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    House Slievebawnogue, Clancy Moore Architects

    Kingston University’s Department of Architecture and Landscape is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Clancy to the role of Professor of Architecture.

    After graduating in architecture from University College Dublin, Andrew Clancy established Clancy Moore Architects together with Colm Moore. The practice has received numerous awards, including the AAI Downes Medal and the Kevin Kieran Bursary for practice-based research.

    Professor Clancy is looking forward to contributing to the University’s strategic direction, and building on the already well established ethos of one of London’s most well regarded schools of architecture.

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    Red Pavillion, Andrew Clancy and TAKA’s Alice Casey and Cian Deegan

     

    Oreet Ashery: Revisiting Genesis at the Stanley Picker Gallery

    As a culmination of her Stanley Picker Fellowship research, Oreet Ashery presents Revisiting Genesis, a new major commission taking the form of a web-series in twelve episodes. Written and directed by the artist, Revisiting Genesis explores the philosophical, sociopolitical, practical and emotional implications of the processes surrounding death and withdrawal, digital afterlives, outsider communities, social networks and reincarnations of women artists. With a new episode released weekly, the online narrative unfolds in parallel to Ashery’s exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, which transforms the space into an interactive, social environment inspired by local community centres. The display also includes Black Orchid (1956), a bronze sculpture by artist Dora Gordine, presented with its original plinth, which evokes Ashery’s fascination with the life of the artist.

    Revisiting Genesis follows two nurses, both named Jackie, who assist people actively preparing for death to create biographical slideshows serving as their posthumous digital legacy. The slideshows become a tool for reflection on cultural and social loss, friendships and memory as identity. When a group of friends request this treatment for Genesis – an artist who is dying symbolically and otherwise – Nurse Jackie attempts to activate Genesis’ memory through the making of her slideshow, which draws from elements of Ashery’s own autobiography and explores the disappearance of social and educational structures under contemporary neoliberalism. Jackie concludes that it might not be Genesis who is vanishing, but the structures she had relied upon. Presented in parallel with Genesis’ story, the twelve episodes are intercut with improvised interviews between individuals with life-limiting conditions and Nurse Jackie, played here by a practising GP.

    Developed in consultation with Medical and Death Online experts, including researchers at Kingston University, and produced with a range of artistic collaborators, Revisiting
    Genesis responds to diverse influences spanning from feminist art practice to outsider and minority politics, as well as the emergent online death industry.

    Oreet Ashery is a UK-based interdisciplinary artist whose politically charged and socially engaged practice includes exhibitions, performances, videos and writings, in an international and local context, that explore issues of gender materiality, potential communities and biopolitics. Recent presentations include Fig.2 (ICA, London 2015), Animal with a Language (waterside contemporary, London 2014), The World is Flooding (Tate Modern, London 2014) and Party for Freedom (Artangel 2012-13). A current Stanley Picker Fellow in Fine Art at Kingston University, Ashery is represented by waterside contemporary.

    Revisiting Genesis is commissioned by the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University and supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Tyneside Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London and waterside contemporary.

    EPISODE RELEASE SCHEDULE

    Showing at the Stanley Picker Gallery and online:

    13 April
    Episode 1
    Episode 2

    17 April
    Episode 3

    24 April
    Episode 4

    1 May
    Episode 5

    8 May
    Episode 6

    15 May
    Episode 7

    22 May
    Episode 8

    29 May
    Episode 9

    5 June
    Episode 10
    Episode 11

    12 June
    Episode 12

    Visit www.stanleypickergallery.org  for more information.

     

    FullSizeRender2Kingston’s second-year Graphic Design BA(Hons) students worked on a project with Amnesty UK to create a campaign in support of human rights.

    The brief involved creating an instantly recognisable idea, picture, joke, or a piece of street theatre to break through to the public, catch their attention for the three seconds – on average – that you have to engage. A signature on a petition is the desired outcome.

    Hugh Sandeman from Amnesty International, Kingston Branch praised Kingston’s graphic design students, ‘these aren’t just amazing ideas in the studio, the Kingston design students showed their work in the street. Amnesty’s human rights campaigning in Kingston, and nationally across the UK, can learn a lot from all of you about how to make a big splash in just three seconds.’

    Students were asked to research an aspect of one of three of Amnesty International’s campaigns and relay this message to the public in an engaging way in order to gain awareness and petition signatures. The campaigns were: Refugees, Migrants and Asylum; My Body My Rights and The Human Rights Act.

    amnesty-projectResponding to the refugee crisis one project focused on the inadequate space a refugee is confined within when attempting a journey into the UK. Through public interaction, the students aimed to evoke empathy with refugees travelling in these restricted conditions. The students built an angular structure that is a relative size to the confirmed and uncomfortable space refugees are known to travel, such as fuel tanks and aeroplane wheels. Their research relied largely on first-hand reports made by a relatively small amount of successful refugees who have gained access to the UK in confined conditions.

    For the students, this was a key point for them to begin developing their roles as designers in the real world and creating design responses to social problems and engaging with a live audience.

    Find out more about Graphic Design BA(Hons).

     

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    Kingston MA Product + Space graduate, Giulia Liverani recently won the Butchoff Antiques Design Competition to mark their 50th anniversary. Find out more.

    The competition was held for students of top furniture design courses at Kingston University and the London College of Furniture at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, with a total of nine students taking part. 

    Giulia’s ​design of an ‘E-scritoire’, a wooden box with a laptop-designed lasered-lace etching on a removable lid, has been the focus of a recent article on artisans using traditional skills for the treasures of tomorrow.  Read the full article.