creative computing: institute

I really excited about this. A new initiative for UAL  the UAL Creative Computing Institute “Working at the intersection of creativity and computational technologies”. So important for any creative whether you work in graphic design, cordwainers or fine art.

Initially offering a BSc in Creative Computing and an MSc in Creative Computing there are also research opportunities and a public platform to explore computer science and creative practice.

The research, focused on these three areas, is particularly interesting:

1. Creativity, Machine Learning and AI. This platform explores how a foundational technology of the 21st century can be used in creative ways and examines how people will act with such technologies in deploying their personal and collective creativity.

2. Human Computer Interaction. This platform explores how we behave with emerging technologies and what they will mean for products, services and culture.

3. Platforms, Big Data and Digital Citizenship.

More here and you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Of course, there are lots of creative computing courses at UAL already.

Based in Camberwell but working across every UAL college it will eventually fill this amazing space.

UAL Institute of Creative Computing at Camberwell

UAL Institute of Creative Computing at Camberwell

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summer shows: belated post

I thought I’d blogged about this year’s summer shows but I hadn’t, so for posterity here’s some pics:

Central Saint Martins
CSM Summer Show

London School of Communication
LCC Summer Show

Oh yeah, I’ve got a new tshirt.

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capital cities: lcc

Great exhibition by LCC students examines the relationship between money + property in London. On until 2 May. More details here

Capital Cities at LCC

Capital Cities at LCC

Capital Cities at LCC

Capital Cities at LCC

Capital Cities at LCC

Capital Cities at LCC

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summer: shows

CSM summer shows

I try to get to as many shows I can. This year I went to LCC, Camberwell, Chelsea and Central Saint Martins. Some brilliant work as always. Interesting. Refreshing. Inspiring.

Here are some highlights, there are more pics in my UAL Flickr album if you’re interested.

London College of Communication

LCC UAL Screen show
LCC USL Screen show
LCC USL Screen show
LCC USL Screen show
LCC USL Screen show

 

Camberwell

Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows
Camberwell Summer Shows

 

Chelsea

Chelsea Summer Shows

Chelsea Summer Shows
Chelsea Summer Shows
Chelsea Summer Shows

Chelsea Summer Shows

Central Saint Martins

CSM summer shows

CSM summer shows

CSM summer shows

CSM summer show

CSM summer show

CSM summer show

CSM summer show

CSM summer shows

 

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fashion: show

On Friday night I went to the Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Show at London Fashion Week. It was packed and I was joined b some of my fellow governors. It was fab. Here are some pictures and a short video.

Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Show

Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Show

Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Show

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collect: them all

That visit to Wimbledon means I’ve finally visited all 6 colleges. Here’s a picture from the first time I visited each one.

CSM: I think this picture was taken just before coffee with Ed Venning.

UAL: Central Saint Martins

LCC: to hear Emily Bell give the Cudlipp Lecture.

ua(: at LCC

LCF: lots of governors met up for an update from the college.

UAL: London College of Fashion

Camberwell: where I met with Shelly to hear more about the Student Union.

UAL: Camberwell

Chelsea: for a meeting with Chris Wainwright, the PVC at the time.

UAL: Chelsea College of Art

Wimbledon: as described in the last post.

ual: Wimbledon

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visit: wimbledon

ual: Wimbledon

David Crow gave me a tour of Wimbledon yesterday. It’s the first week for many students so there were lots of technical inductions going on. It was great to see the excitement of those first weeks. Took me back…

ual: Wimbledon

Lots of students I meet ask, “what does a Governor do?”. It’s a good question that warrants another post, but here’s a small insight using GPS. I cycled to Wimbledon and then left Cyclemeter on so it recorded my journey through the college. I can assure you we didn’t walk through as many walls as the data suggests.

ual: Wimbledon

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sunday times: university guide 2017

UAL in the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Always best to take these things with a pinch of salt. Storing this here for my own reference really.

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black blossoms: exhibtion

Black Blossoms

Black Blossoms

Black Blossoms

Black Blossoms

Last night I went to the Black Blossoms exhibition at the UAL Holborn site. It was organised by Bee Tajudeen who used to be the UAL Student Governor.

The official blurb says, “The Black Blossoms Exhibition celebrates and highlights the voices of Black Women, a group which is often invisible, silenced and oppressed in society. Through film, photography and illustration recent UAL graduates have explored the intersections of gender, race and identity. This exhibition challenges and deconstructs stereotypes in order to re-establish an authentic and inclusive narrative of Black Womanhood.”

It was good to meet some of the artists last night. It was also good to talk to some current students who had lots of questions about what a governor does 🙂

The exhibition is on until 2nd October. You should go along.

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discovering the post-digital art school: fred deakin’s report

Free Deakin's digital in art schools report

Last night I attended the launch of Fred Deakin’s report Discovering the Post-Digital Art School. It’s available here as a PDF. (Fred, it should be in html somewhere 🙂 )

I’ve written before about Fred’s Collabology project, it’s a great way to use digital in an art school. It points a way forward that is more interesting and more likely to succeed than the current conversations about MOOCs in education. The picture above shows the designer of the report Skyping into the launch from China. This type of interaction is central to Fred’s workshops.

It is a good report.

In particular, there are three recommendations I strongly agree with:

1. Embrace agile practices (e.g. sprints and rapid prototyping) to develop a new pedagogy.

2. Publish openly online wherever possible.

3. Partner with students to develop new pedagogy and services.

We should do all of those, straight away.

 

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