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Sound Image Space Research Seminar – Aura Satz

Tuesday 19th November, 2013
BridgeWardens College Lecture Theatre – 6-8pm
Chatham Historic Dockyard


Aura Satz 
Research Seminar

Aura Satz is an artist whose work encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. In recent years she has made a collection of films which look closely at sound visualisation through various technologies and acoustic devices such as a Chladni plate, a Ruben’s tube, a theremin, pianola paper and mechanical music, phonograph grooves and drawn/optical sound. Her works pay close attention to the materiality of such technologies, the resulting sound patterns – codes in the act of formation – and how these destabilise paradigms of writing and readership. Several projects have also centred on moments of technological invention and in particular the often unsung contributions made by women. Her talk will focus on the extended historical research that feeds into her projects, following a trajectory of sound inscriptions, data storage and encryption, abstract notation and colour composition.

Aura Satz has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally including:
Rotterdam film festival (Rotterdam)
Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland)
Färgfabriken (Stockholm)
Wundergrund Festival (Copenhagen)
Frieze Art Fair NY (New York)
Tatton Park Biennial (Cheshire)
AV festival (Newcastle)
Arnolfini (Bristol)
Ikon gallery (Birmingham)
FACT (Liverpool)
Site Gallery (Sheffield)
Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento (Italy)
De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea)
BFI Southbank
Whitechapel Gallery
Victoria & Albert Museum
Barbican Art Gallery
Jerwood Space
Tate Britain
Beaconsfield Gallery
Artprojx Space
Wellcome Collection and the Tate Tanks (London).

During 2009-2010 she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL, and in 2012 she was shortlisted for the Samsung Art+ award, and the Jarman artist’s moving image award.

Exhibitions in 2013 include a solo show at the Hayward project Space (London),
Paradise Row Gallery (London),
Mini-retrospective screenings at the 51st New York film Festival
‘Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing’, as part of Hayward Touring exhibition at Turner Contemporary (Margate)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, de Appel arts centre (Amsterdam), curated by Brian Dillon in association with Cabinet magazine.

The Research Seminar event is open to all students and staff.
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Visiting Artist Talk – Fran Cottell

Visiting Artist Talk Today – Thursday 14th November, 2013.
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Artist Fran Cottell will be visiting the School of Music and Fine Art to give a talk, on Thursday 14th November.

Fran works at creating visual presentations which harness the performative qualities of the ordinary and the mundane. Her structures are developed out of collisions and conversations. 

 “My work questions how to show the ephemeral, live experiences that make up the quotidian within the fixed frame of the art institution. Further: how to preserve life, or rather the breath of ‘aliveness’ ” says Cottell.

“The ‘House Projects’ (since 2001) initially focused on the honesty and truthfulness of mess over domestic order; the focus then shifted to the visitors who with the occupants discussed their relative status, bringing into play conflicting and contradictory power relations. I engaged in dialogue with museums and galleries about the static nature of collections and their inability to collect life, live art and time and created, through a hole in the ceiling, in a form of reverse collecting, a photographic collection of visiting curators’ heads. Building on a history of feminist artists, who initially addressed their own invisibility as house workers, the project was extended to include service work.

In the spirit of an active and lively conversation, rather than a social levelling, the work aims to challenge fixed hierarchies, to produce a dynamic democracy with different points of view coming into focus”

Fran’s recent and current projects include: an Ebook, House: from Display to BACK to FRONT 2012 (a series of live installations in her house as offsite projects for CGPLondon 2001-2012) available from

The installation for Concrete Geometries: the Relational in Architecture at the Architectural Association, London 2011. She continues to work with Concrete Geometries, recently co-presenting the project at Rethinking the Social in Architecture 2013, Umea School of Architecture.

Award-winning art installation to be recreated at Canterbury campus




Fine Art graduate and winner of the University of Kent’s Vice Chancellor 2013 Prize, Natasha Pocock, will have her award-winning work recreated the University of Kent’s Rutherford Dining Hall on the Canterbury campus from 11-15 November, 2013. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come along and view Natasha’s progress throughout the week.

