CREATE/feminisms: A Symposium, 22 July 2014

What is the position of feminism in the Art & Design school today? What is current feminist thinking and how does it contribute to, challenge and expand the teaching, research and institutional environment of art schools? There is a much-noted ‘resurgence’ of feminism but (how) is that becoming visible and active amongst students and staff?

These are some of the questions to be explored in this one-day event, organised by the CREATE/feminisms research cluster of the School of Art and Design, Middlesex University. Rather than formal presentations, the symposium will consist of a series of themed workshops to maximise audience participation and encourage discussion.

Workshops are led by:
Sonia Boyce / Anne Burke / Katy Deepwell / Emma Dick & Maeve O’Loughlin / Catherine Dormor / Rebecca Fortnum / Alexandra Kokoli / Lorraine Leeson / susan pui san lok & Juliette Kristensen / Neelam Raina / Hilary Robinson / Amanda Sleet / Suzanne van Rossenberg & Elina Suoyrjö

The symposium will close with a screening of “Lives of artists, not wives of artists” (1984), by Sue Aron, Monika Moravietz & Rowena Rowling, which will be introduced by Felicity Allen, one of the five artists participating in the film.

Attendance is free, with lunch and light refreshments provided, but booking is essential.

This event will be taking place on Tuesday 22 July 2014, 9.30am-9.00pm, in G230, School of Art & Design, The Grove, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT. Directions and campus map.

‘Writing Without Bodies’ at Making Letters Making Meaning Workshop

Last week was a week for technical gremlins. As part of this pattern, some of the images ‘disappeared’ from my presentation ‘Writing Without Bodies: Telegrams from My Grandfather and Other Notes’, which I gave at the Making Letters Making Meaning Workshop at the Institute for Historical Research on Friday 27 June. That my paper incorporated themes of death, loss and resurrection, the irony of these missing images was not lost on me.

As a redress to this hitch, and to share the paper with my family in Norway, here is the full slide presentation.

Paperweight Radio: Series Two Preview

Series two of Paperweight Radio: Explorations in Visual and Material Culture begins on Resonance 104.4FM on Thursday 19 June, 3.30pm running for seven weeks. As a preview to what is to come, here are some confirmed guest and show details:

  • The first show Collections features Goldsmiths’ curator Jenny Doussan talking about its Textile Collection, Leonie Hannan and Kate Smith on the UCL 100 Hours Project, artist/curator Jane Wildgoose on the Wildgoose Memorial Library and the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture’s curator Zoe Hendon on the Designing Inspiration project run in conjunction with Chelsea College of Art.
  • Domesticating the Modernist Body will feature design historian Jessica Kelly and designer Julijonas Urbonas; it will be broadcast on Thursday 3 July.
  • Mixed Media, to be broadcast on Thursday 10 July, will include Paperweight Editor-at-Large Matt Lodder speaking about Art on Film, Liz Haines on Colonial Cartography, Maria Macken on Book/Architecture and Judy Spark on Communication Technology in Art Practice.
  • The show Art School will be broadcast on Thursday 17 July, and feature Beth Williamson, Emily LaBarge, John Beck and Matthew Cornford discussing the past, present and future of art schools.
  • Other themes include Plastic and Animal, guests for which I am currently confirming.

More to come ….


Potent Things at CRASSH, 4 June 2014

Last week, Liz Haines, Mat Paskins and I presented ‘findings-to-date’ papers on the 100 Hours project to the Things: Material Culture 1500-1900 Seminar at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge.

Although we have been working together for over a year, this was the first opportunity to hear the products of our material engagements. Listening to Liz and Mat, I found the most interesting ‘results’ of this project to be those moments where we divert from one another, where our positions, arguments resist one another. And yet, underneath these diversions, there is a growing sense of some kind of poetics having been at work — listening to Mat reading some of his 100 one-hundred word response certainly underscored this element of the project for me.

Our three papers were recorded and can be heard via the Things Seminar section on iTunesU.

Finally, many many thanks to Lesley Stenitz and Michelle Wallis, for being such warm and engaging hosts.

Paperweight Radio: Invitation for Statements of Interest

A second series of Paperweight Radio: Explorations in Visual and Material Culture has been commissioned by Resonance FM, the Arts Council-funded radio station based in London.

The shows, which look to showcase recent and contemporary work in the fields of visual and material culture (broadly understood) to a generalist audience, will be broadcast in June and July and I am opening up an invitation to those who are interested in being a guest.

Each show is themed; the first series included the themes Screen, Ghosts, Maker Culture, Paper, Light, Mother/Daughter and The Ecological.

For the second series, I am developing the following themes:

  • Animal
  • Gravity/Space
  • Domesticating the Modernist Body
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media

If your work could be broadly understood under one of these headers, and you are interested in being a guest, do please send a statement of interest to

As you can understand, the lead times are very short and although I am still waiting final confirmation of exact broadcast dates and times from the station’s scheduling department, do please send your statements sooner rather than later.

As a further note, if you are interested in appearing on the show, and your work does not fall under one of these themes, I am still interested in hearing from you.

For information, the shows are broadcast live from Resonance’s studios on Borough High Street, London, SE1. However, we do have various pre-recording options for both domestic and international guests with schedules and/or geographic locations that mean they can not be present for the live show. Each interview lasts circa. 15 minutes, and guests are invited to choose a piece of music related to their research to be played at the end of their slot.