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Sigune Hamann | Heimlich and Freshers (Re-lation) @ Ashmolean

Heimlich and Freshers (Re-lation)

Photographic installations by Sigune Hamann Free display, Gallery 51

Throughout the week, photographic work by artist Sigune Hamann, Reader in Art and Media Practice at the University of the Arts, London will be on display in the Museum. In Gallery 51 on the second floor, her series of landscape photographs ‘Heimlich’ hangs alongside the Ashmolean’s collection of small oil landscapes. On the Chantrey Stairs, between the ground floor and the second floor, are images from her current collaboration with the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, ‘Freshers (Re-lation)’.

Wednesday 15 March

Looking and perceiving in the Ashmolean With Sigune Hamann, artist 11am – 1pm, meet in Gallery 21 at 10.50am Artist Sigune Hamann leads a walking conversation through the Ashmolean’s paintings collection and her own photographic work, temporarily installed in the galleries, addressing questions of how and what we see, and the ways in which our perception of images can be transformed according to how we look at them. This event is limited to 12 participants. Booking essential.

other way round

other way round

7 – 9 March | Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Arts

an exhibition by new PhD Students

other way round can mean many things: is it that we have gone the wrong way and should recalculate our itinerary? Or that we are on our way to totally uncharted territory? In this case, we are attempting to make visible diverse approaches to practice-based research. This 1st year PhD students’ exhibition brings together samples of research practice from very different fields, and tries to grow conversations from them. Spanning over fine arts, design and curating, the confrontation of this diverse work in one common space aims to create meaning from these impromptu interactions. By crystallising our ongoing practice at an arbitrary moment in
the PhD journey, we hope to offer a view of the research process and learn from it, as much as we hope to provide food for thought.

Event Programme

Tuesday 7th March 


Neil Farnan

Monopoly to Utopoly – a utopian exchange
The board game Monopoly encapsulates key features
of our economy and celebrates some of its worst
This ubiquitous game normalises socially useless
rentier behaviour, although the intention of the original
version was to do the opposite.
Join us in evaluating this particular economic
model and engage with new values, properties and
currencies to design a more utopian economy.
Or pop in later to have fun playing the redesigned
Utopoly game.

Wednesday 8th March

Ana Teles
Copying, transcribing, mimicking, repeating
artists’ paintings
During the period of the exhibition, Ana T. will be
engaging in conversations with artists negotiating her
approach to the copying of their work.

Emma Gradin
Slow Work
What is time? What is worth taking time over? An open
conversation with a group of people including artists,
activists, anthropologists.

Thursday 9th March

Laetitia Forst
Textiles for Disassembly
Design for disassembly exists in everyday products
so as to allow for easy recycling. The visitors are
invited to reflect on how it can be applied to their own
consumption habits and influence their perception of

Timothy Smith
An audiovisual dialogue.

Closing reception

All exhibits will be on display 7-9th March 12-6pm. If you wish to attend scheduled events, please refer to this programme.


Call for Papers – Robot Futures: Vision and Touch in Robotics symposium


This one-day symposium, to take place at the Science Museum, London, on 8th July 2017, will bring together engineers, scientists, cultural theorists and artists to explore notions of embodiment and telepresence in the field of robotics and in virtual and augmented realities.

Humans are embodied in robotic explorers; endowing them with ‘eyes and hands’ robots are able to relate perceptions and experiences of places and objects physically unavailable to us. Although such robots might not ‘look’ human, it is the desire to see stereoscopically, and to feel through all the senses that grant robots anthropomorphic qualities; we see and feel through the robot. In this way robots enable a more embodied experience, which is nonetheless mediated. The development of virtual reality technologies is increasingly enabling us to see and feel as the robot in order to get closer to a more immersive experience.

We invite established and emerging researchers to submit abstracts for paper presentations that address notions of embodiment, telepresence, vision and touch specifically regarding robotics and virtual and augmented realities. We welcome proposals from the arts & humanities and the sciences, particularly from researchers whose work spans both fields.

Please email Luci Eldridge and Nina Trivedi at [email protected] with paper proposals, of 500 words max, by 9pm on Friday 3rd March 2017. Please include a one-page CV with your paper proposal. Feel free to email us with any questions.

Deadline for submissions – Friday 3rd March 2017

Email: [email protected]

Call For Papers: Fascism & the International: The Global Oder Today & Tomorrow

Call For Papers: Fascism & the International: The Global Oder Today & Tomorrow

Mexico City, June 18-20, 2017

Re-posted from Toynbee Prize Foundation

For readers interested in the international dimensions of fascism, here’s an exciting (and topical) call for applications for an interdisciplinary workshop  to be held at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City:

Paper proposals for this workshop on the international dimensions of fascism are warmly invited from scholars, artists and activists working in and across the fields of international law, history, history of art, international relations, postcolonial studies, sociology, anthropology, political theory, geography, feminist studies, queer theory and critical race theory.

In light of the recent and very rapid re-centering of fascist discourse and iconography across the world, the workshop aims to take fascism and its concept of the international seriously as distinctive, perhaps even inevitable consequences of the unification of ‘the world’ as such since 1492.