Natasha was a Fine Art postgraduate student at the School of Music and Fine Art and her performance installation follows the same ethos of her work which featured in the Fine Art Degree show exhibition ‘Joining the Docks’, which took place at the Chatham Historic Dockyard earlier this year. Her previous piece explored issues of identity and passage of time through textiles, sculpture and performance with a focus on Dockyard-specific history. It will be based on garment construction and crochet to recreate the passage of time through textiles.

Natasha said: ‘I have been seduced by the Chatham Dockyards historical content, feeling compelled to respond to Kent’s archives concerning the haunting aspects of the female workers lives on site. Specifically [for this piece] I have responded to an article found in the ‘Black & White Magazine’ calling for Victorian women to apply their skills to the Sail and Colour Loft based at the Historical Chatham Dockyard. The work described to be ‘delicate, clean and light work, ideally suited to women.

As well as visiting the installation, visitors are encouraged to submit questions to Natasha, via Questions will be answered each day during a 1-2pm interlude.

‘I am looking forward to creating a new piece for visitors at the Canterbury campus I will be in performance installation should anyone like to attend from 10am until 5pm and on the Thursday until 9pm. It is an extension of ‘Master in Command’ developed at Chatham” says Natasha.

Since graduating, Natasha work has been on display at the Galvanize exhibition at the London Barbican. She is also exhibiting at the Horsebridge Gallery in Whitstable throughout November and December, with the sculptural work on display for this exhibition developed from her London Barbican experience.

Kents first Symposium on Acoustic Ecology November 8- 9, 2013

A new symposium to celebrate the sounds and experiences of Acoustic Ecology is set to take place in Medway Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November.

There are still a few places available for this event.

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The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology  investigates soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. The event is proud to be endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

The event, taking place this coming Friday and Saturday daytime and evenings on 8-9th November, will be held at various locations around the University’s Medway campus and the Historic Dockyard, and consist of talks by keynote speakers, including a special guest speaker all experts in their field, 2 concerts, an array of installations and Listening Rooms, culminating in a finale concert held at the stunning Slip 3, Mezzanine building at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

There will be a full programme during the two days of:
Listening Rooms
View the full programme here


Acoustic Ecology is a discipline studying the relationship mediated through sound, between living beings and their environment and the Symposium is first of its kind in Medway hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.

Follow the event on Twitter ( @UniKentMFA ) #SOAE – if you are coming along, please join in!


Booking and Registration:
Online Registration is open now and available through the University of Kent web-storeRegister Now to secure your place.
Students of University of Kent – £10
Goldsmiths College -£10
Students – £20
Non-students – £40


For more information visit:
School of Music and Fine Art, Symposium on Acoustic Ecology


Contact:  Tel: 01634 888 980


Kate joins the 24 hour ‘Hackathon’ at the NEM Summit, France

Kate Halsall, Lecturer in Music Performance, Music and Audio Arts took part as one of a number of artists and technologists at the NEM (Networked and Electronic Media) Summit 2013 in Nantes, France during October 28-30.

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Based  at La Cité conference and exhibition centre in Nantes, France, developers from the NEM (Networked and Electronic Media) constituency and from the creative industries were invited to take part in a 24-hour “hackathon”, with challenges proposed by leading companies, including the ones involved in the FI-Content project.

The ‘hackathon’ is organized by  “ICT & Art Connect”, an initiative supported by the European Commission through the FP7 FET-ART project and devoted to connect the European ICT and Art communities, and to foster productive dialogue and collaborative work between them. The annual NEM Summit attracts and involves artists representing the creative industries.

The NEM Summit 2013 included a major “Creative@NEM” aspect, comprising several events and aimed at facilitating an even stronger connection between NEM and the creative industries.


Tate Modern commissioned Sonic Trail ‘From Surface to Surface’ launches this month

New Tate Modern commissioned work launches this month.

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The School of Music and Fine Art would like to congratulate music lecturer, Duncan Macleod on his work responding to the artwork ‘From Surface to Surface’ by Susumu Koshimizu.

