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Interview: Andrea Zimmerman on her Artangel Win

Andrea Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson (photo by Ewa Hertzog)

Andrea Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson (photo by Ewa Hertzog)

Dr. Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker and cultural activist who works as a lecturer and tutor on our Performance Design and Practice course. She recently won the prestigious Artangel open commission 2014 together with Adrian Jackson, founder of the Cardboard Citizens theatre company.

Here, Andrea talks about her Artangel win:

“It’s going to be a rhyme on Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, which was made just after WW2. We’re looking at how we use it as a starting point to look at the London we’ve got today. We’re looking at the dream that London presents itself with, around issues of bicycles and vulnerability in the city.

“Both Adrian and I have for many years worked with communities that are often narrativized as marginal, and this takes away some of their agency. We’re looking at the obstinacy, we’re looking at the resilience, we’re looking at the untold stories. In the mainstream media these stories don’t exist, and if they do they’re just another inscription of cliches. We try and really throw that up in the air.

Photo from Andrea's 'Estate, a Reverie' project

Photo from Andrea’s ‘Estate, a Reverie’ project

“It’s very early stages of this project, so we have to follow our noses. We are very fortunate because the award allows us to do that. There will be a London that we discover through the eyes of people that we don’t usually discover London through. Part of the process of this project is to really, truly have open eyes and follow some people to experience their world.

“There are some really different communities we’re working with, not just one. There’ll also be bigger public events and live events that include the general public. We don’t want to make a distinction between one and the other.

“Margaret Mead said this really beautiful thing: that in our time we need to find that which is the commonality among us rather than the separation. Everything is always separated, but actually we have so much in common as human beings, if we allow it.”

Andrea’s will be speaking at a screening of her work Taskafa: Stories of the Street at Whitechapel Gallery on 13 November. Her film Estate, a Reverie premiers at the Rio cinema on 22 November.

You can read the full interview with Andrea on the website.

More information:
Performance Design and Practice
Andrea’s profile
- Andrea in conversation

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Tonight: Lowe Nova Awards 2014

Boris Raux (shortlisted)  © Jennifer Pattison

Boris Raux (shortlisted) © Jennifer Pattison

Tonight sees the climax of the Lowe Nova Awards 2014, with an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Central Saint Martins.

The best creative talents from this year’s degree show have already been shortlisted and the overall winners will be announced later today.

This year’s list includes ground-breaking womenswear from fashion designer Sang Yoon, amazing use of colour by digital artist Rose Pilkington, and ceramics that address social issues from Monika Grandvaux-Piskorek.

Take a tour through the shortlist in this Lowe and partners video.

You can follow proceedings on Twitter at #LoweNova

More information:
- Lowe Nova Awards
- Degree Shows 2014

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Creative Enterprise Week & Awards 2014

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Booking for Creative Enterprise Week 2014 (CEW14) is now officially open! This year SEE are offering over 30 talks, workshops and events taking place between 17 – 21 November, designed to get you making money and help you get your ideas off the ground!

Plus, applications to the 5th Creative Enterprise Awards, taking place as part of CEW14 on Wednesday 19 November, are also now open! There are 7 categories for you to enter, plus the return of the College Awards:

  • Freelancer
  • New Business
  • Enterprising Project
  • Digital
  • Ethical or Social Enterprise
  • International
  • Enterprising Individual

SEE encourages all enterprising students and graduates (of up to 3 years) to enter this year’s Awards.

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 20 October 2014. Any applications made after this deadline will not be considered.

Find out more at creativeenterpriseweek.com

Charlotte Hodes, Professor in Fine Art, LCF joins the Jerwood Drawing Prize Panel discussion

Hodes won the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2006 and had a drawing  selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014. The exhibtion includes 51 drawings by 46 practitioners selected from 3,234 submitted works.  The selectors for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 were:

  • Gavin Delahunty, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum
  • 
Dr Janet McKenzie, Author and Co-editor of Studio International
  • Alison Wilding RA, Artist

The  panel discussion is chaired by Paul Thomas with
 Charlotte Hodes (Artist), Janet McKenzie (Selector)
 and Anita Taylor (Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize).

