Seminar - The Civic University

Tue 20 September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Upstairs at the Swan in the Rushes Pub 21 The Rushes, Loughborough LE11 5BE

FREE

Overview:

Historically a civic university was the term given to a university devised to tend to a particular civic need - an institution created for the development of teaching and learning of a (predominately industrial) discourse. However a more contemporary understanding of this term is to think about the increasing ‘need’ for universities’ to actively engage with their locality; to be successful and resilient.

What is the role of the university in supporting the town it inhabits?  Has it got a duty to engage with the wider society in which it inhabits?  Are there innovative ways in which a university can improve the economy of the town?

These are all questions to be discussed at our forthcoming seminar involving artists and academics whose work has involved them in examining the role of the higher education and its link to the local economy. 

Join us for the last in our current series of public seminars; this informal evening event is designed to explore the concept of a ‘civic university’ through a series of presentations by leading practitioners.

Speakers:

Andrew Merritt and Paul Smyth, Design Collective - Something & Son

As part of their Market Town commission design collective Something & Son have explored the relationship between the civic and the university in their project Market Lectures, where Loughborough’s town market and University traded places.
Their commission has resulted in a specially designed structure that functions both as a market stall and lecture theatre. The structure became the centre piece for a series of public events - a University Market where the town’s market traded on campus for one day, and a series of Market Lectures where students and academics traded places and hosted a series of public academic sessions in the town’s market place. For more information about Something & Son: http://somethingandson.com/
 
Dr Clare Melhuish, Senior Research Associate & Co-Director, UCL Urban Laboratory

Since her appointment in 2013 Clare has initiated research University-led Regeneration, a set of comparative case studies, featuring a range of cross-disciplinary urban research methods, designed to inform the development of UCL's own spatial development project in east London and discussions about the university's own role within inclusive urban development in London. This research has made a significant contribution to the university's cross-disciplinary scholarship on urban regeneration, and public and academic debates more widely.

This initial set of five case studies from the research project, which analyse the processes and impacts of urban regeneration initiatives led by universities in the UK and US, was originally published in September 2015, and forms the basis for an ongoing process of dissemination and research development based in the UCL Urban Laboratory. They are open access - freely available to download and share online - so that they can inform a wider discussion about the role of universities in urban change – available here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/news/university-regeneration-case-studies

Professor Darren Smith

As a Social Population Geographer, Darren is fascinated by the ways in which places and neighbourhoods are transformed by contemporary processes of migration and population change, and how new social relations and conflicts are created.   Examining these connections, his research is focussed on social and population change in a range of urban, rural, and coastal places to advance theoretical, conceptual and empirical understandings of the formation of more exclusive, segregated, marginalised, and transient societies. 

Since the late 1990s, Darren’s research has investigated the links between higher education, student populations, and urban change, coining the term ‘studentification’, to conceptualise these processes of change within university towns and cities.  For more information: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/geography/staff/academic/smith-d.html

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-civic-university-tickets-25739017093

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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.  

Background:

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.

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