underlined throughout the book, offering an alternative reading of the texts; disobedient quotes that crudely interrupted the text. In a spirit of openness, the book features an exposed spine thereby revealing its own construction and highlighting a red thread that runs throughout.

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Disobedient Objects Invitation, 2014.

“The posters take on the technical language of a user manual with hope to empower the audience and have them create disobedient objects of their own.”

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Alumnus Daniel Chehade curates poster exhibition for LCC’s ’160′

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Daniel Chehade at work

Our current trio of exhibitions as part of London Design Festival, ’160′, has been attracting a lot of attention recently, but visitors may not know that one of the shows has been curated by an LCC alumnus.

Daniel Chehade graduated from the College’s BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design and Diploma in Professional Studies courses and has masterminded ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster’.

The exhibition presents a unique set of prints created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of five giants of graphic design: Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Joseph Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand.

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Preparing for LCC’s ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’ exhibition

Daniel founded Studio Chehade in 2012 and has undertaken curation and design for the Alan Fletcher archive, exhibition design for The Hayward Gallery, and has worked with Aram Gallery, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery and Peter von Kant.

He was first introduced to Alan Kitching during his Diploma in Professional Studies year in industry at LCC, when he worked on a memorial book on graphic designer Alan Fletcher, and then went on to work for the Alan Fletcher studio after graduation.

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Alan Kitching in his studio

Speaking about the forthcoming exhibition and accompanying panel discussion ‘Five Lives in Posters’, Daniel explained:

“Being an alumnus, it is a great pleasure (and pride) to bring this exhibition and event to LCC. It’s a natural fit for this celebration of five influential graphic designers and the collaboration between two typographic heavyweights Alan Kitching and Monotype.”

We caught up with him to hear more.

How do you feel the exhibition connects to the College itself?

“Alan Kitching and Monotype are two huge typographic forces. London College of Communication is a hotbed for up-and-coming graphic designers with typography and printing at its heart (as well as in its history). Both Eckersley and Henrion taught here whilst Alan has given numerous workshops and talks. It’s the perfect fit.”

What you would like visitors to take away from the show?

“Working with Alan Kitching during this project has been an honour. I hope visitors enjoy seeing not only the finished prints but also the glimpse into Alan’s workshop and his design process. The attention to detail in Alan’s work and his commitment to the quality of each piece has been inspiring.

“It’s also a great opportunity to look back at each of the five designers celebrating their centenary. Throughout my research I’ve become acutely aware of their significance, in how we practise and teach graphic design today.”

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Graphics for the LCC Graduate School launch earlier this year

In fact, Daniel’s work has already been seen around the College as he was commissioned by the LCC Graduate School to design its branding for the School’s launch earlier this year. So what inspired his designs?

“The identity for the Graduate School stemmed from the fact that’s a school without a fixed programme. It operates across both the School of Design and Media. The multi-disciplinary nature of the College means students share and collaborate beyond their own course and subject area.

“The Graduate School’s events programme also acts as a platform for discussion, ideas, sharing, talks, opportunities etc. The logotype reinforces this with a literal platform or underline.”

Graduate School Coordinator Holly McConnell describes why Daniel was selected for the project:

“I think it’s really important that we work with graduates on projects like the Graduate School launch. As students, they have lived and breathed LCC so their work is always reflective of the culture here. Daniel was a natural choice for this project, his portfolio showed considered, thoughtful and creative solutions that conveyed a strong sense of the subject.

“His designs for the Graduate School were no exception, creating a simple but powerful identity that has been an instant success with staff and students.  He also happens to be a very nice chap to work with!”

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Video // ’160′ at LCC for the London Design Festival

Check out this video preview of our London Design Festival exhibition ’160′, including ‘50 Years of Illustration‘, ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster‘ and ‘Stereohype 2004-2014‘.

Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Alan Kitching, Daniel Chehade and Tomi Vollauschek talk about this celebration of influential design across the past 100 years and explain why the shows are so significant to LCC itself.

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LCC graduate photographer Lewis Bush explores Europe in first solo show

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European Commission Exit, Brussels, Belgium. © Lewis Bush

If you’ve seen any of our official photography during the past year – from our Summer Shows to other high-profile events around the College – there’s a very good chance you’ve seen the work of LCC alumnus Lewis Bush.

