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News // The Independent’s Ian Burrell speaks out at LCC PR conference

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Ian Burrell, Assistant Editor and Media Editor of The Independent. © Warren King

LCC recently hosted ‘PR & The Visual’, a conference exploring identity, space and performance, organised by the Network for Public Relations and Society.

LCC’s Simon Collister and Sarah Roberts-Bowman led the all-day event, which was attended by international academics and practitioners and included a wide-range of talks, including keynotes from Brand Union’s Glenn Tutssel and The Independent’s Ian Burrell.

Burrell focused on the lack of champions in PR and the need for the industry to have better representation, citing the likes of Andy Coulson, Matthew Freud, Alastair Campbell and Max Clifford as examples of hindering figureheads in an already misunderstood profession.

“This year has been a public relations disaster for the PR industry…. Publicity-seekers like Clifford should never again be given the freedom to dominate the industry’s profile as he did,” said Burrell.

Academic speakers explored a range of visually-based topics including the presence of PR in pop culture, with Murdoch University’s Kate Fitch examining the representation of the industry in HBO series True Blood.

De Montford University’s Liz Bridgen looked at how PR can be conceptualised within the socially constructed field of ‘dirty work’, and Elon University’s Jessalynn Strauss explained how the physical space of Las Vegas’ mob museum is adopted as a PR tactic.

The conference dissected successful visual PR campaigns like Wolfstar’s Flower Fireworks campaign for Interflora and Unity PR’s Lolz Not Trolls. Edelman’s Gavin Spicer discussed the logistics of their Halo 4 launch, which took over Lichtenstein to create a fully immersive brand experience.

Delegates also took part in practical workshops exploring the use of photography, film, infographics and Vines within a PR setting.

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Co-founder of the Network for Public Relations and Society, Simon Collister, said:

“Our ‘PR and the Visual’ conference has been a great success. We have brought together a range of international academics and practitioners to explore and discuss the challenges, limits and opportunities for public relations theory and practice.

“Feedback from delegates and speakers confirms what we suspected when planning the event: academic and practitioners need to think much more creatively when studying the field or planning campaigns. In hosting the event we’re confident we have opened a new chapter in PR scholarship and practice.”

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Caroline Till, CSM, TFRC presenting at Wearable Technology UX 2014 Conference

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Caroline Till, Course Leader MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins and member of Textile Futures Research Centre will be a presenting at the Wearable Technology UX 2014 conference, which will be held at Central Saint Martins, 22-23 September 2014.

Caroline will be speaking about:

Devices in context: Trends in wearable tech and future materials

Exploring the work of the MA Material Futures, as well as some of the most exciting developments in future materials and wearable technology, framed by key trends impacting the global design industry

  • Data capture and analysis- personal and environmental
  • Visualising emotional response and connection
  • Spectacle and fantasy
  • Responsive and reactive materials for wellbeing

For information about the other speakers and topics covered: Conference details: http://wearabletechnologyux.com/wearable-technology-2014-program/

Follow the conference on Twitter using #wearabletech and @Wearables_Tech

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Central Saint Martins Proposed Design MBA Shares Research

Business, Sustainability and Design Frameworks–insights into a DMBA.  Photo Credit - Nathan Shedroff

Business, Sustainability and Design Frameworks–insights into a DMBA.
Photo Credit – Nathan Shedroff

The proposed Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course has, over the past year, amassed a huge amount of research regarding the potential of creating a Design MBA  at Central Saint Martins.

We’ll be sharing with you some of the quotes we’ve gathered along the way, demonstrating that the idea of launching a business degree at an art school is very on point with MBA students, alumni, and business leaders. One of the subjects we tackled is that of how MBA graduates, past and present, should deal with flexibility and uncertainty. Here are some of the answers we received–we welcome your thoughts, comments and input via our survey.

• “Creativity. For the first time, in IBM’s survey of CEOs in 2010, a large number of them, around 60%, said that creativity and innovation was something they needed. There’s a huge knowledge base about design that has been absent from management education.” Management School Senior Academic, US

• “John Maeda says something like, ‘Artists ask question, technology creates possibilities, design creates solutions and leadership creates action’. That’s a summary of what an entrepreneur needs to cover.” MBA Alumnus

• “People need different ways of thinking in order to respond to the challenges of a no growth, no carbon society, dominated by non inclusive politics. I’m interested in design as a way of doing that, because designers use their brains laterally, contingently, accepting there is no one truth, accepting iterating as a methodology to move towards alternatives.” CSM Faculty Member

• “A focus on people’s experiences. I’ve realised from being in the entrepreneurial community in the Bay Area that user-centredness is so lacking in all aspects of business.” MBA Design Strategy Alumnus, US

• “Building organisation capable of innovating. The was for talent is expected to heat up for positions requiring high levels and more education.” GMAC 2013

• “Effective multi disciplinary building and working. Firms like GE, IBM and Philips are all struggling with talent and skills. The opportunity is to blend designers who are up-skilling to be equal and effective partners with marketing, engineering and new product development, and business and management people who want to access design innovation and creativity.” MBA Faculty Member, US

• “Design as a core managerial capability. Everything about a business has been designed: from how you answer the phone, to HR policy, to what the products and services are, to deciding what strategy to employ. And how they design is to look around, and find someone to rip off, which they call ‘best practice’. But that’s only relevant if what they do is sufficiently close to your situation to be applicable. If companies survive, it’s because they are unique. More and more, finding existing designs out there is not enough. You need to be capable of doing the activity. This is something that resonates with executives I talk to.” Management School Senior Academic, US

If you agree, or disagree, with any of these statements, you can have your input by filling out our survey–a very important step in the exciting development of this program.

