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THIRD MATTER | 24-28 May | MA Art and Science degree show 2017

THIRD MATTER

Central Saint Martins’ graduates showcase innovative and thought-provoking work from the interdisciplinary MA Art and Science programme.

DATES | Wed 24th – Sun 28th May 2017

LOCATION | Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 3rd Floor,

1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA, United Kingdom

OPENING TIMES | Wed to Fri 12.00 – 20.00 | Sat to Sun 12.00 – 18.00

 

THIRD MATTER, this year’s MA Art and Science graduates at Central Saint Martins, present a stimulating event showcasing their unique insight into contemporary issues. With an eclectic mix of backgrounds, and inspired by their individual connections with the evolving area of art and science, works are responding to diverse topics including: Consciousness through sound; non-verbal communication across dimensions; alienation and reclaiming the self, to nostalgia and memory provoked by smell. The body is investigated through the tropes of scientific enquiry and models of A.I. and considerations of genetics and evolutionary pressure. The effects of how we co-habit with the landscape and nature are explored through themes of Anthropocene, pollution and interfaces of synthetic and organic matter and questions relating to the evidence of ‘being’ are raised from visualizing particle energy release to the existence of black-holes.

Provocative, challenging and engaging, the exhibition will include works developed from research undertaken by private enquiry and through collaborations with scientists. With student backgrounds spanning electro-engineering, fine art, film production, graphic design, photography to psychology, the creative relationships between art and science are explored in an individual approach expressed by a diverse range of media.

EXHIBITING
Agnese Basova | Josh Chow | Monika Dorniak | Michelle von Mandel | Maria McCullough (Macc) | Juan Perez | Leon Radschinski-Gorman | Virginie Serneels | Iting Shih | Hannah Scott | Heather Scott | Nicolas Strappini | Neus Torres Tamarit | Yu-Ji

  

THIRD MATTER ACTION DAY
Saturday 27 May, 14:00 – 17:00. The exhibition is accompanied by an afternoon of performances, demonstrations and conversations.

Free event but please book to reserve a place here 

 

Visit www.artsciencecsm.com and social media for the latest information: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

 

Somehow You and I Collide – MA Interim Show, 16-19 March

Somehow You and I Collide showcases the work of over 70 postgraduate art students in the first year of their course, be it MA Art and Science, MA Fine Art or MA Photography at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Somehow You and I Collide

Somehow You and I Collide

Housed in the underground post-industrial space of Mangle in London’s East End, the space provides a perfect backdrop for contemporary work that considers what it means to make in today’s economic and political landscape.

Sharing their postgraduate work publicly for the first time, the students span the full scope of media from painting, sculpture, video, performance, and experimental interactive works. Their approaches are diverse and address a range of themes including – but by no means limited to – identity, celebrity, reality, chaos, and excess.

What brings these works together is a shared sense of urgency, the art shown in Somehow You and I Collide is work that needs to be made and needs to be shown.

Please join us for an event that is sure to be exciting and thought-provoking.

Somehow You and I Collide

Mangle
2-18 Warburton Road, E8 3FN

Private View Thursday 16 March: 6 – 9pm

Exhibition continues 17-19 March: 12 – 6pm

Clone: The Art in Replication

February 2017 sees the twentieth anniversary of the cloning of Dolly the Sheep. To mark this event, MA Art and Science first-year student Julie Light is co-curating and exhibiting a show with Just Glass, a group of established and emerging glass artists.  The show will focus on the creative possibilities of replication, duplication and repetition using glass as the creative medium.

The show runs from 7th March to 1st April at Courtyard Arts Centre, Port Vale, Hertford, SG14 3AA.

More details and opening times can be found at www.just-glass.co.uk and all are welcome at the Private View on 7th March at 7.00 – 9.00pm.

Final_JG 2017 A5_E-Flyer

 

Forced Connections and Rules of Random

How restrictions can make us more creative in art and teaching

Words by Stephen Bennett, with workshop observations from Lisa Pettibone and quotes from participants. Photos by Çağlar Tahiroğlu.

 

Rules of Random, demonstrating a lesson on 'Antarctic scuba diving to techno heads using a sleep mask'

Rules of Random, demonstrating a lesson on ‘Antarctic scuba diving to techno heads using a sleep mask’

 

It is October 2016. The leaves are falling, yet it is a time of fresh promise for first-year students on Central Saint Martins’ masters programme in Art and Science. The new students are naturally a bit anxious, keen to impress their course leaders and their fellow students. What will their first artwork be? How to ensure it really shines? Perhaps stick with tried and tested methods, the kind of thing which gained entry to the programme in the first place. That worked well after all. But what is the point of joining a MA just to do the same old thing?

