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Afterlives of Monuments
South Asia is famous for its monuments, past and present. This research project has been developed through a series of international conferences and seminars, culminating in the publication of a special issue on The Afterlives of Monuments in South Asian Studies, published by Taylor and Francis as volume 29 issue 1, spring 2013. It builds on an international conference (CSM, London, 2010) funded by the British Acad...
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The Birth of Cool
The Birth of Cool considers the individual and group stylepractices in different parts of the African as prisms of cultural and social commentary. Based on case studies of either complete looks or a single garment, with a daterange from the late 19th century to the 21st century, thebook considers expanded notions of place, heritage and auto/biography.
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Translating and Writing Modern Design Histories in East Asia for the Global World
This project aims to develop a network of native design historians in East Asia (Japan, Korea, PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan) led by the core members Yuko Kikuchi (PI at CCW), Wessie Ling (COI at LCF) and Yunah Lee (University of Brighton). The central concern is the re-examination of East Asian design histories from their local perspectives...
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Russel Wright and Asia: Inter-Asia Modernities and Transnational Design History During the Cold War
Dr Yuko Kikuchi has been awarded the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for two years for her project work. She will investigate the influential American designer Russel Wright (1904-76) and his less well-known design projects in Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong) during the 1950s-60s at the time of the Cold War.
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Research on the Art of Maud Sulter
Deborah Cherry has won a Grants for Arts award from Arts Council England for the research and development of an exhibition of the work of Maud Sulter.
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UK-Japan lecture series ‘Tokyo Futures, 1868-2020’
From the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan, like the rest of the world, was shaken by the transformations that followed its encounter with industry and empire. The country entered a new era, named after the Meiji emperor, and embarked on an ambitious programme of modernization, centred on Tokyo, its new capital.
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Black Artists and Modernism (BAM)
Black Artists and Modernism (BAM), is a three-year research project led by University of the Arts London (UAL) in partnership with Middlesex University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). BAM will investigate the artworks of Black-British artists and the works’ relationship to modernism. The term ‘Black-British’ t...
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The next TrAIN Open Lecture:
Alex Farquharson, Director of Tate Britain, will present on approaches to curating that cross knowledges, geographies, histories and identities from the vantage point of contemporary art.
Contemporary art is here understood as a privileged, performative site for transdisciplinary enquiry. He will illustrate his presentation with references to exhibitions he curated and co-curated at Nottingham Contemporary (where he was Director until 2015), on ideas such as the imaginary of the ocean deep; the art, religion and political history of Haiti; the figure of Jean Genet; and art and ecology in the Americas; as well as exhibitions curated at the institution by artists themselves, including Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Mark Leckey and Glenn Ligon.
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Professor Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Lalakenis: First Nations Art? Dangerous Assembly?
Awalakenis, a journey across Canada by members of the Kwakwaka’wakw and Haida nations, was the latest attempt to shame and un-mask the role of the government in controlling the lives and constraining the cultures of First Nations people in Canada. Lalakenis, an exhibition un the Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, assembled the masks and copper shields carried on the journey with gifts received along the way, including belongings associated with diverse cosmologies. What are the hazards, definitional and other, in assembling powerful possessions, masks, rattles, medicine bundles – the traces, material and immaterial, of distinct cultural practices – and making claims for doing so that blur the line between performance art and cultural performance?
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Professor Stephen Farthing – Plains Indian Drawing: A Sense of Place and Space chaired by Pratap Rughani
Please not this lecture is at London College of Communication, not Chelsea College of Arts.
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Warm congratulations to Professor Ethel Brooks, Tate/Train Visiting Fellow and UAL Fullbright Visiting Distinguished Chair, on being appointed to the prestigious United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Prof Brooks works with TrAIN’s Professor Jane Collins on the TrAIN Project Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique.
