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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

Open House 2014 Reflections

BA Painting Graduate Sophie Giller reflects on her time as a student ambassador at this year’s Open House Event.

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What was your role at the event?

SG: My role was to co-ordinate the touring throughout the undergraduate summer shows and involve the kids with the orienteering course. This involved looking for placed letters throughout the rooms which led to a long word and some sweets!

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Open House 2014

What was your favourite workshop?

SG: The screen-printing or the ceramics. In screen-printing kids were having their own designs put onto t-shirts, and it was great to see their discovery of the instant process of printing, and how they had such strong ideas of things like what colours they wanted. A girl wanted ‘hate’ on her t-shirt in red so it would be more angry, which I thought was great. The ceramics were fired using the raku process and the finished tiles were absolutely beautiful, with unusual glazes, some gold!

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

Have you been to other Open Houses?

SG: No I’m afraid not, that was my first as before I was less involved with the degree show, so I hadn’t made it before.

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

 How would you describe the event to your friends?

 SG: I would describe it as fun before you even got into the building! The streamers, balloons and workshops that were outside the front of the college welcomed everyone that walked past instantly, and Daniel Dutton organised teams of kind Camberwell students who created and ran their own workshops and welcomed everyone warmly.

The university opened their doors for the local people, giving those younger a chance to try artistic processes, varying from photography, screen-printing, animation and more which I think is really important because there’s not the facilities available for young people in schools to try and Camberwell College has a lot facilities to go around. It led to exciting outcomes and a lot of families participating, giving the university a new lease of life! I was joking with security guards about how nice it must be to have excited children rather than moody art students.

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

Would you like to see any other workshop facilities used at the event?

SG: I would want to say for there to be a studio based workshop where there could be some painting, I’m biased of course, but I wouldn’t want the workshop focused around easels or still lives! It should give kids an idea of what painting at Camberwell is really like. It would also be nice if they should use the plaster casting facilities, maybe with some pre-made moulds, another magical instant process!

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 Summaries Open House in one word?

SG: Inclusive.

Open House 2014 Reflections

BA Painting Graduate Sophie Giller reflects on her time as a student ambassador at this year’s Open House Event.

 Open House 2014

What was your role at the event?

SG: My role was to co-ordinate the touring throughout the undergraduate summer shows and involve the kids with the orienteering course. This involved looking for placed letters throughout the rooms which led to a long word and some sweets!

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Open House 2014

What was your favourite workshop?

SG: The screen-printing or the ceramics. In screen-printing kids were having their own designs put onto t-shirts, and it was great to see their discovery of the instant process of printing, and how they had such strong ideas of things like what colours they wanted. A girl wanted ‘hate’ on her t-shirt in red so it would be more angry, which I thought was great. The ceramics were fired using the raku process and the finished tiles were absolutely beautiful, with unusual glazes, some gold!

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

Have you been to other Open Houses?

SG: No I’m afraid not, that was my first as before I was less involved with the degree show, so I hadn’t made it before.

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

 How would you describe the event to your friends?

 SG: I would describe it as fun before you even got into the building! The streamers, balloons and workshops that were outside the front of the college welcomed everyone that walked past instantly, and Daniel Dutton organised teams of kind Camberwell students who created and ran their own workshops and welcomed everyone warmly.

The university opened their doors for the local people, giving those younger a chance to try artistic processes, varying from photography, screen-printing, animation and more which I think is really important because there’s not the facilities available for young people in schools to try and Camberwell College has a lot facilities to go around. It led to exciting outcomes and a lot of families participating, giving the university a new lease of life! I was joking with security guards about how nice it must be to have excited children rather than moody art students.

Open House 2014

Open House 2014

Would you like to see any other workshop facilities used at the event?

SG: I would want to say for there to be a studio based workshop where there could be some painting, I’m biased of course, but I wouldn’t want the workshop focused around easels or still lives! It should give kids an idea of what painting at Camberwell is really like. It would also be nice if they should use the plaster casting facilities, maybe with some pre-made moulds, another magical instant process!

Open House 2014

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 Summaries Open House in one word?

SG: Inclusive.

POSTGRADCHAT with Annika Reed

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 Visual Art Printing Annika Reed, reminds us that our days are woven with strands of meaningless events

 MA Printmaking Annika Reed

CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

AR: The last two years have been an invaluable experience. Having the time, facilities and support from tutors and technicians has allowed me to refine my concepts and develop the process of woodblock.  Being encouraged to be ambitious led to me working on a large scale with traditional printmaking methods, but disrupting the surface of the print with digital projection. I will miss having the workshop facilities and engaging in constructive dialogue with others on a weekly basis.

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

AR: Research.

CCA: Please tell us about your work?

AR: I am interested in the question of life’s seeming absurdity.  The absurd may make itself known at any moment and this is what I try to describe in my work; those vacant gestures of silliness, which remind us that our days are woven with strands of meaningless events – with images shifting back and forth between sense and non-sense. I record my daily experiences mindful of the idea that life is irrational, incongruous and illogical.

MA Printmaking Annika Reed

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

AR: An installation with a combination of woodblock prints, stop frame animation and sound.

MA Printmaking Annika Reed

MA Printmaking Annika Reed

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

AR: Apply for a PhD next year, which I think will help me to contextualise my practice further. I will continue making work in my studio, apply for residencies, competitions and plan to exhibit as much as possible.

More about Anika @ www.annikareed.com

Lens On Life Exhibition Opens in Rome

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This week saw the opening of an exhibition curated by Marina Wallace, Director of the Artakt research centre at Central Saint Martins. Lens On Life brings together artists and scientists, including our very own Professor Rob Kesseler.

