Experiencing Spaces Lecture Series – October/November 2014

This term’s Spatial and CTS Lecture Series explores the theme Experiencing Spaces, looking at designers and thinkers who address people’s experiences of spaces. These events are organised by the Spatial Communication and Contextual and Theoretical Studies Programme as a platform for key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines to present their work at LCC.

Monday 27 October: Charles Holland, Ordinary Architecture and FAT architecture
4.30 to 6.00 PM Main Lecture Theatre
London College of Communication

Thursday 30 October: Joana Seguro, Artists and Engineers
1.00 to 2.00 PM Podium Lecture Theatre
London College of Communication

Thursday 6 November: Sam Hill, PAN
1.00 to 2.00 PM Podium Lecture Theatre
London College of Communication

Thursday 13 November: Harriet Harris, Oxford Brookes University
1.00 to 2.00 PM Podium Lecture Theatre
London College of Communication

Thursday 20 November: Linda Florence, Designer
1.00 to 2.00 PM Podium Lecture Theatre
London College of Communication

More information on each speaker in the PDF Lecture Series – Experiencing Spaces

Last lecture for this year’s Spatial Communication Programme Lecture series

The Spatial Communication Programme presents Silvia Grimaldi, on experience, surprise and narrativity

Dates: 11 March 2014

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Tuesday 11 March 5.00-6.00
Main Lecture Theatre

Silvia is Course Leader on BA (Hons) Spatial Design at London College of Communication, and in the past ran the BA (Hons) Graphic Product Innovation at the same college. She works as a designer, researcher and academic and runs her own company, Nimble Critters, with which she developed the ETree, a range of interactive electroluminescent lighting in small production and exhibited worldwide. Her research focuses on product experience, narratives and emotional design, and she is now working on a PhD entitled Designing Narrative Product Interactions.

This presentation and discussion of Silvia Grimaldi’s work is part of a series of events organised by the Spatial Communication Programme Group as a platform for the discussion of future developments in the field. Key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines have been invited to present their work at LCC.

This term’s lecture series

This term’s Spatial Communication Programme’s lecture series:

January 14th    Yukie Nagasawa    Eclective
January 21st    Roger Whiteman    Beside Design
January 28th    Regner Ramos    Embodiment, technology and the built environment

February 4th    Peter Emrys-Roberts    ERA Studio
February 18th    Victoria Kelley    Street Markets
February 25th    Guy Julier    The challenges of social design’    Monika Parrinder

March 4th    Tony Roche    Surface design (film & television)
March 11th    Silvia Grimaldi    Surprise, product experience, emotional design, narrative

All talks will take place on Tuesdays between 5 and 6 PM in the Main Lecture Theatre at LCC and are open to all UAL students and staff.

This series of events is organised by the Spatial Communication Programme Group as a platform for the discussion of future developments in the field. Key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines have been invited to present their work at LCC.

Materials Council Talk

The Spatial Communication and Contextual & Theoretical Studies Programme Group present Materials and Surfaces from the Materials Council
www.materialscouncil.com

Tuesday 29 October 2013 5:30-6:30pm
Main Lecture Theatre

The lecture from Materials Council will be a discussion of materials and surfaces for architectural and interior design applications. Wide ranging and inspirational, the talk will cover selection methodologies, environmental issues in materials and the built environment and developments in contemporary materials, manufacturing and fabrication techniques. The lecture will be supported by a display of innovative material samples allowing attendees to experience a range of material products first hand.

This presentation and discussion is part of a series of events organised by the Spatial Communication Programme Group as a platform for the discussion of future developments in the field. Key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines have been invited to present their work at LCC.

The Spatial Communication Programme Presents…

Our lecture series is drawing to an end for this year, here’s who we hosted this term

The Spatial Communication Programme presents Matt Wade, co-founder of Kin

5 February 2013

Matt Wade

Tuesday 5 February 2013 5.00 – 6.00pm
Main Lecture Theatre

Matt Wade co-founded research and design studio Kin in 2008 with Kevin Palmer. Their work is built around a fascination with the way people interact with the world around them.

Over the last 5 years, Kin have delivered over 350 projects working for a diverse range of clients from electronics giants, to fashion labels, to national museums. They have close connections with academia, through teaching, as external examiners and with research projects.

