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Two Central Saint Martins Finalists for the Catlin Art Prize 2014

Saint Anthony by Lara Morrell

Saint Anthony by Lara Morrell

Our MA Fine Art alumni Sarah Fortais and Lara Morrell are among the recent graduates selected for this year’s Catlin award and exhibition. Fortais was previously nominated for the 2013 Nova Award, presented annually by Lowe and Partners to students graduating from Central Saint Martins.

Now in its eighth year, the Catlin Art Prize is a curated exhibition featuring artists selected from The Catlin Guide 2014. The other finalists are Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cath, Virgile Ittah, Neil Raitt, Dennis J. Reinmüller and Jakob Rowlinson.

Held around 12 months on from their final-year shows, the prize gives artists the opportunity to demonstrate progress made during the crucial first year after art school.

‘Sense of conviction’

Justin Hammond, Art Catlin curator, commented: “I’m inspired by the sense of conviction shared by this year’s shortlist. While there’s talk of a diminishing pool of talent in our art schools, this particular group have new and interesting things to say. They’re free of commercial constraints and deserving of this platform.”

A panel of judges will award one artist with a prize of £5,000 at a private ceremony on 14 May 2014. This year’s panel will include Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger. The public will also have their say, with the winner of the Visitor Vote awarded £2,000.

The Catlin Art Prize exhibition runs 2-24 May at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London.

More information:
MA Fine Art
Catlin Art Prize exhbition
Interview with Lara Morrell

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Central Saint Martins Students Create New Fred Perry Shirt Designs

Fred Perry and Central Saint MartinsFred Perry has teamed up with the Central Saint Martins Foundation Course and the Amy Winehouse Foundation for a subculture-themed design project, run over two weeks.

150 students on the fashion and textiles pathway were invited to create their versions of both the classic Fred Perry polo shirt and the Amy Winehouse Foundation Collection Bowling Shirt. The final designs will sit alongside a capsule collection of pieces designed in-house to complement the shirts.

Originally only three winning designs were to be selected, but the students produced such strong work that four have been chosen. The successful students will now have the opportunity to work with the Fred Perry design and development teams to realise their designs. The shirts will then be manufactured and distributed globally in Fred Perry Authentic shops and selected retailers.

Fred Perry was a favourite brand of the late singer and supports the Amy Winehouse Foundation by donating a seasonal contribution to the charity, which helps young people with drug and alcohol problems.

More information:
Foundation Course
Fred Perry
Amy Winehouse Foundation

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Designing for Exhibitions

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A PhD Colloquium exploring the roles of design in exhibitions and exhibition making.

This one-day colloquium seeks to create a platform for the discussion of current PhD research in the area of exhibition design, and to initiate dialogues on questions including: What is exhibition design? Who are the designers, producers, makers and authors of an exhibition? What part does design play in museum and exhibition making? What is the role of the designer? How are these positions evolving with changing interpretation and display strategies? What is the relationship between design and content, between design and object? What is the connection between the designer and the curator, the institution, the visitor? The colloquium is held in association with the “Chaos at the Museum” conference, organised by Central Saint Martins and The University of California Davis. www.re-xd.org

25 April 2014
9:15 – 17.30
Room F104
Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London, N1C 4AA

Please note that the colloquium is now fully booked. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email Jona Piehl at j.piehl1@arts.ac.uk
Follow our conversation on Twitter @DesigningForEx #exhibitCSM

Programme

9:15 Registration

9:45 Welcome

10:00 – 12:00 APPROACHING

From Tutankhamun to the First Emperor: A Narratological Analysis of Exhibition Design at the British Museum
David Francis (University College London)

Think – Feel – Do: Designing for Visitor Experiences
Toni Roberts (RMIT Melbourne)

When the Designer Designs their Own Exhibition: Thoughts about the Scenography of the Retrospective Exhibition of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, “Momentané”, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 26 April – 1 September 2013
Brigitte Auziol (Université de Nîmes/Université d’Avignon et des Pays du Vaucluse)

The Exhibition as Experience
Donna Loveday (Kingston University/Design Museum, London)

12:00 – 13:30 Break

13:30 – 15:30 STAGING

Between Bodies: Designing for Material Proximity in Medical Exhibitions
Ane Pilegaard Sørensen (Medical Museion, Copenhagen)

Shop the Museum: Designing Exhibitions about Consumer Culture
Mario Schulze (University of Zurich)

Exhibiting the Norwegian Roma: Discussing the Visitor as Scenographic Material
Annelise Bothner-By (Oslo National Academy of the Arts)

Polish Exhibition Design: Reframing the Past and Designing the Future on the 30th Anniversary of the Polish People’s Republic
Kasia Jezowska (London)