If you were studying on MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography last term, you’ll know him even better as a current visiting practitioner on the course.

Lewis is now staging his first ever solo exhibition, ‘The Memory of History’, at Europe House, Smith Square, presenting the photography he produced during a journey across Europe for his MA in 2012.

The exhibition looks at the role of the past in shaping the recent European recession and currency crisis, with images taken in ten European Union countries.

‘The Memory of History’ explores how economic hardship and uncertainty prompted difficult narratives from the past to re-emerge – with the divisive potential to threaten the continent’s future.

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Honour Guard, Vienna, Austria. © Lewis Bush

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Franco-Prussian War Monument, Berlin, Germany. © Lewis Bush

Inspired by Paul Graham’s influential 1993 photobook ‘New Europe’, Lewis travelled through France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal looking for signs of recent European history which resonated with present-day economic and political difficulties.

Lewis explains:

“We tend to see the past as something which is distant and unimportant, but our memories of history continue to shape our present behaviour in ways which can be both positive and negative.

“We forget the past at our peril, but remembering it can sometimes be just as fraught with difficulty.”

Looking back on his photographic odyssey, Lewis told us:

The trip was eye-opening to say the least. Many of the things I’d grown up believing about Europe came under question, and at times it really felt like the whole thing might be going to unravel.

At the same time I saw things that reaffirmed my belief that people are all basically the same, and that for all the bad history between them the different nationalities in the EU have far more in common with each other than they have in difference.

Set to resume visiting practitioner duties this year, he added that teaching LCC’s photojournalism students has been “an amazing combination of exhaustion and inspiration”.

“The students come in with brilliant ideas which are sometimes in quite a raw state, and then it’s just a huge amount of fun working with them to try and shape these ideas into the best pieces of work possible.”

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Fortune Telling Machine, Thessaloniki, Greece. © Lewis Bush

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One Million Mark Note, Berlin, Germany. © Lewis Bush

The Memory of History
Wednesday 17-Friday 26 September 2014
Monday – Friday 10am-6pm

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Europe House
32 Smith Square
London
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LCC Inside Out

LCC is excited to be a part of the Inside Out Festival 2014! The festival, which is curated and produced by TCCE (The Culture Capital Exchange) in association with Times Higher Education, aims to highlight the capital’s cultural and creative kudos from the inside out.

Inside Out will showcase, for the fifth year running, the fascinating contribution made by London’s universities to the city’s cultural life. A huge number of events will take place on both university campuses and at leading London venues throughout the week.

The wider public is encouraged to participate in a broad range of activities from the performing and visual arts through to literature, design, fashion as well as the sciences and social sciences.

Here is a preview of the events that LCC will be hosting this year…

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‘Framing the Elephant’
Monday 20 October 2014

A day of pop-up drawing for people who draw and people who don’t!

This events encourages attendees to stop, look, and draw, by creating fast, fun drawings of the view from inside London College of Communication.

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’50 Years of Illustration’
Monday 20 October 2014

Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at London College of Communication, presents his book ’50 Years of Illustration’, charting contemporary illustration’s rich history, in a lecture accompanying a major exhibition.

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‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’
Tuesday 21 October 2014

This expert panel debate brings together leading researchers, practitioners and industry professionals to discuss how digital and social media can tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst people over the age of 65.

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’72-82: Richard Wilson in conversation with William Raban’
Thursday 23 October 2014

This screening of ’72-82′ will be followed by a discussion between the film’s creator and LCC Professor of Film William Raban and Richard Wilson, renowned sculptor. ’72-82′ tells the story of the first ten years of Acme Studios and their groundbreaking work providing artists’ housing and studios in London.

View the Inside Out events programme at LCC

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Elephant & Castle: A freshers’ guide to south London’s creative heart

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London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle

As LCC’s brand new students arrive and settle in to life in and around Elephant & Castle, we explore the area’s essential attractions for anyone passionate about design, media and the arts.

The College’s single site is right in London’s creative heartland, close to internationally renowned museums, galleries, studios and other arts venues.

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This year’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Summer Show at Hotel Elephant

Within a few minutes’ walk from the College is Hotel Elephant, a versatile warehouse gallery space and studio behind 40-42 Newington Causeway regularly used for LCC student shows.

