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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    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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    Russian-winter-weekend-dorichTHURSDAY 15 DECEMBER

    Museum open: 11am–5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm

    Russian Winter Weekend Concert

    An evening of Russian music and poetry featuring Alena Lugovkina (flute), Anne Denholm (harp) and Susan Porrett (narrator).

    Doors 6.30pm, start 7.30pm

    Tickets £20 (including a glass of prosecco)
    Booking is essential via Billeto.

    Alena Lugovkina is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Artist Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As an orchestral player Alena has played as Guest Principle Flute with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

    Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. Anne received her Master’s from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, graduating with the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize, the Sir Reginald Thatcher prize and a Regency Award for notable achievement.

    Susan Porrett is an English actress that has appeared in numerous British television shows since the 70s but she has also acted in The Company of Wolves (1984), A Private Function (1984) and The Saint (1997). Susan is currently playing Mrs Ellis in the West End Production of Lillian Hellman’s “The Autumn Garden” at the Jermyn Street Theatre.


    Museum open: 11.00am–5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm

    • GUIDED TOUR with tea, coffee and gingerbread, 11.30am (booking essential)
    • RUSSIAN COLLECTION TOUR with Dr Louise Hardiman, 2.00pm (booking essential)


    Museum open: 11.00am–5.00pm, last entry at 4.30pm

    • GUIDED TOUR with tea, coffee and gingerbread, 11.30am (booking essential)

    Contact the Museum on 020 8417 5515 or email to book onto any of the tours. Museum entry and tours FREE to Kingston University Staff.

    British Rail Designed 1948-1997 Photo credit: Theo Inglis

    Photo credit: Theo Inglis

    A new book by Kingston University Associate Professor and art historian David Lawrence focuses on British Rail design, from its nationalisation in 1948 until privatisation in 1997.

    British Rail Designed 1948-1997 explores the design aspects of the whole network, from typography to uniforms. Prof Lawrence drew on material from private collections, second-hand shops, ebay and archives, after tracing the original designers of the work.

    In an interview with Grafik, Prof Lawrence said interest in the topic was definitely not about reminiscing. “The book determinedly avoids nostalgia. Nostalgia could not work, because the whole ethos of all the designers who worked for British Rail was modernity: not looking back.”

    Although reluctant to pick favourites from all the design aspects covered in the book, Prof Lawrence opted for the network’s use of colour: “I guess I would have to say that it is actually the colour schemes – or liveries – developed by the design consultants Wilkes & Ashmore and Design Research Unit. These colours were innovative, and bridged industrial practice and new European design ideas.”

    Professor David Lawrence

    Professor David Lawrence

    FADA-house-of-skiteThe exhibition, held in the FADA Platform Gallery, celebrates the work of first year Fashion students who were tasked with producing a fashion editorial piece – completely open to their interpretation.

    Students were encouraged to explore varying aspects of film and photography beyond fashion photography, resulting in a diverse mix of fashion images. Students with no prior knowledge had to pitch initial ideas, cast models, find locations to style and photograph their ideas.

    The project was led by Fashion visiting experts Adam Howe and Michael Woolley in collaboration with Bruce Morgan, the Photography Workshop Manager. Special thanks to Sean Wyatt, George Newton and Chris China for their dedicated support.

    Thank you to the team for collaborating on this amazing project and to the students for their talent and commitment.

    The House of Skite is open till Friday 11 November 2016 in the Platform Gallery located next to the FADA reception.

    Sir Misha Black medal awardA Kingston University FADA professor who established a pioneering Masters course in design curation has been recognised with a prestigious award.

    Professor Catherine McDermott will receive the 2016 Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for establishing the University’s MA in Curating Contemporary Design.  It comes only a year after Catherine also won a 2015 National Teaching Fellowship.

    Professor McDermott founded the course in partnership with the Design Museum after identifying a growing need for curation professionals. “There was nobody who could curate or respond to design – there was a huge gap in the curation profession that needed to be addressed“, Professor McDermott said.

    The Sir Misha Black Awards honour exceptional individuals and institutions within design education with the aim of highlighting the crucial importance of their work in the industrial, commercial and cultural life of the country.

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    Stanley Picker Creative Academy

    Onkar Kular, awarded the Stanley Picker Design Fellowship (2014–16) for research, transforms the gallery into the Stanley Picker Creators Academy (SPCA).

    Stanley Picker Creators Academy
    17 October–12 November 2016
    Tuesday to Saturday 11.00am–5.00pm / Wednesday until 7.00pm
    (Monday by appointment)

    Daily Activities / All Welcome
    Yoga: every Tuesday, 10.00am–11.00am
    Evening talks: Wednesdays, 5.00pm–7.00pm: 19 October, 26 October, 9 November
    Featuring Alessandro Gandini, Heidi Seetzen, Jack Self, Precarious Workers Brigade, and more

    Closing party: Saturday 12 November, 3.00pm–7.00pm

    Since the global rise of creative working spaces, from smaller office-hub spaces like Second Home to large-scale media companies like Google and Facebook, the words Collaboration, Sharing and Community regularly appear in branding and mission statements of such organisations. They reflect a certain ethos of supporting individuals to work more efficiently, create more professional content, and to ultimately increase access to lucrative opportunities and financial capital.

    Collaboration, Sharing and Community are the working values that are reconsidered as part of the SPCA. By staging the spatial and organisational features normally found in creative working environments, the SPCA examines how these terms are used by organisations to incubate creativity and suggests possible ways that they can be refocused and repurposed in order to create alternative forms of capital.

    Read the Academy’s full programme.

    Activities are free and  booking recommended. Please email to reserve your place.