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Cross-UAL, trans-disciplinary team members needed for youth mental health lab

Dates:
Central Saint Martins: 19 Jan 2015 17:00 – 19:00
London College of Communication: 21 Jan 2015 14:00 – 16:30

A new research lab

Nick Bell, UAL Chair of Communication Design, is recruiting UAL students to be part of a trans-disciplinary, cross-university ‘early-lab’ tasked with scoping out a new vision for the design of a local NHS youth mental health service.

Talks to introduce the lab

Nick Bell is giving talks at each of the six UAL colleges to introduce this exciting opportunity to students. The first two talk dates are already set: at CSM on Monday 19 January at 5pm in Room F204; and at LCC on Wednesday 21 January at 2pm in the Podium Lecture Theatre.

Students interested in applying to participate in the lab are invited to attend these talks.

The commission from the NHS

Thanks to Nick Bell and Fabiane Lee-Perrella, (3D Design tutor at Camberwell), the UAL has been commissioned by the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Early Intervention Service.

A trans-disciplinary team of students from across the UAL will work with a group of young mental health service users. Students will experience firsthand the context in which services are received.

What is happening and when

The lab begins with preparatory workshops in February, followed by a field trip in Norfolk at the end of the Spring Term and culminates in a public exhibition/pilot in May.

The lab team

Nick and Fabiane are looking to recruit a diverse team of students from as many disciplines as possible (not just design but media, art and performance too) and hope to have each of the six UAL colleges represented.

Begin early at the start of things

Nick Bell is calling this initiative an ‘early-lab’ “because design for social impact can only be effective if designers can begin their work much, much earlier in the process – at the start of things”. This lab offers students the opportunity to find out what it is like at the very start of things.

Link to more information

Please download How to be a designer at the start of things (PDF 259KB)  that introduces the initiative. Nick and Fabiane are accepting applications now. Come to the ‘At the Start of Things’ talk at Central Saint Martins on 19 January

Contact:
Professor Nick Bell
n.bell@arts.ac.uk

 

LCC announces major photography, sound and moving image exhibition ‘Staging Disorder’

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Opening on Monday 26 January and curated by Christopher Stewart and Esther Teichmann, ‘Staging Disorder’ explores the contemporary representation of the real in relation to modern conflict.

The project is initiated and supported by Karin Askham, Dean of the School of Media.

The exhibition includes selected images from seven photographic series that were made independently of each other near the start of the new millennium:

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s ‘Chicago’, Geissler/Sann’s ‘personal kill’, Claudio Hils’ ‘Red Land Blue Land’, An-My Lê’s ’29 Palms’, Richard Mosse’s ‘Airside’, Sarah Pickering’s ‘Public Order’ and Christopher Stewart’s ‘Kill House’.

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’747 Heathrow’, Richard Mosse

These artists portray fake domestic rooms, aircraft, houses, streets and entire towns designed as military and civilian mock-ups in preparation for real or imagined future conflicts across the globe. Their work asks questions about the nature of truth in current photographic practice.

The images in all seven series are documentary images of something which appears real but has in fact been staged to mimic a disordered reality.

In capturing this constructed reality, the works explore modern, premeditated conflict, and analyse a unique form of architecture.

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‘High Street’, Sarah Pickering

The ‘Staging Disorder’ concept refers not to how the photographers have staged disordered reality themselves, but rather to how they have recognised and responded to a phenomenon of staging that already exists.

These themes are also extended throughout the LCC gallery spaces in work by sound artists from UAL’s Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre.

CRiSAP artists Cathy Lane, Angus Carlyle (and his collaborator, the anthropologist Rupert Cox), David Toop and Peter Cusack add a multi-dimensional element to the photographic works with sound and moving image installations and written texts.

The show coincides with a symposium on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 January and a book launch at 6pm of the publication ‘Staging Disorder’ by Black Dog Publishing, co-edited by Christopher Stewart and Esther Teichmann.

