Meet Dr Sheena Calvert, Contextual Studies Coordinator at Camberwell College of Arts and Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins. She is one of the organisers of the Book and Human Debate as part of The Way We Live Now The AHRC 10th Anniversary Debates 2015-2016 taking place at CSM in mid-December 2015. Here she talks about her expectations of the Debate and why the team have invited the selected speakers…
A team at the University of the Arts London, led by Dr Athanasios Velios, is at the front line of a high-tech battle of brains.
They are developing new tools, software and systems to help academic researchers use and manage research data thanks to support and funding from Jisc, a charity that aims to develop digital solutions to improve education and research.
Athanasios is working alongside Sebastian Faubel and Moritz Ebril from Semiodesk, a software development company in Germany, on a project called Artivity which aims to capture, when and how artists are influenced while they are producing their creative work.
We are pleased to announce that 2014-15 has been an extremely successful year for the research degree (Mphil/PhD) students at University of the Arts London. 25 graduated, 23 passed their confirmation and 31 students registered. Congratulations to you all!
Registration usually happens in the 1st year of PhD study, students have to complete an Application for Registration Form, which consists of:
- an outline of your proposed project (not more than 1000 words in length) plus an indicative bibliography and a work plan
This includes: Title, Subject area, aims and objectives, Historical context, Contemporary context, Theoretical context, Methodology, List of the main reference works.
Meet Dr Iris Garrelfs, Iris was awarded her PhD this year in Sound Art from LCC. In this article she shares her experience as a research student at UAL, how she built communities and learnt to discuss the theories behind her practice. She has recently been nominated for the British Composer Awards.
What was your awarded PhD title? Did it change much along the way?
Oh yes it did! The title I started out with was:
Cross breeding art: the impact of cross-platform arts practice on soundart at the beginning of the 21st century.
The title that I ended up using reads:
From inputs to outputs: an investigation of process in sound art practice.
In between I came up with quite a few variants on the theme, each highlighting slightly different aspects of my research. To be honest, I didn’t decide which one to go with until a couple of weeks before submitting. What swayed me in the end was keeping the title simple.
NESTA – A Manifesto for the Creative Economy, April 2013
“What makes new information and communications technologies so economically powerful?
The answer is that their impacts are felt everywhere. Their persuasiveness is why economists consider them one of a small number of ‘general purpose technologies’ – like steam power and electricity – that change entire economic growth trajectories in industries that use them”.
F.I.R.E (Fashion, Innovation, Research, Evolution) has been awarded a second round of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to develop a new, online fashion research portal, which you can become part of.
Principal Investigator, Professor Sandy Black and the FIRE team have worked hard to evolve the platform so that it is a space where academic researchers can connect with the UK’s designer fashion industry. We have held workshops with the fashion academic and designer community to establish the needs and desires for this platform so that it is most useful and inspiring.
We would love you to get involved and sign up to FIRE when we launch – here is a selection of what the platform has to offer:
- Find collaborators for projects and funding schemes
- Get information on new manufacturing techniques and technology
- Read relevant fashion research content and case studies
- Find relevant businesses and research expertise
- Participate in network events and workshops exclusive to FIRE
Keep an eye out in October for the new F.I.R.E online platform – and thank you to those who have already be involved!
Fashion, Innovation, Research, Evolution (F.I.R.E)
Become part of a dynamic network of fashion/textile innovators
Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, is delighted to be hosting ‘Colour, Emotion, Non-Figuration: John Hoyland Revisited’ Symposium. Coinciding with a major exhibition of Hoyland’s paintings at Damien Hirst’s newly opened Newport Street Gallery, the day will explore Hoyland’s art and times, while opening his painting up to new perspectives and the peculiar pressures of the ‘expanded field’ in which art now operates. The day, scheduled for February 2016, welcomes approaches beyond the traditionally academic, and will include contributions and discussion between artists, art historians and writers.
