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    A new Kickstarter to fund an end of year fashion show to showcase students’ work has been launched by final year BA Fashion students.

    The internal show is a chance for students to display their work to friends, family, tutors and fellow students, and celebrate the talent and hard work they’ve put into producing their final collections. Photographers will capture the students’ designs as they are modeled on the catwalk, giving students great images for their portfolios as they launch their fashion careers.

    The Kickstarter tops off a year of fundraising activities for the internal show, from pub quizzes and Student Union nights, to clothes sales, life drawing classes and an auction. All proceeds will go towards creating the show, covering the cost of lights, photography, models, venue, production and more.

    For more information, visit the Kickstarter page.

    Behind the scenes with Kingston University filmmaking student Will Hooper

    Channel 4’s short film series, Random Acts, will once again showcase emerging filmmaking talent discovered through Stop Play Record, an England-wide network for people aged 16–24 who are interested in making films.

    The network is the brainchild of Arts Council England and Channel 4. The London branch of the network is led by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and comprised of six partners, including Kingston University, Dazed, Chisenhale Gallery, SPACE Studios and New Contemporaries who mentor and help to produce 24 short films across the network each year.

    Kingston University BA Filmmaking alumnus Will Hooper had his short film The Roof Over their Heads produced through Stop Play Record, and cited it as a important step in his professional development.

    “I met lots of people whose work challenged my understanding of contemporary filmmaking and influenced my own practice,” he said.

    “Being given the space to author a film from start to finish is hugely rewarding and a gift to first-time filmmakers, as we had mentors to guide us through the process.”

    Applications for Stop Play Record close on 17 April 2017.

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    Lahbib El Moumni and Almudena Ibrahim survey the neighbourhood of Cosumar, Casablanca

    Kingston BA Architecture students recently returned from a collaborative and participative workshop at the Ecole d’Architecture Casablanca (EAC) in Morocco.

    Mixed teams of students from the EAC and Kingston University surveyed early modern housing estates in Casablanca that over time have been adapted by their inhabitants.

    The workshop was organized around the theme “Atlas of Negotiated Typologies,” and led by Christoph Lueder, Almudena Cano, Alexandru Malaescu and Iulia Fratila of Kingston University, in collaboration with Lahbib El Moumni, J. Benchemsi, A. Kassou and B. Bouzoubaa of EAC.

    Kingston University and EAC students in Casablanca

    Methods of investigation included interviews with inhabitants and mapping of public, communal, semi-private and private spaces. The cooperation will continue over the academic year with proposals for inclusive and participatory development scenarios for Cosumar, a workers settlement planned by the French architect Edmond Brion in 1931 that has since been appropriated and imaginatively transformed by a tight-knit community.

    The community currently is resisting plans for imminent demolition and an organization of residents has asked for assistance in conceiving alternative scenarios.

    Alleyway in Cosumar by Jasper Rumbelow

    Alleyway in Cosumar by Jasper Rumbelow

    Cover image: Marc Atkins

    A new book on Berlin’s urban culture by Art and Design Professor Stephen Barber is forthcoming in April from prominent arts publisher Reaktion Books.

    Berlin Bodies: Anatomizing the Streets of the City examines how people have interacted with the streets, buildings, squares and spaces of the German capital, from riots and ruins to nightclubs, architectural experiments, citywide spectacles, film, art and performances, all of which have affected the structure of the city and the people who inhabit it.

    The book launches at the Whitechapel Art Gallery (Zhilka Auditorium) on 20 April 2017 from 7.00pm.

    Stephen Barber is a Professor at Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and the author of six previous books for Reaktion, including Performance Projections (2014), Jean Genet (2004) and Projected Cities (2002).

    Phillip Warnell, Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air, 2014. (Still)

    Wild Minds‘ is focused on the ambiguities and co-operations that define our relations with other species.

    Bringing together filmmakers, theorists, curators and those working directly with other species, the symposium will combine presentations, in-conversation, film, and notes on performance.

    The various contributors will consider processes by which co-presence, proximity, encounters and (impossible) relations with wild minds are established: from the origins of wild life photographic representation; generational transmission of zoo and conservation; one-to-one animal encounters; image-making solutions of contemporary artists’ film and other commercial cinema.