The exhibition showcases the scientific knowledge acquired during ‘MitoSys’, a five-year investigation into how genes and proteins orchestrate mitosis in human cells. Leading biologists, mathematicians, biochemists and biophysicists worked on the project.

Lens On Life offers a novel take on mitosis and human cell division through imaginative interpretation, using historical and contemporary references to bring the subject to life.

A documentary, Meeting of Minds, charts the ways that the artists and scientists established a common territory made of images and metaphors, developing an open and enduring dialogue. Watch the trailer below:

Lens On Life runs at the Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome until 28 August 2014. The exhibition will then go on to visit London and Heidelberg in early 2015.

More information:
Marina Wallace
Rob Kesseler
Artakt
MitoSys

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POSTGRADCHAT with Danqing Huang

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.

First year, MA Visual Arts Book Arts Danqing Huang invites us to ’sense the absurd’

MA Visual Arts Book Arts

CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

DH: So far so good. I truly appreciate my course arrangement, we have so many critique meetings with tutors, visiting artists, classmates and students from other courses. It is a fantastic opportunity to improve our ability of critical thinking and learn from each other. Camberwell really respects our feedback and we are encouraged to raise requests and advice to student representatives.

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

DH: I think it is bookbinding and letterpress. This is the first time I saw the whole history behind them and had specific tutorials. All the technicians I have met are very encouraging, even though my main focus isn’t craft, their assistance has helped me to learn a lot.

CCA: Please tell us about your work?

DH: I think right now, my work looks into the veracity and the legibility of surfaces. It questions what we can know from them and how we read them. It references the ephemerality, the act of recording and value systems. The sense of absurd and the concept of void always attracted me.

I often use books or the concept of books to raise questions, and I try to use “subtraction” as a creative method to produce  my work, which makes it as simple as it can be. My work itself is often a process of self-challenge which really makes me struggle but I enjoy it.

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

DH: I will present a book named:  A Quarter In Time. The book  has pages with clean images and the turning action from the readers as a content. It tries to make action  independent of and prior to any objective, thereby creating a sense of the absurd. For next year, I think I am going to combine some performance into my final project, because I am really interested in the immaterial nature from it.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts

CCA: What was your inspiration?

DH: I am always driven by curiosity and I have questioned it closely. This influences my work a lot. Besides, I was wildly inspired by works from Tino Sehgal, Yves Klein, John Cage and many other conceptual artists.

MA Visual Arts Book Arts

CCA: Any advice for fellow students?

DH: To international students specifically, sometimes we might feel that dealing with our life problems here is more difficult than problems from our studies.  Be brave and always give yourself a chance, even a chance to make mistakes.

POSTGRADCHAT with Matthew Edwards

Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show 2014 starts next week! We’ve met with students to talk about their graduation work and future plans.

MA Fine Art Digital Matthew Edwards shares his captivating time based portrait narrative.

 MA Fine Art Digital Mattthew Edwards

CCA: What has your experience at Camberwell been like?

ME: The experience has been amazing. The expertise and support offered from the staff and the wealth of literature available across six libraries (as well as the online library) has been key to undertaking research independently.

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

ME: Whilst it’s been beneficial to my long term plans to have an introduction to coding and Arduino, it’s the space I have been afforded to develop techniques inside Adobe After Effects to facilitate a new approach to portraiture.

CCA: Please tell us about your practice?

ME: I came in to the MA with a proficiency in Timelapse and Hyperlapse photography, through the MA I have revisited the foundations of this knowledge in order to apply these skills to portraiture, to investigate and unpick a complex narrative that has hung over my family for generations.

MA Fine Art Digital Mattthew Edwards

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

ME: I’ll be showing time-based pieces, vignettes and portraits, on screens of varying ages. It’s been a real challenge working with old equipment, and making my content look relevant on both old and new displays.

MA Fine Art Digital Mattthew Edwards

CCA: What was your inspiration?

ME: The inspiration behind this piece was my mother, such a strong figure in my life who has overcome so much adversity in her life. Contextually, people such as Richard Billingham, The Bang Bang club, Emily Richardson have certainly informed my practice.

MA Fine Art Digital Mattthew Edwards

CCA: What are your plans after you graduate?

ME: I’d like to continue the exploration of some key questions I have generated throughout my MA. I have some group shows planned for later in the year. One day in the not too distant future, I’d like to continue my research at PhD level if possible.

CCA: Any advice for fellow or future students?

ME: Use that group that you have been thrust together with, for support during your degree. In your peer group you have so many cumulative years of experience – certainly during the research paper, we became a close-knit family and all pulled each other through.

More about Matthew @ http://matthewrobertedwards.com/

 

Open House 2014 Reflections

Second Year Illustration Lizzie Heath reflects on her time as a student ambassador at this year’s Open House Event.

Open House 2014

What was your role at the event?

LH: Most of the day I was at Front of House, greeting the public, signing people up for workshops and giving directions. As well, I assisted Arunima with face painting – there were a lot of butterfly princesses and Spiderman that day I can tell you that!

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What was your favourite workshop?

LH: I always find stop-frame animation a brilliant workshop. The nature of making an animation (story boarding, model-making and shooting) is a long process. But I admire the straightforward approach the children and adults take to make their models and shoot their short animations in half an hour.

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Have you been to other Open Houses?

LH: Out of the 10 years it has been running, I have only been twice. Last year was similar but there wasn’t any balloons or a bubble machine! Although, this year was the 10th year anniversary so it’s understanding all the stops were pulled out.

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How would you describe the event to your friends?

LH: An in house event which opens its doors to the public, welcoming them to experience the creative things that we do.

 OPEN HOUSE 2014

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Open House 2014

Summarise Open House in one word?

LH: Fun !

Photography by Simonas Berukstis