Staging Disorder
Private View: Tuesday 27 January 6-9pm
Exhibition open: Monday 26 January – Thursday 12 March
Opening times: Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm, Sunday closed
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Venue: London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB.

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News // Third-year BA (Hons) Film and Television student’s film selected by London Short Film Festival

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Still from ‘Torpor – Wintersleep’, Jannik Schmoller, 2014.

Jannik Schmoller, a third-year LCC BA (Hons) Film and Television student, has just had his film ‘Torpor – Wintersleep’ accepted to the London Short Film Festival.

The experimental short film tells the story of Lucia, a nineteen-year-old struggling to overcome the traumatic memories of her childhood with an abusive father. This unique film tells Lucia’s story entirely through gesture and contemporary movement. Citing David Lynch as one of his greatest courses of inspiration, Jannik explains “in my short films, I aim to explore our vast and fascinating subconscious.”

‘Torpor – Wintersleep’, a project Jannik wrote and directed whilst in his second year at LCC, was one of a few films selected from over a thousand submissions to this year’s festival. Jannik is particularly excited to be screening his film in the London Short Film Festival because he considers London to be the creative capital of the world.

However, whilst enjoying his success Jannik has already moved on to his next project, an ambitious graduation film, and is looking for passionate and dedicated collaborators.

The festival runs from Friday 9 – Sunday 18 January.

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

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‘Abide with Me’, Andy Barmer, 2014.

Kicking off 2015 at LCC – with a Private View on Thursday 8 January – is our final Postgraduate Show of the season, featuring work by thirty-three talented postgraduate students from MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.

In this year’s show, ‘Consider This’, we see how Rwanda is making a new history through competitive cycling, picture the private lives of Iranian women differently, view a mythical interpretation of Galicia, northern Spain, and explore how history is recorded and remembered via the story of an unresolved plane crash.

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‘X-Ray’, Betty Zapata, 2014.

Work also includes Betty Zapata’s undercover project ‘X-Ray’, which reveals how public hospitals in Venezuela are locked in their own emergency.

‘X-Ray’ shows from the inside the decomposition of public healthcare facilities and the suffering of vulnerable patients as the country undergoes huge political and economic crisis.

The constant realities of poverty, violence, internal political conflicts, corruption, negligence and abandonment are found to be present both within the walls of public hospitals and within the borders of Venezuela itself.

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‘Abide with Me’, Andy Barmer, 2014.

Andy Barmer is showing ‘Abide with Me’, a fourteen-minute film short and four-minute dual screen looped video installation exploring three generations of one family – daughter, mother and grandfather – and the influence of the past upon the present.

Daughter Beth travels to France, Yorkshire and Scotland to explore her grandfather’s traumatic Great War history, and psychological issues are shown to resonate down the generations.

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‘And the Mountain Said to Munzur: You, River of My Tears’, Miriam Stanke, 2014.

In ‘And the Mountain Said to Munzur: You, River of My Tears’, Miriam Stanke presents the story of Dersim, a remote mountainous area of Eastern Anatolia with the Munzur river and valley at its heart.

Dersim is the historical heartland of the Kurdish Alevis, a heterodox religious group that has suffered a long history of oppression and violence and continues to fight for its heritage.

The project captures glimpses of a society whose cultural and religious history reveals itself not only in special prayers and rites but in clear political actions towards autonomy and equality.

LCC Senior Lecturer Max Houghton introduces ‘Consider This’:

“Photography’s ability to create or extend discourse is not yet utilised fully in our sophisticated culture; its use more frequently associated with instant, devourable satisfaction, as defined by the unsavoury neologism ‘click-bait’.

“The gentle invitation, then, to look longer; to consider, may be the most radical act you could engage in today”.

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‘Not a Blank Canvas’, Joshua Irwandi, 2014.

