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Basics Film-Making: Producing, a book by Charlotte Worthington

The Cass heritatge through a red feather

Work by the Cass alumni Adi Toch at the Goldsmiths Fair

David George - Pamela's House, from Uncertain States 2010

Metalwork by Simone Ten Hompel


News and Events Archive: Oct-Nov 2010

Cass lecturer's book used in African Film workshop

A book by Charlotte Worthington, Course Leader for MA Film Production at The Cass was selected for use on a new training initiative to encourage film making talent in Africa.

60 young African film enthusiasts were tutored by film professionals from Germany and the UK on the programme in Nairobi, Kenya . It was set up by One Fine Day Films founded by Tom Tykwer (Oscar nominee for Run Lola Run, director of The International and Perfume) together with their local partner DW-Akademie and the Goethe Institute.

The course consisted of 7 workshops in the field of Film Production, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Production Design and Scriptwriting. To give the students a solid introduction to the art of Film Production, the company asked participants to work with Charlotte’s book, Basics Film-Making: Producing.

Purchase the book here

October 15, 2010

Archaeological dig at Sir John Cass’ burial site

A major archaeological dig is to take place at the resting place of Sir John Cass (1661-1718), the philanthropist after whom The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) is named. The Museum of London, in collaboration with muf architecture/art, has invited the local Tower Hamlets community to participate in an event to turn Altab Ali Park into an open-air museum between the 11th and 15th October 2010. However the organisers have promised that every precaution has been taken in advance to ensure that human remains will remain undisturbed by the project.

Members of the community will contribute to the museum display by taking part in an archaeological dig alongside professionals in search of the remains of the 13th-century Chapel of the Blessed Mary of Matfelun, better known as ‘White-chapel’. For the duration of the dig, the park will be transformed into a temporary, open-air museum. Here, members of the public will be invited to bring personal objects to site, where the presentation and interpretation of these objects will take place, alongside the park’s existing structures and monuments and the archaeological objects that will be retrieved from the excavations.

The project intends to explore the layers of history inherent in this part of Whitechapel, and study the processes by which material culture and its meanings are generated.

The dig is being carried out ahead of improvement works that are taking place in the area as part of the High Street 2012 programme which will improve and celebrate one of London’s great high streets, which links central London to the Olympic Park, to create great places for local people and visitors during the 2012 Games and beyond.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, “This is an exciting project. Altab Ali Park is located between our two buildings and a popular thoroughfare for staff and students- I hope some of them will get a chance to participate . And we’re delighted to hear that our benefactor, Sir John Cass, will sleep peacefully through it all.”

Find out how to take part here:
Read Information at Museum of London

October 11, 2010

Cass staff and alumni dominate Goldsmiths Fair

Work by at least sixteen talented Silversmithing and Jewellery designers and makers with connections to The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) will be showcased at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair from the 27th September to the 10th October.

The Fair is regarded as the largest and most inspirational selling event of its kind in Europe. The 160 designer-makers who exhibit at the Fair represent the cream of British talent, with established doyens of the trade and the most exciting breakthrough talent exhibiting their work side by side. This years exhibitors include many current staff and a raft of alumni from the popular MA By Project course at the Faculty. The latter include, in week One (September 27 to Sunday, October 3), Chein Wei Chang, Kayo Saito, Vladimir Bohm and David McCaul. In Week Two (Tuesday, October 5 to Sunday, October 10) alumni talent on display includes Adi Toch, Louise Loder, Duong Yen, Rie Tanaguchi, Edward Mahony and Joe Hayes-Ward.

Staff from the Cass exhibiting at this year’s event include Marianne Forrest, David Goodwin, Beaulagh Chapman-Brooks, Wayne Meeten (who also completed the MA By Project), and short course leaders Mary Ann Simmons, Alistair McCallum and Sarah Stafford.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the Faculty said, "About one in ten of the designer makers in this major showcase trained with us. This is quite a remarkable achievement. In Higher Education we sometimes agonise about the relevance of what we deliver -so its really refreshing to see such direct evidence of the contribution that The Cass and the MA By Project in particular is making to the Jewellery and Silversmithing sector.”

October 1, 2010

Cass Alumni Feature in Photomonth exhibitions

Two shows featuring work by Alumni of the Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) have been curated for Photomonth, the East End's annual photography festival. Both will take place at East Gallery on Brick Lane and have been curated by writer and curator Will Cooper.

The first, It’s a thin line between Heaven and here is a survey of the talent that emerged from the Sir John Cass MA Photography department over the last year. The work that teeters on the edge of uncomfortable and intriguing seems to reflect the very sense that we have when watching over Jeff’s courtyard in Rear Window, the oh-so-naughty yet unavoidable intrigue with other people’s lives. The group of photographers exhibited share more than having just studied together. Each panders to our desires and offers the viewer up a keyhole into their working practice and their lives.

The following week sees the first anniversary exhibition of photographic collective Uncertain States, a newspaper which was set up by alumni and students from the faculty. Uncertain States is a lens based, artist led project. Releasing a quarterly newspaper they attempt to expand a critical dialogue and promote their visual imagery. Their work reflects some key social and political concerns and challenges how perception is formed in a society like ours. The work of the collective, which is steeped in nostalgia, memory and obsolescence, is collected for the first time in A Celebration of a Year in Print, allowing the viewer their first chance to see the work of the collection on mass.

Exhibition: 4th - 19th November 2010
Private View Thurday 4th November, from 7pm - 10pm

Photomonth, East Gallery, 214 Brick Lane, E1 6SA


Image: Annette Habel - Falling Bodies

Exhibition: 10 - 19 Nov
Daily from 11am - 7pm
Private View Thurday 11th Nov, 7pm - 10pm

East Gallery, 214 Brick Lane, E1 6SA

Both shows curated by William Cooper



West End Solo Show for Cass Reader

Exhibition: 8th October - 6th November 2010

An exhibition of new work by Simone Ten Hompel, Reader in Silversmithing and Jewellery at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design) is to open in October at Contemporary Applied Arts.

In ‘The Stuff of Memory’, using autobiographical experience as a starting point, she explores the hidden memories and narratives evoked by and encapsulated in the ‘stuff’ of our daily lives; spoons, bowls, jars, and containers. Through the work she addresses the way dependable and utilitarian items which we barely notice carry the ghost memories of their own pasts disguised within form and function.

Ten Hompel, who has previously won the prestigious Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Metalwork, teaches on the MA By Project course at The Cass and supervises MPhil and PhD students. Her research interests include the language of metal and other materials, the relationship between function and usefulness or uselessness and form as a metaphor for communication and storytelling.

You can download a pdf  CAA_simone_ten_hompel_PRESS.pdf about the CAA show and read about some of her previous projects.

Exhibition Details

Simone Ten Hompel: The Stuff of Memory
8th October- 6th November 2010

CAA Gallery
2 Percy Street
London W1T 1DD
Tel: 020 7436 2344
Fax: 020 7636 6269

Opening hours:
Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00pm
Closed on Sundays

The International Food Design Society and London Metropolitan University present the First International Symposium on Food Experience Design

London, November 9, 2010

This Symposium is a forum where leading researchers and practitioners from different disciplines will offer their insights on the multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary nature of Food Design. A one-day event for sharing ideas and disciplines. An event to embrace Food Design as an academic discipline and to reconsider its outcome with a new perspectives. An academic event where surprises won't be missing!

For more information and for early registration visit http://ifooddesign.org/events/symposium2010.php

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