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Emma Jensen selected for inclusion in New Designer Selection

First Impressions Exhibition

Site specificity, community and public involvement in David Behar’s practice and work

'We Were Never Being Boring. Betwenn Concentration and Inattention' a talk co-presented by Nico De Oliveira and Nici Oxley


News and Events Archive: October 2009

Cass Graduate in Top 30 Designers

Emma Jensen, a 2009 Graduate of the BA Interior Design and Technology Course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has been selected for inclusion in New Designers Selection, a showcase of work by the top 30 designers from this years UK graduates. Her work will appear in a special pullout in leading magazine Design Week.

Every year over three thousand designers from UK art schools, colleges and universities show their work at the New Designers exhibition in the Business Design Centre. A lucky thirty have been chosen for inclusion in the New Designers Selection. Emma’s project was a ‘retreat’ designed as part of a live project for Kew Gardens.

Talking about her success, Emma said, “I am absolutely thrilled, I can't quite believe that I was chosen out of so many people. I owe so much to the Interior design degree team. I now feel ready to take on the design world and show it what I have got to give!”

Emma will get a chance to put her skills into action as she has already been asked to redesign a bar in Chigwell and is currently embarking the rather daunting task of her first real interior design brief.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader for recruitment and marketing said “The competition in the design world is fierce, so this achievement is great news for Emma, the Cass and for London Metropolitan University.”

You can see an interview with Emma on The Londonmet Youtube Channel

September 30, 2009

Cass alumni, staff and students lead printmaking renaissance

Exhibition: First Impressions - Works on paper
Dates: October 26th – 31st 2009
Venue: Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, 5b Pall Mall, SW1Y 4UY

An exhibition in London’s West End called First Impressions, is to feature new work from twenty six artists who are all, in one way or another, associated with the celebrated print room at the Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design.)

CASSA Art has mounted the exhibition at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery to celebrate what they believe to be a resurgence in printmaking. First Impressions has been curated by Caro Millington a final year Fine Art student and Sarah Knight, who is in her second year at The Cass, inspired by the stimulating and supportive environment of the print room at Commercial Road. The exhibitors include current students, alumni, teaching staff including Nigel Oxley and David Skingle, as well as artists in residence Susan Aldworth and Rebecca Jewell.

At times of financial insecurity, people have traditionally turned to prints because of the value provided by unique art based on high levels of skill and technique offered in strictly limited editions. The prints in First Impressions include etchings, screen prints, wood cuts and aquatints. In addition, a small number of remarkable monoprints will be on show. Like artists from Hogarth and Durer to Hockney and Emin the artists showing their work here relish the medium of print.

An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with biographies of all the artists. Download a copy first_impressions_catalogue.pdf

For further information please contact the CASSA Art co-curators, Caro Millington or Sarah Knight.

LECTURE by artist David Behar

Lecture:  Site specificity, community and public involvement in David Behar’s practice and work
Date:  Tuesday 17 November 2009
Time:  14.00-15.00pm
Veneu:  Room 514, Commercial Road (Lecture Theatre, 5th floor)

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and the Sir John Cass Department of Art Media and Design LMU are delighted to host a presentation by artist David Behar. Funding from BiArts (British Israeli arts training scheme, an initiative of the British Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Sport) has enabled Behar to visit and present a series of talks about his art practice in the UK. Behar is an Israeli artist whose work researches the notion of place to discover the layers that compose a local context. He asks questions about the physical process of active perception, the participative “spectator”, and the appropriate use of materials for a given situation. His interventions in site/place/context seek to convey a new perspective about people’s sense of locality, considered through physics, chemistry and architecture, drawing on his multi-faceted background that manifests a unique way to carve out meaning from a given situation.

David completed his BFA Sculpture at Cheltenham School of Fine Art in 2001, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Architecture at the Technion, Israel this year. He has exhibited extensively in Israel, the U.K., France, Italy and Greece.

For more information contact Chris Smith or Carolyn Black.


Communities and Archives Workshop/Symposium

Event: Communities and Archive Workshop/Symposium
Date & Time: Wed 18 Nov, 2pm-6pm. Tea provided
Veneu: The Women's Library, Old Castle Street, E1 7NT

This workshop/symposium will discuss building a photographic
archive for the future - the selection, collection and digitisation of
photographic material. The workshop will debate the role the photographic
archive plays in representing the lives of local communities. The event
will representing the lives of local communities, as well as making a special reference to the London Metropolitan University Eastend Archive.

Melanie Manchot, artist/photographer, talks about using archives in her
current project with the Whitechapel Art Gallery and building a
photographic archive for the future.
Dr. Jenny Harding, Project leader for London Metropolitan University
Eastend Archive.
Mike Seaborne, Senior Curator of Photographs, Museum of London.
Susan Andrews and Mick Williamson, London Metropolitan University Eastend Archive project team.

Booking essential.
T: 020 7320 1903 or
E: s.andrews@londonmet.ac.uk


Cass Academic to speak at International Conference

Nico De Oliveira, course leader of MA Curating the Contemporary at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) will be presenting a paper at an international conference in Berlin. The event called Habitus in Habitat II - Other Sides of Cognition will take place at the Zentrum fur Literatur-und Kulturforschung, Berlin between the 19th and 21st November.

The conference will address the other sides of cognition, that is, those aspects not yet focused on as such by brain research – such as ‘twilight’ or scansion phenomena of consciousness, states of boredom or meaninglessness, and spectrums of empathy. Drawing attention to these nuances of cognition, Other Sides of Cognition will specifically attempt to shed light on how the knowledge surrounding cognition can address forms and figurations of cultural and social understanding. Nico will co-present ‘We Were Never Being Boring. Between Concentration and Inattention’ with Nicola Oxley on the 21st November. De Oliveira and Oxley are founding directors of London’s Museum of Installation, an influential non-profit exhibition space, and authors of the books, Installation Art (1994) and Installation Art in the New Millennium (2003).


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