School of Media: MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

Exhibition open: Friday 9 – Thursday 15 January 2015
Private View: Thursday 8 January 6-9pm
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Late night opening: Wednesday 14 January until 9pm

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New postgraduate courses announced

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We’ve been making some very exciting changes to our postgraduate offer lately, so below we’ve rounded up all our new and revised postgraduate courses in one place.

New courses //

Starting in September 2015, we are offering a range of fantastic new courses in order to meet demand and expand applicants’ options in a number of fast-evolving and developing creative industries.

We hope that there will now also be even more opportunity for undergraduate-to-postgraduate progression.

Our new postgraduate courses, subject to validation, are:

MA Animation: Students create, explore and play with both 3D digital and 2.5D analogue technologies. This course offers the chance to develop a personal practice that understands animation in multiple forms, creating innovative approaches to animation driven by critical understanding.

MA Design Management and Cultures: Students develop high-level leadership, management, communication and analytical skills for a career in the creative and cultural industries. The course combines academic study with creative and professional practice in a project-led curriculum.

MA Film (2016 entry onwards): Information available shortly

MA Games Design: Rooted in experimental practice, MA Games Design ensures that students are equipped with both the technical and critical skills that allow them to produce a broad portfolio of innovative game prototypes. Concepts of goal, challenge and obstacle are also explored through critical evaluation.

MA International Journalism (Online): A new course developed to help journalists get an international perspective on the world and the way in which global media is now accessible across traditional frontiers thanks to rapidly-evolving communications technology.

MA Television: This unique course delivers the skills needed to design and make fact-based television programming. Students learn how to translate their ideas into practical, hands-on advanced programming and also learn about pitching, budgeting, and how to establish their own production company.

Postgraduate Diploma Photography: This course builds a foundation of technical skills, from analogue to the latest digital technologies, and expand your ideas through a set of course projects. Students learn to develop a strong conceptual approach and personal identity to your practice, and finish the programme with a high quality portfolio as well as the professional skills to launch your career in photography or continue in education at a higher level.

Updated courses //

Some of our other postgraduate courses have been significantly revalidated and are now offering updated content.

MA Arts and Lifestyle Journalism (revalidated MA Journalism): Students develop the advanced skills needed for a successful career in journalism, create substantial pieces of journalism on aspects of arts, culture and lifestyle, and learn from tutors with extensive professional experience of arts journalism in print, broadcast and online.

MA Graphic and Media Design (revalidated MA Graphic Design): Students establish a distinct understanding of the fields of graphic design and visual culture, as well as those that infect, destabilise and unravel it. This course invites thoughtful, critical, productive individuals interested in the effective articulation of design.

Changes //

We’re also ensuring that all our Masters programmes (MAs) start in September. Courses which currently have January starts will have one final January intake in 2015, then standardised September starts will begin in September 2015.

All full-time MA courses will also move to a four-term model, with part-time MAs using a seven-term model.

We hope you enjoy exploring our new postgraduate possibilities!

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UAL ranks in overall top 30 in UK’s latest higher education research audit

University of the Arts London ranks among the top research universities with 83% of its research graded as world leading and internationally excellent, following the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014).

UAL is placed by REF 2014 in the overall top 30 UK research institutions for the quality of research submitted. It is a top 5 research university in its broader peer group and first in the Power ranking in the Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory category.

Analysis by Times Higher Education shows that UAL enjoys 15.22% market share of all art and design research in the UK, by far the largest share of any institution.

Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor of UAL, said:

“UAL is known as a centre of excellence in practice-based teaching. I am delighted that we are now also recognised as a leading research university. We are making important contributions to global research on creative practice, sustainability, fashion, curation and the history of art and design.”

UAL has the largest community of designer and artist researchers in the world, and is a dynamic location for contemporary art historical research.

This is the most influential UK-wide benchmark for research. The results will be used by the four UK higher education funding bodies to allocate research funding to universities – around £2 billion per year from 2015-16.

