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LCC students’ projects selected by Intel for Digital Summer Trip 2014

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Visiting pupils interact with the ‘Musical Crosswalk’ project

Two projects by MDes Service Design Innovation and MA Interaction Design Communication students were recently selected by Intel to be exhibited in their tent at Digital Summer Trip 2014.

The projects resulted from a three-week exploratory design project between LCC students and technology giants Intel, focused on new opportunities to adopt and seamlessly integrate environmental sensors into daily life.

The students worked with sensors monitoring noise, light, proximity and air quality, developing prototypes and service scenarios for future applications.

They began with the following questions:

  • How can citizens be empowered to change their daily practices and to engage with the environment in new and different ways?
  • How can a non-professional public become empowered to generate knowledge about their environmental conditions?
  • How can Internet of Things (IoT) objects be configured and designed to repair a broken world?
  • What opportunities are there through IoT devices to develop cultural exchanges by gathering information from different regions and countries relating to community/environmental challenges?

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Above: LCC students demonstrate their work at Digital Summer Trip 2014

Finished projects ‘EcoFurby’ and ‘Musical Crosswalk’ were chosen as they fitted well with the playful nature of Intel’s other exhibits at the Digital Summer Trip technology show, which took place from 3-5 July at east London’s Tech City.

The event was aimed at educators and secondary school students, and the video below shows pupils interacting with ‘Musical Crosswalk’, designed to encourage pedestrians, and particularly young people, to cross the road safely:

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POSTGRADCHAT with Vyara Zlatilova

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 this week until the 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Illustration Vyara Zlatilova designs and illustrates thought-provoking Mother’s Day cards with an anti-abuse message

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CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

Quite inspiring, I met so many amazing people. What’s most interesting is that each of my classmates has their own unique way of working and approaching a project.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you have learnt whilst studying at the college?

First of all, I developed my digital skills quite a lot during the past year. Basically, before the course, digital illustration was one of my main weaknesses, but since it is a really important part of the industry, I intentionally forced myself into improve in that direction. In doing so, I am really happy that I got a lot of support from my tutors, who encouraged me to push myself and develop my potential further.

Also, until recently, I wasn’t comfortable with using colour at all. My work before the course was mainly monochrome and I was terrified by the idea of mixing colour, because I simply couldn’t understand how it works. So, I am really amazed by how fast I managed to improve in this particular aspect of my work as well.

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CCA: Please tell us about your degree show work?

Since I have a graphic design background, I decided to design and illustrate an advertising campaign against child abuse. Thus, my degree show work is a collection of Mother’s Day greeting cards, which, through provocative abuse related messages, are raising questions regarding the issue of abuse within the family.

I am really interested in the idea of changing the meaning of an image by adding text and subverting the message it communicates to the viewer. For me it was important to attract the audience to the project instead of repelling it by using disturbing images. Therefore, the artworks I produced are aiming to be as visually appealing as possible and to communicate the idea metaphorically rather than directly.

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CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

I am currently planning to go back to graphic design and hopefully pursue a graphic design/branding career. However, I would definitely try to develop my illustration style further because, in my opinion, the experience I now have as an illustrator gives me a new perspective into graphic design and could play a valuable role in my further development as a creative professional.

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CCA: Any advice for future MA students?

Collaborate and apply for as many competitions, awards and contests as you can. One year is a really short period of time and sometimes it’s hard to balance university projects with outside-college activities, but, if you manage to do it, it can change your way of working drastically, so push yourselves to the limit and if you’re organized and motivated enough you’ll improve really fast.

More about Vyara @ https://www.behance.net/vzlatilova

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Research // William Raban’s ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ at Museum of London Docklands exhibition

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Still from ‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by William Raban. 11’ 15”, 16mm/video, colour, 1998.

‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ by filmmaker and LCC Professor of Film William Raban is showing in a film installation as part of the Museum of London Docklands’ current ‘Bridge’ exhibition.

The free exhibition, which draws on the museum’s art collections to consider the significance of bridges within the London landscape, is open now until Sunday 2 November.