More information:
CSM MBA
Stanford d.school
Innovation Management
Makerversity
ImpactHub
THNK School of Creative Leadership
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Call for papers for a symposium to be held at the London College of Fashion in January 2015

London College of Fashion Archive Symposium 2015

A call for papers for a symposium to be held at the London College of Fashion in January 2015

Subject: Hidden in the Archive

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LCF Archives: Unfinished shoe uppers: Lobb Shoemakers c1950s

London College of Fashion Archives invites proposals for papers around the theme of things hidden, lost, undiscovered, disposed of, discarded, edited and missing in archives (personal collections, ‘wardrobes’, design collections, museums, libraries, etc).  The Symposium is open to UAL staff and postgraduate and research students.

Themes could include:

  • Losing/lost things.
  • Editing a wardrobe or collection.
  • Hidden on purpose – magic, superstition, tradition
  • Hidden stories: oral histories and testimony
  • Curating loss
  • Things broken or destroyed
  • Missing narratives.
  • Discarded/ing things
  • Immateriality
  • Finding/found things

Proposals are welcome for 20 minute papers (each followed by 10 minute discussion).

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of about 300 words to Jane Holt at archives@fashion.arts.ac.uk by Monday 22 September 2014.

Take part in a worldwide filmmaking project with CSM PhD Student

 

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Iceberg Fernandez, a PhD student at Central Saint Martins is curating  NOW&HERE = EVERYWHERE is a Quantum Filmmaking project in which everyone internationally is invited to collaborate with the mobile phone in the co-creation of multi-screen video-collages re-creating simultaneous moments.

During the course of this project announcements are made with the date and time in which each moment is taking place.

To participate make a 30 second film with your mobile phone of the situation, a detail or the place you are at that precise date and time, and send it as soon as you can, along with the name of the city, by e-mail to: info@now-here-everywhere.org.uk

If you prefer to send your videos via WhatsApp please add this number +447449494812 to your contact list, letting us you would like to participate. Your number will not be shared with third parties or used for commercial purposes outside of the project.

All the participants will be acknowledged in the website. Only the video-clips produced at the announced date and time will be considered.

By participating in the project you are confirming that you have all the rights to publish the videos and you are allowing us their exhibition.

This is a non-profit research art project based at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London).

MOMENT 9 is online NOW!! Thanks all the participating artists for sharing your art of the everyday life, it is being a real pleasure collaborating with you!! If you didnt have the chance to collaborate this time, the next moment will be held on: FRIDAY 15th AUGUST at 14:00pm BST (London Time) [Set your Alarms!] Spread the word, invite your friends….. the more we are, the greater the SURPRISE!!

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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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The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive

The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive

The House of Worth: Portrait of an Archive by Amy de la Haye & Valerie Mendes

Professor of Dress History and Curatorship, and Centre for Fashion Curation co-director, Amy de la Haye has co-authored a book on the House of Worth Archive with her V&A colleague, Valerie Mendes. The book was 6 years in the making and is published by the V&A, where both have worked as curators.

Charles Frederick Worth was an English designer who made his mark on the French fashion industry in the mid 19th Century and is widely considered the father of Haute Couture.

Their monograph brings together hundreds of photographs selected from the V&A’s unique archive of over 7,000 official house records. The images used capture the Worth style and offer fascinating insights into the daily routine of the House. The book tells the intriguing story of their acquisition and their historical context, and describes Worth’s international clientele of elegant women of wealth and power, from Lillie Langtry and Sarah Bernhardt to the Duchess of Marlborough.

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LCF’s Dr. Shaun Cole awarded PhD for his thesis, ‘Sexuality, identity and the clothed male body.’

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Dr Shaun Cole, Director of the Graduate School’s Culture and Curation Programme

Director of the Graduate School’s Culture & Curation programme, Shaun Cole has completed his PhD titled ‘Sexuality, Identity and the Clothed Male Body’, and is now Dr. Shaun Cole.

Shaun’s thesis draws together his key works: Don We Now Our Gay Apparel: Gay Men’s Dress in the Twentieth Century (Berg, 2000); and The Story of Men’s Underwear (Parkstone International Press, 2010) – and two chapters in edited books – ‘Butch Queens in Macho Drag: Gay Men, Dress and Subcultural Identity’ (2008) and ‘Hair and Male (Homo)Sexuality: Up-Top and Down Below’ (2008).