Notes
1. REF 2014 provides a robust and thorough assessment of the quality of universities’ research in all disciplines. The research of 52,061 academic staff from 154 UK universities was peer-reviewed by a series of panels comprising UK and international experts, and external users of research.
2. REF 2014 was undertaken by the four higher education funding bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), last conducted in 2008. The results are available at www.ref.ac.uk
3. REF 2014 was a process of expert review. HEIs were invited to make submissions in 36 units of assessment. Submissions were assessed by an expert sub-panel for each unit of assessment, working under the guidance of four main panels. Sub-panels applied a set of generic assessment criteria and level definitions, to produce an overall quality profile for each submission.
4. The overall quality profile awarded to each submission is derived from three elements:
a. The quality of research outputs. This contributes 65 per cent of the overall quality profile. The panels reviewed 191,150 submitted research outputs.
b. The social, economic and cultural impact of research. This contributes 20 per cent of the overall quality profile. This is a new feature in the assessment framework. The panels reviewed 6,975 submitted impact case studies.
c. The research environment. This contributes 15 per cent of the overall quality profile.
5. UAL places 26th out of all UK higher education institutions who submitted to REF 2014 in all subjects.
6. 83% of UAL’s research was assessed as world-leading (31%) and internationally excellent (52%).
7. Of all UK higher education institutions in unit of assessment 34 (Art & Design: History, Practice and Theory), UAL is 1st in the Power ranking.
8. UAL is 5th of all higher education institutions from peer group D who submitted research in unit of assessment 34: Art & Design.
9. UAL’s research case studies can be found at http://www.arts.ac.uk/research/research-impact/

 

 

Nigel Carrington praises UAL’s research community following REF 2014

After years of hard work, we now know that UAL has achieved an outstanding result in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. You can read our public statement on the UAL news pages.

83% of the research we submitted was graded as world-leading and internationally excellent. This places UAL in the overall top 30 UK research institutions in the UK for the quality of research submitted.

To put this in context, REF 2014 is the most influential and far-reaching UK-wide benchmark for research. The results will be used by the four UK higher education funding bodies to allocate research funding to universities – around £2 billion per year from 2015-16. So this result should have a big influence on our fortunes over the next six years.

As I have said more publicly, UAL is known as a centre of excellence in practice-based teaching. I am delighted that we are now also recognised as a leading research university against international benchmarks.

I want to pay tribute and thanks to the leadership of Professor Oriana Baddeley, UAL’s Dean of Research, and to the huge efforts of the entire research community at UAL. We are making important contributions to global research. It is right that this is recognised.

Nigel Carrington
Vice-Chancellor, UAL

LCC alumna reveals lives of hospice patients in new exhibition

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Jade Sempare, 31, was diagnosed with MS at the age of 13. She told Eléonore about how her house keys represented living independently from her mum.

MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography alumna Eléonore de Bonneval has recently been working with patients at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, to create a series of intimate portraits capturing the most important objects in their lives.

Launched to coincide with Hospice Care Week, Eléonore’s ‘Everlasting Lives’ exhibition features photographs of objects selected not for their materialistic value but for the personal and emotional stories attached.

St Joseph’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices in Britain, founded in 1905. It is an independent charity providing compassionate support and care for people with life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses in Hackney and the City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Speaking at the exhibition opening, Eléonore said:

“I want to thank St Joseph’s Hospice staff and patients for their support and trust throughout this project.

“Jade, Sanjay, Lucie, John, Josie, Susan and Viviane told me about their life stories, we identified together five objects that mattered to them, but really those objects don’t matter.

“What do matter are the stories attached. Through those you’ll get a window into their lives, hear about their trips, favourite books or music and most importantly you’ll hear about the essential role played by their beloved friends and family.”

