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Dr Corinne Silva, Post Doc Research Fellow at LCC included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation

Dr Corinne Silva was awarded a PhD from London College of Communication this year and has since become a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and  has been included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation: emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice. Find out more about Corinne’s experience at LCC and her flourishing career.

  • Tell us what it means to you be included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation

One of the intentions with my work is to rupture specific ways of looking, of reading photographs and reading landscape, so it feels like an acknowledgement of my contribution to  contemporary photographic discourse.

  • Where do you mostly work/research, in your studio/at LCC or in the library, if a library, which is your favourite?

I love the Stuart Hall Library at INIVA, it’s comfortable and homely, but just library-ish enough to create the right atmosphere for disciplined work. And they have such a great collection of exhibition catalogues and artist’s films.

I have a studio in Dalston, which I share with a friend and collaborator, artist and video editor Lara Garcia Reyne. We begin most days discussing our joint or individual projects. I also have ‘critical friendships’ with my peers at PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre) and UAL. This space to discuss and be challenged is so important, and it keeps me excited about my work. It’s hard to be a freelance artist working alone, trying to make things happen. Discussion and collaboration with peers keeps the energy going and reminds me how much fun it is.

  • Why did you choose to study your PhD at LCC? Was it a good experience?

LCC felt like the obvious choice given its reputation for photography, the impressive list of artists teaching there, and the vast experience and specific research interests of my supervisors. I went to an open day and had a really good discussion with Professor Angus Carlyle who was very enthusiastic about my project and helped me shape my research question.

I have always hated institutions – the buildings as much as the social structure. They make me want to flee immediately. But I have a completely different relationship with LCC. It has a good – slightly messy, slightly chaotic – energy. All the people I work with are so committed to what they do, and there is an academic rigor as well as an understanding of the value of practice as research.

The joy of being able to access such impressive practitioners and theorists at LCC and across UAL made my PhD a rich experience. Alongside my own research PARC-led events, I also collaborated with members of TrAIN (Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation), organising cross-disciplinary conferences and events around our shared research interests. These connections have endured and I am now part of a wider inter-disciplinary research community across the University.

  • What was the transition from PhD researcher to Research Fellow like?

As an artist doing a practice-based doctorate, completing my PhD didn’t draw a line under the work. All my individual photographic and video projects pivot around the same inquiries. One project always unfolds a new set of questions, which I then try and tackle in the next work. So while perhaps there wasn’t the same sense of satisfaction of completion, it has meant that there’s no rupture; with the support of the Fellowship I have simply carried on researching and producing.

I have been enormously lucky to have the continued support of Professor Val Williams and PARC. Through a partnership with two public space galleries and PARC, I’m now planning a solo show and publication of Garden State, work I made as part of my doctorate. I’m also developing an ambitious new art production and networking project, Rocks & Fortresses. Moving between art and academic spheres suits my research-based approach. This new work will be about making links between art and academic institutions, and presenting work through different platforms.

Brad Butler, LCC researcher, exhibiting at the Hayward Gallery

Brad Butler

Image: Film still from work by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza 

Two films by Brad Butler, a researcher at London College of Communication (LCC) will be featured in a new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, called MIRRORCITY from 14 October 2014 to  4 January 2015.

MIRRORCITY explores the effect the digital revolution has had on our experiences. It shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today, who seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.

A specially produced ‘alternative’ newspaper has been created by Tom McCarthy for MIRRORCITY. The project was conceived as a collaboration between the author and the artists featured in the exhibition. Artists have contributed a diverse and distinctive array of texts and pictures that McCarthy has edited into an otherworldly reading experience.

Brad completed a PhD at LCC with William Raban as his supervisor and has since become a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the College. Brad along with his creative partner, Karen Mirza have been shortlisted for sixth Artes Mundi Prize, the UK’s biggest Contemporary Art Prize and will be exhibiting in Cardiff from 24 October 2014 and 22nd February 2015. 

Tell us what work you are including in the show, and why did you choose this work?

I am showing a new work, Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us alongside an existing work, Hold your Ground. Shown side by side, these two films speak to each other, though there’s a slight awkwardness about their conversation. They are both about languages of protest, and the relationship of the body to protest. Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us is set in a TV studio, where a protester-in-training listens to audio extracts from a political speech by Margaret Thatcher. Having absorbed the sounds, the protester uses movement to exorcise Thatcher’s voice, retraining the body to resist capitalism.

In Hold Your Ground the same protester struggles to turn utterances into speech. Her efforts are interrupted by archive footage of protests in Egypt, Northern Ireland and London. Eventually, she manages to pronounce four phonetic phrases reconstructed from Arabic, meaning ‘hold your ground’, ‘Egyptians’, ‘homeland’ (of the earth, of the Nile) and ‘strike’.