15:30 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 17:30 PERFORMING

Between Exhibiting Design and Designing Exhibitions: Notes from the Field of Graphic Design
Maddalena Dalla Mura (Free University of Bolzano)

The Exhibition as Speculative Design: Gillian Russell in conversation with Onkar Kular
Gillian Russell & Onkar Kular (Royal College of Art, London)

Organised by Jona Piehl (CSM)
Assistance: Claire M. Holdsworth (CSM)
Design: Francisco Laranjo (LCC) www.modesofcriticism.org

Speakers

David Francis
David Francis is interested in narrative, museum interpretation and visitor behaviour. He has worked in the visitor studies field since 2005, beginning as a research assistant at Chester Zoo, where he experimented with different ways of capturing how visitors engaged with the zoo’s exhibits and their inhabitants. Since 2007, he has worked at the British Museum as an interpretation officer and audience advocate on multiple exhibitions including Shah ‘Abbas Remaking Iran, the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam and Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. In 2011 he began a PhD at University College London, which explores the relationship between the British Museum’s exhibition narratives and the narratives that visitors bring with them as part of a museum visit. He holds a Masters in English Literature from Leeds University, where he focused on analysing the narrative structure of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Toni Roberts
Toni is a practitioner and researcher in the design of interpretive exhibits and environments for zoos, museums and public spaces. Toni’s PhD thesis, ‘Interpretation Design: building knowledge from practice’ (2013) examines interpretation design as an emerging practice undertaken in collaborative interdisciplinary teams. Drawing on practitioner knowledge gathered through interviews and qualitative case studies, this research investigates various impacts on the designer’s role, how design contributes to visitor experiences and the defining characteristics of interpretation design. The research supports practice by providing theoretical and practical frameworks for planning and critique and contributing to the development of a shared vocabulary for articulation of designer knowledge. A basic model of the foundations of interpretation design encompasses design approaches, techniques and types. A typology of design outcomes illustrates the designer’s use of cognitive, affective and physical modes of visitor engagement. Toni’s current and recent collaborative projects include: Royal Australian Mint Gallery Enhancement and content framework, Werribee Open Range Zoo Entry interpretation design, Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial, Te Wao Nui interpretation design for Auckland Zoo and the World Heritage Exhibition Centre for Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. www.rmit.edu.au/staff/toniroberts

Brigitte Auziol
Brigitte Auziol is a design teacher at the Université de Nîmes and a 3rd year PhD Candidate in ‘Information and Communication Sciences’ at the Université d’Avignon et des Pays du Vaucluse, Culture & Patrimony doctoral school, UMR 8562: team Culture & Communication, Norbert Elias Centre, under the direction of professor Marie-Sylvie Poli. Her research entitled ‘La médiation du design par l’exposition’ (The mediation of design through exhibition: forms and intentions) focuses on the exhibition as a place that showcases design and can help to analyse its manifestation. Prior to undertaking this research, she graduated from the Ecole nationale Supérieure des Arts décoratifs, Paris (1996) and holds a Master Auteur, rédacteur multimédia from the Université Montpellier 3, Ecole des Mines d’Alès (2003). Brigitte is interested in the reality of exhibitions as a practitioner and teacher of design. The recent appearance of design in public spaces has established alternative cultural status for design in society. The exhibition is a place that glorifies design and can help to analyse this phenomenon. Her research has two goals in identifying, classifying, and analysing types of exhibition design: to better understand the nature of what is exposed as design and to explore its meanings.

