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Afterlives of Monuments
South Asia is famous for its monuments, past and present. This research project has been developed through a series of international conferences and seminars, culminating in the publication of a special issue on The Afterlives of Monuments in South Asian Studies, published by Taylor and Francis as volume 29 issue 1, spring 2013. It builds on an international conference (CSM, London, 2010) funded by the British Acad...
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The Birth of Cool
The Birth of Cool considers the individual and group stylepractices in different parts of the African as prisms of cultural and social commentary. Based on case studies of either complete looks or a single garment, with a daterange from the late 19th century to the 21st century, thebook considers expanded notions of place, heritage and auto/biography.
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Translating and Writing Modern Design Histories in East Asia for the Global World
This project aims to develop a network of native design historians in East Asia (Japan, Korea, PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan) led by the core members Yuko Kikuchi (PI at CCW), Wessie Ling (COI at LCF) and Yunah Lee (University of Brighton). The central concern is the re-examination of East Asian design histories from their local perspectives...
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Russel Wright and Asia: Inter-Asia Modernities and Transnational Design History During the Cold War
Dr Yuko Kikuchi has been awarded the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for two years for her project work. She will investigate the influential American designer Russel Wright (1904-76) and his less well-known design projects in Asia (Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong) during the 1950s-60s at the time of the Cold War.
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Research on the Art of Maud Sulter
Deborah Cherry has won a Grants for Arts award from Arts Council England for the research and development of an exhibition of the work of Maud Sulter.
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UK-Japan lecture series ‘Tokyo Futures, 1868-2020’
From the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan, like the rest of the world, was shaken by the transformations that followed its encounter with industry and empire. The country entered a new era, named after the Meiji emperor, and embarked on an ambitious programme of modernization, centred on Tokyo, its new capital.
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Black Artists and Modernism (BAM)
Black Artists and Modernism (BAM), is a three-year research project led by University of the Arts London (UAL) in partnership with Middlesex University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). BAM will investigate the artworks of Black-British artists and the works’ relationship to modernism. The term ‘Black-British’ t...
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Japan-India collaborative project: Gurcharan Singh and his East Asian Ceramic Collection at the Government Museum and Art Gallery Chandigarh (2014-19)Japan-India collaborative project: Gurcharan Singh and his East Asian Ceramic Collection at the Governmen
Gurcharan Singh (1898-1995), known in India as ‘the father of studio pottery’ and a close friend of the British potter Bernard Leach has been little known in Japan even though he studied in Japan during 1919-22 and was involved in the formative period of the Mingei (folk crafts) movement during the Taishō period when progressive social movements and liberal art activities developed alongside the aspiration for a modern democratic nation. T...
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Fashion historian and TrAIN Member, Djurdja Bartlett (London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London) presents a panel discussion featuring Moscow-based designers Asiya Bareeva and Artur Lomakin, photographer Turkina Faso and London-based writer and curator Anastasiia Fedorova.
The seamless assimilation of Soviet iconography and 1990s Russian streetwear into high-end fashion collections seen in London, Paris and Milan is a defining phenomenon of recent years. Termed ‘the post-Soviet aesthetic’ by the style press, when consumed by moneyed westerners these designs raise critical questions with regard to the ethics of class tourism and cultural revivalism. Perhaps wittingly-so, there is now a move by the likes of designer Gosha Rubchinskiy to eschew the well-worn western catwalks in favour of drawing the fashion set to Russia itself.
Presenting designers working and showing in Russia and a Russian photographer working world-wide, the panel explores the current climate for making and the interests of new generation of designers and artists that grew up in the shadow of the Soviet era, seeking to define what a ‘post-Soviet aesthetic’ might truly be.
Drawing inspiration from the grey anonymity of Moscow’s suburbs, stylist-turned designer Artur Lomakin’s signature heavy-knit sweaters and knitted balaclavas are representative of deliberately minimalist aesthetic. In contrast, Asiya Bareeva is known for her romantically-layered garments and accessories, preferring an abundance of prints and collaging of clashing materials. Photographer Turkina Faso is re-shaping the classic editorial, presenting personal documentary stories that explore how the experience of adolescence has changed in her native Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Supported by Russian Talks Circle.
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Next TrAIN Open Lecture: Professor Arnold Aronson - From Riverbeds to Projections: The Ephemeral Stage
The next TrAIN Open Lecture will be by Professor Arnold Aronson:
From Riverbeds to Projections: The Ephemeral Stage
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Ibrahim Mahama in Conversation at Chelsea College of Arts
Prior to the opening of his first UK solo exhibition ‘Fragments’ at White Cube Bermondsey, Ibrahim Mahama joins Professor Paul Goodwin, Director of TrAIN Research Centre, in conversation at Chelsea College of Arts.
This talk is a collaboration between White Cube and The Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at The University of the Arts London; a cross-disciplinary forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in art and design.
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Historiographies of the Contemporary: Modes of Translation in and from Conceptual Art – Dr Michael Asbury with Response to Paper by Dr Fabrizio Poltronieri
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Drawing on the Nature of Empathy
Angela Hodgson-Teall has worked as an artist in the field of arts and science for health, negotiating the expanding territory of medical humanities, since the 1990s. Through diverse drawing practices, performance and empathic interactions she entices others to produce artworks with her.
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