SMFA’s Shona Illingworth, Fine Art Reader and Director of Graduate Studies, has been commissioned for Random Acts, Channel 4’s provocative and boundary pushing short film strand dedicated to the worlds of art, music, dance, animation, spoken word, performance, and every uncategorisable combination in between.
The widely exhibited Illingworth works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice. She was shortlisted for the prestigious 2016 Jarman Award.
SMFA’s Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and acclaimed award-wining contemporary visual artist, Adam Chodzko, is one of 8 artists featured in Slow Violence, an exhibition, symposium and events developed collaboratively by UHArts and the Contemporary Arts Practice Group, School of Creative Arts, University of Hertfordshire. The artists will reconsider the prevalent and far-reaching threat of climate change. The Symposium, which is free, is Wednesday 29th November, 10.30am – 4pm and brings together a diverse roster of speakers from the fields of environmental psychology, visual arts and business. The Exhibition Opening Reception is also Wed 29th November, and then runs until 20th January 2018.
For venue, opening hours and more info http://www.uharts.co.uk/whats-on/2017-autumn-and-winter/slow-violence
Exhibiting internationally since 1991, Adam Chodzko works across media, from video installation to subtle interventions, with a practice that is situated both within the gallery and the wider public realm. http://www.adamchodzko.com
Dr Aki Pasoulas, Director of Programmes (Music), Director of Education, and Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) in the School of Music and Fine Art, had his electroacoustic composition Irides selected to be performed on Thursday 19 October in a concert at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2017), which is the most prestigious yearly international conference for computer music researchers and composers. Held in a different country every year, the 2017 event is in Shanghai. More info here http://www.icmc2017.com
Sarah Turner, Director of Research and Reader in Fine Art in the School of Music and Fine Art, is at the Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB participating in a panel discussion on 12th October, 6.30-8.30pm as part of the tour for her acclaimed film Public House, which is screening there 13-15th October.
Sarah Turner, Director of Research and Reader in Fine Art in the School of Music and Fine Art, is on the jury for the 2017 Aesthetica Short Film Festival Northern Film School Best Screenplay.
Founded in 2011, ASFF is an international film festival which takes place annually in York at the beginning of November. It a celebration of independent film from around the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking.
The awards recognise outstanding talent in filmmaking practice, and are a prestigious accolade. The winning films are selected by a jury of industry experts, and are presented at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony. Previous winners at ASFF have gone on to achieve further award success, including wins at the Oscars (Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary, in 2016) and BAFTAs (The Bigger Picture, Daisy Jacobs, in 2015) and have broadened their audience beyond the film festival circuit. More info here http://www.asff.co.uk/asff2017/jury/
Sarah trained at St Martin’s School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. She is an artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and academic. Her feature films include Ecology, 97mins, 2007, Perestroika, 118mins, 2009, (which featured in Tate Britain’s major survey: Assembly), and Perestroika:Reconstructed, conceived and executed as a gallery work (Carroll Fletcher Gallery, London, May 2013). Her latest feature, Public House, 96 mins, premiered in the Documentary competition, LFF 2015, nominated for the Grierson Award. Public House was re-mastered for wider audiences in 2016 and had is touring throughout 2017.
Fine Art Reader and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Music and Fine Art, Shona Illingworth, is on the Judging Panel of the prestigious Film London Jarman Award. This annual prize recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image. Shortlisted for the prestigious Jarman Award herself in 2016, the widely exhibited Illingworth works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Her work combines interdisciplinary research (particularly with emerging neuropsychological models of memory and critical approaches to memory studies) with publicly engaged practice.
The winner of the 2017 Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 20 November 2017 at a celebratory event at the Whitechapel Gallery.
STICKY THICK, the annual practice as research forum hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, and the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre (SISRC), takes place on Wednesday 7th June 2017, 11am-5pm, in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space, Historic Dockyard Chatham.
The event brings together artists, writers, filmmakers, philosophers, composers, performers and researchers across disciplines to investigate practice as research as a continuing process of invention, and explores its capacity to generate dynamic and challenging modes of enquiry. Now in its 3rd year this annual event forms a key part of the research culture and programme at SMFA, providing a platform for academics and research students to present and discuss their research with colleagues across the University and CHASE consortium, and with invited speakers who includeJaime Del Val, transdisciplinary media artist, philosopher, activist, Director of the Metabody Institute: metabody.eu; artists and filmmakers Ruth MacLennan, Sarah Turner, Shona Illingworth, Tim Meacham and Luciano Zubillaga; electroacoustic composer Aki Pasoulas; environmental scientist Joseph Tzanopoulos and Yvonne Salmon, Chair of the Cambridge University Counterculture Research Group and writer on law, literature and visual culture, this one day event opens up a dynamic space for discussion, debate and exchange.
All welcome! Please RSVP: email@example.com or turn up on the day.
On Thursday 8th June, 11am-5pm in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at Historic Dockyard Chatham, Jaime del Val, one of the most significant artists/ philosophers in Europe working at the transdisciplinary frontiers of body, subjectivity and the algorecene will present METABODY 2017 Kent – Ontohacking Workshop: Ontopolitics of perception in the Algoricene: Ecologies of indeterminacy in the Big Data Era.
Hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, this workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to explore some of the key questions driving current trans-disciplinary and practice based research through active participation with a leader in the field. This would enable artists and researchers alike to develop and test their research methods, and gain valuable insight into trans-disciplinary and practice based research processes and collaborative practice based investigation, thus opening up the potential of futurity, navigation and speculation within practice as research.
Jaime is the founder of http://metabody.eu/ – a major European research project that questions the homogenisation of expressions induced by current information and control technologies.
Further to Calliope, the debut solo album from Sarah Dacey (soprano) and Belinda Jones (piano), featuring new works by British composers, being released on the 26th March by the School of Music and Fine Art’s Foundry Studios, two tracks were subsequently broadcast on Radio 3 on prime time Saturday morning. You can listen to what they say here, at about 2 hours 20mins in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes.
About Sarah Dacey:
Singer, arranger and composer Sarah Dacey, is best known for being a member of one of the UK’s most groundbreaking groups, Juice Vocal Ensemble. She is a freelance classical singer and an Assistant Lecturer in Music Performance at School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.
On Sunday 23 April 11.30am-6pm, The Sound of Memory, in the Zilka Auditorium, Whitechapel Gallery, has been organised by The Sound-Image-Space Research Centre, School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent and the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR; Goldsmiths, University of London).
This major symposium is a unique collaboration between music and fine art and brings together filmmakers, artists and composers to explore the broad domain of acoustic ecologies and soundscape’s engagement in place and the aesthetic, philosophical and political approaches of composers working in acoustic ecologies and artists working within social ecologies where the primary engagement is a form of sonic ethnography. Participants include SMFA’s Tim Meacham , Sarah Turner and Aki Pasoulas, as well as John Drever, Hildegard Westerkamp, Matt Parker, Jessie Brennan, William Locryn Finch, Ester Johnson, Gareth Evans and Francesco Bergamo. More info here: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/the-sound-of-memory/