February 18, 2020

Research at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon events programme: spring and summer 2020

University of the Arts London

Blame the Tools graphic identity: Workform.

Spring term
​Staging Mixed Reality: A Theatre Design Symposium

March 5, 2020, National Theatre, London

Join world leading designers, directors and theatre companies, as well as leading academics, for a one-day symposium considering the practical and creative possibilities of mixed reality and virtual worlds in theatre and performance. This theatre design symposium will focus on the ever-evolving field of mixed reality performance, where it will examine how the multiple layers of reality are constructed for performance through innovative digital environments.

Keynote by Arnold Aronson (Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Columbia University)

Contributors: Suzanne Andrade (Co-Artistic Director of 1927) / Sophie Jump (Senior Lecturer in Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts and Co-Artistic Director of Seven Sisters Group) / Roma Patel (Scenographer and Installation Artist at Digital Set Design; Founder at Makers of Imaginary Worlds) / Dick Straker (Video and Projection Designer at Mesmer; Lecturer of BA Digital Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts)

Mixed Reality Panel with Toby Coffey (Immersive Storytelling Studio at National Theatre) and Steve Jelley (Dimension Studio).

Convened by Dr Matthew McFrederick, Professor Eileen Hogan and Professor Jane Collins.
Project partners: National Theatre and the Jocelyn Herbert Archive.

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Summer term
Blame the Tools: Crafty Robots, Well-behaved Implements and Disobedient Devices

April 30, 2020, Camberwell College of Arts, London

There has been a long-standing recognition in the arts, humanities and the social sciences of the importance of tools and implements and the ways in which they are used to create, transform and enhance objects. The character of these tools—the ways in which they are handled, the skills and practices that underpin and enable their application—has received less attention. Yet the character of the tool and its embodied use is critical to the creation of and our encounter with objects and artefacts.

Keynote presentations by: Paul Atkinson (Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Cardiff University) / Phil Ayres (Architect, researcher and educator. He is Associate Professor at CITA, which he joined in 2009 after a decade of teaching and research at the Bartlett, UCL)

Contributors: Adrian Friend (Award-winning architect, smart material researcher and educator. Programme Director, Material and Spatial Practices, Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon (UAL)) / Linda Brothwell (designer-maker) / Jason Cleverly (Course Leader for Product and Furniture Design, Chelsea College of Arts (UAL)) / Christian Heath (Professor of Work and Interaction, King's College London) / Taslim Martin (designer-maker) / Alex Monroe (designer-maker) / Gareth Neal (designer-maker) / Deborah Sugg-Ryan (Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean (Research), University of Portsmouth) / Liss C. Werner (Assistant Professor at Technical University Berlin and Director, Tactile Architecture)

The day will be moderated by Mark Hooper—an award-winning editor, writer and consultant.

Convened by Dr Jason Cleverly and Professor Adrian Friend.
Project partners: King’s College London and London Craft Week.

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About Research at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon (UAL)
Research at Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon (UAL) is the home of our research degree and taught postgraduate students, Professors, Readers and Fellows, and visiting tutors, as well as established research centres and research networks. Central to the success of our department is the quality of its research provision, the calibre of staff and students, and the existence of sustainable partnerships and collaborative arrangements with external institutions, organisations and key individuals in the cultural sector and beyond. For more information, contact Gabriele Grigorjeva: g.grigorjevaite [​at​]

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