Independent arts complex Corsica Studios is just behind the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and focuses on breeding local creativity and culture.

Also immediately accessible from the College is the Imperial War Museum, which recently reopened following a £40m transformation and includes collections of aircraft, photography, art, weapons, films and posters among much more.

The Cinema Museum on nearby Dugard Way charts the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present day, while Southwark Playhouse on Newington Causeway promotes and stages work by the next generation of theatre-makers.

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Graduating LCC students celebrate outside the Southbank Centre

LCC final-year students graduated in July at the Royal Festival Hall, part of the world-famous Southbank Centre arts complex, which is just 20 minutes’ walk away. Southbank’s Hayward Gallery has played host to exhibitions by LCC Research staff including Jananne Al-Ani’s Excavations earlier this year.

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BA (Hons) Film and Television students and staff gather for a graduation showcase at BFI Southbank

This section of the Thames is also home to BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, where this year’s departing film and television students screened their graduation films in June.

Not far away is the world-famous Tate Modern, with which LCC regularly collaborates – for example, in a series of recent Sonic Trails created by sound arts students.

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BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts students work at Tate Modern

Just a little further east is the Design Museum, the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design from graphics to furniture, architecture and industrial design.

Directly south of Elephant & Castle, Peckham has a thriving and expanding art and design scene, including the South London Gallery, which has a fantastic reputation for contemporary art exhibitions and events.

Print fans and practitioners should explore Peckham Print Studio, an open access and commercial screen printing enterprise which also hosts workshops and events.

LCC students have displayed their own work at The CLF Art Café aka The Bussey Building, a 120-year-old warehouse space and events venue, while charity-run gallery Peckham Platform presents community- and place-driven contemporary visual arts.

South Kensington is only minutes away from Elephant & Castle on public transport and is home to many museums including the V&A, who have commissioned an interactive installation for LCC’s Mini Maker Faire in November.

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LCC design students exhibit their interactive work at the Science Museum

The neighbouring Science Museum dedicated much of its gallery space to LCC’s interaction design students during a Lates event this year, with our budding designers creating fun and dynamic exhibits that demonstrated medical concepts to museum visitors.

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BA (Hons) Media Practice students gather for their graduation showcase at the Prince Charles Cinema

In London’s West End, just a short trip from the College by bus or tube, the busy Prince Charles Cinema opened its doors to media practice third-years in June for an all-evening showing of their final work.

The centre of the city is of course also packed with creative agencies, galleries and studios of all kinds and provides inspiration and opportunity to all of LCC’s undergraduates and postgraduates.

We hope that our new and returning students enjoy the best of what creative London has to offer – these are just a handful of the highlights. The possibilities are endless so get exploring!

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Friday Feature // The LCC graduate helping Rio prepare for 2016

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A brainstorming session at the Committee developed by the Rio 2016 Digital Communications department.

After graduating from LCC’s MDes Service Design Innovation course in 2012, and with experience running an interaction design studio, Marcelo Albagli hoped to pursue a career as a digital communications and service innovation consultant.

When the Rio 2016 Organising Committee got in touch after a few months, he was delighted. Their digital communications department needed help in developing the strategic plan for the pre-Games period, but during his few months with the team, Marcelo began to realise the size of the project:

“In the next two years, the Games will involve 8,000 employees, 35,000 third party service providers, and 70,000 volunteers in the making. Rio 2016 will probably be the largest sporting event ever, with 15,000 athletes from 204 countries participating.

“Over 7 million tickets will be sold for the 64 Olympic and Paralympic competitions, and more than 20,000 media professionals are being expected in the city. It’s overwhelming”.

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Signing the ’2 Years to Go’ board

Marcelo decided that the digital communications strategy should be devised not through interviews with the leadership but during brainstorming and co-designing sessions with employees.

People from different departments were invited to generate ideas, beginning a collaborative creative process. These sessions allowed Marcelo to understand the Games from many different perspectives, while he and the team also researched the London 2012 and Vancouver 2010 Games.

Co-designing proved to be a powerful approach, translating the idea of social participation into practice. Marcelo adds:

“In my opinion, it is possible to say that co-designing served the Committee almost as an analogy for what we wanted to be doing online. These sessions also confirmed how highly motivated everyone was.”