While the workshop leans towards the field of international law, its character is strongly interdisciplinary. Interventions (including textual, visual and aural interventions) from individuals and groups working in all disciplines are welcome.

We are delighted to say that the workshop is being hosted by the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) in Mexico City. The MAM, itself a landmark in modernist architecture, is home to one of the most important collections of anti-fascist art in Latin America. An introduction to and tour of this collection will be included in the workshop’s activities.

The topics we expect to be investigating include (but are by no means limited to):
** The international dimensions of neo-fascist groups like Golden Dawn and the ‘Alt-Right’, together with their historical connections to(and disconnections from) inter-war fascist movements;
** The innovations made by fascist international lawyers and theorists of the international in the1920s and 1930s in Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Argentina and elsewhere;
** The relationship between decolonisation, fascism and anti-colonial theory in Indonesia,Martinique, Ethiopia and elsewhere in the Third World;
** The political economy of fascism;
** The influence of fascist ideas and practices on post-War dictatorships, both in the Third World and in the West;
** The fascist and anti-fascist history of everyday concepts such as environmentalism,motherhood, freedom, space and accumulation;
** The relationship between fascism/anti-fascism and Futurism, Dada, Surrealism and other art movements both during the inter-war period and today.

Abstracts should be sent to the workshop’s organiser, Rose Sydney Parfitt (Melbourne Law School/Kent Law School), at [email protected] no later than 1 March 2017. The organizers of the conference note that spaces are “very limited,” so apply soon! For more information, see the workshop Facebook page.



Sat 4th Feb at 2pm

Please join us for a unique celebration of Korean culture at Wimbledon College of Arts.

This is a special kind of Open House event linked with Richard Layzell’s exhibition Korea Town – Noraebang at the Wimbledon Space Gallery, our connections with the Korean University of the Arts in Seoul and our nearby Korean community in New Malden. It is also a chance to experience the reconstruction of a Noraebang karaoke room from New Malden and a homage to Korean sijo poetry.

There will be special guests, including Prof Ko Heesun from K-Arts in Seoul and artist Jina Lee, an optional Anglican Communion service (all welcome) in English and Korean, where prayers will be said for peace in the world, led by the Revd Mark Dean, Chaplain to University of the Arts London, and Revd Soon-han Choi, Chaplain to University of West London, and refreshments.

Most of all this is a celebration of the uniqueness of Korean culture and our Korean friends who live and study in London.





The Millbank Atlas Closing Event

Please join the students of BA ISD DRS07 for a celebration of The Millbank Atlas, an exhibition of their recent work and public programme of related events.
Thursday 26 January 2017
5pm – 8pm
Cookhouse Gallery
Chelsea College of Arts
London SW1P 4JU

We look forward to seeing you there!
Dr Marsha Bradfield + Shibboleth Shechter

Image credit: Evans Ye

CRMEP Lecture Series | Catherine Malabou | Spinoza and Symbolic Necessity

1st Dec. 2016

Catherine Malabou, Spinoza and Symbolic Necessity

In Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, Gilles Deleuze contrasts philosophy and revelation. Expressionism is the privileged modality of immanence and intelligibility, opposed to ‘knowledge by signs’ that characterizes the domain of revelation and is supposedly meant to foster faith in ignorant people. The ontological dimension of revelation – its necessity – is dismissed by Deleuze’s reading. Emmanuel Lévinas, following an apparently inverted logic, reproaches Spinoza for having subjected revelation to an overly rigid ontological necessity, thus missing its ‘signifying’ value.

Do we find too many or too few signs in Spinoza? By focusing on Spinoza’s method of interpretationI challenge these approaches, showing how the issue of the symbolic inscribes itself in Spinoza’s project, and offering my own account of the symbolic.

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Friday 3rd February 2017, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fataneh Farahani, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnology and Gender Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday 15th December 2016

The Space Between: Psyche, Body, Skin, Environment is an inter-disciplinary one-day symposium bringing together key thinkers from a range of disciplines to consider ideas around clothing, cloth and protection in contemporary society; in particular those associated with psyche, dress and the environment. Clothing and dress are often interpreted as forms of literal, metaphorical or psychic protection; from a suit of armour, to a hockey player’s padding, a heavy wool coat, to a businessperson’s suit.

The symposium seeks to ask what does clothing as protection mean in the context of contemporary society. As well as physical protection from environmental risk how does it protect one from the social mores or precepts of society? Why are some cultures and societal groups more concerned with this than others? Are contemporary forms of exposure and nakedness or nudity now also viewed as forms of pre-emptive protection? Do we now need more or less protection? And who (or what) do we need protecting from?

Proposals for 15 minute paper presentations are sought on the three key themes of the symposium as follows:

Protection: Between Dress and Shelter. This section explores the ways in which dress has been used as protection from the elements or the gaze of others. Taking a global perspective, it examines cultural differences in the definition of dress as protection.

Psyche: Between Perception and Display. This section explores the experiential or psychoanalytic implications of dress as protection versus dress as display.

Intersection: Between Body and Skin. Taking the garments we wear closest to the skin as its focal point, this section invites artists and academics who make undergarments to share their perspective.