As well as exploring how London’s bridges allow people to experience the city, the show looks ahead to projects such as Thomas Heatherwick’s ambitious ‘Garden Bridge’ proposal, playing with the ideas of destination and crossing and tackling the key debates surrounding London and its bridges.

William’s 1998 film follows the Thames from the wealthy suburbs of west London, past the familiar landmarks of Chelsea, Westminster and the City, to the industrial flatlands beyond Dartford Bridge.

The 30 bridges spanning this stretch of the river provide acoustic spaces filled on the film’s soundtrack by ambient reverb and a live percussion score.

‘Beating the Bridges’ is presented in its own screening room within the gallery and will show continuously every day.

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‘Beating the Bridges: Richmond to Dartford’ installed at Museum of London Docklands

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Find New Ways to Play in Tuffnell Park

A playful new installation has arrived at in Tuffnell Park, London. The project was concieved and co-ordinated by Central Saint Martins graduates, with support from our widening participation team.

Until 27 July, The Homezone has taken up residence in Lupton Street, outside Eleanor Palmer School. The piece was conceived for Platzdeplay, an innovative collaborative project that works with groups of young people to examine the nature of play and public space.

As part of the project, there will also be urban interventions taking place in Saint-Erme and Stuttgart.

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POSTGRADCHAT with Jingyun Shu

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 this week and until the 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu invites audiences to understand the Chinese language system and reproduce their own words

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

CCA: How has your experience at Camberwell been like?

JS: It’s being significant for my career and my future, it has opened my eyes to explore the relationship between my artworks and my interests in the area of Fine Arts, more clearly and deeply. What I want to focus on is the field of Visual Arts. The course has completely opened up a new world of arts to me, not only the knowledge I learnt during the course but also how I showcase and market my work.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?

JS: I have been using laser-cutting machine for most of my work this year, which is my favourite technique. I worked with it before during my BA course; however, I had never worked with the machine by myself.  It was a superb opportunity for me to test everything I am interested in and learn a new technical skill.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

JS: The series of artworks that I have made during  this year are about creating personal Chinese characters based on the Five Phases from Taoism, which centres on  3 principles: participatory, interacting and intercommunication. These ideas are about inviting audiences to understand the Chinese language system and reproduce their own words.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

I am interested in making personal Chinese words for telling stories. In Chinese language, it is common to combine the meaning of prefixes and suffixes together to create a story, which in a way is similar as the format of English language. According to the Wu Xing theory, the property of Chinese words could be separated not only as Yin and Yang parts, but also as Five Elements. The decisive factor is the definition of prefixes rather than the meanings of the characters as a whole.

CCA: What will you be showcasing in your degree show?

JS: I am interested in analysing the Chinese language system and exploring its relationship with the English language, because it appears to be full of mysteries for Westerners. For my final show, I made two  Chinese language games, my piece is titled:  Creating, Translating and Conversing. Both games are suitable for any ages.

Game one aims to explore the shape of Chinese words, which is presented by cutting wood frames in correspondence to the changes of word forms. It includes one box of ‘translating’ cards, around 80 script frames and two game playing cases. The viewers are encouraged to choose scripts frames and put them on  the playing case to get a new word formed by their shadow under the light. The new word’s meaning needs to be mixed with the translation of each frame in the cards’ box.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

Game Two contains one Chinese calligraphy dictionary book, one game playing case and one box of Chinese prefixes and suffixes of ‘Five Elements’. The idea of the work is to invite audiences to layout Chinese prefixes and suffixes to obtain a unique word  from the Chinese language system. All the samples scripts I made in the dictionary are to show my perspectives of communication in languages’ making.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

MA Visual Arts Book Arts Jingyun Shu

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

JS: I want to become a window designer for my future career goal after I graduate. I will also continue this project to make a secret Chinese words dictionary in 3D, in order to tell my own thoughts about the Five Elements theory.

