Friday, 27 September 2013

‘David Bomberg: Objects of Collection’ Gallery Talks

A specially curated programme of free public talks and events accompanies the current exhibition at the Borough Road Gallery:

Thursday 3 October 2013, 7pm: ‘How I discovered Bomberg’: A Conversation with Richard Cork. Free entry, limited spaces, booking strongly recommended.

Friday 18 October 2013, 11am: ‘“Mr Bomberg” and the Borough: A Different Class’. Talk by CMCR Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Leon Betsworth. Free entry.

Thursday 7 November 2013, 7pm: ‘Writing Bomberg: Poetry & Voice at Borough Road Gallery.’ A spoken word performance: 10 emerging writers will read new poems written in response to the exhibition. This will be a unique opportunity to celebrate emerging poetic talent. Free entry, limited spaces, booking recommended.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

The Online Image

The Online Image

Friday 13 September, 7pm

The Photographers’ Gallery

As part of the Key Speakers series at The Photographers’ Gallery Laurel Ptak will be giving a talk on The Online Image, an investigation into the social and political dimensions of photography, technology and contemporary art.

Laurel Ptak is a curator and researcher based in New York City. She currently teaches in the Art, Media and Technology Department at Parsons The New School for Design and serves as at-large Associate Curator for Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm.

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What’s up in Egypt?

CMCR Research Seminar

What’s up in Egypt?
Reflections on recent events

Richard Cahill

Friday 13 September, 3.30pm

Studio 55, Keyworth Building, LSBU

Dr Richard Cahill earned his PhD in History at the University of California.  He directed the Middle East Studies Program of the CCCU, based in Cairo, from 1996 to 2002, taught at Westmont College and Cal-Poly SLO (CA), before being appointed Director of International Education at Berea College (KY) in 2005.  He is currently on sabbatical and has recently returned from Egypt.



Friday 13 September, 12pm

The London Art Book Fair  2013, Whitechapel Gallery

Join artists, designers and publishers to discuss how the book can keep up with digital culture through new modes of making, distributing and reading.

Put questions on your publishing projects to our panel of experts:

Gordon Macdonald (publisher GOST Books)

Michael Mack (publisher Mack Books, MAPP)

Colin Sackett (artist, book designer and publisher Uniformbooks)

Susan Johanknecht (artist, writer, publisher, Subject Leader of MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts)

Nick Thurston (artist and co-editor information as material)

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé (artist, self-publisher (MOIedition), bookRoom director). 

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This event is in association with bookRoom and launches The Book is Alive! edited by Emmanuelle Waeckerlé and Richard Sawdon Smith, published by RGAP, distributed by Cornerhouse.

The book offers a survey of current thinking and innovative practice in contemporary publishing presented at the BOOKLIVE! International symposium in London in June 2012. 
This two-day event brought together theorists, researchers and practitioners to examine the current ‘transforming’ of the book and its ability to keep up with digital culture and the emergence of new modes of making, reading, collecting and disseminating ‘on the page’ work.

With contributions from in (alphabetical order):
Andrej Blatnik (SVN), Sarah Bodman (UK), Marco Bohr (UK), Daniela Cascella (UK), Amanda Couch (UK), Arnaud Desjardin (UK), Joan Fontcuberta (SP) , Matt Hulse & Barnaby Dicker (UK), Annabel Frearson (UK), Sharon Helgason Gallagher (US), Peter Jaeger (UK), Paul Jeff & Laura Jenkins (UK), Susan Johanknecht & Katharine Meynell (UK), Marcus Kaiser (GER),, Sharon Kivland &, Nick Thurston (UK), Didier Mathieu (FRA), Romi Mikulinsky (AUS), Christoph Nicolas (GER), Paula Roush (UK) & Maria Lusitano (SWE), Mark Sanderson (UK), Sylvia Alexandra Schimag (GER), Andreas Schmidt (UK), David W. Speck (UK), Seekers of Lice (UK), Paul Soulellis (US), Stefan Szczelkun (UK), Rahel Zoller (UK)

The symposium and the publication are a collaboration between the Centre for Media and Cultural Research (CMCR) at LSBU and bookRoom at UCA Farnham.

The Aesthetics of In-Game Advertising

CMCR Research Seminar

Investigating the Aesthetics of In-Game Advertising

Gavin Stewart

Thursday 12 September, 3.30pm

Studio 55, Keyworth Building, LSBU

The provision of advertising as part of game play has become a common, but under-studied, part of commercial video games. Practices such as in-game product placement, advergaming, social media gaming and the use of advertising to acquire game assets have all found their place within the rich diversity of games facilitated by contemporary gaming platforms. This presentation will set out the initial investigations of a new research project looking at the impact of in-game advertising on videogame aesthetics. It will use in-game adverts to advance a critique of some of the commonplace concepts used to describe the aesthetics of gameplay, such as ‘flow’ and ‘the magic circle’, which tend of idealise and isolate this experience. This presentation will then explore these theoretical issues further by exploring the methodological challenges involved in researching advertising in video games.

Dr Gavin Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Media Arts and the University of Bedfordshire where he teaches units on Digital Culture and New Media Production. His research interests include videogames and the aesthetics of digital texts. His recent publications include The End of Journalism, edited with Alec Charles, and Br(e)aking the News, with Janey Gordon and Paul Rowinski.

Mass Exhibitionism

Mass Exhibitionism

Thursday 5 September, 7pm

The Photographers’ Gallery

In connection with the current exhibition Mass Observation: This Is Your Photo, Katrina Sluis is organising a panel discussion about Mass Exhibitionism, which will focus on the ways that the online display of intimate photography expands the original Mass Observation project and unsettles traditional distinctions between public and private.

Speakers include Andrew Dewdney, Rózsa Farkas and Haidy Geismar. The panel will be chaired by art historian, curator and writer Ben Burbridge.

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