Outlines (up to 300 words) of short presentations are invited. Presentations could focus directly on Hoyland and discuss the ideas and forces which shaped him as an artist, or they could examine contexts in which he and his contemporaries worked. We are also keen to see proposals which use Hoyland’s art to shed light on the condition of painting today, which reflect his role as an art teacher, or which respond to his position as something of an outsider or renegade in relation to the art establishment.
Submissions are invited which explore one or more of the following themes:
- Colour and emotion in abstract art
- Making painting and thinking painting: between sketchbook and studio
- Materiality in sculpture and painting
- Abstract, abstraction, non-figuration
We would like to see proposals that concisely get to the heart of their subject. They do not have to be academic, and could take the form of artist’s talks, performances or experimental events. We would also welcome proposals for group discussions. Paintings by Hoyland will be loaned by the estate, so there will be the opportunity for presentations to take place in front of the specific paintings to which they refer.
Please submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for submissions EXTENDED: 16th November 2015
Come and see Hena Ali’s practice-led Graphic Communication Design PhD research displayed in the Window Gallery at Central Saint Martins (Design) Degree Show Two from 24th June -28th June 2015.
This could be a good chance to get a better understanding of the beauty of Art & Design practice-led PhD’s.
Also, its could be interesting for you to see how issues can be taken as strategic design opportunities; initiating points; how collaborative practice and context/s can be taken as a sustainable design tool for designing effective systems as innovation.
‘Graphic communication design practice for sustainable social advocacy in Pakistan: Co-developing contextually responsive communication design (GCD) methodologies in culturally diverse contexts’, Hena Ali, 2015
Her PhD demonstrates the amazing potential of collaborative communication design practice to facilitate generate and enhance sustainable social engagement. The research establishes how design can effectively respond to issues as design opportunities and help sustain innovation by designing effective systems, through engagement within diverse contexts.
The PhD specifically explores how social advocacy can be made sustainable in low-literacy contexts like Pakistan by drawing on graphic communication design practice. The exploration focuses an exemplary issue of garbage disposal practices in a low-literacy low-income community of Dhok Chaudrian in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The practice identifies and engages vernacular graphic media, collaborative design projects and local communities through graphic communication design practice, to map and co-design effective graphics-based social advocacy interventions sustainable in Pakistani context. The resulting design models and the methodology is documented as transferable communication design schema of practice applicable in diverse contexts.
Hena’s PhD work will be displayed in the Central Saint Martins (Design) Degree Show Two in the Granary Building Window Gallery , 24-28 June 2015.
Inspired by Nature – Biosensor Research And Bridging The Gap To Application At The Institute of Biotechnology
Talk by Dr Colin Davidson, University of Cambridge
15th June 2015, 5.30pm
CSM seminar room C303
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA
The development of biosensors, sensors inspired by or incorporating elements from nature is a complex, multidisciplinary research field that has a huge impact on many aspects of our lives - but very few of even the best research ideas reach market. Dr Davidson will talk about research at the Institute of Biotechnology and how the ideas that will have the greatest impact are often the ones that consider design for application from the outset. The IoB has a track record in producing biosensors for use in a broad range of medical, industrial and consumer applications. Davidson will discuss their holographic sensors as an example of how chemistry and biology can be informed by nature and design (in this instance the wings of butterflies) for goal of commercialisation.
Colin Davidson is a Post Doctoral Biotechnology Scientist working with Professor Chris Lowe OBE, Director of the Institute of Biotechnology (IoB), Dept of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He studied at Lancaster University, Nottingham University and has developed and patented numerous technologies in microbiology, optics, physics, holography and chemistry, which have been spun out into multiple companies from the IoB.
Convener Dr Jenny Tillotson, Arts, Science and Technology Research Group, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. All welcome but places are limited, so please contact Jenny Tillotson in advance email@example.com
Image credit: Miriam Ribul Material Activism Photography by Lydia Whitmore
We are pleased to announce that 11 UAL research degree students have been awarded funding for their research projects. 7 students were awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) TECHNE partnership. Through TECHNE, students are part of a collaborative engagement with 14 Partners in the cultural sector. Offering students rigorous scholarly training and opportunities with PhD students from Royal Holloway; Kingston University; Royal College of Art, London; University of Brighton; University of Roehampton, London; University of Surrey.
This creates a wider network of support and helps provide links to peers, which during a PhD can be invaluable. Partners involved in TECHNE include: National Archives; Museum of London; Culture Capital Exchange; Science Museum; Barbican; National Maritime Museum; Natural History Museum; British Film Institute; Drawing Room; Rose Theatre; English PEN; V&A Blue; Victoria & Albert Museum; Brighton Festival; Wired Sussex.
Through these, students have the opportunity to develop skills in innovation, critical thinking, risk taking, creativity and communication that are valued in academic and work contexts.
Congratulations and welcome to TECHNE funded students starting their research degrees in 2015-16:
- Matthew Parker, Close to the Machine: Composing Digital Materiality through a Sonic Archive Practice, LCC, Sound Art
Professor Angus Carlyle, Professor Cathy Lane
- Jennifer Allan, Fog Tropes: The social and cultural history of the foghorn 1853 to the present day, LCC, Popular Culture
Professor Cathy Lane, Professor Angus Carlyle
- Bethany Lamont, Transferring trauma: Understanding distressing images and ghoulish spectres in Internet culture, CSM, Popular Culture
Professor Roger Sabin, Professor Craig Clunas (Oxford)
- Aurelie Martin, Navigating through Bindings: Study of the Bookbindings of Ship’s Logbooks from Maritime Empires in Early Modern Europe, CCW, Curation, Collections & Conservation
Professor Nicholas Pickwoad, Dr James Davey (National Maritime Museum)
Congratulations to 3 continuing students who were awarded TECHNE funding:
- Eleanor Suess, Constructing the architectural moving drawing: transdisciplinary practices between architecture and artists’ film, CSM, Fine Art
Professor Graham Ellard, Steven Ball
- Miranda Garrett, Professional Female House Decorators, 1874 to 1899: an examination of their work and an evaluation of their significance in the history of British interior design, CSM, Art History
Professor Caroline Dakers, Judy Willcocks
- Francesca Peschier, Theatre Design in Regional Theatre: Realising the Visual at The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse 2003 – 2015, CCW, Performance
Professor Jane Collins, Dr Esther Armstrong
4 practice-led design studentships were awarded to research degree students at UAL by the London Doctoral Design Collaboration (LDoc) collaboration, LDoc is an AHRC-funded centre for doctoral training, a collaboration between the Royal College of Art, Kingston University and the University of Arts London.
The LDoc students benefits from network and training opportunities provided by the members and contributions of creative industry partners, which include: AEDAS; British Fashion Council; BT; London Borough of Camden Communities Division; Camira; Creativeworks London; Design Council; Designing Out Crime Association (DOCA); Ford Motor Company; Ian Ritchie Architects Limited; International Flavours and Fragrances; Microsoft Research Cambridge; Sense; Sorrell Foundation; Textile Institute; Topshop; TFL; United Nations/UNCTAD Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform; V&A Museum.
Congratulations and welcome to our new LDoc Studentship holders starting in 2015-16:
- Paola Pierri, Design and social innovation: a critical analysis exploring the encounter between these two different organisational cultures, LCC, Design
Dr Alison Prendiville, Dr Adam Drezin (UCL)
- Miriam Ribul, Material Activism: A practice-led enquiry into the role of design in the development of materials and its impact on their cyclability, CCW, Design
Dr Kate Goldsworthy, Professor Carole Collet
Congratulations to 2 continuing students awarded funding:
- Georgio Salani, Towards a taxonomy of artisanal ceramic tableware: a practice-led enquiry into qualities and values in British and Japanese pottery, CSM, Design
Dr Matt Malpass, Professor Janet McDonnell
- Rhian Solomom, LCF, Design, Designer Facilitator: The body as a meeting place for advancing collaborations between design and reconstructive surgical fields to enhance methods in clinical practice, Professor Jane Harris, Professor Sandy Black
- To find out more visit the Research Degree pages
- Our next PhD Open Day will be in October 2015, if you would like to receive updates about this please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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