Outstanding Contributions to University Music

‘Jack revolutionised the musical life of the Medway Campus’ by raising the profile of music at Medway.

At this time of the year as the academic year draws to a close, the University takes the opportunity to recognise the contributions to its musical life from a few outstanding students. At a ceremony on Friday 5th July, Music student Jack McDonnell was among the five students were awarded prizes in honour of their efforts.

The University Music Awards Committee Prize was given to a student who has made a special contribution to music at Kent, was awarded to the indefatiguable Jack McDonnell. In his final year studying Music Technology, it’s no exaggeration to say that Jack has revolutionised the musical life of the Medway campus, in his role as this year’s President of the Medway Music Society and Secretary last year, including setting up regular performing nights at Coopers (the campus bar), organising events, arranging deals for music students with shops in the town, and generally raising the profile of music at Medway.

The Music Awards Committee has a difficult decision to make each year, a task made almost impossible in the face of the large numbers of students who participate regularly, and with such vibrant enthusiasm, in all the music-making that goes on at the University.  The Music Awards Committee is a chance to pay especial tribute to a few who have made a significant impact through their involvement in the musical life of the University, and our thanks and congratulations to them.

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Jack Mcdonnell, Steph Richardson, Kathryn Redgers and Aisha Bové with Professor Keith Mander, the Hon Jonathan Monckton and Kerry Barber of Canterbury Festival.

Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize goes to Fine Art student for her collaborative work

MA Fine Art student gets awarded the University’s highly reputable ‘Vice Chancellor Prize’ for her performance-meets-fine art working practice.

The Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize for Fine Art has been awarded to The School of Music and Fine Art’s postgraduate student Natasha Pocock who successfully completed her MA in Fine Art for her collaborative performance and Fine Art based degree show work, showcased at the School’s Degree Show held at the Historic Dockyard Chatham in May.

Pocock’s piece was a working practice that explored issues of identity and passage of time through textiles, sculpture and performance with a focus on Dockyard-specific history. Her work was articulated through the process of garment construction, where the manipulation of materials and non-material realities were forged together to form a sense of place and presence. Through conducting a force of energy through integral threading, interweaving and vocal dialogue, thinking in an established rhythm to problem solving and problem-finding, Pocock  literally ‘took matters into her own hands’, with the fusion of materials, process and techniques.

The site-specific industrial and historical male dominance of naval presence brought a nostalgic reference to notions of resilience, determination, devotion, loss and separation as Pocock utilised the illusion of performances in life and highlighted the fragility of memory. The work also reflected the imprisonment to duty and working with closed fixed systems of craft production. The Craftsperson battling from being ‘swallowed’ by the  machine, through continuous strokes by attaching the power of manipulation to established systems, thus  showing the Master Craftsperson is instinctively a crafter in all that can be manipulated and working with resistance being the key to survival.

As part of the Vice Chancellor Prize, Natasha Pocock will be asked to replicate the ethos behind the works in a new piece for display, based on her degree show work at the University of Kent, we look forward to seeing her new piece.

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Dockyard becomes hub of art and creativity as Medway degree show opens

A full-sized, self-built conservatory, a ‘crashed’ car and the hull of a ship are a just a handful of large-scale installations featuring in a new exhibition by University of Kent students at the Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Titled Joining the Docks, the Fine Art Degree Show was officially opened on Saturday 25 May 2013 by Victoria Pomery, Director of the Turner Contemporary, Margate.

Prominently dotted across various parts of the Dockyard and the University’s School of Music and Fine Art gallery spaces, the installations will be on display from May 26 – June 1. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Alongside pieces from Fine Art students, the exhibition also features works by students from the Music and Audio Arts, and Creative Events; Design and Production courses.

Opening the exhibition, Victoria Pomery, said: ‘I’m delighted to open the degree show and have really enjoyed seeing some of the amazing work on show. Turner Contemporary looks forward to an on-going relationship with the University of Kent.’

Tim Meacham, Lecturer in Fine Art, said: ‘This year’s group of graduating students are the first true Medway Fine Art cohort. Some of the first students to work in the historic buildings of the Dockyard, this year’s group have helped to transform the space into creative and vibrant working environments. The presence of these students was symbolic of a new life for the Dockyard and a continuation of the tradition of making on the site and in the wider area.’

Joining the Docks is the first degree show of its kind to see students collaborate from the three courses – Fine Art, Creative Events; Design and Production, and Music and Audio Arts – at the University’s new School of Music and Fine Art.

The exhibition follows a year of exciting developments for the University’s provision of Arts and Music at its Medway Campus, including a £5million investment in its facilities on the Chatham Historic Dockyard at the end of last year.

For more information on the exhibition, visit: www.joiningthedocks.co.uk.

Contact: K.Scoggins@Kent.ac.uk

Professor Tim Howle – Inaugural Lecture

Friday 22 March, Grimond Lecture Theatre 1, 6pm

‘Seeing Sounds and Hearing Images – Composing with Audiovisual Materials’

Abstract

This lecture will examine the nature of new compositional ideas that are formed when sonic art is combined with video art.

At a recent competition for composers of sonic art, two thirds of the submissions were audiovisual. The jury ranked the purely musical pieces whereas the AV works were problematic in terms of criteria and were left on one side. The language of electroacoustic music is understood; the language of audiovisual music is another matter.

Given that the number of audiovisual outputs is increasing it is interesting that the underpinning theoretical and historical aspects lag behind. There are some obvious connections: graphic scores are pictorial; there is a hybridization of technologies (superficially the software used for audio editing looks the same as that used for video – suggesting a similar paradigm.) The materials can be manipulated in parallel; they can be treated as if they are part of the same phrase.

What is clear is that there is a form of counterpoint taking place between the modalities, pointing towards relationships that go much further than those offered by more traditional ‘film sound’ approaches. Counterpoint is more equitable. It suggests the possibility of audiovisual objects that function like chords pointing towards the potential for consonance and dissonance.

Skills Enhancement Week

Skills Enhancement Week Spring term running in Week 18 – 18th – 22nd February 2013

Timetable (pdf)

We have been very fortunate in getting some exciting and industry recognised guest speakers to give talks along with our usual mix of study skills and employability- related workshops.

Each day has a theme running through it:

  • Monday 18th February 2013 – Day 1 – Self-Employment/Entrepreneurship
  • Tuesday 19th February 2012 – Day 2 – Industry Talks /Developing Partnerships/Networking
  • Thursday 21st February 2013 – Day 3 – Marketing Yourself/ Developing Online Presence
  • Friday 22nd February 2013 – Day 4 – Year Abroad /CV & Writing Skills / Employability at Kent

To book a slot email: M.J.Fullman@kent.ac.uk or call in at Reception, The Old Surgery

 

Also running are Pro-Tools 101 and Pro-Tools 11Certified Training Courses

Monday 18th  February 2013 Tuesday 19th February 2013 Pro Tools 101 is a 2 day course delivering an introduction into Avid Pro Tools 10 Digital Audio Workstation software, with hands on projects and exercises to complete. Along with teaching you are also supplied with a certified textbook to keep. At the end of the 2 days there is an optional test to take, if passed, you will receive certification as proof for completing an industry recognised course.

Wednesday 20th  February 2013 Thursday 21st February 2013 Friday 22nd February 2013 Pro Tools 110 is a 3 day course delivering a more detailed look at the production techniques used in Avid Pro Tools 10 Digital Audio Workstation software, with hands on projects and exercises to complete. Along with teaching you are also supplied with a certified textbook to keep. At the end of the 3 days there is an optional test to take, if passed, you will receive certification as proof for completing an industry recognised course

All Music and Audio Arts Year Group students are welcome to attend

Max of 16 people for the Pro-Tools 101 and 10-12 people for Pro -Tools 110 First come, first serve basis

