Identity, Civic Pride and Civic Place

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

Venue: The Swan in the Rushes, 21 The Rushes

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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

Installation view They bow. Curtain. No applause., 2017, Spike Island, Bristol. Photo Stuart Whipps.jpg

February 2018

Artist Talk: Giles Round

February 2018

Artist Talk: Giles Round

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Giles Round is an artist operating across a variety of disciplines including architecture, ceramics, design, print and typography. He engages with materials, processes and collaborators to address the relationship between art, design and functionality. As such the work is populated with citation and misappropriation of an extensive catalogue of collated references. Round’s recent exhibition They bow. Curtain. No applause. at Spike Island in Bristol drew on his professional experience as an exhibition designer to theatricalise the standard systems of display employed by galleries and museums. 

This talk will focus on the making of three recent exhibitions through the roles of artist, curator and designer. 

Recent exhibitions include They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol, 2017 (solo); We live in the office, RIBA, London, 2016 (solo); Design Work Leisure, part of ‘Underline’ series, Art on the Underground, London; Ljubljana, 1955, 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Galerija Jakopič, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2015 (solo); AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY!, YOUNG TEAM, London, 2015 (solo); Commons Room, Grizedale Arts at Anyang Public Art Project Biennial, Anyang, South Korea, 2014.

Image: Installation view for They bow. Curtain. No applause., 2017, Spike Island, Bristol. Photo by Stuart Whipps.

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March 2018

Artist Talk: Kelly Large

March 2018

Artist Talk: Kelly Large

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Kelly Large’s multi-disciplinary practice engages with acts of public appearance and the agency attached to ‘being visible’; especially how different registers of visibility and public-ness are entangled with the social relations of art practice and its presentation. In both her artistic and curatorial practices she explores these ideas through producing and commissioning live work that uses forms of social choreography to reconsider the relationship between individual and collective agency. In her talk she will discuss the complexities of commissioning live and site specific works in public and private contexts.

Kelly currently works as an independent curator; and as a tutor on the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the Royal College of Art. Between 2013–2016 she was Curator: Public Programme at Zabludowicz Collection, where she produced performances by Helen Benigson, Martin Creed, Alexandre da Cunha, Andy Holden, Raúl de Nieves, Jack Tan and Katrina Palmer; and worked with Rachel Maclean, Heather Phillipson, Jon Rafman and Ryan Trecartin amongst others. Recent projects include Empathy Flows, an evening of spoken word exploring the promotion and consumption of emotion with newly commissioned work by artists and poets; and Fictions Are Realities To Come, a series of new performances intersecting real and virtual worlds.

Her work has been presented at Tate Modern, David Roberts Art Foundation, 52nd Venice Biennale, Eastside Projects, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, and MIMA.

Image: Raúl De Nieves, Los oceano son la carne, 2014. Photograph by Ollie Hammick

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March 2018

The Object is Alive Exhibition - Mike Cooter - The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

March 2018

The Object is Alive Exhibition - Mike Cooter - The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

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Radar has invited artist Mike Cooter to actively engage with New Walk Museum’s collection, taking inspiration from the work of Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor, whose work was concerned with the role and status of the object. The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe, will draw on Kantor’s Anti-Exhibition (1963) and Leicester-born naturalist Henry Walter Bates’ (1825 -92) research into a form of mimicry that would take his name. Working across holdings from fine art, natural history, industrial design, decorative arts and material cultures, the exhibition will look to explore how the objects in the collection both perform and reproduce themselves through their own agency and in symbiotic relationship with organisations that host them.

Kantor has been extensively researched by Dr Dan Watt, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Loughborough University. The exhibition is part of a wider programme, entitled ‘The Object is Alive’, that has invited artists to develop new exhibitions in response to the work of Kantor and their own interest in the agency of the object. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major symposium on the influence of Kantor taking place at Loughborough University on the 28th April 2018.

Image: Research photograph (with thanks to Michael Asher), Mike Cooter, 2017. Boiler heating the Abbey Pumping Station, home of Leicester City Council’s Industrial History Museum.

Evan Ifekoya, A Score, A Groove, a Phantom, Performance Whitstable Biennale 2016, photo by Bernard G Mills.jpg

April 2018

Music, Movement, Power: Blackness and Sonic Resistance

April 2018

Music, Movement, Power: Blackness and Sonic Resistance

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There are a myriad of forces at work that prevent, enable and force movement. Borders prevent freedom of movement between states. Police and private security regulate movement through social space. Social housing tenants are forcibly relocated as areas are gentrified. Such issues disproportionately affect black people. Yet being made to move is not always a negative phenomenon; and a number of black musicians and artists have explored the role that music can play in creating times and spaces of collective empowerment to subvert, resist and overcome these power structures.

With contributions from musicians, artists and academics, this event explores the relationships between blackness, music, and the (in)ability to move. What is the relationship between grime and social housing? What does it mean when songs can cross borders but people can’t? How might music work within, against, and beyond a world in which free movement is denied to so many?

With Evan Ifekoya, Xana, and James Esson.

Image: Evan Ifekoya, A Score, A Groove, a Phantom, Performance Whitstable Biennale 2016, photo by Bernard G Mills

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