Kin’s work has featured many times in the Design Press, in exhibitions and leading institutions, such as the Barbican, the BFI and the Design Museum and has won numerous awards including a D&AD Yellow Pencil.

This presentation and discussion of Kin’s work by Matt Wade is part of a series of events organised by the Spatial Communication Programme Group as a platform for the discussion of future developments in the field. Key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines have been invited to present their work at LCC.

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The Spatial Communication Programme presents Paolo Gerbaudo, ‘Tweets and the Streets’

26 February 2013

Tweets and the streets

Tuesday 26  February 2013 5-6.00pm
Main Lecture Theatre, LCC

Paolo Gerbaudo will be presenting the key themes and conclusions of his recent book Tweets and the Streets in which he analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the ‘indignados’ protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest.

Gerbaudo will argue that activists’ use of Twitter and Facebook does not fit with the image of a ‘cyberspace’ detached from physical reality but that social media is used as part of a project of re-appropriation of public space, which involves the assembling of different groups around ‘occupied’ places such as Cairo’s Tahrir Square or New York’s Zuccotti Park. Tweets and the Streets points both to the creative possibilities and to the risks of political evanescence which new media brings to the contemporary protest experience.

Paolo Gerbaudo is Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society at King’s College London, and a freelance journalist. He was also Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo.

This presentation and discussion with Paolo Gerbaudo is part of a series of events organised by the Spatial Communication Programme Group as a platform for the discussion of future developments in the field. Key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines have been invited to present their work at LCC.

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The Spatial Communication Programme presents Orproject

30 April 2013

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Tuesday 30 April 2013, 5 – 6pm
Main Lecture Theatre

The Spatial Communication Programme presents Orproject

Orproject is a London-based architecture and design practice set up in 2006 by Francesco Brenta, Christoph Klemmt, Laura Micalizzi, Rajat Sodhi and Renato Papa. Their work explores advanced geometries with an ecologic agenda, the integration of natural elements into the design results in an “eco-narrative”. Their projects range from experimental small-scale installations to large real-estate developments. They produce high-end luxury design, covering all aspects of a project from design and planning to practical completion. Their work has been published and exhibited widely at, amongst other events, the London Architecture Festival, the Furniture Fair in Milan, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Goethe Institute in Beijing.

“Ecology as a narrative” expresses their approach to ecological design: They are not interested in creating perfectly efficient ecological machines, but in expressing through a visual narrative the sequence of steps in which architecture can harness natural elements. This sequence of steps from a natural element to its integration into design is usually hidden within a photovoltaic panel or concealed behind cladding. They visually expose this sequence as a narrative by expressing each step in a stimulating game of perceptions. Ecology as a narrative thus creates awareness of how harmoniously nature can blend into design.

www.orproject.com

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The Spatial Communication Programme presents Linda Florence, surface and installation designer

22 May 2013

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Wednesday 22 May 5-6pm
Podium Lecture Theatre

Linda Florence produces bespoke hand printed wallpaper and installation artwork for public, commercial and domestic interiors.  Florence’s printing techniques incorporate a mixture of traditional and new technologies. Clients include the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Jerwood Space, Swarovski, The National Trust, Ted Baker and Penguin. Florence has won multiple design awards including a British Design Award and is currently visiting professor Weißensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin and Senior Lecturer at CSM.

This presentation and discussion of Linda Florence’s work is part of a series of events organised by the Spatial Communication Programme Group as a platform for the discussion of future developments in the field. Key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines have been invited to present their work at LCC.

Lecture Series

This term’s Spatial Communication lecture series came to a close last week, but will continue next term. This is a series of events organised by the Spatial Communication Programme Group as a platform for the discussion of future developments in the field. Key thinkers and practitioners working across boundaries and at the cutting edge of their disciplines have been invited to present their work at LCC. All of these are open to students and staff across the university. These are some of the great talks we hosted:

The Spatial Communication Programme presents Materials Council

Date: 20 November 2012

Tuesday 20 November 2012 6-7.00pm
Main Lecture Theatre

Materials and Surfaces from Materials Council

The lecture from Materials Council will be a discussion of materials and surfaces for architectural and interior design applications. Wide ranging and inspirational, the talk will cover selection methodologies, environmental issues in materials and the built environment and developments in contemporary materials, manufacturing and fabrication techniques. The lecture will be supported by a display of innovative material samples allowing attendees to experience a range of material products first hand.