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John Waterhouse’s photograph of his dad

John Waterhouse, 77
Diagnosed with blood cancer in January 2013

My dad
I was born the wrong time, 1937. I didn’t see my father. I don’t remember seeing my father until I was 8 years of age. It wasn’t a normal upbringing because my mother was in the hospital. She had TB. She died at 32. I was 9.

I was about 8 years of age when my dad came back, he was like a stranger because I had not seen him at all really. I remember he came in, he gave us a little jar of sweets and went round the pub. I still remember that day. I don’t know what sweets it was in those days, everything was rationed.

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Toys belonging to Susan Murray’s children

Susan Murray, 52
Diagnosed with MS on January 18, 2008

‘Eric the Sheep’ and ‘Stripey Zebra’, my children’s teddy bears.
I had my first kid Alfy, now 15, when I was 38 and Jake, now 12, when I was 40. The only thing I didn’t do is travel to South America, which is the next place I wanted to go to. But I had the kids instead.

My life has completely changed since I had the kids. It does. They are really important to me.

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Perfume bottle belonging to Viviane Fatimani’s grandmother

Viviane Fatimani, 29
Diagnosed with MS in December 2009

The scent of my French grandmother
My grandmother died last year at Christmas, two days before we came to visit but I think it was on purpose because she always made me promise I would be at her funeral. When I was living in Mexico, sometimes she said ‘you will come back for my funeral right?’ ‘Yeah of course I will Mémé !’.

I have kept her perfume because it smells of her. It is Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent. I can’t believe she used to bath herself in this stuff. I used to think that it was just what she used to smell of. I didn’t realize it was perfume. My aunt told me ‘you should take the perfume’.

I took it to my sister and I said: ‘Close your eyes, smell this, what is it ? What does it smell of?’ She said, ‘it smells of Mémé!’

‘Everlasting Lives’ continues at St Joseph’s Hospice until Friday 16 January 2015 and is open every day 9am-6pm.

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Review // David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane turn spotlight on football’s big issues

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David Goldblatt, award-winning author of The Game Of Our Lives.

Second-year BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey, winner of the 2014 Sir William Lyons Award for best young motoring journalist, reports on the latest in LCC’s popular series of sports guest lectures.

Award-winning authors David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane recently tackled the good, the bad and the downright ugly sides of the ‘beautiful game’ as guests of LCC’s BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course.

Goldblatt’s latest book, The Game Of Our Lives, has been widely acclaimed as a seminal look behind the money-fuelled hype surrounding English football at its elite level.

Clavane, who is also a Sports Journalism tutor at LCC, is the author of Promised Land, about his emotional ties to his home city Leeds and its football club, which was named as both Football and Sports Book of the Year in 2011.

He also writes on football for, amongst others, the Mirror, Independent and New Statesman and is an authority on the Jewish influence on the English game.

On their agenda at LCC were hot topics including club ownership, recent incidents of racism within the sport, and the growing popularity of the women’s game.

“I think with the rise of women’s football, we should see a new type of following,” said Goldblatt. “I don’t know quite what it is yet, but I certainly think it will be better to see something other than a clone of the Premier League.

“Will it ever be as big as men’s football to truly rival it? I’m not sure… Women’s football still has a long way to go, but it’s certainly the most prominent it’s been for the public since its boom during the early 20th century.”

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism Course Leader Anne Coddington said after writing her 1997 book One Of The Lads: Women Who Follow Football, she expected to have seen more progress by now in terms of female fandom, roles within clubs and in the sports media.

Clavane illustrated the progress made in dealing with racism in football with anecdotes from his time supporting Leeds United while growing up, when it was still widespread among fans.

“It was hard,” he explained. “I actually gave up my fandom for a couple of years because it got too much for me.

“When there’s several thousand fans chanting the same obscene things at black players, your fellow supporters, sometimes people you’d call friends… The only way I found I could deal with it was to get up and leave.”

The session ended with some thought-provoking questions from the students, who left motivated and eager to continue the discussion.

Words by BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey

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