July 2nd, 2009
STATE OF THE ART 2

Present and future prospects for research in art, design, visual/material culture, the built environment, and their histories

Friday 10 July at the Jerwood Space, Union Street, SE1

Following on from last summer’s successful Research Workshop at the Jerwood Space near Tate Modern, we’re returning there on 9 and 10 July. And once again, the aim of this year’s Summer Workshop is to review current research across the range of fields and practices with which our research students are engaged.

To this end, we’ve arranged two panels of guest speakers, who will address some key issues in these fields. We hope that you’ll be able to attend both days and both panel sessions, not least because it’s important for your own research training to find out about other kinds of research-how these compare with your own, what overlaps there are between them, and what you can learn from them.

The panel session on Friday is on Crossing boundaries: interdisciplinary research and creative practices. The panellists are:
* Professor Jane Rendell, Director of Architectural Research at the Bartlett, UCL. An architectural designer and historian, art critic and writer, her work has explored various interdisciplinary intersections: feminist theory and architectural history, fine art and architectural design, autobiographical writing and criticism. She is author of Site-Writing: The Architecture of Art Criticism (forthcoming 2009), Art and Architecture (2006), and The Pursuit of Pleasure (2002) among many other works.
* Dr Frank Millward, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Kingston. Frank’s research explores the connections between scientific and artistic visualization processes and their relationships to sound, acknowledging that each can inform the other and that the blurred divide between technical and artistic is interdisciplinary territory where innovation and new knowledge is created. Frank has recently composed and musically directed a number of site-specific works for major U.K. festivals including: Dining With Alice and The Perfect Day. He has also written, arranged and/or performed on a number of documentary film scores for ABC, BBC, Channel 4 and independent producers in Australia and the UK.
* Dr Paul Micklethwaite, Senior Research Fellow in FADA. From academic beginnings in philosophy, Paul gradually moved into social research, then design research, and then into ‘sustainability’. His PhD investigated the question ‘what is design?’, incorporating a large-scale interview study. Paul now teaches, supervises research students, and undertakes research projects and knowledge transfer activities, all in the area of Design for Sustainability and often using social research methods. He is the current editor of Kiosk, a multi-disciplinary annual of art and design.

Each day will also feature three work-in-progress presentations by PhD students, and a discussion about research practices and policies in the Faculty.

The programme for each day will begin at 10 am, and end at 4.30, and lunch at the Jerwood is included. If you want to be sure of a place, please book as soon as possible with Emerald Day at e.day@kingston.ac.uk as numbers are limited.

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