Project Launch: The Missing; memory, migration and Partition

Thu 8 February, 2:00pm

Venue: LDN103, Loughborough University, London: 3 Lesney Avenue, The Broadcast Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E15 2GZ


Book Tickets

Join us at Loughborough University London for an afternoon of discussion to mark the launch of the five-year research project Migrant Memory and the Post-colonial Imagination: British Asian Memory, Identity and Community after Partition, led by Professor Emily Keightley and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Radar has worked with the project team to organise a panel of artists and academics, who will reflect on their research and creative practice in response to the project’s main themes: Partition, diaspora and memory. The session will be followed by a drinks reception. 


- Dawinder Bansal - Creative Producer

- Kazi Ruksana Begum - Arts Development Officer at London Borough of Tower Hamlets

- Prof Raminder Kaur Kahlon - Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, and author of Atomic Mumbai: Living with the Radiance of a Thousand Suns (Routledge, 2013)

- Prof Emily Keightley - Professor of Media and Memory Studies at Loughborough Universit and Primary Investigator on the project. Co-author of My library Memory and the Management of Change: Repossessing the Past (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

- Dr Churnjeet Mahn - Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer in English Literature  at the University of Strathclyde, and co-editor of Partition and the Practice of Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

- Kevin Ryan - Director of Charnwood Arts

- Dr Pippa Virdee - Senior Lecturer in Modern South Asian History at De Montfort University, Leicester; and author of From the Ashes of 1947: Reimagining Punjab (Cambridge University Press, 2018)



November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

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Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

An exhibition of artistic research conducted as part of the practice-based PhD project ‘Co-working with Things. How Furnished Spaces Contribute to the Emergence of Artworks’, supervised by Gillian Whiteley and­­­­ Eleanor Morgan, within Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama. All prints were produced within SAED Printmaking Workshop with the help and advice of printmaking tutor Pete Dobson. Exhibition curated by David Bell, with support from Radar­.  


In 1947, artist Anni Albers urged us to consider ‘materials as our co-workers’. In so doing she invited us to develop new relationships with machines, tools, materials and working spaces. This exhibition explores how the things with which artists work can be seen as co-workers. All the artworks presented are based on simple sets of rules derived from what was possible within a particular, contingent context: working at home or in the printmaking workshop. The works are ongoing, and insist on labour intensive relationships with materials, tools and machines arranged within particular furnished spaces.

The most important aspect common to the works is that they are not autonomous pieces produced by an autonomous artist: their dependence on situations, contexts, equipment, and the willingness of others to do some of the work is written within the ‘code’ that structures their ongoing development. The modular installation Vertical Studio is formless, until someone helps to make it by arranging the elements. Aquatint Etchings is a series of double-sided, multi-layered prints: exhibiting them always involves outsourcing the process of deciding which print is visible, and which is concealed. To make the Photo-Etchings, I asked friends to select from thousands of drawings. Those chosen were then turned into a multiple through the complex photo-etching process which produces uncontrollable variations.

The myth of artistic autonomy is challenged by artworks that depend on contingent contexts and can only emerge from specific arrangements of things. Focusing on the role of things within furnished spaces also reveals the importance of maintenance activities that are not usually seen as part of artistic labour. It is the work of setting up and looking after spaces such as homes, studios and workshops that makes the emergence of new artworks possible.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

01509 222 948

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