The title of Hold Your Ground is taken from the pamphlet How To Protest Intelligently. Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us echoes the slogan of the Mexican Zapatista liberation movement, which began its struggle against neoliberalism, exploitation and racist oppression in 1994.

Were you approached by Tom McCarthy and what has it been like working with him?

There is a newspaper edited by Tom accompanying the Hayward Show with work submitted by  all the participants in the exhibition. Tom has then cross edited and retitled the submitted text, pictures or provocations to create something new. Somehow no one has complained, and he has made something more than the sum of its parts. An early draft I saw was very funny.

Why did you choose to study your PhD at LCC? Was it a good experience?

I chose LCC based on the supervisors primarily. William Raban and Elizabeth Edwards understood my project and process. It was, for me, a perfect match of expertise and timing, and before I knew it I was in the programme supported by LCC research department to find funding. From there it was a great experience and formative for my work, while academia may not suit every praxis, it proved to be a chance for me to go deeper in a supported semi autonomous way.

The links later onto a post doctorate have felt natural. So far I have been encouraged and I feel I fit. Basically over the last 19 years of being an artist I have worked out the hard way how important it is to work with the right people. Even great ideas will become exhausting if that is not a priority.

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The LDF Edit: UAL at London Design Festival

Now in its 10th year, London Design Festival promises a renewed focus on graphic design with a series of free talks underscoring the theme and more than 300 events. We list some of the highlights of UAL’s activity over the design-frenzied week.

The Scarcity Project at CSM
17 September, 3pm-8pm
Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross

The Scarcity Project is a major installation by Paulo Goldstein at Central Saint Martins. Answering the question: “What if instead of adding, one redistributes what is there already?”, the final room is a brilliant installation that demonstrates how creativity might be exercised under conditions of scarcity.

See a six-second tour on Vine

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Future Map Design
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Private View Mon 16th 6pm-8.30pm
Free event

Joining the Future Map brand in 2013 is Future Map Design, showcasing a selection of UAL’s brightest design graduates.

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Richard Wilson: No Formulas
Chelsea Space
18 September-26 October

An exhibition concentrating on preparatory material for finished works and proposals for as-yet unrealised projects.

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The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW
13-21 September, Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm

This mixed media exhibition will include furniture and objects, photomontage artworks, oral history testimonies and artist reflections. These are the results of various projects each exploring notions of home with FdA Interior Design students from Chelsea College of Art, young people in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and members of London’s Yemeni community. As part of this there will also be an exclusive Carwan Gallery pop-up exhibition. Visitors will be able to purchase limited-edition furniture, lighting and objects d’art by cutting-edge designers from the Middle East and beyond.

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Slingshot by Karim Chaya, courtesy of Carwan Gallery

CSM Invasion

Do Shop
14-22 September

Nine fresh graduates from Central Saint Martins are invading Do Shop this London Design Festival! #CSM_invasion All are graduates of BA (Hons) Ceramic Design: Emma Alington, Nazli Pehlivan, David Marques, Carolina Peraca, Hazel Frost, Charlotte McLeish, Benita Gikaite, Ann Mercer, and Sophie Cobb.

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Philosophical Toys/ Stitch in Time
By appointment only, 11am-6pm, Tues-Fri and Sun; 11am-2pm, Sat
Ultra-indigo Showspace at Somerset House (West Water Gate Entrance), Victoria Embankment, WC2R 1LA

Philosophical Toys and ultra-indigo are ventures by members of staff from the Ceramics, Product and Industrial Design programme at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Philosophical Toys is a collaborative agency dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking and making in design. It is an on-going project that reaches out beyond CSM via workshops that engage with the issues shaping the larger culture. It aims to consolidate its work through exhibitions, films, a website, blogs and related publications. The work shown in the exhibition is by recent graduates of the programme.

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17-21 September, 10.30am-6.30pm
Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DS

Part of the London Design Festival and the Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Craft Central presents Imprint – a cross-disciplinary exhibition of printed design, showcasing a diverse selection of exciting contemporary craft and design by more than 30 UK designer-makers who use a variety of print and mark-making techniques. From framed prints and interior textiles to furniture and ceramics to 3D-printed products, celebrate all things “print”. The exhibition includes identity and print design by Turnbull Grey (graduate of MA Printmaking at Camberwell), Annabel Williams (CSM Foundation Art & Design graduate), Kethi Copeland (alumnus of LCC GMD Illustration), along with Camberwell BA Illustration alumna Reena Makwana and Wimbledon MA Sculpture alumna Regina Heinz.