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All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor (‘Exquisite Cacphony’ video, 2015 in the Arsenale; ‘Exquisite Cacophony’ live performances in the Giardini)
S/N: Signal to Noise, Whitney Museum of Modern Art/The Kitchen, New York (‘Oh Adelaide’ video, 2010)
Liberties: 40 Years Since the Sex Discrimination Act, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (The Devotional Wallpaper, since 2008)
Music for Museums: a season of events, films and audio interventions, Whitechapel Gallery, London (‘Oh Adelaide’ video, 2010)
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London with A Palazzo Gallery
Sonia Boyce, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia (‘Oh Adelaide’ video, 2010, plus a series of drawings, 2002)
La Villa Arson, Nice residency from October 2015-January 2016. Residency exhibition opens 30 January 2016. A monograph, to be edited by Sophie Orlando will be published by Sternberg Press in 2016.
A successful Arts Council application means that the project will continue in the UK at the ICA London, Eastside Projects in Birmingham and Tyneside Cinema Gallery in Newcastle, culminating in an exhibition at MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen in 2017.
Public Talks and Conferences
Professor Boyce chaired an ‘in-conversation’ with Lynne Segal and Griselda Pollock for the ‘Radical Thinkers: the art, sex and politics of feminism’ event at Tate Modern in February 2015.
‘Rewind Sankofa: Dreaming Rivers’ film (1988), directed by Martina Attille, screening at Tate Britain co-ordinated by Zoe Whitely, took place on 2 November 2015. An ‘in-conversation’ took place after the screening between myself and Amna Malik.
Professor Boyce spoke at the ‘Community Arts? Learning from the Legacy of Artists’ Initiatives’ conference organised by the Liverpool Biennial, 1 November 2015
Professor Boyce will be speaking at ‘Now You Can Go: Rescue Missions – Women’s Art Recovered’, co-ordinated by Helena Reckitt, at the ICA London on Wednesday 9 December, as part of Now You Can Go, a programme considering feminist thinking, art and activism taking place across several London venues in December 2015.
‘The Ghost Begins by Coming Back. Revenants And Returns 29 In Maud Sulter’s Photomontages’ in Revival: Memories, Identities, Utopias, Edited by Ayla Lepine, Matt Lodder, and Rosalind McKever. Published by Courtauld Books online, © 2015, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. ISBN: 978-1-907485-04-6. The book and chapters are available for free download.
Professor Jane Collins and Professor Ethel Brooks of Rutgers University (TrAIN Associate) have just completed a chapter, Scenography Matters: Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique, for the forthcoming Bloomsbury publication: Expanding Scenography. Professor Collins and Professor Brooks employ scenography as a critical frame-work and practice to analyse the visual, spatial and material politics of site based performance amongst Romani Communities in Europe and the UK drawing on the findings of their recently funded AHRC research network.
After a successful launch at the Prague Quadrennial this new international journal edited by Professor Collins and Professor Arnold Aronson of Columbia University will be publishing issues 3 and 4 online in November/ December with the hard copy to follow in January.
Professor Paul Goodwin recently curated two exhibitions as part of his Ghosts curatorial research project that explores the relationship of technology and subjectivity in an age of migration through the lens of contemporary art practice: ‘Ghosts’ at Hangar Centre for Art and Research in Lisbon Portugal (22 Oct – 27 Nov, 2015) featured artists Alia Syed, Chila Kumari Burman, Keith Piper, John Akomfrah, Leo Asemota, The Otolith Group, Lawrence Abu Hamden, Larry Achiampong & David Blandy and Roshini Kempadoo, (http://www.hangar.com.pt/ghosts/?lang=en) ; while Keith Piper (Robot Bodies 2003-2015) & Roshini Kempadoo (About Face, 2015) were exhibited at the Lethaby Gallery at Central St Martins from 27 Nov – 11 Dec with accompanying artist masterclasses for UAL students and staff (http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/whats-on-at-csm/lethaby-gallery/upcoming-ghosts-keith-piper—roshini-kempadoo/).
Professor Goodwin delivered a workshop for Masters students on Migrating Modernities at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais (University of Art & Design, Valais) in Sierre, Switzerland in October and chaired the Curating in Transnational Contexts in London Panel at the Artist and Empire Conference: New Dynamics at Tate Britain, 26 November 2015. This conference accompanied Artist & Empire exhibition at Tate Britain.