Monday 13 October 2014, 6.30pm – 8pm

This is a free event but booking is advised. Book here

The exhibition runs from 17 September to 23 October 2014. 17 SEPTEMBER – 26 OCTOBER 2014

Lara Torres, LCF PhD student, exhibiting at ‘The Future of Fashion is Now’ in Rotterdam

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The Future of Fashion is Now 

Exhibition
11 October 2014 – 18 January 2015
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

The fashion artist and practice based researcher at the London College of Fashion Lara Torres is taking part this autumn exhibition at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen with her video installation ‘An impossible wardrobe for the invisible’ (2011).This project goes beyond the boundaries of fashion design to rethink the designer’s task and open a discussion about the importance of clothing and the transience of fashion and it is based in the creation of temporary clothes that are produced with the aim of being destroyed; leaving only the ‘memory’ of the pieces in video documentation relating to the ephemeral nature of fashion, also as a metaphor for the quickness of the fashion system today.

The exhibition ‘The future of fashion is now’ presents the future of fashion. A garment that reacts to emotions, lace patterns grown from a plant, fabric that breaks off and fashion that literally zips people together. Taking a critical view of the current fashion system, more than fifty international designers are showing innovative work at the cutting edge of fashion and art. With the latest generation of fashion designers from all over the world and renowned innovators like Viktor&Rolf, Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan and Iris van Herpen.

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Creative Enterprise Week 2014

 

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Booking for Creative Enterprise Week 2014 (CEW14) is now officially open! This year SEE are offering over 30 talks, workshops and events taking place between 17 – 21 November, designed to get you making money and help you get your ideas off the ground!

Plus, applications to the 5th Creative Enterprise Awards, taking place as part of CEW14 on Wednesday 19 November, are also now open! There are now 7 categories for you to enter, plus the return of the College Awards. SEE encourages all enterprising students and graduates (of up to 3 years) to enter this year’s Awards.

Find out more at creativeenterpriseweek.com/

New Exhibition Celebrates Deep Lee’s Life

I'mDeep_01This autumn Central Saint Martins is staging an exhibition to celebrate the life of student Deep Lee, who was killed in a tragic accident near King’s Cross station in 2011.

I’m Deep – What physically remains as time goes by… has been curated in collaboration with Deep’s partner, Kenji Hirasawa. This exhibition will highlight Deep’s life as a designer, showcasing sketches, illustrations, garments and a recreation of her work studio.

The core of Deep’s design was craftsmanship. In her notebook she quoted Richard Sennet, writing: “The craftsman names a basic human impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake.

“Although the word may suggest a way of life that waned with the advent of industrial society, Sennett argues that the craftsman’s realm is far broader than skilled manual labour; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent, and the citizen need to learn the value of good craftsmanship today.”

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Pursuing her dream
Deep was from South Korea and came to London to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer by studying menswear design at Central Saint Martins.

She was about to start making her graduation collection, but died cycling to College on the first day of her final semester. Cycling was central to Deep’s lifestyle and it seems unimaginable that she lost her life doing something she loved.

University of the Arts London and Deep Lee’s family created the Deep Lee Award for final-year menswear design students in 2012. We hope that the award encourages younger generations to value and explore craftsmanship. To make a donation to the Deep Lee Award Fund contact Catherine Demoisy.

The exhibition will run from 3 to 24 October in window D of the College’s window galleries, to the left of the barriers. Visit it Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

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“Every kind of cultural and creative history is here” // A chat with Elefest founder Rob Wray

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Elephant & Castle festival Elefest is just days away, celebrating the artistic life of the area for the 12th year running with a packed and eclectic programme of events from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 October 2014.

We caught up with Elefest director and founder – and LCC alumnus – Rob Wray shortly before this year’s preparations went into overdrive to hear about psychogeography, challenging preconceptions, and saying “Let’s just do something!”

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LCC alumnus Rob Wray established Elefest 12 years ago

Can you tell us a bit about why and how Elefest was launched?

“The origin of it was way back before the turn of the millennium. There was a lot of talk about regeneration and arts and culture within the Elephant & Castle area, and a voluntary organisation called Neon was trying to influence the regeneration process and make art and culture part of that.

“I first got in touch with Neon while I was studying here [at LCC] in 2000. And because of my background – I was studying Enterprise & Management in the Creative Arts here, doing a diploma course – and because I was running events and festivals, mainly film-based, when I got involved in Neon there was all this talk about creativity and regeneration.