Forced Connection artwork by MA Art and Science students, in Practices of Enquiry exhibition, Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, UAL

Forced Connection artwork by MA Art and Science students, in Practices of Enquiry exhibition, Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, UAL

 

Second week, and the course leaders, Nathan Cohen and Heather Barnett, lull the students into a entertaining exercise. Sitting in groups, the students are asked to brainstorm lists of subject matter for art – death, immigration, philosophy, alienation. ‘Black holes!’ someone shouts. This is getting quite fun. Next, different methods for producing art. Painting, sculpting, drawing. But what about data experiments or tasting – how can that be practical? Finally, a list of materials to use in the production of art. Students are warmed up now. Rubber, plastic, cement… bacteria! Sports equipment!!

 

Use the hammer to smash

the patriarchy walnut!

 

You may see what is about to happen – but the students didn’t. Heather delivers the coup de grace. Randomly assigning numbers, each student ends up with a unique combination of ‘matter-method-material’. This is the first project brief of the MA: to develop artwork based upon the ‘forced connections’ of a chance group of three words.

The initial result is… uproar amongst the students. But then, with a bit of coaching and support, the studio starts germinating some unusual pieces. Cola cans cling to the window. Folded paper sprouts from a wall. Knitted cushions appear and then start multiplying. A month later, and students are explaining works about immigration, developed through interviews, using bacteria as a material. A collaboration results in painted rocks, telling us about philosophy. Ink dripping down folded paper is a metaphor for alienation. Plastic, painted, reveals insights about communication networks. Just as the first crit is wrapping up, Heather delivers another bombshell. There is an opportunity to show these experimental pieces in a London gallery in a week’s time…

Forced Connection artwork by MA Art and Science student Stephen Bennett connecting 'Immigration | Interviews | Bacteria'

Forced Connection artwork by MA Art and Science student Stephen Bennett connecting ‘Immigration | Interviews | Bacteria’

 

The display is part of University of the Arts London’s recent Practices of Enquiry, an exhibition of experimental enquiry-based learning across UAL, featuring teaching methods from all colleges. Photos of the in-situ art are studded through this blog. The art is intended to inspire and provoke teaching staff across UAL. This is most evident in the Rules of Random workshop run by Heather. This event, for UAL teaching staff, uses the same techniques as the ‘forced connections’ project.

 

“How do you send an

orange into space?”

 

This time unsuspecting participants brainstorm a list of ‘unusual groups of students’, ‘difficult subject matter’, and select random objects. The MA students are interspersed in the groups, now playing the role of coach. They help groups design lesson plans to teach mathematical pattern recognition to traditional wine makers using a compass. Participants consider how to use dried orange slices to teach astrophysics to 16 year olds. Ever used a walnut to teach sex education to linguists? What about using a blindfold to teach technoheads about Antarctic scuba diving? You can see some of the results in this blog.

Rules of random, 'Devise a lesson on sex education to linguists using walnuts'

Rules of random, ‘Devise a lesson on sex education to linguists using walnuts’

 

The two sister exercises – Forced Connections in the studio, Rules of Random in the gallery – had a number of features in common. Perhaps most obviously they are conduits for unlocking creativity. Everyone can get stuck in a rut, whether producing art, teaching or working in an office. Restricting options can force lateral thinking and resourcefulness. Sometimes we are faced with two many choices or methods, and the possibilities can be paralysing. Sometimes – especially when doing something we are supposed to be good at – we live in fear of failure. But, when forced to use a sieve to teach tradesmen about crime, the failure becomes almost inevitable, and this permits a great willingness to take risk.

 

“What is the

essence of a feather?”

 

A number of the CSM students are now incorporating the initially ridiculed combinations of matter-method-material into their main practice. Bacteria and immigration becomes a starting point for examining the semiotics around human relations. Folding and alienation has resulted paper-based in sculptures which morph between two and three dimensions. Similarly, feedback from the Rules of Random workshop participants was that it has opened up new teaching approaches. Food can be an excellent way of teaching 16 year olds about abstract concepts. Participatory lessons, especially ones involving blindfolds or smashing nuts, become instantly memorable. Objects can help focus learning into specific issues in a much broader topic.

Rules of Random, handling given objects to generate ideas

Rules of Random, handling given objects to generate ideas

These techniques can be adapted into practically any environment, with any task in mind. Please try them out, see if it can unlock a problem or open up a new line of enquiry. And remember: you must use whichever random combination you get!

The Rules of Random workshop was developed as part of Practices of Enquiry, a two-year enhancement project at UAL exploring how we create the conditions for enquiry to flourish within our ‘creative, curious, critical curricula’.