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Cricklewood’s Town Square
Until 28 September, various locations

Textile Futures Senior Tutor Kieren Jones constructs a pop-up town square for Cricklewood. Civic ideas agency Spacemaker’s mobile town square will be transported by bike around Cricklewood to highlight a lack of public space in the area. Designed and constructed by Jones, the fold-out square will tour disused spaces in the north London community until 28 September. There are a series of free events, including DIY libraries, design workshops and rooftop film screenings.

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mobile town square

100% Design
18-21 September
arls Court

100% Design is supporting MA Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins by bringing works from this year’s graduating students to the London Design Festival exhibition in September 2013.

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V&A Digital Design Weekend
Sackler Centre
21-23 September
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL

UAL is found all over the place during this weekend of events devoted to the digital sphere. Here are a few events:

Join CSM MA Textile Futures 2013 graduates Emilie Frederique Grenier, Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, Amy Radcliffe & Amielia Katze as they present work that explores the intersection of craft, science and technology.

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MATF Course Leader Caroline Till will be speaking at the first in the series of “Making it in London” talks at the V&A. This event asks “What’s new and inspiring in the present and future of engineering, manufacturing and design? What are the new possibilities presented by new materials, information technology, and robotics? And what is the value of design and creativity in these areas?” Speakers include: Caroline Till, Course Leader, MA Textile Futures, Central Saint Martins; Chris Lefteri, Chris Lefteri Design; Dr John L Collins, Innovation Foundry; Zoe Laughlin, Institute of Making, UCL; Martin Stevens, A1 Technologies; and Assa Ashuach, Assa Ashuach Studio

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Textile Futures first-year tutor Nelly Ben Hayoun launches her new project, “Disaster Playground”. Join Ben Hayoun, funding Director of the International Space Orchestra at the NASA Ames Research Center, and experts as they speculate on future potential outer space catastrophes.

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Design Junction
18-22 September
The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street

Design Junction showcases an international edit of furniture, lighting and product design from global brands, alongside emerging enterprises. Eight Camberwell BA 3D graduates are exhibiting, part funded by SEE. Also on show are Magnus Long, CSM BA Product Design lecturer’s ‘works with…’ exhibition of new furniture and lighting  for three brands engaged in manufacture, craft and engineering.


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Magnus Long's quiet bench design

UAL Meets: Tom Hulme


UAL students and staff are invited to quiz innovation and design whizz Tom Hulme, at UAL Meets.

As Design Director at global design firm IDEO, Tom is passionate about building successful new enterprises using the design process. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was listed in Wired UK’s top 100 “digital power brokers” in 2011 and 2012.

The informal Q&A will take place on Wednesday 13 February at 5pm at London College of Communication’s Podium Lecture Theatre.

A bar will be open from 4.30pm and after the talk in the Eckersley Space.

To join us, book your free tickets here.

The Art of Punk Book Launch and Exhibition


Art of Punk

The Art of Punk Book Launch & Exhibition 
London College of Communication

Launch: Wednesday 17 October, 5.00 – 9.00pm 
Exhibition:  17 – 26 October 

London College of Communication (LCC) hosts an Exhibition and book launch for The Art of Punk - the first ever comprehensive review of punk art and design ever published – co-written and complied by LCC Head of Postgraduate Graphic Design course leader Russell Bestley and Alex Ogg.

The Art of Punk highlights the evolution of the punk movement within graphic design and print, and its impact on fashion and popular culture. Famous graphics for legendary bands like the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Damned, Misfits and the Clash are included, alongside less celebrated examples from South America, behind the old “Iron Curtain” and as far afield as the Himalayas and Kazakhstan.

Just as importantly, the book assesses the impact punk has made on the modern art world; from Jennifer Egan’s recent Pulitzer Prize-winning literary work to the graphics of Shepard Fairey (behind the Obama ‘Hope’ poster), Turner Prize nominated Dexter Dalwood, Marjane Satrapi (the Oscar-nominated Persepolis) and Banksy.

The Art of Punk Book Launch
Wednesday 17 October, 5.00-9.00pm 

Following the overwhelming response to our parallel launch event at the Tate Modern, scheduled 4 October, join us for an evening of film and discussions around the Punk movement. Including one of the first screenings in Europe of the award winning documentary Beijing Punk, which follows the underground punk scene in China.

