Placeless memories: digital constructions of memory and identity

14 July 2017, Bowland Auditorium, Humanities Research Centre, University of York

This one-day conference aims to open up discussion on the nature of memory and identity construction online and in digital formats, and explore issues concerning the use of these digital memories as a resource for scholars.

https://placelessmemories.wordpress.com

LCC Space & Place Research Hub: Somewhere in Between Residency at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre Wed 26. April – Sat 29. April 2017

Come along everyday this week to the Space and Place Residency at the LCC Studio Space, First Floor E&C Shopping Centre, London SE1 6SB. All welcome.

Over the course of four days the Space and Place Research Hub is in residence at the LCC studio space in the E&C Shopping Centre. Through a series of events including workshops, talks, reading groups, performances, walks, exhibits and a conference, the hub will engage local residents, retailers, workers, school children, the Latin American community, academics, designers and artists with questions of place in the context of Elephant & Castle.

Programme
Exhibition of Beating the Bounds, Tower, Writerly Readers – open daily Wed 26. Thurs 27.  Fri 28. April, 18.00- 20.30.
Artists and designers talks and discussion Thurs 27. April 18.00 – 20.30. + Programme of events as scheduled below.

Nela Milic: BoothiqueWed 26. April, 16:00 – 20:00
The threshold of public and private space over the course of Nela’s artists’ residency in the ground floor studio off Walworth Road in 2012 became a world opener to both sides – her at home and people on the street. Nela won Southwark Community Art Award in 2015 for this project. Nela aims to use the same method by interacting with the local residents for a public reading of her book chapter offering passers-by the opportunity to engage with the hub activities. Nela will record, exhibit and talk about this experience and research into the locality. Nela Milic is an artist and senior lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication.

Miranda Iossifidis: Space & Place Research Hub Reading Group.
Wed 26. April, 16.00 – 18.00
Miranda is facilitating a reading group to dicuss The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by Alexander Vasudevan. All welcome. Email Miranda if you want to come along m.iossifidis@lcc.arts.ac.uk. Miranda Iossifidis is a lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication.

Nela Milic: Public reading of her chapter from Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion through a Critical Artscape, a book edited
by Jason Luger, Julie Ren and recently published by Routledge
Wed 26. April, 18.00 – 20.00

Lucy Thornett: Tower.
Wed 26. April – Fri 28. April: Site Specific Performance, 20.30 – 21.30
Tower is performed in the windows of the LCC tower building and watched from the street with binoculars. The audience will listen to a binaural recording of the performers’ movements, creating the sense of being in the same space with the performers while watching from afar. Responding to the architecture and shifting urban landscape of the city in the context of the regeneration, the performance will allow audiences a glimpse into everyday lives and intimate moments housed within the city’s towering architecture.

For Somewhere in Between, Tower will be presented as a live performance and re-presented as a video and sound installation, experimenting with the experience of the work across different formats. Bookings for the live performance are essential as capacity is extremely limited:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tower-tickets-33051376557

Lucy Thornett is an artist, scenographer and lecturer in Spatial Design at London College of Communication.

Luise Vormittag: [with Latin Elephant] Recorriendo Elephant / Walking the Elephant. Thurs 27. April 15:00 – 17:00 & Fri 28. April 16:30 – 18:30: Workshop, open to the public – all welcome.
Luise Vormittag will collaborate with ‘Latin Elephant’, the Latin American community organisation in Southwark, to design creative and critical responses to Southwark’s Planning Application Elephant and Castle Town Centre and LCC Campus at the E&C. The aim is to collectively produce visual maps that capture the current use of the shopping centre by the Latin American community and to use these outputs to engage local government representatives in debates on future urban imaginaries as well as the particular concerns of the Latin American community.

Luise Vormittag is an illustrator, designer and researcher. She lectures in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and is pursuing her practice-led PhD at the London College of Communication.

