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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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TITLE A short film constructed by Charles Newland and the Kakka Collective of The Romani Triangle Walking Tour, London 25th June 2015, from original footage by Pratap Rughani (Director) Max Thurlow (Camera) Gareth Johnson (sound).
The Romani Triangle Walking Tour was part of the AHRC funded network Performing Romani Identities as Strategy and Critique (PRISaC ) led by TRAiN member Professor Jane Collins and TRAiN Associate Professor Ethel Brooks of Rutgers University, USA.
TrAIN Research Student Forum Special Event: Prof Keiko Takeda (University of Tokyo): Dumb Type – Dialogues on Identity: “Coming Out” in the Performance Art Piece S/N (1994) Edit Entry Delete Entry
This lecture is curated by TrAIN PhD Student, Hiroki Yamamoto.
Dumb Type, founded in Kyoto in 1987, is one of the most internationally recognised Japanese performance art collectives. While Dumb Type is well known for their stylish and highly aesthetic work, this talk focuses instead on the politics of their artwork, particularly in the performance piece S/N. S/N is part of the larger S/N project, a multimedia presentation that includes a CD, a seminar show, and installations. Characterised by hybridity and decentralization, the performance’s elements are juxtaposed on stage, including texts, moving bodies, synthesized music, lighting, performers’ dialogue, and the projection of moving images.
S/N was created after the group’s leader Teiji Furuhashi (1960–1995) informed his close friends about his HIV-positive status in October 1992. The piece premiered in 1994 at the Adelaide Festival in Australia. Much attention has been paid to this performance piece and some critics have noted an element of political orientation or social criticism in S/N.
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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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I was born in Singapore and grew up in Europe and the UK, studying History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex. My doctoral subject formed the basis for work on the 1992 Hayward exhibition The Art of Ancient Mexico.
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