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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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Professor Toshio Watanabe’s Retirement from the Directorship of TrAIN and the Appointment of TrAIN’s new Director, Professor Paul Goodwin
As an art historian interested in exploring how art of different places and cultures intermingle and affect each other, he has been an influential colleague at Chelsea since 1986, initially as the Head of Art history and later as Director of Research. After a long and distinguished career as an educator and researcher he will now be concentrating more on his own research and international commitments.
As Director of TrAIN, he has been instrumental in developing the centre into an internationally recognised platform for research into transnational art and design. All who have worked alongside Toshio, and the many staff and students he has helped and supported, will join me in wishing him well for the future. We are therefore, delighted to announce that Toshio will be returning to the University as a 0.2 Research Professor attached to TrAIN.
In related news, I am also very happy to announce that as of 1 September, the directorship of the TrAIN Research Centre has passed to Professor Paul Goodwin. Paul is already known to many of us in his role as Chair of Black Art & Design and has been an energetic member of TrAIN since joining UAL.
Paul’s multidisciplinary research and curatorial practice revolves around exploring the creative potential of both cities and exhibitions as sites of aesthetic, socio-cultural and political intervention. Within the urban field this has been framed around understanding how the black and migrant presence in cities have shaped and in turn, been shaped by formations of urban aesthetic and socio-cultural modernity. Within the field of contemporary art he has focused on the dynamics of how processes of migration, globalisation and transnationalism are yielding new forms of innovative artistic and curatorial practices in both a European and broader international context.
- Professor Oriana Baddeley
Did you miss the TrAIN Open Lecture by Bojana Piškur ‘Museum of the Workers’? You can watch it now on: https://youtu.be/XEd1rL7rhh4
Yuko Kikuchi awarded a Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)
A huge congratulations to Yuko Kikuchi who has been awarded a Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). During this residential fellowship period from 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016 in Washington DC, Yuko will work on the project, ‘Russel Wright and Asia – Studies on the American design aid and transnational design history during the Cold War’. This is an investigation of the work of American designer Russel Wright (1904-76) and the US State Department’s International Cooperation Administration (ICA), which sponsored design intervention in East and Southeast Asia during the 1950s-60s. Wright and his team of designers and business managers were commissioned to take on regional projects in Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong with the aim of restyling and redesigning indigenous local handicrafts for the American export market. Funded by National University of Singapore, the Rockefeller Archive Center, the British Academy/Leverhulme and ASEASUK-ECAF, Yuko has already conducted regional archival and field research in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Hong Kong at various times over the last seven years. Therefore, this fellowship will provide Yuko with an opportunity to finalise her research with US sources as well as time to focus on writing a first draft for her monograph. This project will bring out the largely unknown design activities of Russel Wright after 1950, while offering an Asian perspective on the emerging field of the Cold War design history. Informed by recent postcolonial cultural studies, it will also enhance our understanding of the interdependence of American and Asian design development during the Cold War period, by introducing a new trans/national framework for design history studies.
TrAIN would like to congratulate Hiroki Yamamoto who has been awarded the subsidy for young artists by the Pola Foundation.
Prof Jane Collins will be contributing to the Performance Matters Symposium at Rutgers British Studies Center
Prof Jane Collins will be contributing to the Performance Matters Symposium at Rutgers British Studies Center.
Thursday 6th November 2014, 10am – 5pm, with reception to follow.
Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick NJ, US, 08901
Performance Matters: Strategy, Critique and the Politics of Romani Representation in the UK and Beyond
What are the political meanings, promises and foreclosures of Romani representation in Europe and the Americas and their relation to Romani-focused performance practice by Roma and non-Roma alike? What is the relation between performance, Romani identity and circuits of representation? This workshop-symposium will explore the effectiveness and possibility of performance as a means of political critique, commentary and allegiance, in order to examine its promise for rethinking politics in the current moment.
What can Romani performance practice draw from the interventions of artists working in other marginalized communities? What, in turn, can other communities learn from the performance work being done by Roma in the UK, across Europe and beyond? How is performance, Roma and non- Roma engaging available technologies to maximize effect? Over the course of a day-long symposium, marked by performance provocations, we will consider the openings for and potential of exchange, collaboration and critique across and among communities that are often see as separate, yet share parallel histories of oppression, exploitation and marginalization. Beginning with a common understanding that performance matters, this day long event will invite scholars and artists working in multiple sites of performance practice and coming from communities of color, queer and feminist communities,to discuss performance and political activism from a variety of perspectives. By sharing best practice, political critique and experience among performance activists, the seminar looks at the current claim-staking practices of performance, its critical stance and its multiple forms; we hope that this workshop-symposium will produce new possibilities in performance and politics alike.
Ethel Brooks (Rutgers University)
Fatimah Asghar (Poet & Performer)
DanieL Baker (Artist)
Jane Collins (University of the Arts, UK)
Aimee Cox (Fordham University)
Petra Gelbart (New York University)
May Joseph (Pratt Institute)
DeLaine Le Bas (Artist)
Siv Lie (New York University)
Snezana Otasevic (Rutgers University)
TrAIN Management Board Member
Professor Chris Wainwright is the Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges. He is also Past President of The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), an organisation representing over 350 European Higher Arts Institutions.
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