Eva Sajovic & Corinne Silva: Beating the Bounds [LCC Public Programme].
Thurs 27 April 17:00–18:00: Participatory walk, starts at LCC entrance, open to the public – all welcome.
Elephant & Castle doesn’t exist as a political ward, yet it exists in the imagination of people who live and work in the area. Artists Corinne Silva and Eva Sajovic invite students and members of the community to join them for a participatory walk, led by Lewis Bush and Matthew Coleman, who will show us their personal boundaries of the E&C. Beating the Bounds is an ancient English custom in which a priest and members of the community, armed with willow boughs, would beat the parish boundary markers, lest they be forgotten. This is one of several such walks organised by the artists over the past year. Material gathered will contribute to a final map containing narratives, photographs, and lines drawn by the feet of the walks’ numerous participants.

Eva Sajovic is an artist photographer, living and working in London, and teaching across UAL. Corinne Silva is is an artist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the London College of Communication.

Vanessa Price: Writerly ReadersFri 28. April 09.15 – 16.00:
Workshop with Oasis South Bank Academy, Lambeth.
Vanessa’s research project Writerly Readers discusses the role of graphic design in presenting and mediating the visual narratives of inner city regeneration and was first presented at the ‘Semiotics & Visual Communication: Culture of Seduction Conference’ in Cyprus in 2015. Vanessa’s paper Writerly Readers: Semiotics at the Elephant and Castle (2016) uses practical design workshops that have taken place at LCC over the last five years to question the role of graphic design in the consumption and display of the spectacle city. For the shopping centre residency Vanessa and LCC Outreach are hosting a workshop with school students from the Oasis South Bank Academy in Lambeth to explore word and image responses to the redevelopment at the Elephant & Castle.

Vanessa Price is graphic design researcher, educator and Lead Tutor in Postgraduate Studies on MA Graphic Media Design within the Design School at London College of Communication.

Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands.
Saturday 29. April 9:00 – 17:00
Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands is a conference organized by the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and the Space and Place Research Hub, LCC, University of the Arts, London.
http://borders.irf-network.org

The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by Alexander Vasudevan

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A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city
The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver. He looks at the organisation of alternative forms of housing—from Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiana to the squats of the Lower East Side—as well as the official response, including the recent criminalisation of squatting, the brutal eviction of squatters and their widespread vilification.

Pictured as a way to reimagine and reclaim the city, squatting offers an alternative to housing insecurity, oppressive property speculation and the negative effects of urban regeneration. We must, more than ever, reanimate and remake the urban environment as a site of radical social transformation.

Somewhere in Between: LCC Space and Place Research Hub Residency at Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

LCC Studio, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London SE1 6SB (entrance behind the elephant sculpture)

Over the course of four days in April, the Space and Place Research Hub will be in residence at the LCC studio at Elephant & Castle shopping centre. Through a series of events including workshops, talks, performances, walks and a conference, the researchers in the hub will engage the local community, academics, designers and artists with questions of place in the context of Elephant & Castle.

Programme:

Wednesday 26. April 2017

Nela Milic: Boothique 16.00 – 20.00

Miranda Iossifidis will open the first meeting of the Space and Place Research Hub Reading Group 16.00 – 18.00

The group will gather around the chapter from the book
“The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting” by Alexander Vasudevan. Email Miranda if you want to join: m.iossifidis@lcc.arts.ac.uk

Nela Milic will do a public reading of her chapter from the new book “Art and the City” 18.00 – 20.00 

Lucy Thornett: Tower 20.30 – 21.30

Thursday 27. April 2017

Luise Vormittag: Recorriendo el Elefante  15.00 – 17.00

Eva Sajovic and Corinne Silva: Beating the Bounds 17.00 – 18.00

Artists’ talks and private view 18.30 – 20.30

Lucy Thornett: Tower 20.30 – 21.30

Friday 28. April 2017

Vanessa Price: Writerly Readers 9.00 – 16.00

Luise Vormittag: Recorriendo el Elefante  16.30 – 18.30

Exhibition:  18.30 – 20.30 (timing tbc)

Lucy Thornett: Tower 20.30 – 21.30

Saturday 29. April 2017

Conference 9:00 – 17:00

Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands conference organized by the Interdisciplinary Research London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Foundation

http://borders.irf-network.org

Nela Milic: Boothique

Wed 26. April, 16:00 – 20:00

The threshold of public and private space over the course of Nela’s artists’ residency in the ground floor studio off Walworth Road in 2012 became a world opener to both sides – her at home and people on the street. Nela won Southwark Community Art Award in 2015 for this project. Nela aims to use the same method by interacting with the local residents for a public reading of her book chapter about the project at the LCC studio, offering passers-by the opportunity to engage with our hub activities and our own artistic work. Nela would record, exhibit and talk about this experience and research into the locality at the Q&A the hub would have at the end of our event activities.

Nela Milic is an artist and senior lecturer at LCC’s School of Design.

Lucy Thornett: Tower

Wed 26. April – Fri 28. April daily 20:30 – 21:30

Tower is a site specific performance, performed in the windows of the LCC tower building and watched from the street with binoculars. The audience will listen to a binaural recording of the performers’ movements, creating the sense of being in the same space with the performers while watching from afar. Responding to the architecture and shifting urban landscape of the city in the context of the regeneration, the performance will allow audiences a glimpse into everyday lives and intimate moments housed within the city’s towering architecture.

For Somewhere in Between, Tower will be presented as a live performance and re-presented as a video and sound installation, experimenting with the experience of the work across different formats.

Bookings for the live performance are essential as capacity is extremely limited:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tower-tickets-33051376557

Lucy Thornett is an artist, scenographer and lecturer in Spatial Design at London College of Communication.

Luise Vormittag: Recorriendo el elefante (Walking the Elephant)

Thurs 27. Apr 15:00 – 17:00 & Fri 28.Apr 16:30 – 18:30

Luise Vormittag will collaborate with ‘Latin Elephant’, the Latin American community organisation in Southwark, to design creative and critical responses to Southwark’s Planning Application Elephant and Castle Town Centre and LCC Campus at the EC. The aim is to collectively produce visual maps that capture the current use of the shopping centre by the Latin American community and to use these outputs to engage local government representatives in debates on future urban imaginaries as well as the particular concerns of the Latin American community.

Luise Vormittag is an illustrator, designer and researcher. She lectures in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and is pursuing her practice-led PhD at the London College of Communication.

Eva Sajovic and Corinne Silva: Beating the Bounds

Led by Lewis Bush and Matthew Coleman

Thursday 27.April 17:00–18:00

Elephant & Castle doesn’t exist as a political ward, yet it exists in the imagination of people who live and work in the area. Artists Corinne Silva and Eva Sajovic invite students and members of the community to join them for a participatory walk, led by Lewis Bush and Matthew Coleman, who will show us their personal boundaries of the Elephant & Castle.

Beating the Bounds is an ancient English custom in which a priest and members of the community, armed with willow boughs, would beat the parish boundary markers, lest they be forgotten.This is one of several such walks organised by the artists over the past year. Material gathered will contribute to a final map containing narratives, photographs, and lines drawn by the feet of the walks’ numerous participants.

Eva Sajovic is an artist photographer, living and working in London, and teaching across UAL. Corinne Silva is is an artist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the London College of Communication.

Vanessa Price: Writerly Readers

Friday 28.April 9:00-16:00

Vanessa Price and LCC Outreach are hosting a workshop with a local Lambeth school exploring responses of school students to the redevelopment at the Elephant and Castle. Participants from the English Department at the Oasis Academy in Lambeth will workshop words and images to question how written language works with images to create visual meaning.

Vanessa’s research project ‘Writerly Readers’ discusses the role of graphic design in presenting and mediating the visual narratives of inner city regeneration and was first presented at the ‘Semiotics & Visual Communication: Culture of Seduction Conference’ in Cyprus in October 2015. Vanessa’s paper ‘Writerly Readers: Semiotics at the Elephant and Castle’ (Feb 2016) questions the role of graphic design in the consumption and display of the ‘spectacle city’.

Vanessa Price is graphic design researcher and educator and Lead Tutor in Postgraduate Studies on MA Graphic Media Design within the Design School at London College of Communication.

Conference : Somewhere in Between: Borders and Borderlands

Convened by The Interdisciplinary Research Foundation

Saturday 29.April 9:00 – 17:00

For programme and registration click here.