Dr Lucy Steeds recently contributed an essay to Art Critique Taiwan (published by Tainan National University of the Arts): ‘Contemporary Art, Curating and Exhibition Histories’, ACT, October 2015 (special issue on ‘Curatorship’, ed. Lu Pei-Yi and Chiang Po-Shin)
Dr Steeds has just started a year-long research post in Digital Exhibition Histories, with a focus on ’The Other Story’ (The Hayward Gallery and touring, 1989–90). Funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, this project is being developed through Afterall at Central Saint Martins. Dr Steeds will discuss the initial phase of research at ‘The Work Between Us: Black British Artists and Exhibition Histories’ at The Bluecoat in Liverpool, 20 January 2016.
Professor Carol Tulloch co-curated the exhibition Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism with Mark Sealy MBE, Director of Autograph ABP, which opened on 2nd October at Autograph, Rivington Place, London. The exhibition closes 5th December.
Professor Carol Tulloch has been working on the display ‘The Flat Cloth Cap’ as part of Cabinet Stories project organised by Alison Moloney of LCF. The Cabinet Stories will tour to Holloway Prison, Barnardos and Chrisp Street Market from January 2016.
Professor Carol Tulloch has co-edited the book Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism with Mark Sealy MBE, Director of Autograph ABP, which was launched on 1st October 2016. The book includes an essay by Professor Paul Gilroy and an interview by the psychoanalyst Adam Philips of the photograph Syd Shelton.
Carol Tulloch’s monograph the Birth of Cool Style Narratives of the African Diaspora, which will be published by Bloomsbury, went to press on 5th November. The book will be published in early March 2016.
Routledge have accepted the book proposal The Persistence of Taste: Art, Museums and Everyday Life After Bourdieu which is to be co-edited by Malcolm Quinn, Dave Beech, Michael Lehnert, Carol Tulloch and Stephen Wilson. Carol will edit the section ‘Taste, the Home and Everyday Life’ which includes the TrAIN member Sonia Boyce.
Professor Carol Tulloch has been invited to be part of the University of Miami/Small Axe project The Jamaican 1960s which will be the subject of a special issue of the Journal Small Axe. She presented the paper ‘Worried Over You’: Identities, Style Narratives and Jamaican Album Sleeves at The Jamaican 1960s: A Symposium, at the University of Miami 29-30 November 2015.
Professor Carol Tulloch was invited to contribute to the Curating Conversations: Professional Development Programme organised by the Inspire Legacy Team and Autograph ABP, on London 12 October. She talked about her curatorial practice, with a focus on the exhibitions A Riot of our Own and Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism (2008-2015).
Carol Tulloch was a panellist on ‘Culture Has the Power!’: Counterculture as a Constructive Force in the UK and Finland’, 13 November, at Autograph, Rivington Place, organised by The Finish Institute in London. The institute was inspired to have this event with speakers from Britain and Finland due to an article in The Observer about the book Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism.
Dr Yuko Kikuchi, in her capacity as Terra Foundation Senior Fellow (2015-16), presented a paper ‘Cold War transnational design: Russel Wright and “Asian Modern”’ for ‘Shifting Terrain: Mapping a Transnational American Art History’, a key bi-annual symposium, organised by the Terra Foundation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington DC, on 16-17 October. This series is framed within the main theme “On American Art in a Global Context”, and this year’s symposium focuses on the direction of new scholarship that deals with the transnational aspects of this particular disciplinary field.
The recurring question and challenges presented focused on what is ‘American Art’ and who has ownership where the question of ‘race’ and associated tensions lie at the core. Yuko’s paper also addressed this issue through the discussion of racialization of modern design in the transnational space of transactions created by Cold War in Asia. In the Graduate Students’ short presentation session, Lucy Steeds’ M Res student Ellie Armon Azoulay from CSM also presented a paper on Edith Gregor Halpert and her Downtown Gallery in New York, exploring transnational art connections at the emergence of modern art in the USA.
The webcast of this symposium is available on http://www.americanart.si.edu/research/symposia/2015/terra/
I was born and educated in the UK, but for long as I can remember I have been fascinated by East Asia. I trained as a fashion designer at Epsom School of Art and Design, now part of the University for the Creative Arts, where I specialised in knitwear design.
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