‘Speaking for The Technical Body’, Knowing, Doing, Living, Telling: Oral Histories of
Scientific Practice as Document, Narrative and Testimony Roundtable, Oral Histories of
Science, Technology and Medicine: The Oral History Society Annual Conference, Royal
Holloway University of London, Surrey, UK. 10 July 2015. [Invited Speaker]
‘Design History: Professional Practice – A Manifesto’, History of Design Professional Practice Workshop, Royal College of Art, London, UK. 6 May 2015.
‘Speaking/Writing/Research’, Critical Waves, London Consortium/Birbeck College of Arts, London, UK. 20 April 2015.
‘Notes on Just Making the Damn Work’, Publishing in Art and Design, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London, London, UK. 24 March 2015.
‘Orality and Literacy in the Digital Age’, Radio Now Symposium: Radio Art, Radio Feature, Radio Research. London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, London, UK. 11 March 2015.
‘Working in the Margins: Guerilla Approaches to Scholarship’, Sounds of Design History: A Design History Society Workshop, The Gallery, Cowcross Street, London, UK. 19 September 2014.
‘Art Vapours – Ways of Seeing, Hearing and Speaking Again’, Thinking with John Berger Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK. 4-5 September 2014.
‘Writing Without Bodies: Telegrams Making Their Way Home’, Making Letters Making Meaning Workshop, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK. 27 June 2014.
‘The Object … and … and … and ….’, The 100 Hours Forum, University College London, UK. 20 June 2014.
‘On Handling Objects; or What do objects want?’, Things: Material Culture 1500-1900 Seminar, CRASSH, University of Cambridge. 4 June 2014.
‘Copying Bodies (Sometimes Writing): Eighteenth-Century Automata and their Accomplishments’, Writing Materials: Women of Letters from Enlightenment to Modernity, V&A Museum, London, UK. 30 November 2012.
‘Dodgson-Carroll/Conan Doyle-Holmes: Enchantment, Rationality and the Technological in the Late-Nineteenth Century’, Art History in the Pub, Camden Crawl Festival, London, UK. 6 May 2012.
‘How to find intellectual space in the digital age’, An International Association for Visual Culture? Colloquium, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown MA, USA. 1-2 April 2011.
‘Talking Boards, Writing Machines: Ouija boards, index typewriters and the ventriloquism of agency in the fin de siècle’, Type Writing. School of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, UK. 16 March 2011.
‘A Crafty Woman’s Touch: A Phenomenology of Embroidery, Piano Playing and Typing’, Material. Culture. Now: Sixth Annual Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars. Winterthur Museum and University of Delaware, USA. 12 April 2009.
‘Typing Bodies: Anthropometry and the Typewriter’, The Past in the Present: History as Practice in Art, Design and Architecture. The Glasgow School of Art, UK. 26–29 October 2007.
‘Feminine Fingers: Women’s Labour with the Needle, at the Piano and on the Typewriter Keyboard’, Design/Body/Sense: The 2007 Design History Society Conference. Kingston University London, UK. 5–7 September 2007.
‘How the posthuman emerges within the design of technology,’ Forensic Futures: Interrogating the Posthuman Subject. Birkbeck, University of London, UK. 16–18 March 2006.
Modulations: Broadcasting Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
In partnership with the London-based arts station Resonance 104.4FM, and as part of The Arts & Culture Unit, I run the Modulations initiative, producing academic researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences to communicate their work through the creative and innovative use of radio.
The first series was broadcast in June and July 2015 and included the following programmes:
‘Uzuakoli in Music & Medicine’ [First broadcast on 12 June 2015]
Modulations: Broadcasting Research, Series 1, Episode 1.
John Manton, University of Cambridge.
‘Diagram of an Hour’ [First broadcast on 19 June 2015]
Modulations: Broadcasting Research, Series 1, Episode 2.
This is Publication Fine Art Research Group, Kingston University London.
‘An Archive of Tingles: Autosensory Meridian Response’ [First broadcast on 26 June 2015]
Modulations: Broadcasting Research, Series 1, Episode 3.
Rob Gallagher, Ego-Media Project, King’s College London.
‘Time Lines: Navigating, Developing, Dividing’ [Three-part series, broadcast 3-17 July 2015]
Modulations: Broadcasting Research, Series 1, Episode 4-6.
Elizabeth Haines, Royal Holloway University of London, and Adam Caulton, University of
‘The Yellow Book: The Yellow Wallpaper, Novel on Yellow Paper, and The Golden Notebook’
[Three-part series, broadcast 3-17 July 2015]
Modulations: Broadcasting Research, Series 1, Episodes 7-9.
Rachel Cattle, Kingston University London
‘The Grand Arcade: Creativity and Regeneration’ [First broadcast on 24 July 2015]
Modulations: Broadcasting Research, Series 1, Episode 10.
Zoë Hendon, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, Middlesex University
The second series is currently in production: further details can be found on The Arts & Culture Unit website.
Paperweight Radio: Explorations in Visual and Material Culture
I produce and host a radio programme on the wonderful London-based arts station Resonance 104.4FM, on topics within visual and material culture, together with the able assistance of producer and sound engineer Chris Dixon.
Programmed as hour-long discussion shows, the programme focusses on the frontline research in visual and material culture through a theme, drawing together artists, architects, curators, designers, historians and theorists. Moving across and through the practices of art, design and craft, guests come from a range of disicplinary backgrounds across the arts, humanities and social sciences. Research the programme has featured include eighteenth century paper cutting, mid-twentieth century crystallography and ghost hunting.