Abstract proposals of 350 words together with a 150 word biography should be sent for review to: [email protected] by Friday 15th December 2016

This symposium is a collaboration between Fashion Research Network and Dr Azadeh Fatehrad with support from the Royal College of Art.

Further general questions can be sent to: [email protected]

[Foreign Affairs] presents three brand new European theatre translations live on stage.

This evening of new translation extracts, to be performed at Above The Arts – Arts Theatre on 9 and 10 December 2016, is the culmination of [Foreign Affairs] Translates! a six month workshop programme to help develop theatre in translation.

Three female translators working from Swedish, Hungarian and Croatian were chosen to participate in the inaugural programme launched in July 2016. Working with a team of language and theatre translation experts alongside [Foreign Affairs] team of producers, directors and actors, translators Sian Mackie, Jozefina Komporaly and Valentina Marconi will bring the renowned and award-winning words of August Strindberg, András Visky and Ivana Šojat’s to an English speaking audience.

A post-show panel with the project’s creative team, including literary translators Paul Russell Garrett, William Gregory and Roland Glasser, will shed light on this unique translation process.


TICKETS – £12/£10

WHEN – 9 & 10 December

WHERE – Above the Arts

Great Newport Street

International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values

A conference to examine the histories, legacies and values of international design organisations in a post-industrial, post-organisational world.
University of Brighton, Internationalising Design History Research Cluster
Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Date: 9-10 November 2017
Location: University of Brighton,-legacies,-values

Deadline for abstracts: 30 January 2017

Prof. Jeremy Aynsley, Tania Messell and Dora Souza Dias, Internationalising Design History Research Cluster, University of Brighton.
Dr Leah Armstrong and Prof. Alison J Clarke, Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

From industrialisation to post-industrialisation, international design organisations have shaped the socio-political, geographical and disciplinary history of design as a force for change in the world. However, the histories, legacies and values of these organisations have largely escaped academic scrutiny. This conference invites scholars from the humanities and social sciences to open out multiple perspectives on international design organisations in shaping agendas, identities and values within design and beyond. It aims to locate these histories in relation to the contemporary post-industrial and post-organisational society in which the design profession currently operates.

Ranging in scale and scope, international design organisations have taken changing forms over time. These range from membership-based organisations such as the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) (now Ico-D) originally formed in the mid twentieth century to represent the professions of design, to other specialist organisations and networks including the National Association of Clothing Designers (NACD) ( now IACDE), formed to promote the design industries to government and business on an international level. This conference seeks to explore the particular dynamics of these membership-based organisations and networks for the design professions. It will interrogate the internationalising agendas of these organisations and critically contextualize their impacts and legacies for contemporary design. The organisers invite authors to identify and explore the changing shape, form and function of international design organisations as an entry point into wider debates about the agency of design within geographical, political, cultural, social and economic contexts?

The following questions inform the background from which this call for papers has emerged:

How can we understand the changing function of the design organisation in relation to social, economic or political transition?
How has the agency of design driven political, economic and cultural goals internationally?
How have design organisations been shaped by colonial and post-colonial agendas?
How have design organisations engaged (or failed to engage) with the changing politics of postcolonial economies?
What are the systems of exclusion within which design organisations have operated and how have these been fixed and organised, spatially and temporally?
How do design organisations exist in the contemporary context of ‘dis-organised’ labour and de-professionalisation?
What is the relationship between material objects and the immaterial formation of bureaucracies?
What insights can the aesthetics and material culture of design organisations lend to understanding their agendas, values and visions?
What is the tension between the individual and the organisation in explaining the history, legacy and value of international design organisations?
What do design organisations share with other forms of international organisations, such as expert networks (INGOs and professional organisations) and international agencies (such as UNESCO)?

Emergent work in the fields of sociology, anthropology, design history and theory, design studies, cultural history, social history, gender studies, business history and social and cultural theory provide a rich context in which to pursue these questions. The organisers invite authors from these and related fields to respond to the following themes (and other suggested topics):

·       International development, including concepts of progress, modernity and growth;

·       The shaping of ideas about design, industrial production and post-colonial economies in the wake of the ‘global turn’.

·       The relationship between international design organisations and national government policies, from the creative industries, design for disability, the environment and sustainability, to open policy making and design thinking;

·       De-professionalisation in design in the invention of new forms of expertise and identities;

·       Issues of public engagement in the performance of design organisations for national and international audiences;

·       The relationship between design organisations, commercial interests and business.

The above aspects of international design organisations are intended to pose a wide variety of perspectives and are by no means exclusive. The organisers also particularly welcome abstracts that might identify previously overlooked organisations or issues.

Papers should be international in scope but are to be given in English. Please send a title, 250- word abstract and 150-word author biography to [email protected] before 30 January 2017.

Please email [email protected] if you have any further questions.
Conference Organisers
Prof. Jeremy Aynsley, Tania Messell and Dora Souza Dias, Internationalising Design History Research Cluster, University of Brighton.
Dr Leah Armstrong and Prof. Alison J Clarke, Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

This conference is supported by the University of Brighton Internationalising Design History Research Cluster and the Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna.