Category Archives: creative events

SMFA EED alumnus Chris Carr’s company Lucid Illusions chosen to create new area for 2018 Parklife Festival

 

SMFA BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design (2010) alumnus Chris Carr’s design, fabrication and production company, Lucid Illusions, were chosen to create an amazing new area for the recent 2018 Parklife Festival called The Valley, which took place on 9-10 June at Heaton Park.  They designed an enormous immersive stage set, influenced by brutalist architecture, dystopian film and Carnival, with integrated video and lighting.  See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqeGwRn3ubo&feature=youtu.be

Based in Kent near Sittingbourne, Lucid Illusions are making some groundbreaking projects, with clients who include Adidas, Austrian Tourist Board, Oxford Street Christmas Lights and Max Factor.

 

More here http://lucidcreates.co.uk/about/

SMFA’s Dr Blanca Regina, Associate Lecturer in Event and Experience Design, performing in London on Friday 22nd June at Iklectik

 

On Friday 22nd June, as part of the ‘Unpredictable Series’  SMFA’s Dr Blanca Regina, Associate Lecturer in Event and Experience Design performs in an evening of audiovisual concerts at IKLECTIK in London, with internationally acclaimed artists Sculpture, Zan Lyons, and Noriko Okaku with special guest Steve Beresford.

Blanca Regina is an artist, curator, and tutor based in London who is currently involved in creating audiovisual performances, sound works, installations, and film. She has performed with numerous artists, including Leafcutter John, Steve Beresford, David Toop and Matthias Kispert, and curated a number of events and installations internationally.

A visiting research fellow at University of the Arts London, her research and practice encompass expanded cinema, free improvisation, moving image, photography and audiovisual performance.  In 2010, she received a doctorate in Humanities from University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, with the thesis The VJ and audiovisual performance: towards a radical aesthetic of postmodernism.

She is curator at the London-based Music Hackspace, Live Cinema Foundation and Strange Umbrellas. With Matthias Kispert she founded the Material Studies Group, developing a series of workshops and performances around the production of sound with everyday objects.

To get tickets for the event – £8 advance or £10 on the door –  go to https://www.tickettailor.com/events/iklectik/171614

Doors open at 7pm for 8pm start.

 

Related post: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2761

SMFA Fine Art students interviewed live on KMTV

Screenshot of KMTV interview with mural by SMFA BA Fine Art student Lalita Bailey in the background – the mural is a community collaboration with young people in Medway.

 

School of Music and Fine Art students Olu Taiwo (MA Fine Art) and Lynn Smith (BA Fine Art) were interviewed live on KMTV to talk about their 2018 degree shows.  They spoke movingly about the value of art in today’s society.  To see the interview click here: https://bit.ly/2IHUAJ3

Lynn Smith’s work explores nature and the spirit of place, investigating the landscape through sculpture, and using traditional craft within fine art.

Olu Taiwo’s work is concerned with memory – how we access and discard memories  – experienced through his immersive art.

The 2018 Degree Shows, which feature the work from graduating students studying Fine Art and Event and Experience Design,  are open to the public until 26 May, open from 10-5 and free.  Go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-2018-graduation-shows-tickets-44643012452 to book.

 

To find out more about the artists in the Fine Art Degree Show go to https://www.weareherecollective.com/whoarewe

SMFA Degree Shows in May 2018 opened by Liz Moran, University of Kent’s Director of Arts & Culture

Liz Moran, Director of Arts & Culture, University of Kent

 

The School of Music and Fine Art presents the 2018 Graduation Shows for Fine Art and Event and Experience Design at the University of Kent, Medway, Historic Dockyard Chatham which celebrate the creative work and achievements of our talented students.  The Fine Art show is We Are Here: 51°23’44.3″N 0°31’42.5″E… with the Event and Experience Design Showcase titled Fusion.

This year, we are delighted that the guest speaker for the opening preview on Saturday May 19th, 1pm – 6pm, will be Liz Moran, the University of Kent’s Director of Arts & Culture.

Comments Liz: “Kent is very fortunate to have such inspirational and creative students supported by an incredibly talented and respected staff team. I look forward to the exhibition which I have no doubt will challenge, provoke, excite, surprise and demonstrate that despite challenging times young artists prove the arts are very much alive, vibrant and thriving.”

Liz began her career working with young people in Scotland and witnessed the transformative effect that engaging with the arts has when and if young people have the opportunity.  Following this, she became the first Director of the new Paisley Arts Centre which opened with artist and playwright John Byrne’s trilogy The Slab Boys. In 1991 she became Director of the MacRobert Arts Centre in Stirling and embarked on a major capital development to extend and develop the building all designed by young people working in partnership with the Architect. This included a new state of the art cinema and children and young people’s gallery space called Arthouse. Liz became Director of Gulbenkian in 2011 initiating the ART31 project designed to empower children and young people to have a voice and greater access to creative opportunities and bOing! International Family Festival. In 2014 Gulbenkian became a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England. In 2017 she became the University’s first Director of Arts and Culture and her plans include an International Festival of Dangerous Ideas in 2019.

 

The Degree Show exhibitions are open to all and free to attend. To get your ticket for the special opening Private View, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-fine-art-2018-graduation-shows-private-view-tickets-44642318376

The shows are open to the public: Sunday 20th – Saturday 26th May: 10am – 5pm (Closed: Tuesday 22nd May).  Click https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/school-of-music-and-fine-art-2018-graduation-shows-tickets-44643012452  to get your special Visitor Pass for the Degree Show and access to the Historic Dockyard, Chatham.

SMFA MA student Steve Kilmartin organises Through The Lens – Festival of Photography, 31st August to 8th September

School of Music and Fine Art MA student Steve Kilmartin has organised an exhibition called Through The Lens –  Festival of Photography, running from 31st August to 8th September.  Held at St Mary In The Castle, Hastings, East Sussex,  this magical festival is for any photographer, photo-enthusiast, keen amateur or anyone who wants to see the world through a different lens. Offering a mix of world-class guest speakers, with new emerging photographic talent exhibiting alongside well-established photographers,  viewers can see contemporary photography and reportage all under one roof. There is also an opportunity to submit photographic work – closing date for submissions is 1st July.

 

More info: http://ttlfest.co.uk/

Strange Umbrellas: SMFA’s Dr Blanca Regina, Associate Lecturer in Event and Experience Design, performing in London on Tuesday 20th March

 

Strange Umbrellas, a platform for free improvised music and visual art, was started in 2012 by Dr Blanca Regina with musician Steve Beresford.

An artist, teacher and curator who is currently involved in creating mixed media performances, installations and film, Dr Regina is a visiting research fellow at University of the Arts London. Her research and practice encompass expanded cinema, free improvisation, moving image, photography and audiovisual performance.  In 2010, she received a doctorate in Humanities from University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, with the thesis The VJ and audiovisual performance: towards a radical aesthetic of postmodernism.

She is curator at the London-based Music Hackspace, Live Cinema Foundation and Strange Umbrellas. With Matthias Kispert she founded the Material Studies Group, developing a series of workshops and performances around the production of sound with everyday objects.

Dr Blanca Regina, 2018.

 

You can hear Dr Regina here: https://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/article/conversation-blanca-regina?mc_cid=114a477664&mc_eid=65dfeeb7e0 as part of Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers – a collection of videos that have grown out of deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation, its history in the UK and its international connections. Research and filming began in 2011 and it was directed and produced by artist, curator and educator Blanca Regina in collaboration with Steve Beresford and Pierre Bouvier Patron.  The series was commissioned by Sound and Music for the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection.

Strange Umbrellas Number 19 will be on 20th March, in collaboration with CAFE OTO at 18-22 Ashwin St, London, Dalston E8 3DL.  Doors at 7.30 pm, performances at 8 pm. Tickets £8 £6 ADVANCE £4 MEMBERS.

 

More info go to https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/strange-umbrellas-19/

SMFA graduate starts Creative Event Consultancy

Kerri Layton. Photo by Rooftop – Hive Studio C, 2018.

 

2011 BA (Hons) Event and Experience Design graduate, Kerri Layton, has started her own Creative Event Consultancy, Kerri Kreates.  Clients and previous partners include Alexandra Palace, A Different World Productions LTD, The BBC, Fuse Festival Medway, Lancaster BID, Kent County Council, The Arts Council, Body and Mind Festivals, Glade Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Eventspiration and The Hospital Club.

Whilst at Kent studying in the School of Music and Fine Art, Kerri won two awards from the Kent Enterprise Hub & Round One, forming a performance group and social enterprise arts company ‘FAF Arts’ touring the UK in the Summer Terms with her company and theatre productions. Always very active performing and organizing events, she then went on to host session’s at Employability Week for the University of Kent, on ‘Making it Happen’ whilst working for her clients around the UK.

Kerri comments: “It was a practical degree that taught me the logistics of event management but fundamentally placed the importance on the creation and theatre of the event, of it’s core narrative. I made explorations into audience’s journeys using experience as a means of ritual and celebration. Communicating core themes and ideas via the medium of 3D, sensory and participatory experiences, later specializing in outdoor theatre. I enjoyed every second of this degree and it continues to inspire & inform me to this day.”

After graduating, the dynamic Kerri performed with the Banner Theatre Company as a guitarist and singer, she then went on to launch her solo music show, Lady Layton, which toured internationally, including Glastonbury, and was a headline act at many UK events and festivals.