By examining the major themes of sexuality, identity, subcultural formation, men’s dress, masculinities, clothes and the body, his thesis presents a comprehensive investigation of these relatively neglected areas of fashion study and dress history.

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Call for contributions: Fashion Colloquia Shanghai

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Fashion Colloquia Shanghai

21st and 22nd April 2015

Call for contributions

Background to the Colloquia Series

The Fashion Colloquia originated through a core network of 4 institutions, connected by their residence and involvement in the four big ‘Fashion weeks’ across the globe. These Institutions were the London College of Fashion – University of the Arts, London, Domus Academy – Milan, Institute Francais de la Mode – Paris and Parsons the New School for Design, School of Fashion, New York. As result, members of this core network used the occurrence of the fashion weeks to organise a series of colloquia taking place from 2011-2013.

Their aim was to use the fashion weeks as a catalyst to challenge understandings regarding fashion across the globe. A rich variety of contributions (from academia, media and practice) have been enjoyed at these colloquia events and many have now been uploaded to the international repository for fashion housed at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

Our Call for contributions:

The success of this first series led us to develop a second series with a new group of partners. Our second series of fashion colloquium focuses on ‘emergence’ and how each location intends to contribute to the growing importance of fashion across the globe. Our first two colloquia meetings took place in Amsterdam (with AMFI) and Accra, Ghana (with University of Ghana) in 2014. Now we would now like to introduce our next colloquia event that will be held in Shanghai at Donghua University.

Shanghai is the emerging into becoming one of the most important, diverse and strategic cities in the world and likely to become a major player for the future of fashion. Yet are the challenges facing Shanghai and China similar or distinctive from other locations across the globe? To fully engage with these areas we will host the colloquium at the newly formed Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation of Donghua University.

This event is being held just before Greater Donghua Fashion Week (see website). We will help/advise colleagues regarding attendance.

Fashion Colloquia Shanghai – Themes:

At each colloquium there will be a mixture of specific themes that are of particular relevance to the specific locations around the globe with a series of themes, which will allow different sets of contributions to be added and explored. Some events at each of the colloquia will be streamed ‘live’ to pre-registered users of the repository. We also aim to upload selected content from the colloquium to the repository.

We would welcome a wide variety of contributions (from workshops, academic papers, presentations, exhibitions etc.) able to respond to the following three overall themes:

Fashion Education:

• The future of fashion education across the world;

• Cultural difference for fashion education;

• The future of the fashion curriculum in light of new media;

• Fashion education for the global citizen.

Fashion Information:

• Challenges to fashion communication in the digital age;

• The influence of media and celebrities for fashion;

• The importance of seasonal fashion shows coverage;

• The value of using trend forecasting for fashion studies.

Fashion Cultures:

• Networks of global fashion knowledge;

• The relevance of emerging fashion capitals in a multi-disciplinary and global context;

• The perception of high/luxury fashion in a cross-cultural and trans-historical perspective;

• The diversity of fashion aesthetics within different age groups.

We are looking to invite contributions from across the world to:

1. Provide a workshop platform for local and international delegates.

2. Respond to the theme – either via exhibitions, workshops, academic papers or surprise us!

3. Explore Shanghai and attend Shanghai International Fashion Cultural Festival.

Admission to the events will be free to invited persons – however, you must register

If you are interested please contact: fashion2015@126.com

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT/PROPOSALS

Abstract/Proposals/contributions deadline is 30th November 2014.

Please complete author(s) details as requested:

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Font: Arial font size 11

Paragraph alignment: Justified

The maximum is 500 words including title and keywords

Further details can be found at: http://scf.dhu.edu.cn/FC2015/

For further information please contact: fashion2015@126.com

Professor Charlotte Hodes collaborates with Professor Deryn Rees-Jones

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Professor Charlotte Hodes’ collaboration with poet Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (Department of English, University of Liverpool) at the Ledbury Poetry Festival

Helen Thomas (1877-1967), wife of the poet Edward Thomas, arrived for a holiday in Ledbury at midnight on the 28th July, 1914, the day that war with Germany had been declared. For the remainder of the summer the Thomas family, and the family of the American poet Robert Frost, lived nearby in houses across the fields from each other. Thomas and Frost walked the surrounding Malvern Hills and countryside, and it was during this time that Thomas worked out his vision for poetry.

Edward Thomas’s poem ‘And You, Helen’ (written a year to the day before he died in March 1917) was a starting point for Deryn Rees-Jones’ poetic reimagining of Helen.

Charlotte Hodes in turn responded to Deryn Rees-Jones’ twelve part poem ‘ And You, Helen’ in a sequence of papercuts and an animation made with recent CSM MA graduate, Kristina Pulejkova.

The Ledbury Poetry Festival commissioned two performances which took place 4 and 5 June 2014. The poem was read by actress, Juliet Stevenson.

The book And you, Helen which includes the poem, a long reflective essay on Helen and Edward Thomas by Deryn Rees-Jones and papercuts by Charlotte Hodes is pubished by Seren 2014

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMt_mBZ4HC8

http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/event/and-you-helen-remembering-helen-thomas/