Each programme has its own theme, with guests asked to bring in an object or image related to their research and tied to the thematic. These themes have included Ghosts, Mother/Daughter, The Ecological, Paper and Plastic, which were then live tumbl’d as the show was broadcast for the listeners’ viewing pleasure.
Ghosts (Pilot, first broadcast on 15 March 2013)
Contents Design historian Paul Atkinson on vapourware; parageographer James Thurgill on haunted places; collector and curator Brad Feuerhelm on occult photography; and ninteenth century literature and culture scholar Clare Pettitt on the nineteenth century telegraphic imaginary.
Produced by Juliette Kristensen, Chris Dixon, Matt Lodder and Rebecca Stiles Onion.
Ghosts and Screen (Series 1: Episode 1, first broadcast on 5 September 2013, 15:30)
Contents On the origins of Paperweight with its Editor-At-Large Matt Lodder; Abraham Zapruder’s film of the assassination of JFK with media scholar Øyvind Vågnes; and vapourware with design historian Paul Atkinson.
Produced by Chris Dixon and Juliette Kristensen. Engineered by Chris Dixon.
Light (Series 1: Episode 2, first broadcast on 12 September 2013, 15:30)
Contents Fireworks with historian of science Simon Werrett; home organisation with design historian and material culture theorist Katherine Feo Kelly; nineteenth century glass and iron structures with architectural historian and critic Douglas Murphy; and X-ray crystallography and postwar British design culture with design historian and artist Emily Candela.
Produced by Juliette Kristensen and Chris Dixon. Engineered by Chris Dixon.
Paper (Series 1: Episode 3, first broadcast on 19 September 2013, 15:30)
Contents Art historian Beth Williamson on the digitisation of artists’ books; Head of Museums and Collections at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture Zoe Hendon on the Sonic Wallpaper project; Elizabeth Montagu biographer and eighteenth century literature scholar Elizabeth Eger on the paper culture of the Bluestocking circle; literature scholar and historian Helen Smith on the paper culture of early modern England.
Produced by Juliette Kristensen and Chris Dixon. Engineered by Chris Dixon and Thomas Horne.
Maker Culture (Series 1: Episode 4, first broadcast on 26 September 2013, 15:30)
Contents In conversation with artist, curator and maker Helen Carnac, this week’s show explored Maker Culture, the contemporary trend for making that marries technology to craft practices to form a new DIY social movement. Also featured was V&A Visiting Research Fellow Gavin Grindon on Maker Culture in the context of social movements and activism.
Produced by Juliette Kristensen. Engineered by Chris Dixon.
Mother/Daughter (Series 1: Episode 5, first broadcast on 3 October 2013, 15:30)
Contents The role of fashion in the mother-daughter relationship with sociologist Katherine Appleford; nineteenth century Invisible Mother portraits with art historian Catherine Grant and artist Lisa Castagner; and the suffragette Kitty Marion with historian Fern Riddell.
Produced by Juliette Kristensen. Engineered by Chris Dixon.
The Ecological (Series 1: Episode 6, first broadcast on 10 October 2013, 15:30)
Contents How ecological concerns and ideas intersect with contemporary art practice with contemporary art historian Wood Roberdeau; the role of sustainability in design practices with sustainable design scholar Paul Micklethwaite; and the politics of water in post-Soviet states with geographer Richard Bater.
Produced by Juliette Kristensen. Engineered by Thomas Horne.
Collections (Series 2: Episode 1, first broadcast on 19th June 2014, 15:30)
Contents Curator Jenny Doussan on Goldsmiths’ Art & Textiles Collections; material culture scholars Leonie Hannan and Kate Smith on UCL’s 100 Hours Project; Head of Museums and Collections at the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture Zoe Hendon on researching inspiration from museum collections; and artist Jane Wildgoose on the Wildgoose Memorial Library.
Animals (Series 2: Episode 2, first broadcast on 26th June 2014, 15:30)
Contents Contemporary art historian Lynn Turner on animals in contemporary art; medieval art historian Robert Mills on medieval representations of animals; and Michelle Bastian on co-designing research with animals.
Domesticating the Modernist Body (Series 2: Episode 3, first broadcast on 3rd July 2014, 15:30)
Contents Design historian Jessica Kelly on the architect and critic J.M.Richards; Mary Vaughan Johnson on La Maison de Verre; architectural historian Simon Weir on Salvador Dali’s Anti-Modernisms; and designer Julijonas Urbonas on his Euthanasia Rollercoaster and Oneiric Hotel projects.
Mixed Media (Series 2: Episode 4, first broadcast on 10th July 2014, 15:30)
Contents Art historian Matt Lodder on art on TV and film; geographical historian Elizabeth Haines on colonial cartography; artist and architectural theorist Marian Macken on book-architecture; and artist Judy Sparks on communication technology and fine art practice.
The Art School (Series 2: Episode 5, first broadcast on 17th July 2014, 15:30)
Contents Art historian Beth Williamson on the Tate’s Art School Educated project; artist Matthew Cornford and literature scholar John Beck on their The Art School and Culture Shed project; and the writer Emily LaBarge on the role of the humanities within an art school context.
Plastic (Series 2: Episode 6, first broadcast 24th July 2014, 15:30)
Contents Material scientist Paul Tangney on the concept of plasticity; art historian Matt Lodder on cosmetic surgery and fine art practice; sociologists Ian Woodward and Dominik Bartmanski on the vinyl record in the digital age; and communications scholar Emily Chivers Yochim on skateboard culture and teenage identity.
If you are interested in being a guest on a forthcoming show, do please contact me.