‘EYE CONTACT’ Camberwell graduate Peter Hudson’s great vision for the Wellcome Trust

An amazing video installation created by recent Camberwell graduate Peter Hudson will be staring back at you from the windows of the Wellcome Trust’s central London headquarters this summer. ‘Eye Contact’ will occupy the windows of the Gibbs Building on Euston Road for the next year.

The artwork consists of over 650 coloured pixels, lit by over 16,000 LEDs. It uses real footage of the eyes of 68 volunteers staff from the Wellcome Trust and changes over time, displaying the idiosyncrasies of each individual’s gaze. The eyes will be ‘awake’ and active through the day and will close at sunset to ‘sleep’ through the night. Unless, that is, they are woken by a passing pedestrian.

 Peter Hudson

Peter Hudson, says:

Through this installation, I’m exploring how the digital screen mediates the way we consume images and how the emotional content is affected. Eyes are both a symbol of perception and an instantly recognisable human feature, so by presenting them through a heavily pixellated video display, I’m challenging the usually fluid process of recognition. The pixellation leaves enough detail that regular viewers of the installation, such as commuters, should be able to identify the same participants’ eyes recurring throughout the year.

Peter Hudson

The piece was inspired by themes drawn from Wellcome Trust research in neuroscience and perception, and challenges the viewer to consider how our reliance on digital screens has changed the way we interact with images and each other. Close up, the pixels are an abstract mosaic of flickering colours and light, but viewed as a whole the image resolves and a pair of eyes gazing out from the window.

‘Eye Contact’ is the second winning entry from a competition run by the Wellcome Trust in 2014 for students at the University of the Arts London. The first winning piece, ‘View’, by artist and fellow Camberwell graduate Phoebe Argent, was displayed in the window last year.

View by Phoebe Argent

View by Phoebe Argent

Clare Matterson, Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Trust, says:

The collaboration between the Wellcome Trust and University of the Arts London has provided a unique platform for talented young artists to draw inspiration from the research areas of image perception, memory and neuroscience supported by the Trust. Peter Hudson’s installation is an arresting piece of art, which challenges us to re-assess our own powers of perception.

 Peter Hudson

The Wellcome Trust Windows Commission is curated by Sigune Hamann, artist and Reader at University of the Arts London and was launched in autumn 2012 as a new platform of collaboration and practise at the meeting point of art, design and science.  The project, entitled ‘The changing perception of images’ was initiated and as an opportunity for students from all levels and disciplines at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts to provoke fresh thinking on aspects of image perception, to engage passers-by and to act as a high-profile showcase for the students’ creativity and new approaches to image research.

More about Peter Hudson on his website

Find out more about studying at Camberwell College of Arts on our course pages.

Images thanks to Wellcome Library, London.

POSTGRADCHAT with Ala’a Beseiso

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014  this week and until 23rd July, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Fine Art Digital Ala’a Beseiso manipulates natural effects through digital technology

MA Fine Art Digital Ala'a Beseiso

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CCA: Tell us about your experience at Camberwell

AB: Studying at Camberwell has been an extremely enjoyable and insightful experience. I learned a lot, and I got the chance to meet new students along with our course directors. I also found a great pleasure in seeing the other students’ amazing artworks.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?

AB: I didn’t know anything about printing, and I never knew I could print on stone tiles! Exploring printing is a core skill that I am planning to consider in the future in my work.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

AB: Throughout my MA course, I have been trying to explore the aesthetics of the natural environment and of natural effects on artificial objects – alongside Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art. I work mainly with acrylics and oils on canvas,  and sometimes natural desert sand  in order to achieve certain effects and rough textures. After completing artwork by hand, I use digital technology to manipulate each piece, adding a variety of effects. Finally I print the digital pieces on stone tiles, then I paint over them, so the final outcome is an over-painted digitally modified tile print.

MA Fine Art Digital Ala'a Beseiso

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CCA: What can we expect in your degree show?

AB: I will showcase 17 pieces of over-painted stone tile prints along with three oil and acrylic paintings.

CCA: What was your inspiration?

