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SMFA’s Dr Ruth Herbert a trustee for National Youth Jazz Collective

Dr. Ruth Herbert, 2018.

 

Music Psychologist and performer, Dr Ruth Herbert, SMFA’s Lecturer in Contemporary and 20th Century Music Performance, has been invited to become a trustee of the National Youth Jazz Collective.

Founded in 2007, The NYJC supports the creative & educational needs of the young jazz musician, focusing on small group improvisation within a pathway of progression from beginners to young professionals, supporting music education to increase the ability of 8 – 18 year -olds to play by ear in small groups: to learn, improvise, compose, arrange and lead bands.

Commented Dr Herbert: “I am delighted to have been invited to be a trustee for National Youth Jazz Collective. At a time when arts provision (including music) is being sidelined to the point of extinction in schools, the roles of organisations like NYJC are a lifeline & incredibly important in sustaining music provision. NYJC are doing an amazing job of reaching out- through regional workshops across the UK, through their Summer School, and other initiatives – e.g. inclusivity, particularly getting more young women into jazz. Simply giving young people the time and space to connect/experience/understand loads of different musics and have a good time!”

More info http://nationalyouthjazz.co.uk/

 

Related posts: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2703
And https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2675

Music Lecturers attend prestigious Ivor Novello Awards in London

 

Dr Paul Fretwell and Richard Lightman at the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, 2018.

 

Fellow composers and SMFA Lecturers Dr Paul Fretwell, Head of School and Senior Lecturer in Music  and Richard Lightman, Lecturer in Music, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Director of Employability, Year in Industry Coordinator for SMFA and CMAT, attended the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday 31st May at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.  The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. Presented and judged by music creators they represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition.

Commented Richard Lightman, “I was invited to attend the Ivor Novello Awards as a board member of the Council of Music Makers which includes BASCA, MPG, MMF, FAC, and the MU and in my capacity as a member of the Copyright Committee of UK Music advising the government on copyright issues and the impact of Brexit on the Music Industry.  Both SMFA and the University of Kent’s new Centre for Music and Audio Technology are academic partners in BASCA’s educational scheme.”

 

More info about the awards http://theivors.com/the-ivors-2018/

SMFA’s Dr Aki Pasoulas has work selected for International Sound & Music Conference

Dr Aki Pasoulas performing with the MAAST, 2017. Photo by: A. Seddon

 

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, has his electroacoustic composition Irides accepted in the peer-reviewed conference Sound & Music Computing (smc2018) with the general theme Sonic Crossings. The concert will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, between 4th and 7th July. Keynote speakers include reknowned composer Trevor Wishart.  The website of the conference is http://smc2018.cut.ac.cy/index.html

Irides (which literally means rainbows), was premiered on 24 April 2017 at the Sound of Memory symposium at Goldsmiths Great Hall, London. It has been subsequently selected for performances at the ISSTA (Irish Sound Science and Technology Association) conference at Dundalk, Ireland, at the Sound/Image conference in London, at the ICMC2017 (International Computer Music Conference) in Shanghai, China, and at the Helicotrema festival in Venice, Italy, in a concert curated by Hildegard Westerkamp.

Aki Pasoulas is an electroacoustic composer, whose works are regularly performed worldwide.

 

Also see https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2609

 

SMFA Postgraduate Presentations on Wednesday 23rd May

“Attention 1” by Moyra Derby, PhD Fine Art, 2018.

 

The annual SMFA Postgraduate Presentations take place Wednesday 23rd May in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space at the campus on the Historic Dockyard Chatham.  The Postgraduate Presentations are an excellent opportunity for SMFA to celebrate the successes of our postgraduates and the contribution they make to the life, work and academic community of the School.

The day will run from 10:30am – 3pm (approx. finishing time) and includes a range of presentations from students studying Music and Fine Art MA and PhD programmes, as well as a participatory tour of one of a Fine Art Degree Show piece from one of our MA Fine Art students.

The schedule is below:

10.40     Alan Stumpenhuson-Payne
PhD Music (Research)
                  Canterbury Calling

11:00     Richard Lightman,
PhD Music and Technology
Mediating Culture from the Producers View:  Cultural Mediation between music producers.