  • 5pm onwards: a screening of the documentary Beijing Punk, just released in Europe, which follows the underground punk scene in China at the time of the Beijing Olympics.
  • 6pm onwards: guest speakers and presentations on music graphics and punk graphics including designers  Malcolm Garrett (Buzzcocks, Duran Duran), Bill Smith (The Jam, The Cure, UB40), Peter Gravelle (photographer for the Sex Pistols, Damned) and Rob O’Connor (of Stylorouge – Squeeze, Killing Joke, Blur).
  • 8pm onwards: discussion on punk in academia, led by Phil Kiszely of Leeds University, the lead editor of the academic journal Punk + Post Punk.

To RSVP email  Luke – or join the Facebook group and write your name on our wall

For further information on the book email Helen –


From a Distance: an exhibition of photography by Paul Reas


Paul Reas, From a Distance

Date: 12 – 25 October 2012
Venue: LCC Gallery
Exhibition open Mon – Fri 10.00 – 17.00

London College of Communication (LCC) presents an extraordinary exhibition of photographs of the Elephant and Castle. From a Distance is the result of  an invitation to the acclaimed British documentary photographer Paul Reas to respond to the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle in South London. Paul was chosen for his extensive track record of personal, socially committed documentary work.

This powerful exhibition consists of very large-scale photographic prints dramatically lit within the large gallery at LCC. The images combine fraught and tense street photographs with calmer portraits, all taken within the Elephant. These contrast with two series of still life details: one of incense cans bought in the open air market and one of abandoned furniture collected by the photographer from the surrounding streets. The result is a quirky, personal, highly original and deeply involving body of work.

The exhibition forms part of The Elephant Vanishes project, a long-term documentation of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle, directed by Patrick Sutherland, Reader in Photojournalism at LCC. The project has involved several years of MA student projects, has produced three books, has seen films broadcast by Channel Four and the Guardian and photographic works exhibited at venues including the now vanished subways of the south roundabout at the Elephant, the Cuming Museum in Southwark, The Photographers Gallery and Tate Britain.

Accelerators | LCC Summer Shows 2012



Private View Thursday 14 June, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition continues from Friday 15 June – Thursday 21 June 2012
10am – 5pm
(closed Sundays and bank holidays)
Throughout College

London College of Communication (LCC) invites you to view the work of students graduating from FdA & BA (Hons) Surface Design, FdA & BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Production for Live Events & Television, ABC Diploma in Photography, ABC Diploma in Graphic Design and ABC Diploma in Spatial Design (Interior Design).

(ABC Diploma in Sound & Music Technology will now be showing in Show 4, 28 June 2012)

Get all the latest Accelerators Summer Show news at #accelerators via @LCCLondon

Full list of summer show dates.

The Castle: An Elephant Exhibition

25 – 29 May 2012, 12am – 6pm
Private View: Thursday 24 May from 6pm
Unit 237, 1st Floor Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, SE1 6SB

A group of artists and designers from the BA Graphic & Media Design course at London College of Communication (LCC) exhibit a collection of works inspired by the Elephant & Castle shopping centre and its surroundings. Through their projects they look to explore some of the unique qualities of the shopping centre to inspire new works that highlight and reflect the vibrant nature of the centre.

Students displaying pieces include:

Austin Williams
Sanaz Movahedi
Eloise Harris
Andres Ayerbe
Camille Leproust
Juliana Flutter
Dilesh Patel
Emily Wood
Andrew Khosravani
Jamie Temple
Maja Larsson
Charlie Noon

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London College of Communication photographers win a clutch of awards

London College of Communication (LCC) is proud to announce that 11 photography alumni are winners of two prestigious photography awards: the international Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographers programme and the IdeasTap Photographic Award in association with photography agency, Magnum Photos.

'Borders of Russia' by Maria Gruzdeva

MA Photography alumna Maria Gruzdeva is celebrating a double success after her work, The Borders of Russia, received recognition in both competitions.

Gruzdeva and ten graduates from across LCC’s photography programme – covering BA (Hons) Photography, MA Photography and MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography – join Flash Forward’s exclusive list of 120 emerging photographers in the US, UK and Canada and will see their work showcased in a book published by Magenta, available from October 2012.

Selected work will feature in the Fast Forward touring exhibition in November 2012, starting at the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre in Toronto before moving to the Photofusion gallery in London.  Based in Canada, the annual competition is recognised as a critically important vanguard for introducing young photography talent to a global audience.

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MA Photography Interim Exhibition

Image by Sonja Trabandt, MA Photography, LCC

Image by Sonja Trabandt, MA Photography, LCC

15 – 17 March 2012
Private view: Thursday 15 March, 6 8pm
New Gallery, London College of Communication, London, SE1 6SB

Open Thursday & Friday: 10am – 6pm; Saturday 10am – 4pm

Students from the full-time MA Photography course at London College of Communication showcase their work so far.