Marcelo was then invited to write the creative brief for the development of Rio 2016′s digital channels during Games time and outline how proposals should be assessed. He also conducted brainstorming sessions to design the Olympic torch relay:

“We all have an idea of how the Olympic flame usually travels across the hosting country to finally light the cauldron in the main stadium of the Olympics. However, the torch design, who the torch bearers are, and which landmarks are highlighted during the relay, that is what needs to be realised and orchestrated to create a meaningful narrative.

“And from what I’ve seen in these sessions, where most of the participants were not members of the Organising Committee, I can tell how unique the relay has the potential to be in Brazil.”

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In the Olympic torch relay brainstorming sessions, most participants were from outside the Committee.

Marcelo has also been involved with the development of a mobile app for volunteers, the first test event in Rio – the International Sailing Regatta 2014 – and an education programme to help students communicate using digital media. But most centrally, his job is to plan and deliver the digital communications channels for the Games period.

Reflecting on the challenges so far, Marcelo points out:

“One needs to learn how to cope with frustration when helping to make the Games. There are many exciting opportunities to build something meaningful being revealed all the time. However, just as it is with any other project, regardless of its size, resources are limited and you can’t control everything. We work for the best, and we hope for the best.

“I learn something new every day, which is the most rewarding aspect of the job apart from having the opportunity to contribute to society in some way. Whatever direction you look in you will find something amazing.”

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Guanabara Bay, where Rio’s first Olympic test event, the International Sailing Regatta 2014, took place.

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News // Summer refurbishment at LCC

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Crated printmaking and letterpress equipment is moved by crane into the new studio spaces

It may be holiday time for many at LCC, but the College’s management and technical teams have been very busy relocating, revamping and reorganising in time for the start of the autumn term.

The major improvement works currently underway affect many areas of the building, but particularly the letterpress and printmaking workshops, which will now be located on the second and third floors of the Workshop Block, adjacent to the existing Heidelberg room (second) and print workshops (third).

There will be a full range of resources for different types of traditional printmaking, typesetting, book arts, textile printing, offset litho print and finishing.

The aim is for a more collaborative working model between areas which had formerly been spread around the building. For example, print and letterpress will now share the paper and chemical stores, and with around ten technicians in total between all disciplines, the areas will offer fantastic facilities and expert support to students and academic staff.

The letterpress staff are also taking the opportunity to sort, rationalise and update their typefaces before they set up home in a new space.

The heavy and delicate antique equipment has to be moved from one block to another by crane, stationed in the yard between the two blocks. Every piece of machinery is being packed into crates or onto pallets, picked up with the crane and set down on a platform on the appropriate floor.

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Part of a printing press is lifted into its new location

As many items as possible are being reused or recycled during the process, with even specialist sinks being preserved and transplanted to new homes.

Letterpress’s former studio on the lower ground floor of the Design Block is to be used by Foundation students for photography, as it is close to some of the College’s darkrooms, while the old printmaking area on the Design Block’s ground floor will be split into three studios for BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television.

Also on the way are a new small TV studio suitable for TV journalism, green screen and animation on the lower ground floor of the Media Block, and a new blacked-out project space between the Main Lecture Theatre and the wood workshop.

The eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and fourteenth floors of the Tower Block are being redecorated, with new ceilings, new lighting and where necessary new carpets and blackout curtains. The Kit Room is being extended, which will facilitate a greater provision of equipment loans to students and staff.

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New outdoor furniture arrived at the College earlier this year

This is in addition to the new concrete benches and cycle storage installed in front of the College during the summer term.

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More detailed information about the summer works and room changes will be circulated to staff and students in due course.

LCC Alumni in the 100 Archive

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A Place Is A Space We Give Meaning, Paul Bailey, 2011.

The 100 Archive is a community centred initiative to document and record the past and future of visual communication design in Ireland. It is a valuable resource which acts as a simple and transparent record of the professional activity, working practices, career paths, professional associates and collaborators of Irish designers.

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A Place Is A Space We Give Meaning, Paul Bailey, 2011.