“But I come from the school of thought that says, “Let’s just do something”, create something, otherwise the regeneration process could take 15 years, 20 years, 30 years, and in the meantime your life is over, and nothing’s happened!

“Elefest was established primarily as a film and video festival to showcase local filmmakers, and to show films that were relevant to the local community. But the idea always was to go further than film.

“It was probably my naivety that took me to setting the festival up. And I’m from the area – I’m originally from Walworth, just round the back of East Street. I live in Bermondsey now, so I’ve moved about a mile in 41 years!

“Also, the events and festivals stuff I was doing up until then I was having to do over in east London – in Brick Lane and Shoreditch and Hoxton back in ’98, ’99, because there was no real infrastructure round here to do it.

“So it was a combination of wanting to do something to get involved locally, but also some element of frustration that I was able to do creative work outside of The Elephant, but I couldn’t do anything here where I grew up.”

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Artist David Bratby is leading a farewell tour of his subway murals on Thursday 2 October

What do you like about working in the area?

“I don’t think there’s anything I like or dislike, it is what it is. I think there was always an issue with people being negative about Walworth and Elephant & Castle. Most people, if I said I was from Walworth, thought I either said Woolwich or I was making a joke about the department store.

“So then you’d say Elephant & Castle to try and give them something to link onto, but obviously back then all they would have heard about was the Ministry of Sound, or the Shopping Centre, or the two roundabouts.

“Elephant & Castle is what it is, but I think it’s probably special because it is on the ancient road down to Kent – The Old Kent Road – so there’s probably been this psychogeography in this area where people have been going somewhere else, to and from this place, for a long while. Which I find fascinating.”

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The venues for this year’s Elefest

What have been the particular challenges involved with organising Elefest over 12 years?

“The challenges would have been getting people to take it seriously that we were having a festival in Elephant & Castle during the first few years, because it was film- and cinema-related and we didn’t have a functioning cinema in the area. Still don’t. So you said, “We’re having an Elephant & Castle film festival” and most people would laugh.

“So then you could turn that to your advantage and get some publicity out of it because you were challenging people’s perceptions. It is effectively my home so I’ve never felt negative about it. So in that sense you go, “Well, why shouldn’t we?”

“The hardy perennial is usually money, because you’re always trying to do more than you can with the money you have. You can’t create something without having the resources to do it, so you either have to become self-financing  and self-sufficient, or you need to find sponsorship – but as with any money, there are certain associations with that.

“You’re constantly trying to square that circle; how do you keep it reasonably cheap, and how do you get the resources to do it?”

And what’s been the answer to that this year?

“I think the answer’s always the same, we need to become self-financing and self-sufficient, in order to give it longevity, because the developers aren’t going to be here forever.

“Currently we get some money from them, we get some money from the council, some money from Film London this year, but the developers and the council aren’t going to be funding it forever, and I think strategically you have to go “Right, where do we go with this?”

“There’s also sometimes a bizarre psychology with things that are free, in that people think because it’s free it must be crap. To some sections of the community it’s a free festival, so it should always be that way, but for other people they think if it’s free it’s not worth anything.

“And there’s politics involved in trying to coordinate 10 or 12 different venues that all have different artistic or creative bents. A lot of people think there’s a lot more money in it than there is, and a lot of people think there’s a bigger team than there is.

“There isn’t really a full-time team all year. We have myself and three or four people, but most of the time that’s condensed within the last month/six weeks, because we don’t have the resources to have people sitting around, and we all have to go and do other work that makes a living.

“Anyway, we’re still going, older and wiser!”

Can you tell us which events you’re most excited about in the festival line-up this year?

“We’ve got the Maccabees playing a DJ set for the launch night at the Coronet, which is good. It’s quite exciting because they’re making an album in a studio locally, and a filmmaker’s making a film to accompany it about the Elephant & Castle. So because of that kind of connection, it was quite useful to get them to open it.

“So they’re playing and we’ve got a few bands playing that night; we’ve got a Cuban band Friday night, we’ve got a load of stuff at the Cinema Museum, we’ve got the StockMKT – the opening night’s probably the most exciting thing.”

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Latin ensemble WARA play at Hotel Elephant on Friday 3 October

And finally, is there anything that Elefest hasn’t yet achieved that you would like it to in the future?