She now performs with her live band as a solo artist Miss Kerri Layton has her EP Songs For A Rainy Day out in March and heads up independent record label Dixiebird Records, http://dixiebirdrecords.bigcartel.com/products which runs live music events all across the capital, featuring some of London’s finest musicians.

 

Also see: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/smfa-news/2016/11/16/school-of-music-and-fine-art-alumni-and-students-take-key-roles-at-alexandra-palace-parade/
www.kerrikreates.com
www.misskerrilayton.com

How to contact Kerri:
kerri@kerrikreates.com
0207 1297 582 | 07411 301 960
115 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH

SMFA and Archaeology project produces 3D printed replicas of ancient musical instruments

Replica of Ancient Roman and Egyptian artefacts. Photo by George Morris

 

A 2 year AHRC-funded project to study Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt – a collaborative effort between the University of Kent, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the UCL Petrie Museum, Bloomsbury, London – has resulted in the production of replica ancient musical instruments using 3D print technology. Using laser scanning data and further research to enable the identical reconstruction, School of Music and Fine Art technicians, Georgia Wright and George Morris made a set of reed panpipes, 3 different ceramic rattles, a pair of wooden clappers and two sets of double-flutes.

Lloyd Bosworth, archaeology technician in SECL, 3-D had scanned the objects at the museum and then created virtual 3-D models from the scans (Lloyd has just won a University research prize for his research support). The virtual 3-D models were sent to Georgia Wright, who printed them out to use as a basis for the replica objects in the original materials, and with George Morris then produced the instruments.

Replica of Egyptian Reed Panpipes. Photo by George Morris

 

On the Project Team, Dr Ellen Swift, Reader in Archaeology at the University of Kent, commented: “It was very exciting going over to Chatham to pick up the instruments and I was really pleased with how Fine Art Technicians, Georgia and George, were able to achieve a close match with the size and appearance of the original artefacts thanks to new 3-D scanning technology. On my first visit, I picked up the 3D print-out of the panpipes and it was a real eureka moment to find out that they played a musical scale known from written documents to have existed in the Roman period. Making the instruments did pose a challenge as in some cases there were parts missing and some additional research and creativity was needed to fill in the gaps.”

The replica artefacts are a key part of the project and will be used for research and also for an exhibition at the UCL Petrie Museum at the end of the project in 2019. When all the instruments are ready, sound recordings will be made at SMFA to be used at the subsequent exhibition.

This research project – the first in-depth study of Roman and Late Antique Egypt that uses everyday artefacts as its principal source of evidence – aims to transform our understanding of social experience, social relations, and cultural interactions, among the populations of Egypt in this period.

 

For more info go to https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/egypt-artefacts/2018/02/02/3d-printed-panpipes/

Event and Experience Design student work a huge success at Eastgate House

Elle Mayne, 2017.

 

The historic Eastgate House in Rochester recently hosted Authenticate, an intervention with live multimedia installations and performances by Year 3 Event and Experience Design students which was so successful that Eastgate House want to keep part of one of the works by student Emma Greenwood – an installation of a jigsaw/drawing of a decorative plaster ceiling, on a viewing mirror.   They also want to work with student Elle Mayne on a future video mapping commission.

Emma Greenwood, 2017.

 

Lisa Caleno, Visitor Development Officer, at Eastgate House commented: “We were so impressed with the students work at Eastgate House this week, not just in the creativity and understanding of the house shown in the installations but also their courtesy and professionalism.  We were particularly impressed with Emma’s work in the mirror room and Elle’s projection in the Rochester Room.  I would like to consider working with Elle when she has graduated on a potential installation at the house using projection. We would also be very interested in acquiring the jigsaw puzzle which Emma created to have as a feature of the mirror room.”

Peter Hatton, Programmes Director for Event and Experience Design, Event and Experience Management and Fine Art, and Deputy Head of School, added: “Both outcomes are very good for the students in terms of their confidence, portfolio

Fight, Flight or Freeze by EED graduate Elise Berdah featured by KMTV

Lily Dedman, Women’s Officer for Kent Union; Clara Lee, Kent Union Vice-president (Welfare); Elise Berdah; Luke Ellis, Vice-President (Welfare) for Students’ Union University of Greenwich (SUUG) and Niamh Baggesen- Cox, LGBT+ Students Officer for SUUG.

 

Fight, Flight or Freeze, a highly topical touring immersive and interactive installation from 2017 Event and Experience Design graduate Elise Berdah which raises awareness of sexual consent, has been featured by KMTV – See the interview here: https://www.facebook.com/KMTVKent/videos/1727937750572144/

 

Originally presented in the Drill Hall Library during the Student Wellbeing Festival in May, it was recently commissioned by Clara Lee, Vice President (Welfare) of Kent Union to be presented again in the Student Hub at Medway and Canterbury during November and December.  It may tour to other Universities and Colleges.

For images and videos, go to https://www.eliseberdah.com/fight-flight-or-freeze