11:30     Georgios Kyriakakis
PhD Music and Technology
Terpsichore: A Software Music Interface for People with Mental Disabilities on the Autism Spectrum

12:00     Moyra Derby
PhD Fine Art
Cross Cuts and Edits: Pictorial Attention Captured, Segmented and Dispersed

12:20     Lunch – Galvanising Shop Café

13:15     Michael Bonner
PhD Music (Research)
How To Hit Yourself On The Head With A Mallet Safely

13:45     Andrea Hepworth
MA Music (Research)
Music-evoked Autobiographical Memories (MEAMs) and the relationship to Nostalgia

13:55     Deborah Abbott
MA Fine Art
The Portrayal of Disability in Art: Brain Matters 

14:20     Olu Taiwo
MA Fine Art
Access Memories 2 – Degree Show Artwork Tour

Olu will meet the audience at 14:10 in the Galvanising Shop Performance Space and take them to his Degree Show artwork.  The tour of the piece starts at 14:20.  Please contact mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk for information on the location of the artwork if you are intending to go there directly for 14:20.

There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions after each presentation and a lunch will be provided for presenting students and audience members at which further discussion can take place.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to mfapgradmin@kent.ac.uk or via Facebook

 

Image credit: Attention 1 by Moyra Derby, PhD Fine Art – more about Moyra’s work here https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2695

SMFA Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist Adam Chodzko hosting the Ash Walk on Saturday 25th August

Adam Chodzko

 

As part of Whitstable Biennale’s partnership with The Ash Project, SMFA Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist Adam Chodzko is hosting the Ash Walk on Saturday 25th August from 2-4pm.  He will lead a walk into the near future as part of a funeral procession for some of the UK’s last remaining ash trees.

https://www.theashproject.org.uk/ is a cultural response to ash dieback in the Kent Downs, celebrating the cultural, natural and social history of the ash tree, to present a series of artists’ walks in 2018 through ash landscapes in Kent, encouraging study and providing an intimate, conversational way to explore the landscapes.

An award winning artist, Adam Chodzko uses a wide range of media including video, installation and performance. His work is characterised by a keen curiosity, exploring the interactions and possibilities of human behaviour – the gap between how we are and how we could be. With a few surprises in store for walkers, along the way, this walk promises to be stimulating, interactive and surprising.  The walk is FREE but needs to be booked in advance. To book go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ash-walks-adam-chodzko-tickets-44858540101

 

More info here: https://www.whitstablebiennale.com/artists/ash-walks/  and https://www.whitstablebiennale.com/project/the-ash-walks-3-adam-chodzko/

SMFA’s Fine Art Lecturer artist Adam Chodzko commissioned for Art on the Tideway

SMFA Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist Adam Chodzko is one of 13 artists commissioned to create permanent integrated artworks for the three new acres of public realm next to the River Thames. Art on the Tideway is an ambitious public art programme for London, inviting leading contemporary artists to meaningful connect with London’s past and future as the tunnel is built. With over fifty temporary and permanent commissions, it challenges artists to animate new environments and create engaging interventions for the city’s diverse audiences, marking the River Thames as a new cultural venue.

The artworks will be completed in 2021.

 

More info https://www.tideway.london/our-community/art-and-heritage/art-on-the-tideway/

Related post: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2812

SMFA’s Adam Chodzko features in international Cornish summer art festival Groundwork

Ghost

 

SMFA Fine Art Senior Lecturer and acclaimed artist, Adam Chodzko, is featured in Groundwork – a festival season of exceptional international contemporary art in Cornwall from 5th May through to September. With an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the programme of exhibitions and events in 2018 includes presentations of important new commissions and acclaimed works by internationally celebrated artists in venues and outdoor sites across West Cornwall. You can experience Adam’s work 5-7th May at St Anthony-in-Meneage, Helston and the waters of the Helford River. http://groundwork.art/programme/adam-chodzko/

Adam Chodzko’s iconic vessel Ghost will be taking passengers on voyages on Gillan Creek, near Manaccan on the Lizard peninsula, during Groundwork’s launch weekend. Ghost is a hand-made wooden kayak fabricated from hundreds of strips of different woods and is both a vessel and a sculptural object. First exhibited in the Whitstable Biennale in 2010, it has since travelled along the River Medway and the River Tamar, through The Olympic Park, London, along the Tyne and in creeks through Essex. In each location members of the public are carried in a reclining position, in a state between waking and sleeping, their passage recorded by a camera mounted on the boat’s prow.