AB: The random effects of the process of nature on natural and man-made objects has always been an inspiration for me, and Islamic art with the symmetry, balance, proportion and harmony principles also interest me. All these concepts exist in nature, and certainly contain some kind of visual appeal. The contrast between soft geometrical shapes and symmetry of Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy against the randomness of rough textures of natural effects created by the unconstrained process of nature creates some sort of balance in my art.

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

AB: I’m planning to focus on my new approach and develop it further, then showcase my work. I’m also planning to continue studying, by either taking up a new MA course or a postgraduate diploma in my specialty subject area.

CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students?

AB: I advice future MA students to dig into their inner selves and pin point what they are truly interested in. Try to expand their knowledge by learning more about their passions and constantly experimenting will eventually result in a fruitful experience.

POSTGRADCHAT with Laila Mohsen Hassan

To celebrate the private view and opening of Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 today, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Fine Art Digital Online graduate Laila Hassan shares her work from iPad to Canvas

MA Fine Art Digital Laila Hassan

CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

LH: I liked my experience at Camberwell a lot. I couldn’t imagine at the beginning that studying art online could be that beneficial but honestly the course turned out to be exactly what I needed at that time. The chats were very interesting and the tutorials were always timely when I needed them. The blog is definitely a must and is a very effective tool in tracking the progress throughout the MA course, definitely contributing to the process of self-understanding. The online library is a great source for information and it is a big plus that we are allowed access to this library even after graduation. The MA group, including our course leader, are all wonderful people, cultured and co-operative.

My only suggestion for improvement particularly for online students would be to have a list of suggested extra readings during the course and online lectures that we could listen to on our own time. Online students do miss many events, unfortunately.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?

LH: I cannot say that there is a certain technical skill that I learnt extensively during my studies, yet the exposure was so great. Some of the tasks we were asked to do included video and sound editing, so it was a good chance to understand those techniques. Through the access of Lynda.com I was able to understand many techniques I was looking for.

My work throughout the course was mainly painting on the iPad, and this made me keen to understand and experiment with every app that is created for painting and drawing. That all gave me a new scope of work.

I was also introduced to Processing, which I never heard of before. Unfortunately, there was not sufficient time for me to practice it and become proficient in its use.

CCA: Please tell us about your work?

LH: The direction of my work during the MA course was actually not at all what I had planned at the onset and was quite unexpected. Over the past two years, I was fortunate to discover my passion for painting on the iPad, so I used it as an easy tool to record my inspirations. . I was not sure then why I called some of my paintings sketches and some paintings. Looking back at the blog and my work I realise that the ones I called sketches were just to try the apps and paint nice scenes using some interesting painting techniques.

The iPad paintings that I like are the ones I chose to create on canvas, and perhaps will develop them on other media later on.

MA Fine Art Digital Laila Hassan

CCA: What will you be showcasing in your degree show?

LH: I am showcasing 4 paintings created with acrylics on canvas.  To their side will be 2 video installations showing the creation process of 2 paintings that I have created on the iPad using the app ProCreate.

MA Fine Art Digital Laila Hassan

MA Fine Art Digital Laila Hassan

CCA: What was your inspiration?

LH: My biggest inspiration was the Egyptian revolution with all it’s dramatic events and all the challenges Egypt has been facing in the past few years.

MA Fine Art Digital Laila Hassan

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

LH: I wish to continue executing some of my iPad paintings and other artwork to have a collection that I can showcase in my first solo exhibition, hopefully in winter. I plan to use other paintings for printing purposes like T-shirts and stationery. I am still thinking it over. I feel they could represent Egyptian culture in a different light.

In addition, I will continue working as a freelance graphic designer in the field of advertising

CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students?

LH: I advise them to look at their work from the outside, as if it is not theirs, and to try and understand the reasons behind any negative or positive comments on their work. They should also make use of every moment of inspiration, never allowing it to pass by. It might not come back.

POSTGRADCHAT with Heather Fahy

To celebrate the private view and opening of Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 today, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Printmaking Heather Fahy finds beauty within urban environments

Ma Printmaking Heather Fahy

CCA: How has your experience at Camberwell been like?