Donna Loveday
Donna Loveday is Head of Curatorial at the Design Museum, London. She curates design and fashion exhibitions and oversees the museum’s MA Curating Contemporary Design, run in partnership with Kingston University. She also has responsibility for the Design Museum Collection and Archive. Donna was previously Head of Exhibitions at the Design Museum, and managed the temporary exhibitions programme and curatorial team. In 2002, she established a successful international touring programme at the Museum. During her twelve years at the Design Museum, Donna has curated a number of high profile exhibitions including ‘Verner Panton: Light and Colour’ (1999); ‘Modern Britain 1929-1939’ (1999); ‘When Philip Met Isabella – Philip Treacy’s hats for Isabella Blow’ (2002), ‘Saul Bass’ (2004); ‘Somewhere Totally Else: The European Design Show’ (2006); ‘Matthew Williamson: 10 years in fashion’ (2006); ‘Hussein Chalayan – From fashion and back’ (2009); ‘Christian Louboutin’ (2012) and ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ (2013), and is in the process of curating an exhibition on ‘Women, Fashion and Power’ due to open in October 2014. Before joining the Design Museum, Donna was Exhibitions Manager at the British Film Institute and Exhibition Organiser at Barbican Art Gallery where she curated fine art and photography exhibitions including ‘Eric Gill: Sculpture’ (1992) and ‘Impressionism in Britain’ (1995). Donna has a research interest in contemporary curating practice and is currently studying for a PhD by Practice at Kingston University, ‘The Exhibition as Experience: Research and Practice in Contemporary Design Curating’. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Ane Pilegaard Sørensen
Ane Pilegaard Sørensen graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2010, where she specialized in Exhibition Design. Since 2011 Ane has been employed at Medical Museion in Copenhagen, partly involved in practical exhibition making and partly doing research on exhibition design and medical science communication. In November 2013 she started her PhD project entitled ‘Body, Museum, Medicine – spatial-material strategies in exhibition design’ at Medical Museion. This PhD project is practice based and is conducted at Medical Museion (Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen) in collaboration with The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. Prior to her affiliation with Medical Museion she worked in the field of art exhibitions at The National Gallery of Denmark and Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art. Ane’s research deals with spatial and material qualities in exhibition media. This research explores how to utilize these qualities in exhibition design and how exhibitions might address a richer complex of sensory modalities, rather than just the focused eye. She is especially concerned with the interconnection between visual and tactile sensory modes, and how they supplement each other in the perception of exhibition displays.

Mario Schulze
Mario Schulze is a full-time PhD-Student at the University of Zurich, conducting research into the history of museum exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland (1960-2000). Mario is funded by the German National Academic Foundation and teaches the history of museums at the University of Zurich and the Humboldt University Berlin. His research focuses on the intertying fields of knowledge, museums and consume. He is interested in the recent history of material culture and architecture and blogs about exhibitions on www.untermuseen.de. Mario holds a Magister Artium (the German equivalent to a Masters degree) in Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Leipzig in 2010. He has worked for various institutions that exhibit ‘history’ such as the Holocaust Center of Northern California (San Francisco), the Roman Museum of Basel Augusta Raurica and the Zeitgeschichtliches Forum in Leipzig (Branch of the House of the History of Germany) as well as the German Historical Institute in London. In 2012 he had a residency at the Museumsakademie Joanneum in Graz.

Annelise Bothner-By
Annelise Bothner-By is a research fellow within ‘exhibition design’ at the Faculty of Design, Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her research fellowship is organized and funded by The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. This is an equivalent to an academic PhD, with the specific feature that its outcome should be artistic work accompanied by a critical reflection. Bothner-By’s research project is concerned with the visitors’ spatial presence and social interaction within the exhibition space, and how the visitor is part of this situation. She explores the transitions between the visitor as social actor and a narrative element. She conducts this practice-based research through site-specific designs in collaboration with Oslo City Museum, the Cultural History Museum and The Natural History Museum in Oslo. She is an educated interior architect MNIL, with 10 years practice as an exhibition designer, and holds as additional bachelors degree in ‘Pedagogy, History and Cultural Ethnology’.

Kasia Jezowska
Kasia Jezowska curates, writes and lectures about design and exhibitions. She graduated from the joint MA in Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University/Design Museum and completed an MA in History of Art at the University of Łódź, Poland, with a dissertation about recent Polish design displays. Her current research, initiated at the Royal College of Art, examines Polish design exhibition history after the Second World War. She also works as an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins and the University of Arts, Poznań. www.kasiajezowska.com

Maddalena Dalla Mura
Maddalena Dalla Mura carries out research in the fields of graphic design, design history and museum studies. She holds an MA in Preservation of the Cultural Heritage and received her PhD in Design Sciences from the Università Iuav di Venezia in 2010, with a thesis on design and museums. She served as assistant curator for the exhibition Graphic Design Worlds, curated by Giorgio Camuffo and held at the Triennale Design Museum in 2011. In 2012/2013 she collaborated as a researcher at the Faculty of Design and Art at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, investigating the relationship between graphic design, the exhibition context and curating. Recent publications include:  Graphic Design Worlds/Words (co-editor with Giorgio Camuffo; Electa, 2011); chapter “A Historiography of Italian Design” (with Carlo Vinti) in Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (Bloomsbury, 2013); “Graphic Design, History, Italy” a special issue of the magazine Progetto Grafico (co-editor with Carlo Vinti, Aiap, 2013); Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating (proceedings of the conference of the same title, organised in 2012; co-editor with Giorgio Camuffo; bu,press, 2013).

