Identity, Civic Pride and Civic Place

Wed 30 September, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Venue: The Swan in the Rushes, 21 The Rushes

FREE

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This seminar will discuss the possibilities design offers in developing an identity, structure and meaning for a place.  We have invited individuals whose practice is engaged with ideas around how design can creatively connect with communities to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces, developing a sense of pride and purpose. The speakers will be:

Robert Harland

Robert is Lecturer in Visual Communication (Graphic Design) at the School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University. He spent 15 years working as a graphic designer in London before entering academia, where his research focuses on the relationship between graphic design and urban design. He holds an undergraduate degree in Information Graphics and a PhD in Architecture (Social Sciences).

Robert's presentation will focus on way places function through urban graphic objects. This will emphasise what he calls the mesographic domain, where form and context are at their most affective.

Patrick Lacey, Åbäke

Åbäke is a collective of four graphic designers. Patrick Lacey is from the UK, Kajsa Stahl from Sweden, Benjamin Reichen and Maki Suzuki from France who decided to work together in the summer of 2000.Their physical work includes posters, CD and record designs, furniture, and installations in art galleries and public spaces. Much of their work concentrates on the social aspect of design and the strength that collaboration can bring to a project. Events often involve (in no particular order) film, dancing, eating and cooking and teaching. They are also singers, painters, photographers, members of bands, furniture designers, curators, fashion designers, DJs and teachers.

 In 2004 Åbäke started a collaboration with the association The Friends of Arnold Circus that develops the public space around Arnold Circus in east London. Patrick will talk about a recent history of Arnold Circus told through shirts and posters (2006–2014) 

Robert Sollis, Europa

Europa is a graphic design partnership formed in 2007 and based in London. It is run by Mia Frostner, who is Swedish, and Robert Sollis, who is English. The pair met in 2005 whilst studying at the Royal College of Art in London. For the past eight years Europa have been designing books, publications, signage and graphic identities for clients who are operating predominately in the public or cultural sector. These clients have included institutions such as Tate Modern, Royal College of Art, Architecture Foundation, Greater London Authority, Somerset House and Victoria & Albert Museum, artists such as Ryan Gander, Martin Beck and Alice Channer and architects such as DK-CM and We Made That.

Europa’s talk will be in two parts. First they will present a reading of Loughborough from the point of view of the graphic design tourist. Second they will discuss examples of their work which relate to identity and place.

Finn Williams, Common Office

Finn Williams is an architect-turned-planner based in London. He worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, General Public Agency, and Croydon Council’s Placemaking team before joining the Greater London Authority, where he is Regeneration Area Manager for North West London. Finn is the founder of NOVUS, a public sector planning thinktank, and Common Office, a platform for independent research on the built environment. He also teaches at the Royal College of Art, Bartlett School of Architecture and Central Saint Martins. He is currently developing a new social enterprise to embed talented young designers within public authorities.

Finn will talk about the image of Croydon, and the five years he spent there working with its people and places.

This is one of a number of workshops/seminars that are being organised as part of the current Market Town programme.  They are intended to further investigate the themes explored in the main commissions, and to further engage the local community in the debate about the future of Loughborough.

Image courtesy of Brian Negus via Flickr

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Materials Conversation 1: Richard Paul and Duncan Wooldridge

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Materials Conversation 1: Richard Paul and Duncan Wooldridge

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During late February and early March the photographer Richard Paul will be in residence in Loughborough University's Department of Materials, investigating what microscopic and high-speed ballistic images might reveal or uncover about our knowledge and understanding of the world beyond the limits of our immediate perception. Experimenting with 3D video and lenticular prints using scanning electron and optical microscopes, Paul seeks to reveal invisible moments of material transformation, in which toughened steel turns to liquid.

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March 2019

Materials Conversation 2: Phoebe Collings-James and Rebecca Bellantoni

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Materials Conversation 2: Phoebe Collings-James and Rebecca Bellantoni

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During March, the artist Phoebe Collings-James will be undertaking a residency in Loughborough University's Department of Materials, researching methods for achieving controlled material decay. Exploring violence, control and embodiment, she will enact a series of material experiments intended to disrupt boundaries between the subject and the object, reclaiming agency and resistance in the position of the objectified ‘other’.

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March 2019

Materials Conversations 3: Rachel Pimm and Daisy Hildyard

March 2019

Materials Conversations 3: Rachel Pimm and Daisy Hildyard

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During February and March the artist Rachel Pimm will be in residence at Loughborough University's Department of Materials. Working with biochemistry, living chemistry and biomimicry, Rachel Pimm’s project asks what makes something ‘alive’. Through a series of experiments with active chemicals, Pimm will examine instances of the organic simulating the inorganic and organic/inorganic hybrids as a means to consider the relationship between ‘life’ and its environment.

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This event is open to all. Tickets can be pre purchased or you can turn up at the event without needed to pre-book

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