‘The Sonic Trail; From Surface to Surface’ commissioned by Tate, was launched this month as part of Tate Modern’s Sonic Trails collection. This represents an exciting contribution to the School’s research culture and is now available to listen to online.

The electronic work, written for headphones, features 14 miniature audio tracks which correspond to individual pieces of the artwork.

Gallery visitors can either download or stream and listen to the work on an mp3 player – visit  or, on some listening devices that can be signed-out from the Tate Modern Clore Centre. There will also be some activities for younger audiences.

View more on the Tate website

School of Music and Fine Art’s Barbara Morris Teaching Prize Success

Barbara Morris Prize benefits students in ‘Skills Enhancement Week’ – Learning Support 2013.

2013 Barbara Morris winners





Congratulations go to Dr Paul Fretwell, Director of Learning and Teaching and Employability and Events Coordinator, Ann Howe, the School’s  joint winners of the Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support 2013, along with the Student Support Team at the School of Arts at Canterbury, for their dedication and input into the ‘Skills Enhancement Week’ in February, 2013.

Thirteen Kent academics were recognised for their teaching excellence at a ceremony at the University’s Canterbury campus on 3 October presented by Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, University Vice-Chancellor. ‘Teaching excellence is vitally important for all students. These annual awards recognise this. I congratulate all those who have received awards this year. The projects are first rate.’

The School of Music and Fine Art’s Skills Enhancement Week took place between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd February, which replaced ‘Reading Week’, provided an invigorated forum and a focussed few days of informative and inspirational events for students to be able to enhance their skills leading to improved employability. Students were able to earn University ‘Employability Points’ by attending these events and prizes were on offer to the student who attended the most sessions and the event went on to lead to a number of student placements and internships with organisations such as Microsoft Computer Games, Zealous, Earcom Ltd and other work experience opportunities.

The team were dedicated to securing an array of industry-recognised guest speakers who provided lively talks, along with a week’s schedule of mixed study skills and employability-related workshops.  Activities such as workshops on self-employment, entrepreneurship, developing partnerships and networking spanned the five days and there were personal and professional development workshops too, where students could learn about how to build and develop their online presence and how to ‘market’ themselves, hone their CV writing skills and learn about the Year Abroad possibilities.

The judging panel were impressed with the team’s employment-focussed student support, as the Skills Enhancement Week clearly enriched the student’s experiences and provided a model which could be emulated across other the other Schools. It was also deemed an excellent example of external engagement, benefiting both students and the University through collaboration.

‘The week proved to be a great success and was even opened up to other University students to attend’ said prize winner Ann Howe. ‘It provided a great opportunity for career networking for students with external industry employers and gave students a chance to think holistically about their education, develop an awareness of skills needed for future employment and to actively build their own employability’

For full details on all the 2013 University of Kent Teaching Prize Award winners and see for more images:


Image caption:
Winners of the Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support 2013 (SMFA’s  Paul Fretwell 2nd right, Ann Howe 3rd right)

Two Students Selected for Turner Contemporary Platform Graduate Showcase and Award

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Charlotte Smith and Daniella Turbin are selected to exhibit for 2013

We were delighted that so many of our students here at the School of Music and Fine Art were shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary Platform Graduate Exhibition show this year, opening 9th October at the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate.

Last year we were pleased to have one student selected for the show, but for 2013 we have two students going forward. Charlotte Smith and Daniella Turbin have been selected alongside 5 other students from the University for the Creative Arts and Canterbury Christchurch University.

The exhibition showcases the talent of emerging artists from East Kent The Turner’s Clore Learning Studio and other spaces, as part of their Platform programme which aims to support graduate professional development and nurture new talent.  

Charlotte’s work is a contemporary installation called Ephemeral Rays and consists of hundreds of light bulbs, dust and fishing line. It seeks to reflect the way in which light rests within a space, settling like dust even if just momentarily. Adapted for the Turner specifically, the installation evolves into a new form drawing on the stunning expanse of sea and sky, with the infinite horizon line as the focal point of the composition.