Gillian Russell
Gillian Russell is a designer and curator whose projects centre on the interplay between design and its critical contexts. She is co-founder of the design think tank DeTnk.com, and since 2006 has been Senior Tutor in the MA Curating Contemporary Design Programme at Kingston University, London (run in partnership with the Design Museum, London). She is completing a PhD in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London. Her research addresses the relationship between emerging design practice and museums, and is being undertaken as part of an AHRC funded collaborative doctoral award with the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Onkar Kular
Onkar Kular is a British designer and artist based in London. His work is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, workshops, lectures, film festivals and publications. He combines his own practice with research and teaching at the Royal College of Art in London, where he runs a teaching unit in the Design Products Department. Recent exhibitions include Risk Centre with Inigo Minns, an installation at the Architecture Museum in Stockholm. I Cling to Virtue with Noam Toran & Keith R. Jones, an installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2010. Other projects include The MacGuffin Library (with Noam Toran & Keith R. Jones), 2008 and Elvis Was Here, 2008. www.onkarkular.com

David Toop: Offering Rites at Central Saint Martins

Offering Rites
Music legend David Toop is currently presenting a series of events called Offering Rites at Central Saint Martins. As a tasty side dish, we serve up a little background information on the man.

Toop, who was recently appointed Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at UAL, is a legend in arts and music circles. A musician, writer and critic, he is one of the most influential names on the UK’s experimental electronic music scene.

His journey started way back in the 70s and he’s worked with an incredible roster musical pioneers, from Brian Eno and Luke Vibert to John Zorn and Grandmaster Flash. Toop has collaborated with artists from many disciplines, including theatre director and actor Steven Berkoff.

As a critic and columnist, Toop has written vitally influential pieces for publications such as The Wire, Dazed And Confused, The Face, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Arena and Vogue.

Innovative and immersive
As a leading authority on music Toop has lent his inimitable voice to books on a variety of genres. He’s responsible for Rap Attack, a ground-breaking book documenting the origins of hip-hop. His second book, Ocean of Sound, explores how ambient isn’t a genre so much as a ‘way of listening’.

Highly respected by artists and critics alike, Toop has a reputation for innovative, immersive performances. Speaking about the current series of events, he said: “these are best imagined as a means to connect with methods of making and remembering, unmaking and forgetting.

“They are more concerned with the unfinished or in-between, that which is difficult to articulate or impossible to exhibit; each one will involve offerings of different kinds, opportunities to listen, to watch, to speak, to be silent.”

The final installment of Offering Rites will take place this Saturday (2 April 2014).

More information:
The Offering Rites event series at Central Saint Martins
Offering Rites 3: Beyond the Object

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Alumnus Shezad Dawood Presents Solo Exhibition

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, 2014 © Parasol unit. Photo: Nicola Pomery Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, 2014 © Parasol unit. Photo: Nicola Pomery Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film, 2014 © Parasol unit. Photo: Nicola Pomery

Shezad Dawood, who graduated from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 1997, is screening his new film as part of a solo show in London.

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film exhibition is made up of light sculptures, an installation of large-scale paintings on textile, and two films. Informed by extensive travels and research, Dawood shows a deep desire to encourage communication between different cultures and people. His films feature extraordinary episodes and narratives, in which seemingly ‘otherworldly’ figures are often the protagonists.

Morocco, Masonry and Mysticism

Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film (production still), 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film (production still), 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film (production still), 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Shezad Dawood: Mên-an-Tol, 2013. Acrylic on vintage textile, 200 x 274 cm. Courtesy Paradise Row, London Shezad Dawood: A Mystery Play, (production still), 2010. Super 16 mm transferred to HD, 15 minutes. Commissioned by Plug In ICA, Winnipeg. Courtesy of LUX, London.

‘Towards the Possible Film’ (2014), which premiers at the exhibition, was shot at Legzira beach in Sidi Ifni, Morocco. It is evidently inspired by the many wars fought in the 1950s and ’60s between Spain, Morocco and independent Saharan tribes. In contrast, the film ‘A Mystery Play’ (2010) draws on Masonic rituals and Winnipeg’s history of burlesque and performance.

Dawood’s light sculpture The Black Sun’ (2010) is an ultra-daylight, white-neon circle. It is concerned with the mystical transformation of the self, as represented by the eclipse and the notion of the dark night of the soul. Also featured are his large-scale paintings, created on textiles stitched during the 1970s by women in Pakistan.

The exhibition runs until 25 May 2014 at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Admission is free. On Thursday 24 April, Dawood will be in conversation with writer and critic Oliver Basciano.

More information:
BA Fine Art
Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film exhibition
Talk by Shezad Dawood on 24 April 2014

Towards the Possible Film (production still, 2014) commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Mên-an-Tol (2013) courtesy Paradise Row, London. A Mystery Play (production still, 2010) commissioned by Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, courtesy of LUX, London. Event images (2014) copyright Parasol unit, photos Nicola Pomery.

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