Monthly Archives: January 2016


You are in the dark, in the car, watching the black- tarred street being swallowed by speed; ['] When you arrive in your driveway and turn off the car, you remain behind the wheel another ten minutes. You fear the night is being locked in and coded on a cellular level and want time to function as a power wash. Sitting there staring at the closed garage door you are reminded that a friend once told you there exists a medical term'''John Henryism'''for people exposed to stresses stemming from racism. They achieve themselves to death trying to dodge the build up of erasure. Sherman James, the researcher who came up with the term, claimed the physiological costs were high. You hope by sitting in silence you are bucking the trend.

– Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

In a series of ten lectures, Decommissioned seeks to address how strategies of disavowal, inactivity and transition are employed in contemporary art and design. When encountering cultural bias, uncertainty and co-option across the arts, how can the dominant flows of information, language, policy and ideology be circumvented? Curators, sociologists, artists, politicians, academics, queer-thinkers, bio-designers, film-theorists and other, will respond through diverse fields of exciting and critical research.

This series is curated and convened by Dr. Stephen Wilson and is staged in collaboration with Chelsea College of Arts Postgraduate Community and the University of the Arts London, CCW Graduate School.

For more information and to book tickets please visit the ICA Website

Coming up in the Decommissioned Series…

Ba ak Ert r | Building Barricades: Resistance and the Untimely | 27th Jan 2016

Sook-Kyung Lee | Radical acts: Political consciousness in Asian art | 10th February 2016


Nick Tatchell – New Graduate School Administrator


As the new editor of the Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon Graduate School Blog I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself.

Job Stuff…

My name is Nick and I first started working in research administration in 2011 at TrAIN Research Centre (just down the corridor). Over the years I worked closely with UAL’s Research Office (RMA) and then became a Research Funding Coordinator. This involved working closely with academics from across the university in assisting them with submitting research proposals and bids. I left UAL in October 2014 to join the University of East London in a similar role as Research Funding Officer only to return to UAL and to Chelsea in January 2016 as Graduate School Administrator.

I thoroughly enjoy working in a research environment and have a strong affection for the arts and humanities.

Other Stuff…

I graduated from Goldsmiths College in 2011 after receiving a BA in Social & Cultural Studies. I live in South East London and I love walking, visiting the BFI and drinking bucket loads of tea. In my spare time I volunteer for Blackshaw Theatre Company as the Funding & Partnerships Manager using my experience gained within HE and research to help out with funding productions. It’s not an easy job but it’s fun nonetheless.

If you have any events, call for papers or exhibitions you think would be of interest to this blog please contact me at: [email protected] or call 020 7514 7753

Enjoy 2016!



Beyond a Brief Encounter: Everyday Interactions Between Transport & Design

Call for Papers: Special Edition of the Journal of Design History. Deadline for submission 1st April 2016.

Design history and transport history are inexorably interwoven. From the sleek stream-lining of the Mallard to the unusual Moquette patterns that have welcomed bums to London Underground seats since the 1930s, designed elements have filled perceptions and experiences of transport. Design was, and still is, all around passengers, workers and travellers, and the goods they carried, in modern transport, encompassed by everything from locomotives down to monogrammed drinks coasters.

There is still, however, a significant gulf in our understandings of how everyday design affected transport users. Wolfgang Schivelbusch, in his 1989 The Railway Journey, spoke of how small design choices, such as seating arrangements, could have enormous consequences (both intended and accidental) on travellers. An intermeshing of transport and design histories, two disciplines with increasingly broad and innovative approaches to source material, research questions, and interdisciplinary theory, offers exciting new possibilities. Particularly, recent developments in transport history are poised to build upon the growing trend for histories of everyday design, with a focus on process and reflection rather than following big-name designers and brands.

Editor: Andrew McLean, Head Curator, National Railway Museum.

This special edition for the Journal of Design History invites papers that address this interaction surrounding the everyday in design and transport history.

Themes could include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Vehicle layout and design.
  • Architecture of stations, platforms, and termini.
  • 'Scenic' routes and layouts.
  • Tickets, labels, signs, and other printed or typographic material.
  • The material culture of travel.
  • Presentation of transport in literature and modern media.
  • Passenger experiences.
  • Spaces of sociability, privacy, comfort or danger.
  • The senses and travelling, transport, and infrastructure.
  • Liveries, insignia and staff uniforms.
  • Children and the experience of travel.
  • Accessibility and disability in transport design.
  • Cycles of destruction and reconstruction in transport design.
  • The interplay between transport design and the landscape.
  • Engineering and design experts and expertise.
  • Advertising, promoting, and selling modern transport.
  • Safety, security, or hygiene and design.
  • Design differences between passenger and goods lines.
  • Briefs, consulting, and contracting of design work after privatisation.

Submissions covering other aspects of transport and design history are also encouraged.

Please email an abstract of c.300 words to [email protected] by 1st April 2016.