Monthly Archives: April 2018

TrAIN Events: May 2018

‘Utsuwa Utsushi’ 

Symposium
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE  
(until 1st May)

4th May 2018, 9:00-19:00

Symposium – Banqueting Hall 
Exhibition/demonstration – Red Room

Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU

Hiroshi Onishi, Machiya of Image, 2012

Tickets £8/£6 (concession) 
refreshments and lunch included
Tickets are available HERE

Drawing from the wordplay of two etymologically associated Japanese terminologies: ‘Utsuwa’ (vessel, container, receptacle, vacuum, reality) and ‘Utsushi’ (copy, transfer, possessed), this symposium raises philosophical and visual cultural questions on the conventional idea of dichotomy ‘original’ vs ‘copy’, ‘fine art’ vs ‘applied art’/’craft’, ‘seen’ vs ‘unseen’ and ‘material’ vs ‘immaterial’.

According to Inaga Shigemi who inspired this symposium with his idea of ‘“Pirates’ View” of world history’, the current rigid legal regulations and knowledge production system set by Euroamerica have been challenged by the pirate’s trade their products and access to information.  However, the negativity attached to the idea of ‘copy’ also enables us to realise the positive values that can be found in the Japanese/East Asian ideas.

More Information and tickets are HERE

 

Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’

Image: Stephen White

An exhibition developed by Trish Scott, who has just been awarded a PhD from Chelsea College of Arts, has just under two weeks left to run at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Journeys with “The Waste Land” is an exhibition exploring resonances between the visual arts and T.S. Eliot’s complex and influential poem “The Waste Land”, part of which Eliot wrote in Margate before its publication in 1922.

In conjunction with Guest Curator, Professor Mike Tooby, who initiated the exhibition, Trish Scott has been working for the last three years to develop a unique curatorial approach underpinning the genesis of the show, working collaboratively with local residents to co-curate all aspects of the exhibition’s development, resulting in a multi-voiced presentation that echoes the very form of Eliot’s poem.

Image: Jenni Deakin

Debating the poem’s contemporary relevance through the visual arts, the exhibition includes works by over 60 artists ranging from the nineteenth centuries through to present day. Artists represented include J.M.W. Turner, Man Ray, Edward Hopper, Philip Guston and Cy Twombly, with contemporary works by Tacita Dean, Jo Stockham, and Christane Baumgartner.

New works made specifically for the exhibition are also displayed, with contributions from such artists as Tess Denman-Cleaver, Henrik Hakansson, John Newling, Rosalie Schweiker and Emma Talbot.

The exhibition closes on the 7 May, 2018.

SYMPOSIUM: Speculative Design: Afrofuturist and indigenous projections

 

1.45-8PM, Wednesday 2 May 2018

Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street London SW1P 4JU

This afternoon symposium brings together researchers and practitioners whose work engages with the themes of Afrofuturism, Indigenous Futures, and other emerging areas of science-fictional/future-orientated cultural practice in which people of colour, indigenous cultures and non-Western subjects take centre stage.

Speculative design will be addressed in terms of its ability to raise problems, rather than solve them. As a tool for speculation, it opens up spaces for presenting problems, to model alternatives, and to generate imaginative responses. It will be explored in relation to cultural practices including art, comics and science fiction writing.

SCHEDULE

13.30 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 14.15 Introduction to symposium proceedings

Dan Byrne-Smith

14.20 – 15.05 Keynote

Afrofuturism: Imaginaries, Realities and Practices

Professor Julian Henriques

15.10 – 15.55 Designing a Black Futurity

Florence Okoye

16.00 – 16.45 Finding Fatima: An exercise in location

Natascha Nanji

16.45 – 17.15 Break
17.15 – 18.00 Make It So: World-building in–and out of–Cyberspace

Skawennati

18.05 – 18.50 Keynote

This Is Not My Beautiful House: Reclaiming Our Futures from a Techno-Orientalist Vision

Kelly Kanayama

18.50 – 20.00 Drinks

This symposium is convened by Dr Dan Byrne-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art theory, Chelsea College of Arts and presented by the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School Public Programme.

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