Using a wide range of media, including video, installation, photography, drawing and performance, Adam Chodzko’s work focuses on our relationships to life’s edges, endings, displacements, transitions, disappearances and in-between states and often involves looking in the ‘wrong’ place or in the ‘wrong’ way to discover productive mis-readings and to propose alternative realities.

 

More info about the festival here http://groundwork.art/artists/

SMFA Fine Art Lecturer Adam Chodzko featured in exhibition of films as part of Film London Jarman Award at the Whitechapel Gallery

Adam Chodzko, 2018.

 

Fine Art Lecturer and acclaimed artist Adam Chodzko is featured in the exhibition of films commissioned from shortlisted artists by Channel 4 as part of Film London Jarman Award: A Journey Through the First Decade at London’s Whitechapel Gallery 2 from 15th May  – 10th June.

The Film London Jarman Award was named in honour of visionary artist/filmmaker Derek Jarman, and since 2008, has celebrated the creative spirit of artists working today, rewarding challenging and innovative work and helping to establish the place of the moving image within the art world.

More info  here: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/film-london-jarman-award-journey-first-decade/

Adam Chodzko lives and works in Whitstable and has exhibited extensively in international solo and group exhibitions and projects including: Tate St Ives; Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bologna; Athens Biennale; Istanbul Biennale; Venice Biennale; Deste Foundation, Athens; PS1, New York; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kunstmuseum Lucerne; Creative Time, New York; Hayward Gallery, London and Tate Britain.

 

Related post: https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/news.html?view=2662

SMFA Fine Art PhD student Stephen Connolly wins prestigious 2018 BAFTSS Award

Stephen Connolly, an artist filmmaker, Lecturer in Film Production, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Fine Art PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Music and Fine Art (also a Kent 50 Scholar), has won a British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Award for 2018, in the Moving Image category under Best Practice Research Portfolio for Machine Space.

BAFTSS encourage best teaching and research practice, promoting the training of postgraduate students in research and giving researchers and practitioners the opportunity to attend and present a paper at the annual BAFTSS conference.

Says Stephen: “The PhD has been such an amazing experience and deeply helpful for my practice, encouraging me to push forward towards publication. The process of academic research has allowed me to place the work in context and in conversation with other disciplines and artists. I aim to contribute to the further development of practice as research as a process of making moving image work in the arts.”

Connolly’s Machine Space is an essay film exploring a city as a machine; a place of movement and circulation. Using a kinetic approach, issues of space, race and finance frame the city of Machine Space. Residents in voiceover testify how the city as a spatial and financial machine shapes their experience. The city is Detroit, a place that has changed from producing the means of movement to producing space itself.  The film uses formal representational devices to explore this content, and addresses issues of complicity of audiences in the state of affairs in the city. It is a visualization of the ideas of Henri Lefebvre, philosopher of space and urban life.

The film was shown at London Film Festival and Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University.  https://wexarts.org/film-video/stephen-connolly-machine-space

You can read the LFF Review (in which it is described as “brilliant”) on MUBI https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/spatial-stories

Stephen Connolly’s work investigates cinema and representation through place, politics and history. His award winning single screen work which explores the interface between spectatorship, material culture and subjectivity, has been widely shown internationally since 2002. A FLAMIN award recipient, he has had solo screenings at the ICA and BFI Southbank in London, and was a juror at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA) in 2011.

 

More info about the BAFTSS Awards here  http://baftss.org/awards-2018/   and  http://baftss.org/special-interest-groups/practice-research/

Machine Space newsprint giveaway http://bubblefilm.net/texts/pdf_texts/Machine_Space_Newsprint.pdf