Bulletin 2016

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    Next TrAIN Lecture

    The first TrAIN Open Lecture in 2017 will be by Dr Azadeh Fatehrad:

    Photography, Desire and Resistance in the Lives of Women, Following the 1979 Revolution in Iran

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    Monday 19 December, 2016

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    International Conferences on Design History and Studies (ICDHS)

    Dr Yuko Kikuchi has convened the 10th Anniversary International Conferences on Design History and Studies (ICDHS) in Taipei on 26-28 October.


    Reflecting her expertise in East Asian studies and transnational visual culture, the conference addressed the main theme ‘Making Contemporary Trans/national Design History’. Nearly 200 participants from 32 countries gathered to explore this theme of contemporary relevance.

    Three keynote speakers: Prof. Shu-mei Shih (UCLA and University of Hong Kong), Prof. Shigemi Inaga (The International Research Center for Japanese Studies – Nichibunken, Kyoto) and Prof. Wu Micha
    (President, Academia Historica), who are leading authorities in transnational theories, provided a pivotal impetus for the conference, captivating the audience with their proposition of transnational strategies from the perspectives of East Asia and inter-East Asia (YouTube videos for these three keynotes are available from https://www.facebook.com/ICDHS2016Taipei/).

    The conference also featured three round table discussions that presented the perspectives of historians, practitioners, and ICDHS executive members : RT1, Trans/national Design Histories and Practices in the 21st Century; RT2, Global to Regional: Connecting Asia and Taiwan to the World; and RT3, The ICDHS: achievement, legacy and future vision. Notably, RT1 was organised by Dr Kikuchi and Dr Sarah Teasley (RCA), chaired by Prof Toshio Watanabe from TrAIN, and featured contributions from leading historians and curators from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK that provided detailed explorations of the main theme of the conference.

    This centered on four specific questions on trans/national methodology, ownership and agencies of histories and design histories, and East Asian perspectives. The session created highly productive discussions which were also facilitated by the two keynote speakers, Professors Shih and Inaga, who performed the role of discussants.


    Proceedings: Wendy Siuyi Wong, Yuko Kikuchi and Tingyi S. Lin eds. Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History, Sau Paulo: Blucher. (ISSN: 2318-6968) are available digitally (http://www.proceedings.blucher.com.br/article-list/icdhs2016/list#articles) and further information on the conference is also available in Facebook:


    Symposium: ‘Field of Resistance or Space of Negotiation : Who dominates? 對抗場域抑或協商空間:誰殖了誰?’

    The symposium ‘Field of Resistance or Space of Negotiation : Who dominates? 對抗場域抑或協商空間:誰殖了誰?’was organised by the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan on 31 October as part of a joint initiative between leading Taiwanese artist, Wu Mali, and Dr Yuko Kikuchi. (http://interart.nknu.edu.tw/?p=772) Dr Kikuchi was invited to present a keynote address: ‘“Craft” as Resistance and as a Means of Negotiating Histories’ and her PhD students at TrAIN Hiroki Yamamoto and Stephanie Wai Ting Cheung were also invited to present papers on their art practice and curation, ‘Negotiating with Post-colonial ‘Ghosts’: Contemporary Art after Colonialism’ and ‘Participatory Art in Contemporary Chinese Contexts – Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong’ respectively. Throughout the day, common issues specific to postcolonial conditions of East Asia and contemporary political situations repeatedly came up, irrespective of the media in which artists work and the different fields of interest of historians and theorists. The symposium confirmed how productive the outcomes of inter-Asian interdisciplinary collaboration can be.

    Monday 12 December, 2016

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    Next TrAIN Lecture

    The next TrAIN Open Lecture is by Dr Djurdja Bartlett, a new member of TrAIN Research Centre.

    14 December 6-8PM
    Chelsea College of Art

    Dr Djurdja Bartlett – The Ethnic, The Cosmopolitan, The Modernist: Russian and Parisian Fashions in the Early Twentieth-Century

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    Monday 28 November, 2016

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    Save the Date!

    TrAIN Open Lecture:

    23 November 6-8PM at Chelsea College of Art

    Professor Robert Storr: Cosmopolitan Consciousness in an Increasingly Tribalised World: Making Art and Exhibitions after Brexit and in Spite of Trump, Le Pen, Putin and…

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    Tuesday 18 October, 2016

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    Next TrAIN Lecture

    Professor Martin Evans: Paris, London, Global Cultures: A Tale of Two Post-Colonial Cities since 1962

    Chaired by Professor Carol Tulloch.

    Paris, London, Global Cultures: A Tale of Two Post-Colonial Cities since 1962
    This talk will be divided into two parts. The first part will consider the French National Immigration Museum in Paris which was opened in 2007. The Museum is housed in the art deco pavilion from the 1931 Colonial Exhibition and the talk will explore the tensions that arise from this fact, in particular that of presenting the history of migration to France within a building that cannot be separated from France’s colonial past. It will also examine how and why the Museum has solicited hostility not just form the right but also a left that see the Museum as too dangerously Anglo-Saxon in the way it talks about migrant communities. The second part will outline an Exhibition (Paris-London – Two Global Cities) that I am curating for the Museum in October 2018 that will consider how Paris and London have been transformed by global migration since the end of empire. In considering music, literature, poetry, theatre, painting photography and film the Exhibition I will explore how the Exhibition is opening up new comparative research conversations between the two cities.

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    Tuesday 04 October, 2016

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    Performing Romani identities: Strategy and Critique (PRISaC): TITLE

    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.


    Monday 11 July, 2016

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    Next TrAIN Event

    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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    Monday 20 June, 2016

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    Next TrAIN Lecture

    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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    Thursday 19 May, 2016

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    Next TrAIN Lecture

    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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    Tuesday 10 May, 2016

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    Next TrAIN Lecture

    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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    Wednesday 13 April, 2016

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