To book a slot email F.Walker@kent.ac.uk

Research Seminar – Andrea Luka Zimmerman Presents

Fine Art Research Events Spring Term 2013

Tuesday 5 February
5-7pm, BWC 102

Andrea  Luka Zimmerman presents Estate: a reverie, an  artist’s film, song cycle and installation to be created and performed by the  disappearing community of the Haggerston Estate, East London.  It is the final and most ambitious project in  a trilogy of collaborative works on the estate led by artist resident Andrea  Luka Zimmerman, working closely with architectural researcher and writer David  Roberts, following the public art/photo-installation i am here (with Lasse  Johansson and Tristan Fenell) and the artists’ book Estate (Myrdle Court Press,  with Lasse Johansson, Paul Hallam, Cristina Cerully, Victor Buchli), both of  which have gained international acclaim.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman has been making films  since 1998, originally as part of a film collective called Vision Machine,  which worked predominately in Indonesia exploring the impact of Globalisation  and working directly with plantation workers. Her non fiction feature essay Prisoner of War, investigates US  militarism and foreign policy through a character study of one of its most  enduring rogue agents. She has just completed Taskafa: stories from the streets, a film about resistance and  co-existence told through the lives of street dogs in Istanbul. Estate, a reverie, is an essay film made  in collaboration with the residents of the about to be demolished housing  estate in Haggerston, Hackney, where she also lives.

Andrea is Associate Lecturer at Central St. Martins  College of Art and Design, and Wimbeldon College of Art [University of the Arts  London]. She teaches cinematography on the MA Documentary Practice at Brunel  University.

Fugitive Images: Fugitive  Images are Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Lasse Johansson and David  Roberts. Fugitive  Images platform grew out of a desire to capture the peculiar  moment of the place where they live and work immediately prior to it being  demolished. Haggerston Estate is suspended somewhere between it first being  occupied in the 1930’s and imminent demolition in 2009 (second phase of  demoloition is in 2013), a place in transformation, in wait.

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Research Seminar – Memory, Identity, Performance and Neuroscience: Part 1

Jointly hosted event between CKP and The Centre for Research into Sound, Image and Space (SISRC)

Friday March 1st, 5-6:30pm,

Medway Campus, Chatham Historic Dockyard

Bridge Warden’s College Lecture Theatre

Shona Illingworth (Fine Art lecturer and artist, School of Arts, Medway) discusses her collaboration with neuropsychologist, Catherine Loveday.

Their current project, in collaboration with cognitive neuropsychologist Martin A. Conway, is supported by the Wellcome Trust. Claire is a woman who has dense retrograde and anterograde amnesia. The project explores new biomedical insight into Claire’s condition, gained through research into her use of new sensory operated camera technology to unlock previously inaccessible memories. In parallel, the historical lesions in the physical and cultural landscape of St Kilda, an extraordinary archipelago located off the west coast of Scotland, provide a physical and metaphorical context within which to explore the self-experience of broken memory and dense cultural retrograde amnesia. Illingworth and Loveday will discuss how, by creating a multi-layered interplay between Claire and St Kilda, this project sets out to explore powerful synergies between the complex space of the mind, and that of the outside world, and in turn, examine the profound implications amnesia and cultural erasure have on the individual, social and cultural topologies that inform contemporary constructions of identity, place and location.

The second part of Memory, Identity, Performance and Neuroscience will take place in Autumn 2013. It will feature Anna Furse (Head of Theatre & Performance at Goldsmiths and Director of Athletes of the Heart),and Cambridge neuroscientist Nicky Clayton, in dialogue with Sian Stevenson and Jayne Thompson (StevensonThompson, Gulbenkian Theatre and School of Arts) on their ‘Moving Memory’ dance based projects.

Shona Illingworth

Shona Illingworth is an artist and Fine Art Lecturer in The School Arts, Medway, University of Kent. She works across sound, film, video, photography, drawing and painting. Major works using moving image and/or sound, take the form of gallery based and site specific installation. She has worked closely with scientists to explore individual and collective memory and the mapping of mental space onto external terrain, themes which are explored in the Film and Video Umbrella monograph on her work: The Watch Man – Balnakiel, Shona Illingworth (2011).
Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, the Wellcome Collection, London, the National Museum, Tirana and Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto and she has received high profile commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, the Hayward Gallery, London and Channel 4 Television.

