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Sus, a political drama directed by Gbolahan Obisesan

J. Garavaglia and C. Robles at the 12 Nights Festival in Miami

Textile work by Louise Beck


News and Events Archive: August 2009

Cass Alumni Wins Jerwood Directors Award

Gbolahan Obisesan who graduated in 2003 from BA (Hons) Communication and Visual Culture (now titled BA (Hons) Media Arts) at The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design was recently awarded the prestigious Jerwood Young Directors Award. This led to him taking the helm of the play ‘Sus’ at The Young Vic’s Clare Studio Theatre. Sus is a political drama by Barrie Keeffe set on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979.

Since graduating Gbolahan has had a successful career in Contemporary British Theatre, as a writer and director. He has assisted on ‘Random’ by Debbie Tucker Green at the Royal Court, Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death and the Kings Horseman’ at the National Theatre and the Olivier Award winning ‘Impempe Yomlingo’ (The Magic Flute) at the Young Vic and Duke of York Theatre in the West End. Gbollahan has also directed a number of his own productions.

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, “We are delighted for Gbolahan-this is a great achievement- competition for the Jerwood Award is very tough. We wish him every success with a promising career in contemporary theatre.”

Read an interview with Gbolahan here.

August 11, 2009

Cass Lecturer Performs Experimental Work in Miami

Javier Garavaglia, Course leader on the BA (Hons) Music Technology (Sound for Media) course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design) has recently performed his compositions at The University of Miami. The event, called Inside OUT formed part of a festival called 12 Nights. The program saw Javier share the stage with renowned artist Claudia Robles, for an evening which combined real-time visual media, electroencephalogram, D-Jing, performance, electronic improvisation, and experimental computer music.

The innovative hi-tech performance was designed to explore questions such as ‘Can one can use brain waves to make music and control digital images?’, ‘Can one capture memories of travels between imaginary and physical realities?’ and ‘Can one snap-shot the color of sound?’

The festival appearance follows Javier’s recent electro-acoustic performances in Canada and New York.

August 8, 2009

Cass Student wins national textile award

Louise Beck, a 2009 graduate of the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at The Cass (The Sir John Cass department of Art, Media and Design) has won the first Selvedge Award for Excellence. Her fabric collection was selected from work by hundreds of graduates on display at the New Designers Exhibition in July by a panel from Selvedge, the celebrated international fine textiles magazine.

Her winning interior fabric collection which is called, "In the Dark Places”, uses the notion of a girl exploring an unknown fantasy world, to create a series of dark, imaginative narrative prints with melancholic undertones that fuse Pattern Design and Illustration. Talking about the collection, Louise said,“ It’s a fabric collection created in a world where things are not always as they seem. The title has a two fold meaning: referring both to the physical dark places created by shadows and the darker side of the imagination: and the things that lurk within both!”

Praising Louise’s work, the judges from Selvedge said, “Louise’s prints were in a corner but they instantly caught our attention. Sugary subject matter is given dark and mysterious overtones – carousel horses rise up in frenzied gaiety and her fairytale forest threatens to engulf the viewer. In impeccably drawn prints Louise captures the moment when dreams turn into nightmares.”

Michael Upton, Academic Leader at The Cass said, “We are delighted. This national award is great news for the Louise and for the department. We wish her every success as she enters a promising professional design career. ”

Louise’s winning work can be seen at her blog here

August 5, 2009

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