BA Course Director Caryn Simonson is organising a conference in association with the International Journal Of Motorcycle Studies (IJMS), from 4th – 7th of July 2013 to be held here at Chelsea College of Art & Design. The event will also include a curated exhibition of textiles, film and photography. It is a collaboration between Simonson (CCAD) & Eryl Price-Davies, from Imperial College London.
Simonson’s paper, Fashionable ‘Bikers’ And Biker Fashion – Exploring the Fascination for the Biker Image and its Relationship with Luxury Brands, was presented at this year’s IJMS conference, University Of Colorado Springs, USA.
At the 2010 conference, Simonson’s paper was Chintz My Ride which contextualised her photographic portrait works of fabric-customised motorcycles with their perceived ‘owners’. For more information on the call for papers 2013 please click here.
Becky Earley and Kay Politowicz will be presenting at the SHARE Conference here at Chelsea on May 11-12, hosted by the CCW Graduate School.
This international conference organised by ELIA, considers the challenges, opportunities and critical issues faced in the building of new – and the further development of existing – programmes and platforms for doctoral education and research for the creative arts.
Last week saw the launch of a small research project we are involved in called Creative Transition that brings together staff and students across CCW (Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon) who are interested in notions of sustainability and resilience in art and design education.
The event was called ‘The Keys are Under the Mat’, and it was a day of presentations and discussions between staff and post-graduate students from across the three colleges. The first speaker Ian was from Transition Heathrow, an activist group based in the communities around the proposed runway expansion at Heathrow. Ian described the activity that the Transition group have been involved in and introduced us to the ideas and tools that have been developed by the Transition Towns network.
Andy Merritt from the Farm Shop then spoke about the urban food growing project set up in an empty shop in Dalston, by collective Something & Sons. They are exploring hydroponics, aquaponics and soil based growing and they are a great example of a collective approach to trying out new ways to sustainable urban living.
We have spent some time debating the terms sustainability and resilience amongst the group. The term resilience has been widely used lately, from designers to economists to politicians, and there are many definitions and insights about what it means. Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Town movements has written an article here on resilience thinking and there is even a Resilience Centre based in Stockholm, Sweden, that has a wonderful explanation of resilience with some insightful videos here. (Coincidentally, this Centre is also funded by MISTRA who are funding our new Future Fashion research project).
The Creative Transition project will be continuing the conversation we have already begun across the colleges with some workshops and more events planned in the next 6 months.