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    Kingston University has been named among the top 100 institutions in the globe for art and design education in the prestigious annual QS World University Rankings.

    The newly-released 2017 QS subject league tables ranked the University’s art and design offering in the 51-100 band worldwide, placing it among the top five per cent globally and the best 25 in Europe.

    The latest accolade celebrating the University’s art and design expertise comes at an exciting time for the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, which will this year be going back to its roots when it returns to its original name as the Kingston School of Art.

    Acting Faculty Dean Professor Penny Sparke said the international recognition reflected the University’s long-standing commitment to excellence in art and design education.

    “The Faculty has always had a high standing in the areas of fine art, design and architecture and has maintained a strong identity through its art school roots at Knights Park,” Prof Sparke said.

    “We have forged strong international links and our partnerships with industry create a pathway for graduates to embark on their careers at the cutting-edge of their professions.

    “This latest ranking demonstrates the creativity, passion and commitment of our staff and students, with the success of our graduates a testament to our ‘thinking through making’ ethos.”

    As well as its success in the subject rankings, the Faculty also received worldwide recognition in the broad subject area tables, with the University’s arts and humanities offering ranked at 331.

    Widely regarded as being one of the most authoritative international university league tables, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 covers a total of 46 disciplines – highlighting the world’s top-performing institutions in each academic area. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, are used to compile the annual rankings.

    In September, of the more than 20,000 universities worldwide around 3,800 were chosen by QS for further study and 900 made it to the final list for subsequent ranking. Kingston was rated the 52nd best university in the United Kingdom, and globally at 62 for international students and 213 for international faculty – measures which assess how successful a university is in attracting students and academics from other countries. Employers also rated the University 284th worldwide, placing it in the top 10 per cent of institutions perceived to be producing the best graduates.

    The peer reviewed journal Photography & Culture was launched in 2008 by Kathy Kubicki, Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies, who joined Kingston in October 2016.  The journal is a national and international collaboration, and is published and distributed by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

    Photography & Culture encourages cross disciplinary research and has an open approach, publishing articles on photo history and contemporary issues. There are three issues per year, including special issues by guest editors. As well as longer academic articles, there are also shorter sections, such as Portfolio, One Photograph and Archive.

    Photography & Culture is available online, and in hard copy.

    For information about making a submission, please contact Senior Editor, Kathy Kubicki.

    The journal is available to read on iCat.

    Lili Giacobino, who graduated from Kingston University in 2011 with a degree in Product and Furniture Design BA (Hons), used colourful Duplo Lego blocks at Kingston Hospital to reduce patient stress and encourage positivity.

    Lili aimed to bring happiness and positive thinking to a place that is often associated with anxiety and boredom:

    “I wanted to transform the experience of sitting in a waiting room at a hospital,” she said. “It is an uncomfortable place for patients – particularly children – so my aim was to add colour and warmth, and give them other things to focus their minds on in the room.”

    Read the full story.

    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.

    Read the full story.

     

    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.

    Book your ticket.