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The K2 Eco Tank, a desgin by Francesca Mancini

The first Clerkenwell Design Week

Sorry We're Open, an exhibition curated by MA Curating the Contemporary students


News and Events Archive: May/June 2010

Cass students show at Grand Designs Live

Two students from the Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) were selected to show their designs at Grand Designs Live one of the UK’s largest design shows. Francesca Mancini and Simon Davies who are on the BA Furniture and Product Design course have collaborated under the name ‘Union for Sustainability’. Both believe strongly in the same concept of sustainability and that designers have a responsibility to enhance all of our futures by reducing our impact on the environment. Their current aim is to raise awareness on the importance of water conservation they have each designed an innovative product relating to this issue.

Simon’s ‘Table For Life’ is an environmentally friendly garden table manufactured from Eco-Sheet. It uses the top surface to cannel rainwater underneath into a storage tank for future usage in and around the garden, saving on scarce and valued tap water and reducing carbon emissions. It is an ideal product for urban or roof top gardens where other rain harvesting systems are not practical whilst also having the added benefit of lower water rate bills.

Francesca’s project, 'The K2 Eco Tank' is a shower room with a water collection system from the shower and sink, which is recycled to flush the toilet that can use up to 16 liters of clean tap water. The system expresses a highly creative design with combined ethos on sustainability and environmental issues relating to the conservation of natural resources by up cycling otherwise wasted water.

Talking about The Union for Sustainibility, Francesca said “We feel there is an urgent need to address the great challenges of our times: pollution, climate change and resource depletion. These issues are all accelerating rapidly, and today have increasingly stronger links with the design industry.”

Grand Designs Live, which takes place from 1-9 May 2010 at London’s Excel is the event for design and inspiration for the home.

May 15, 2010

London Met Supports first Clerkenwell Design Week

London Metropolitan University is supporting the first Clerkenwell Design Week, a brand new three-day festival celebrating design’s creative richness, social relevance and technological advancements. Titled ‘The Legendary Village’, the event from the 25-27 May 2010 will excite, inspire, educate and entertain visitors.

The Clerkenwell Design Week programme of exhibitions and installations will include high profile brands such as Tom Dixon, and MARK. Seminars, workshops and debates aim to tackle thought provoking issues on modern design and architecture. During the week, Furniture and Interior Design students from The Cass will be showcasing their work at an exhibition called ‘Quick!’ at the Showroom of Furniture company GDB. Sculptures created by Fine Art students will appear and delight in unexpected places. Big design names and inspirational thought leaders will spearhead a crammed programme of left-field thinking and off-the-wall performances that will challenge all your preconceptions.

This year’s event will host a pop-up exhibition in St John Street’s historic Farmiloe building, a Dickensian warehouse that was once the home of Victorian lead and glass merchants George Farmiloe & Sons Ltd and recently starred as the backdrop to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Outdoor installations will make use of public space located in the many squares and community spaces in the area. Clerkenwell Design Week will also showcase the latest product and furniture design innovations from over 50 British and international manufacturers with showrooms in the area. Many showrooms will be staging exclusive new product launches, talks and seminars from high profile events. The event will provide everything else you’d expect from a great festival: street entertainment, live music, food, exhibitions and parties, all providing the ideal chance for creatives to network with clients in a relaxed yet intensely stimulating atmosphere.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, “Clerkenwell is widely acknowledged as a major hub for London’s creative industries, and is home to a huge concentration of design and architectural businesses. As a department committed to supporting the growth of these industries and delivering fresh design talent, we’re delighted to be supporting Clerkenwell Design Week. We may be a couple of ‘villages’ away in Aldgate- but we have a lot in common!”

Students and staff who would like to attend Clerkenwell Design Week events need to register (once only) in advance – here

May 5, 2010

Sorry We're Open.

Charlotte Bracegirdle, Russell Chater, Marina Geccelli, Nathalie Guinamard, Silvia Iorio, Katja Pratschke & Gusztav Hamos, Dylan Shipton, Sophie Vent.

Private View: 12 May, 6 – 9pm

Open: 12 - 21 May 2010

Special Events: Thursday 20 May, from 6 pm.
Cesare Pietroiusti talk: The Artist and the Given Space.
Sophie Vent performance: Dancing on Kekulé (B-End), with the Damilola Taylor Centre.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM

London Metropolitan University, 59-63 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7PF
(Aldgate East tube, bus routes 25, 205)

We are pleased to invite you to Sorry, We’re Open, the inaugural exhibition curated by the students on the new MA Curating the Contemporary degree, organised by London Metropolitan University in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery.

Sorry, We’re Open brings together works from London based and international artists, exploring different species of spaces and considering the definition of a clearly defined site. The show’s institutional environment inside the University, Unit 2, has the ambivalent quality of being private-public, close-open, with no archive or memory, and therefore having the possibility to re-define its identity within a specific moment in time, through the spectator’s experience of art... Read more

For further information:
W: curatingcontemporary.blogspot.com
E: curatingcontemporary@googlemail.com


Music, Technology and Culture Seminar.
London Metropolitan University

The seminar exists for the study of all aspects of the technologies of music, and of the relationship of music, technology and culture.

Summer 2010 Programme

11 May
Giles Askham and Luke Hastilow: ‘Cubed’: a networked physical gaming platform

18 May
Allan Seago: A new search strategy for timbre space

25 May
Debra Pring: With almost scientific precision? 

1 June
Benjamin Hebbert: Andrea Amati and the vingt-quatre violons du Roi

3 June (Thursday)
Claudia Robles: The use of Bio-interfaces in my interactive Multi-Media performances

8 June
Victor Gama: Pangeia Instrumentos and the Golian Modes: another perspective on new twenty-first-century musical instruments

16 June
Christina Paine: Voice, image and agency on the early nineteenth-century London stage: the case of Angelica Catalani

Time and place

Unless otherwise indicated, the seminar meets on Tuesdays, from 5.15 to 6.45, in The ILRC Seminar Room (CR310), London Metropolitan University, 41-71 Commercial Road, London E1 1LA (5 minutes walk from Aldgate East underground station).

Each presentation lasts about an hour and is followed by questions and discussion.

Open to all.  Please bring these events to the attention of those who might be interested.

Further information from the Convenor: Lewis Jones

E: l.jones@londonmet.ac.uk
T: 020 7320 1841


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