The Archive houses an impressive amount of work from LCC postgraduate alumni, including three projects by our very own MA Graphic Design Course Leader Paul Bailey as well as work from Wayne Daly, Stephen McCarthy, Brian Heffernan, Niall O’Shea and Mark Shiels.

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# Magazine, Paul Bailey, 2013.

 

Brian Heffernan, now a senior a designer at design studio Aad in Dublin, talks us through his journey from LCC to 100 Archives:

“I had been a practicing graphic designer for nearly ten years when I returned to full-time education at LCC. My year on the Contemporary Typographic Media MA proved beneficial in ways I could not have foreseen.The course facilitated the development of new criteria by which work, both mine and others, can be assessed and this in turn has enabled me to identify the potential of my practice.

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Cork Midsummer Festival Program, Brian Heffernan, 2013.

“It’s a real honour to have my work included in the 100 Archive. As a practicing designer, I find being part of the pier group identified hugely beneficial. In this regard the archive is less about Irish identity and more about being part of something that recognises good graphic design, and that benefits everyone.

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Cork Midsummer Festival Program, Brian Heffernan, 2013.

“I think the archive provides a much needed focal point for Irish graphic design. Not only does it contextualise individual projects within a wider body of work, it contextualises Irish graphic design internationally. Having little by the way of legacy, the archive documents the path Irish graphic design has taken, and in doing so, shines a light on the road ahead.”

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DCU Student Support & Development, Brian Heffernan.

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LCC graduate photographer Max Colson awarded £15,000 grant from Leverhulme Trust

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From ‘Hide and Seek: The Dubious Nature of Plant Life in High Security Spaces’

Recent MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Online) graduate Max Colson has been awarded a Leverhulme artist-in-residency grant of £15,000 to work with the UCL Urban Laboratory.

Max will work at UCL with the Laboratory’s Director, Dr Ben Campkin, in a residency titled ‘Hide and Seek: The Dubious Nature of High Security Spaces’.

The residency will develop Max’s final LCC MA project, extending the photographic investigations of his photojournalist alter ego, the paranoid Adam Walker-Smith, into the UK’s hidden infrastructure of security design and control.

The project aims to heighten viewers’ awareness of the way that security design, surveillance and paranoia interact within the urban environment, also using humour to highlight the limits of photography as documentary evidence.

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From ‘Hide and Seek: The Dubious Nature of Plant Life in High Security Spaces’

We caught up with Max to find out more:

How did you become interested in the area of surveillance and security design?

I originally became interested in exploring how surveillance and security apparatus can be hidden within everyday public space. Delving into this area on my MA, I then became fascinated with highlighting the logistical and psychological difficulties of photographing ‘hidden’ security apparatus when one cannot easily tell where and what it is.

What do we need to know about your photojournalist alter ego Adam Walker-Smith?

Having discovered the landscape design programme ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design’ (‘CPTED’), Walker-Smith realised that high security public spaces in London, which present themselves as being free and open, actually covertly guide behaviour through security design and monitor human activities through extensive surveillance infrastructure. The reason these things are not often observed is because they are carefully hidden and softened by the strategic deployment of vegetation.

This illuminating finding led to what could only be described as Walker-Smith’s intense paranoia as to the ‘innocence’ of all plant life in these spaces. His resulting photographs dramatically expose what he sees as the ‘suspect’ plants of securitised urban spaces (these plants are so-called for posing as ‘innocent’ decoration whilst actually being hidden parts of the security apparatus).

What does receiving this grant mean for you?

It gives me the financial freedom to focus on developing this particular project for a whole year, in collaboration with cutting edge researchers from UCL and other experts in the field of security design, which will culminate in an ambitious and immersive exhibition in Canary Wharf.

Also, as any artist will tell you, doing personal projects is an often solitary activity; when organisations support your projects like this it’s pretty incredible.

What direction do you hope to take your work in during your UCL residency, and beyond?

I’d like to develop Adam Walker-Smith’s investigation into the nature of hidden security design and present it as an immersive mixed media exhibition at Canary Wharf that makes people re-evaluate the public space that they use on a daily basis.

Photographic prints on a wall will be one element for sure but, in collaboration with built environment academics at UCL, I would like to create opportunities for the audience to engage with the project using a combination of interactive and audio elements; this will (I hope) bring the project, its exhibition and my photographic practice to the next level.