In an ever changing world the problems of setting boundaries as well as the need to create meanings and establish understanding of diverse phenomena have always been of the utmost importance for humanity. Borders, boundaries, frontiers, and borderlands, naturally formed or man made, are grounded in various ethical traditions, and have always been associated with limits and restrictions. The ongoing process of globalisation is changing the role and stereotypes of borders, so that they are often seen as opportunities rather than constraints. However, in some cases they are still being militarized and conflicted.

The conference will seek to identify and analyse the processes of border-making and border permeability in contemporary societies through aesthetic forms. We seek to explore the historical origins of borders, their role in today’s global environment and define the notion of borders, which includes not only territorial, geographical, and political borders, but also cultural and metaphorical borders, imagined spaces where interests and ideologies overlap and compete.

The Interdisciplinary Research Foundation is a not-for-profit scholarly organisation which aims to promote interdisciplinary research and foster communication and cooperation between scholars from all over the world.

Architecture and Mental Health Conference, London – 19 May 2017

An interdisciplinary conference for architects, developers, clinicians and artists, showcasing design innovation in mental health care – produced by East London NHS Foundation Trust @ELFTArts in collaboration with Architects for Health and The Royal College of Psychiatrists Arts Special Interest Group.

The Wash House
25 Old Castle Street
Aldgate
London E1 7NT

Cost: £50-75

EVENT PROGRAMME:

Morning Session Chair: Professor Stefan Priebe FRCPsych, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development, Queen Mary University of London

9.30 – 10.00 REGISTRATION, TEA & COFFEE

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome: Dr Navina Evans CEO, Professor Frank Rohricht Associate Medical Director for Research & Innovation and Stephen Sandford Arts Therapies Lead

10.30 – 11.10 Analysis of therapeutic spaces for clients with severe conditions

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou, Registered Architect (ARB), Medical Planner, Marie Curie Fellow University College London

11.10 – 11.30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK

11.30 – 12.10 How Things shape the mind: A theory of material engagement

Dr Lambros Malafouris, Research and Teaching Fellow in Creativity, Cognition and Material Culture, Oxford University

12.10 – 12.50 Thinkbuild architecture – the Soteria Project, Berlin

Jason Danziger, Architect BDA and Dr Martin Voss, Consultant Psychiatrist

12.50 – 13.10 Panel Q&A

13.10 – 14.00 LUNCH (Provided)

Afternoon Session Chair: Marie Gabriel, Chair – East London NHS Foundation Trust Chair

14.00 – 14.10 Dr Thana Balamurali and Dr Peter MacRae Consultant Psychiatrists

RCPsych Arts Special Interest Group

14.10 – 14.40 How to design mental health facilities to encourage interaction between patients, staff and visitors?

Dr Nikolina Jovanovic, Psychiatrist & Architect, Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development, Queen Mary University of London

14.40 – 15.10 Architects for Health

15.10 – 15.30 TEA/COFFEE BREAK

15.30 – 16.15 Innovative Ideas Forum

Vitamin Green – Exploring the role of nature to improve health care

Bethany Summers, Co-Director and Green Care Project Manager, Women’s Environmental Network

The Vacuumcleaner – MadLove Asylum

16.15 – 16.30 Q&A

 

DOING ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH socio-political perspectives on theories, methodologies & praxis

26 JUNE 2017  Department of Architecture | University of Cambridge

This one day workshop that will explore and question what constitutes
architectural research, specifically research from socio-political perspectives.
We are particularly interested in how we, as researchers concerned with
architecture, overlap with and diverge from disciplines such as planning,
sociology, geography and anthropology, on questions of ethics, methods,
theories and praxis. The workshop is designed as a forum in which everyone
has an opportunity to speak, share their experiences and connect with others
conducting research with an architectural grounding.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Prof Wendy Pullan, Head of Department of Architecture and Director of Centre for Urban Conflicts Research, University of Cambridge

Dr Suzanne Hall, Director of LSE Cities Programme, Assistant Professor in Sociology, London School of Economics

Dr Ben Campkin, Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture

APPLY

For more details and to submit an expression of interest, visit: https://ucrworkshop.wixsite.com/ucrworkshop2017


Hanna Baumann
PhD Candidate | Department of Architecture | University of Cambridge
385 King’s College, Cambridge CB21ST, UK