Seminar - The Civic University

Tue 20 September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Upstairs at the Swan in the Rushes Pub 21 The Rushes, Loughborough LE11 5BE

FREE

Overview:

Historically a civic university was the term given to a university devised to tend to a particular civic need - an institution created for the development of teaching and learning of a (predominately industrial) discourse. However a more contemporary understanding of this term is to think about the increasing ‘need’ for universities’ to actively engage with their locality; to be successful and resilient.

What is the role of the university in supporting the town it inhabits?  Has it got a duty to engage with the wider society in which it inhabits?  Are there innovative ways in which a university can improve the economy of the town?

These are all questions to be discussed at our forthcoming seminar involving artists and academics whose work has involved them in examining the role of the higher education and its link to the local economy. 

Join us for the last in our current series of public seminars; this informal evening event is designed to explore the concept of a ‘civic university’ through a series of presentations by leading practitioners.

Speakers:

Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth, Design Collective - Something & Son

As part of their Market Town commission design collective Something & Son have explored the relationship between the civic and the university in their project Market Lectures, where Loughborough’s town market and University traded places.
Their commission has resulted in a specially designed structure that functions both as a market stall and lecture theatre. The structure became the centre piece for a series of public events - a University Market where the town’s market traded on campus for one day, and a series of Market Lectures where students and academics traded places and hosted a series of public academic sessions in the town’s market place. For more information about Something & Son: http://somethingandson.com/
 
Dr Clare Melhuish, Senior Research Associate & Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory

Since her appointment in 2013 Clare has initiated research University-led Regeneration, a set of comparative case studies, featuring a range of cross-disciplinary urban research methods, designed to inform the development of UCL's own spatial development project in east London and discussions about the university's own role within inclusive urban development in London. This research has made a significant contribution to the university's cross-disciplinary scholarship on urban regeneration, and public and academic debates more widely.

This initial set of five case studies from the research project, which analyse the processes and impacts of urban regeneration initiatives led by universities in the UK and US, was originally published in September 2015, and forms the basis for an ongoing process of dissemination and research development based in the UCL Urban Laboratory. They are open access - freely available to download and share online - so that they can inform a wider discussion about the role of universities in urban change – available here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/news/university-regeneration-case-studies

Professor Darren Smith

As a Social Population Geographer, Darren is fascinated by the ways in which places and neighbourhoods are transformed by contemporary processes of migration and population change, and how new social relations and conflicts are created.   Examining these connections, his research is focussed on social and population change in a range of urban, rural, and coastal places to advance theoretical, conceptual and empirical understandings of the formation of more exclusive, segregated, marginalised, and transient societies. 

Since the late 1990s, Darren’s research has investigated the links between higher education, student populations, and urban change, coining the term ‘studentification’, to conceptualise these processes of change within university towns and cities.  For more information: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/geography/staff/academic/smith-d.html

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-civic-university-tickets-25739017093

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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