Tell us something you’ve discovered during Hide and Seek that surprised you.

Plants are incredibly versatile.

What most excites you most about the prospect of working within the UCL Urban Laboratory?

It’s a home to leading researchers engaged in the planning and design of the built environment; my work feeds on the research and critical ideas of these professionals, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to develop my work by being in such close proximity.

Which photographers or photojournalists working today do you most admire?

There are honestly too many to mention but I particularly enjoy the work of artists who playfully critique the nature of photographic documentation and/or its prevalence in the digital age, e.g. Joan Fontcuberta, Walid Raad, Mishka Henner, Taryn Simon, Thomas van Houtryve and Michael Wolf etc etc.

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Max’s residency will take place across the 2014-5 academic year.

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Mini Maker Faire interactive installation commission announced

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Paper Playscapes © Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, 2014.

The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is coming back to London this autumn, and the Digital Programmes team at the V&A recently launched an open call for the commission of an interactive installation to be exhibited as part of the Faire at London College of Communication.

The judging panel, including LCC’s Ben Stopher, have now announced that Paper Playscapes, a project by Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, will be commissioned from this open call.

Paper Playscapes is an open-ended installation, made and interacted with collaboratively by designers and visitors, representing a landscape in movement.

Visitors will be invited to join in assembling and creating the structure – then they can play!

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Sketches for Paper Playscapes © Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, 2014.

The modules that make up the piece are made out of corrugated cardboard, a sustainable cost-effective material that is easily assembled. Even though modules originate from pre-cut printed surfaces, and are therefore identical before assemblage, they are differentiated through folding and circuit-drawing.

Each cardboard module is designed to react to proximity and contact by emitting light through a series of LEDs placed on its surface. Little circuits inside the modules give them this interactive quality.

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Artemis Papageorgiou and Gabriella Mastrangelo, 2014.

The modules then become props in a game that is a variation on musical chairs. The final outcome is a landscape in the making, a participatory space for coming together for a few moments, in order to learn, make and play.

Come along and try out Paper Playscapes for yourself at the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 15 November 2014 at LCC!

More info on the V&A blog

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News // The Independent’s Ian Burrell speaks out at LCC PR conference

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Ian Burrell, Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent. © Warren King

LCC recently hosted ‘PR & The Visual’, a conference exploring identity, space and performance, organised by the Network for Public Relations and Society.

LCC’s Simon Collister and Sarah Roberts-Bowman led the all-day event, which was attended by international academics and practitioners and included a wide-range of talks, including keynotes from Brand Union’s Glenn Tutssel and The Independent’s Ian Burrell.

Burrell focused on the lack of champions in PR and the need for the industry to have better representation, citing the likes of Andy Coulson, Matthew Freud, Alastair Campbell and Max Clifford as examples of hindering figureheads in an already misunderstood profession.

“This year has been a public relations disaster for the PR industry…. Publicity-seekers like Clifford should never again be given the freedom to dominate the industry’s profile as he did,” said Burrell.

Academic speakers explored a range of visually-based topics including the presence of PR in pop culture, with Murdoch University’s Kate Fitch examining the representation of the industry in HBO series True Blood.

De Montford University’s Liz Bridgen looked at how PR can be conceptualised within the socially constructed field of ‘dirty work’, and Elon University’s Jessalynn Strauss explained how the physical space of Las Vegas’ mob museum is adopted as a PR tactic.

The conference dissected successful visual PR campaigns like Wolfstar’s Flower Fireworks campaign for Interflora and Unity PR’s Lolz Not Trolls. Edelman’s Gavin Spicer discussed the logistics of their Halo 4 launch, which took over Lichtenstein to create a fully immersive brand experience.

Delegates also took part in practical workshops exploring the use of photography, film, infographics and Vines within a PR setting.

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Co-founder of the Network for Public Relations and Society, Simon Collister, said:

“Our ‘PR and the Visual’ conference has been a great success. We have brought together a range of international academics and practitioners to explore and discuss the challenges, limits and opportunities for public relations theory and practice.

“Feedback from delegates and speakers confirms what we suspected when planning the event: academic and practitioners need to think much more creatively when studying the field or planning campaigns. In hosting the event we’re confident we have opened a new chapter in PR scholarship and practice.”

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