    Participants will share from their research specialisms, experience, theoretical frameworks and practical references, traversing livelihoods and project-based work.

    “What is opened up is not a debate about ‘animal intelligence’ with all its burdensome procession of qualitative evaluations, it is the possibility that there may be incorporations and pathways other than those captured by the human…it is, in other words, the possibility that humans do not have an exclusive claim to meaning”.

    – Jean-Christophe Bailly

     

    Cinema 1, London ICA, Friday March 31 2017, from 11.15am
    Symposium convener: Phillip Warnell (FADA)
    Support from FADA

    Contributions from:

    Jean-Christophe Bailly (poet and philosopher; author of ‘The Animal Side’)

    Michael Lawrence (Sussex University; editor of The Zoo & Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter)

    Lynn Turner (Goldsmiths University; editor of ‘The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies’)

    Filipa Ramos (curator; editor of ‘Animals’ Whitechapel Docs/MIT Press)
    Phillip Warnell (FADA (Kingston School of Art); artist-filmmaker, London)

    Honor Beddard (Wellcome collection curator, ‘making nature’ exhibition)

    Charlotte Corney (zoo director, IOW and tiger expert)

    Éléonore Saintagnan et Grégoire Motte (filmmakers, Brussels)

    Ben Rivers (filmmaker and programmer, London)

    Fevered Sleep (performance company, London)

    Myrto Farmaki (video inserts)

    The Cinema 1 programme includes a UK premiere of ‘The Wild Beasts’ (2015) by Éléonore Saintagnan et Grégoire Motte.

    An evening screening of films (in Cinema 2) is being co-programmed by Ben Rivers and Phillip Warnell. Details to be announced.

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    Teahouse

    Kingston University architecture lecturer Takeshi Hayatsu was commissioned by the Barbican to work with Fujimori on the project for the Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 exhibition, which runs from March to June. The commission is a continuation of the collaboration between Fujimori and Unit 5 MArch students.

    The collaboration was established in 2016 through the Seminar House Pavilion project and the associated symposium Japanese Avant-garde Red School and UK contemporary crafts at Dorich House Museum in Kingston Hill.

    The teahouse was prefabricated in the Kingston’s 3D Workshop by students and tutors, and tested in the University’s central library space in January this year, coinciding with a visit by Fujimori to Kingston. During his visit Fujimori ran a timber-charring workshop at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex, with the students and staff from the Barbican Centre. The charred timber will be used for the external cladding of the teahouse.

    The teahouse will be situated in the Barbican’s main gallery space next to a full-scale replica of Moriyama House, designed by Ryue Nishizawa. The teahouse constructed using DIY techniques, will provide an interesting contrast to the professionally-built Moriyama House. Hand crafting of the teahouse extends to the internal fittings, such as, the bronze cast doorknobs, ceramic hearth, flower vase and lampshades made in collaboration with Kingston product design students.

    A still from Touch, by illustration and animation graduate Jennifer Zheng

    A still from Tough, by illustration animation graduate Jennifer Zheng

    A fine art graduate and two illustration animation graduates have received five nominations for the 2017 British Academy Film Awards.

    Filmmaker and BA Fine Art graduate Peter Middleton has picked up three nominations for Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut and Documentary for his documentary, Notes on Blindness, on which fellow Kingston University alumnus James Ewers also worked as a composer.

    Two recent BA(Hons) Illustration Animation graduates, Jac Clinch and Jennifer Zheng, have both received nominations for best British Short Animation.

    Jac’s film, The Alan Dimension, was also selected for the Cinéfondation short film programme at Cannes Film Festival in 2016, and the nomination for Jennifer’s film, Tough, follows her 2015 yellow pencil prize, awarded in her second year at Kingston University by the D&AD Newblood Awards.

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    Fixperts wins blueprint award

    Fixperts, a design programme founded by Kingston University Professor Daniel Charny, has scooped a prestigious blue brick award for design.

    Set up in 2012, Fixperts combines design, social impact and story-telling with prototyping and making skills to create a movement of ‘Fixperts’ who design practical solutions to real life challenges and share their ideas and good practice in videos.

    There are now over 250 Fixperts videos online from users in 21 countries around the world.

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