The workshop was devised and delivered by MA Art and Science lecturer, Heather Barnett, working with students: Olivia Bargman, Stephen Bennett, Joshua Bourke, Lisa Pettibone, Çağlar Tahiroğlu, and Bekk Wells.

 

 

Cryptic Art & Science, exhibition 4-8 October

 

‘Cryptic – Art & Science’ is an innovative show bringing together the work of 15 international artists and scientists from the Central Saint Martins’ Postgraduate Art programme.

Cryptic Art & Science

The participating artists, who are entering into the final year of their MA Art and Science studies, will be investigating topics including: what does our genetic make-up say about us; how we are connected to the earth through molecular energy; the new materiality of being human in the 21st Century; the ritual of memory and extinction; climate change and the rise of the seas; collective consciousness and what lies beyond the ‘event horizon’ – peering into a black hole.

 

An inventive approach is taken to the use of media with artists coming from a diversity of professional and creative backgrounds such as engineering, fine art, publishing, art and film production, theatre, photography, psychology, textile design and storytelling. Inspired by their individual connections with science a wide range of processes and media is used to respond to the issues considered. Expect toothpicks, latex, digital and video platforms, emerging biological forms and chemical reactions.

 

The exhibition will include works developed from collaborations with scientists, experiments with processes and the use of familiar materials as a novel medium for artistic exploration and influences from current and ongoing scientific inquiry.

 

Commenting on the event, Neus Torres Tamarit, as curator and exhibiting artist says: “This student-initiated show comes at the moment before we commence our final year of study. It showcases the creative energy and the evolution of our investigations as we prepare for our degree show.” Inspiring, pioneering and risk taking the artists wish to engage with the audience to inform, educate and challenge.

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The show is kindly supported by The Bree Louise and Call Print.

 

Cryptic – Art & Science

Private View:  4 October, from 6pm – 9pm

Open to the Public: 5 – 7 October, 10am – 7pm & 8 October 10am – 6pm
Meet the artists: 6 October, from 6pm – 9pm

 

The Crypt Gallery, Euston Rd, London NW1 2BA

cryptgallery.org

www.facebook.com/events/crypticartsci

RSVP

 

In-kind support by The Bree Louise and Call Print

Exhibition curated by Neus Torres Tamarit

Press release by Maria Macc

Poster design by Heather Scott

 

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Transport Links to Crypt

On Foot:

The Crypt Gallery, Euston Rd, London NW1 2BA

Click here for a link to our address entered into the interactive map on the TFL website which shows all local bus stops and routes.

 

Train:

Euston is the obvious choice if you’re looking to travel to us by train, although we’re a short walk from King’s Cross and a number of other stations including: Euston Square, Warren Street and Russell Square.

Bus:

The 59, 68, 91, 168 & N91 all stop nearby and if you don’t mind a very short walk you can also hop on the 10, 18, 30, 73, 205, 390, N73 & N205

 

 

Our Laughter will Drown Your Sorrows: MA Interim Show, 18-20 March

NEXT WEEK: Our Laughter will Drown Your Sorrows

MA Interim Show at The Laundry, Hackney

Students and staff of the Year 1  MA Art & Science, MA Fine Art and MA Photography, cordially invite you to their MA Interim Show :  Our Laughter will Drown Your Sorrows   

Our Laughter will Drown Your Sorrows showcases the work of over 70 CSM postgraduate art students.    The students are all in the first year of their Postgraduate courses,  MA Art & Science, MA Fine Art, and MA Photography.

The underground post industrial setting of The Laundry space in London’s east end provides the perfect backdrop for contemporary work that considers what it means to make in today’s bleak economic and political landscape.  Working as an artists today in London is undoubtedly challenging, and these emerging artists address the problems with a dynamic and politicised vigour.

The students work across the full scope of media available to artists today, including, painting, sculpture, video, performance, and interactive works etc.  Their interests are diverse and address a range of ideas including identity, celebrity, chaos and excess. What brings these works together is a shared sense of urgency, the art shown in Our Laughter Will Drown Your Sorrows is work that needs to be made and needs to be shown.

As part of the exhibition there will be a collaborative fanzine produced and manufactured on site by the students themselves. Please join us for an event that is sure to be exciting and confrontational.           

Open to the Public: Friday 18 March – Sunday 20 March   11am – 5pm

The Laundry, 2-8 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN

Event Info

 

Mind_Matter: MA Art and Science Open Studio

Mind_Matter 
MA Art and Science, 
Open Studio

Students from the MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins open their studio doors this November to share research, experiments and artworks. 

Private View 
Weds 11 November, 17.00-19.30

Exhibition continues:
Thursday 12 & Friday 13 November, 12.00-19.00
Saturday 14 November, 12.00-17.00

Elthorne Studios
9-15 Elthorne Road
London N19 4AJ

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