HF: It has been a fantastic experience, exhausting but very rewarding and invaluable for developing my practice and my ideas.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?

HF: Throughout my MA I focused on etching which while technical is also quite an intuitive medium to work with. Focusing on one area of printmaking has given me confidence in my knowledge and abilities.

CCA: Please tell us about your work

HF: I work initially in collage then from these I make prints using a combination of inkjet printing and etching. I work in series creating several pieces at the same time.

MA Printmaking Heather Fahy

CCA: What will you be showcasing in your degree show?

HF: I have created an installation showing a group of prints. The idea is to build a physical space between the works that the viewer inhabits while looking at them and a different experience when looking from afar or close up.

MA Printmaking Heather Fahy

MA Printmaking Heather Fahy

CCA: What was your inspiration?

HF: I am interested in the urban environment and our experiences of it, the contemplative moments and snatches of beauty to be found within in the chaos and noise.

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

HF: I have several projects I started during the MA that I want to pursue. I enjoy group exhibitions so am keen to take part in or organize some for next year.

CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students?

HF: Talk to your colleagues on the course, they have experience and knowledge to share and the community is such a rich resource.

More about Heather @  www.heatherfahyprint.com

POSTGRADCHAT with Chika Barry

To celebrate Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 starting next week, we’ve met with students and graduates to talk about their work and future plans.

MA Fine Art Digital Chika Barry’s personal data makes mindfulness more tangible

MA Fine Art Digital Chika Barry

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CCA: How has your experience at Camberwell been like?

CB: It really has been a great experience, I’ve met some great people – my fellow students on the course and of course our brilliant course leaders, Jonathan Kearney and Ed Kelly. I have evolved massively over the last two years from all that I have learnt on the course, the experiences I have had with my work and even very recently giving birth to a gorgeous baby boy – which has inevitably inspired my final pieces of work.

CCA: What did you find was the most valuable technical skill you learnt whilst studying at the College?

CB: Mastering the habit of reflecting on my work and blogging about it has been hard but I have really found it invaluable and good practice which I hope to continue. As part of my project proposal I touched on Processing and hope to explore this more in the future. I have also learnt some skills in After Effects and used this for a final animation piece for my show, this really helped bring my work to life.

CCA: Please tell us about your work?

CB: My love for pattern design and data sourced art has been my inspiration and my project proposal was all about fusing these two areas. My work has involved creating abstract number forms and using these and data visualisation techniques to create artistic representations of my personal data on various subject matters. By fusing personal data and art I’m trying to make mindfulness more tangible in our daily lives.

MA Fine Art Digital Chika Barry

Walking Week

CCA: What will you be showcasing in your degree show?

CB: I have three pieces on display – all artistic visualisations of data. Three prints, a laser cut piece and an animation projection. They have also all had some relation to the birth of my son just three months ago. His birthdate, the number of scans during my pregnancy and my personal walking data from the weeks just before his birth.

MA Fine Art Digital Chika Barry

Baby Echo

CCA: What was your inspiration?

CB: The convergence of many different technologic revolutions fusing with many artistic possibilities is ever evolving, this is a very exciting prospect for me.  Artists like Laurie Frick inspire me as she has used data as the source for her art. Using this inspirations and fusing my love for pattern design and my interest in personal tracking I hope to produce some really interesting work.

MA Fine Art Digital Chika Barry

The Butterfly Ratio

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

CB: I’d love to continue to explore the vast potential of art through data. With my current work I feel I’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg so there’s much more for me to do. I would like to continue posting to my blog on the subject, perhaps collaborate with other artists or programmers and present my work at more exhibitions in the future.

CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students? 

CB: Enjoy the journey and trust where things take you.  Don’t try to rush to a resolution just let it come naturally. Get stuck in and very early get to grips with the facilities available you at the college, even if not related to your medium – you never know what you’re going to need to help you build your final show.

More about Chika @ chikabarry.com/blog