Daniella’s work focuses on visually documenting dream images in her work. Her practice is rooted in debates about drawing within contemporary art and includes three dimensional interpretations.

Tim Meacham, Lecturer in Fine Art at the School of MFA said: ‘We are very proud and pleased for Charlotte and Daniella; their work looks wonderful in the gallery spaces. Both have conducted themselves with maturity and professionalism throughout the selection and installation process. ‘Platform is a great opportunity for them, launching their careers as independent practitioners through exhibiting their work in a major contemporary art gallery.’

Platform Programme is a project whereby students work with the Turner Contemporary throughout their final year and through a combination of visits, tutorials and presentations, curators and other Turner staff track the students’ progress and practice development throughout their 3rd year. This culminates in some of their degree work being chosen to exhibit at the Platform Exhibition and get put forward for the Platform Graduate Award, winner to be announced in November.

We are thrilled to be showing the work of recent graduates. Platform is part of our wider remit to showcase creativity of artists working today.’
Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary.

The Platform Graduate Showcase is taking place 9th October – 10th November 2013 at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.  
We would encourage anyone interested to visit the exhibition, which is free to attend.

For more information visit the Turner Contemporary website.

School of Music and Fine Art exhibiting at UCAS ‘Compose Your Future’ Exhibition

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The School of Music and Fine Art staff will be exhibiting at the UCAS ‘Compose Your Future’ Exhibition at the Central Convention Complex, Manchester on Monday 7th October 2013.
All are welcome to attend, from 10.00-15.00.

Come and meet us on Stand 8 and learn more about University of Kent and our courses in Music, Popular Music, Creative Events and Music Technology. 

With over 65 exhibitors, the 9th annual event of Compose your Future exhibition focuses on performing arts and related subjects and features live performances from current students, master classes and workshops for students interested in studying music, dance, drama and other performing arts related courses at university or college.  Watch live performances, take part in workshops and demonstrations

The event is set be attended by hundreds of sixth former pupils considering Higher Education.

Entry is free, but booking is required.

Attendees can also sign up to attend a Taster Day Session at our Chatham Historic Dockyard studios on 26th October 2013.

Further information on the exhibition:

Double shortlisting for Kent in Times Higher Education Awards

The University of Kent has been shortlisted in the two categories for which it made submissions to the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2013: Excellence & Innovation in the Arts and ICT Initiative of the Year.

Kent’s shortlisting for Excellence & Innovation in the Arts is based on its recent programme of development, innovation and investment in this sector. This has resulted in the University not only consolidating its existing reputation as a first-choice arts destination for students but in it also becoming an arts champion and cultural hub forCanterburyMedway and the region. Kent’s successes in this area include:

Kent’s shortlisting for ICT Initiative of the Year reflects its commitment to develop and promote a high quality learning experience through innovative teaching methods. The focus of the submission is the development and use of ‘serious games’, or immersive technologies, to enable students and child protection professionals undertaking continuing professional development to practice and discuss difficult child protection cases in safe environments.

Developed by Professor David Shemmings and Dr Jane Reeves from Kent’s Centre for Child Protection, these games combine expertise from a number of the University’s units, disciplines and academic schools, as well as external experts from organisations such as Special Branch, Kent Police, Kent County Council, Kent Probation and Child Health Services (Essex). The resulting programme is considered to be a ‘trail blazer’ for Kent and is expected to set the standard for its future distance learning courses. Feedback from students, practitioners, local authorities, children’s homes, voluntary organisations, training providers and charities has also demonstrated the need for this new style of learning tool – one that is also a far reaching and impactful ICT solution to a range of virulent social problems.

Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: ‘This is further good news for Kent in a year during which the University has been ranked among thetop 20 in the UK. It is also further recognition of Kent’s academic strengths and successes, as well as the impact it makes upon society at all levels. I congratulate all those involved in the shortlisted projects and offer them my best wishes for the awards ceremony.’

The winners of the THE Awards 2013 will be announced during a ceremony on 28 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.