www.materialscouncil.com

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ANNETTE MEES, Co-director of CONEY

www.youhavefoundconey.net

Tuesday 13th November | 6-7pm | Main Lecture Theatre

Annette Mees makes immersive theatre, interactive experiences and adventures. She is a co-director of Coney an award-winning arts agency of adventure and play – a community of artists, makers and players. Coney tells stories where the audience can become the heroes, and which are always live and responsive and an adventure. The work mixes live performance and play with digital and online storytelling. Within Coney Annette focusses on developing new interactive narratives and experiential models, developing work with writers and actors, and the integration of digital technology and theatrical live events. Coney has made work for and with The National Theatre, Kensington Palace, Tate Britain, BBC, Channel 4, The Dublin Fringe Festival, 01SJ San Jose Biennial, Bains Numeriques in Paris and BAC London.

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The Spatial Communication Programme presents Paul Simmons, Co-founder of Timorous Beasties

Tuesday 23 October 2012 6-7pm
Main Lecture Theatre

Paul Simmons is co-founder with Alistair McAuley of the design studio Timorous Beasties set up in 1990 after they met studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art. Noted for surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers, their work could be seen as a wayward take on the often ’twee’ world of textiles. In particular they are known for their reinvention of the ‘Toile de Jouy’ fabrics of Napoleonic France, and have designed a number of toiles depicting scenes of urban social realism against a back drop of familiar, landmark buildings.

The work of Timorous Beasties (www.timorousbeasties.com) can be viewed in both residential and commercial settings and they often undertake projects out with their normal parameters. This is evident in their engraved stone cladding for Cabot Circus Shopping Centre in Bristol, granite over slabs for the Burns Museum in Ayr, bespoke gravestones and an aluminium installation on the exterior of Princes Square Shopping Centre in Glasgow. They have collaborated with brands such as Brintons Carpets, Nike and Famous Grouse.

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The Spatial Communications Programme presents Katharine Hamnett CBE and Ed Gillespie co founder of Futerra Sustainability Communications

Tuesday 27 November 2012, 6pm
Main Lecture Theatre

Katharine Hamnett is a global fashion designer best known for her political t-shirts and her ethical business philosophy. Her clothes have been sold across 40 countries worldwide.

In 1983 she rocked the world when she was presented to Margaret Thatcher wearing her ‘58% DON’T WANT PERSHING’ t-shirt. Since then her campaigns have included amongst many others “NOT IN MY NAME’  ‘NO MORE FISH IN THE SEA’ and ‘SAVE THE FUTURE’. She has fought tirelessly for the introduction of organic cotton and although despairing at the slow pace of change she has not surrendered.

With the aid of super models such as Lily Cole and Naomi Campbell, Katharine Hamnett has made it ‘cool to care’. Where she has led others are now following. Hailed as ‘Queen of Green’ by Vogue and voted ‘No. 1 Ethical Hero’ by New Consumer magazine Hamnett has proved that desirable luxury fashions can walk hand in hand with ethical and political views.

More information www.catharinehamnett,com

Ed Gillespie and Futerra work by persuading big businesses to include environmental issues as part of their advertising campaigns. Although working in a different sphere to Hamnett for over a decade this agency has been promoting awareness of current world issues such as corporate responsibility. One of their latest projects is ‘Planet Brands’. Ed says ‘we have identified brands with world changing potential. Now they have to live up to it’.

If you would like to check out the latest trends in ‘Swishing’ or ‘Greenwashing’ their interactive website is the one to watch; www.futerra.com.  Humour and bright zingy colours are their communication tools of choice. At LCC Ed will be letting us in on the secret of ‘Why sustainability is Hotter than Electric Underpants’

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For more of what is going on at LCC take a look at the LCC events blog at http://newsevents.arts.ac.uk/lcc/ and for more talks have a look at the University of the Arts talks blog http://newsevents.arts.ac.uk/category/events/talks/

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post by: Silvia Grimaldi