“I don’t want it to become any longer – I think four days is perfect. At one stage it was running for two weeks and that was crazy – on even less money than we have now. But that was before I got a bit older and had a mortgage and kids! So I don’t think I would want it to get any bigger in that sense.

“I do honestly think it can become or should become self-financing, self-reliant. And it should become the festival that is associated with Elephant & Castle in the truest sense of the word. So that when people think of Elephant & Castle, they think of Elefest.

“It’s got a long, rich history of theatre, music hall, circus; every kind of cultural and creative history is here. Then the Second World War came and the redevelopment came after the war, and all that infrastructure was gone.

“So it’s not like it isn’t possible for that to be reimagined or recreated.”

Absolutely! Many thanks for your time, Rob, and here’s to another fantastic Elefest weekend.

Visit the Elefest website

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Black Mesa Film Shows Native American Struggle

Still from Black Mesa © Camille Summers-Valli

Still from Black Mesa © Camille Summers-Valli

Camille Summers-Valli is one of Central Saint Martins fine art graduates who has been selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show at the Liverpool biennial.

Her piece, Black Mesa, is a two-screen video installation documenting the Diné, or Navajo, people’s fight for their ancestral homelands.

Over the last 30 years, over 12,000 Diné people have been removed from the Big Mountain area of Black Mesa in northern Arizona. This is the result of a complex political and legal struggle surrounding the extraction of coal from the landscape.

Black Mesa in situ © Camille Summers-Valli

Black Mesa in situ © Camille Summers-Valli

Today, as mining continues, twenty-five Diné elders remain in the region. Camille Summers-Valli’s film follows elders and environmental activists as they seek a compromise between sacred traditions and the modern world.

Summers-Valli said: “I feel very fortunate to have been selected for this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries show. It is a great step in creating a dialogue about the pertinent issues that the film explores, and in developing the project into a single screen feature documentary due for release in 2015.”

More information:
- BA Fine Art
Our Bloomberg New Contemporaries win
Camille Summers-Valli

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LCC alumni stage events for London Design Festival 2014

London Design Festival 2014

London College of Communication may have its own ’160′ trio of design exhibitions as part of London Design Festival 2014, but our alumni have been busy too.

We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting alumni work designed for this year’s festival – have you caught any of these shows?

'The Formal Beauty of Type' runs until 16 November

‘The Formal Beauty of Type’ runs until 16 November

Designer and PGDip Design for Visual Communication graduate Susanna Foppoli presents ‘The Formal Beauty of Type’ at The Book Club, Shoreditch, open now until Sunday 16 November.

This solo exhibition comprises a series of abstract typographic compositions which uses a restricted colour palette of black, white and red.

The work was originally designed as part of an academic study of the formal qualities and personalities of selected typefaces across typographic history, and the show celebrates both the aesthetic power and structural detail of these letterforms.

'The Rooftop Line' recorded life on Camden High Street in real time

‘The Rooftop Line’ recorded life on Camden High Street in real time

BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image alumni Romain Meunier and Tsvetelina Tomova looked to the skies with their installation ‘The Rooftop Line’ as part of Camden Collective.

One of five projects selected from over 100 proposals, ‘The Rooftop Line’ took inspiration from New York’s High Line and Camden Town station and saw Romain and Tsvetelina setting a model train fitted with a webcam in motion around a Camden rooftop.

The webcam ran throughout the day with footage streamed online and to an exhibition space at 26 Camden High Street. The project was designed to inject creativity and playfulness into some of London’s more unloved or neglected urban spaces.

Designers Eley Kishimoto created 'Flash' outside Brixton tube station

Designers Eley Kishimoto created ‘Flash’ outside Brixton tube station

Elsewhere, MA Design Management graduate Natasha Montgomery was coordinating multiple events during LDF as the co-founder and curator of Brixton Design Week.

Highlights included a Change Brixton by Design workshop, bringing together designers, public organisations and individuals to share ideas and good practice around design, the Brixi Army group exhibition and the Brixton Pound New Independents party.

The pavement outside Brixton tube station was also transformed with graffiti installation ‘Flash’ by Brixton-based fashion and design company Eley Kishimoto.

Congratulations to everyone on their fantastic LDF creations, and here’s to 2015!

Read more about our ’160′ exhibitions for London Design Festival

Read about alumnus Daniel Chehade’s curation of ‘Alan Kitching and Monotype’ at LCC

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