Dr Catherine Loveday

Dr Catherine Loveday is a Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Science at the University of Westminster, London. She completed her PhD in 1996, investigating the neuropsychological basis of normal age-related memory loss.  Since this, she has continued to research the cognitive and biological changes that occur in ageing, particularly in relation to memory, but she has also extended her expertise to various clinical populations, for example traumatic brain injury, dementia, amnesia and hydrocephalus. This has included a significant amount of clinical work at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London and Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.
Her current research projects include the cognitive neuroscience of amnesia (with Prof Martin A. Conway); the psychobiology of adolescence (with the PSRG); the neurobiology of anorexia nervosa; neuropsychological implications in congenital hydrocephalus (with Joanna Iddon, Prof John Pickard and Richard Morgan); the cognitive psychology of music (with Ludovico Minati).
She plays an active role in the British Psychological Society contributing significantly to the organisation of annual conference as well as being a member of the Research Board and Psychologist Policy committee. She has also appeared as an expert psychologist in a number of television and radio programmes.

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Medway Culture and Design Awards 2012 Winners

The School of Arts at Medway was successful in winning 2 Highly Commended Awards as below. All categories were highly contested and the standard of nominations was described as exceptional.

The School of Arts were nominated in the following categories:

  • Open spaces and public realm – Place Making Project & the Iron Gym Project
  • Heritage – The Historic Dockyard Building Development
  • Visual arts – The Historic Dockyard Buildings Development & the Iron Gym Project

We received Highly Commended Awards for:

  • The Place Making Project in the Open Spaces and Public Realm category
  • The School of Arts (Building Development) in the Heritage category – for the revitalisation and enhancement of Medway Heritage.

The Guest Speaker was Martin Green, Head of Ceremonies for the Olympics Games who gave a spectacular presentation and speech.

Medway Messenger’s full press article and official photographs of the Awards Evening.

Fine Art Research Seminar

Film as Philosophy / Philosophy as Film – Andrew ConioTuesday 27th November, 17:00, Bridge Wardens’ College  room 102, Medway

The defining feature of art is that the artist can work on  many registers at once, yet few work across, and challenge the borders and  thresholds between, as many as Eija-Liisa Ahtila. Ahtila’s work famously  explores subjectivity; language, discourses, narratives and politics and she  does this whilst critiquing film theory and form.  Out of these multiple  layers of experience, Ahtila composes precise artworks that Mieke Bal, might  call ‘theoretical objects’.

Andrew argues that Ahtila’s films and installations provide  a compelling example of how art and philosophy can reflect, transform and  express each other. In Ahtila’s work these entanglements take place not only  through form and images but also through affect, sensation and the embodied  experience of the installation.

Andrew Conio is a writer and scriptwriter, he has published  on a range of subjects including philosophy, architecture, artist’s film,  creativity and painting and is currently editing the volume, Deleuze and  Guattari and Occupy.

Research. For Andrew Subjectivity is likened to a flow,  territory, clearing or trap. Language is expressive, dynamic, yielding and  estranging. The subject becomes through agency and authenticity yet also  through becoming-other in the world. The voice expresses all, yet is forged by  the codes and axiomatics of capital and the body is the purported site for  ‘self’ yet is folded in the ontogenetic and phylogenetic processes that compose  worlds and discourses are written on the body. These questions constitute the  ‘politics that precede Being’ that motivates Andrew’s practice and writing.

Andrews practice takes the form of videos, installation and  the production of hypnotism tapes for people who wish to replace the search for  self-expression with emersion in the collective. His 2005 film (co-directed  with Judy Price) Refining Memory was selected as a critics’ choice by London’s  Time Out magazine and he recently organised Deleuze and Guattari and Occupy and  The Corporate Occupation of the Arts at the Bank and School of Ideas OccupyLSX.

Andrew took his first degree in Cultural Studies East London  Polytechnic, followed by an MA at Goldsmiths College an MPhill at the Royal  College of Art and PhD Wimbledon College of Art.  Andrew has taught at a  range of UK universities, in Norway and Palestine and is currently Senior  Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton, Associate Lecturer MA  Art and Theory at Chelsea School of Art and is an active member of the Occupy  London Economics Working Group as well as DRUGG (Diagrammatics research, use  and generation group).

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