MAG, Launch PS3 Massive Action Game
20 January 2010
Launch of MAG, a multiplayer-only first-person shooter video game developed by Zipper Interactive for the PlayStation 3. The game uses a new server architecture to support online battles with up to 256 players, with users divided into eight-player squads, with four squads forming a platoon, and four platoons forming a company.
Vauxhall Ice Skate
28 January 2010
London’s Vauxhall Ice Skate winter event with the Caraoke Corsa and designed by illustrator Si Scott.
4 –7 February 2010
The annual Kinetica Art Fair is comparable to the great international exhibitions of the Victorian era, which combined the arts, science and technology in an entertaining mix. In 2010 there was 25 galleries and organisations specialising in kinetic, electronic and new media art taking part and over 150 artists exhibiting. It provided collectors, curators and the public with a unique opportunity to view and purchase artworks from leading contemporary arts organisations and artists specialising in kinetic, electronic, robotic, light, sound, time-based and interdisciplinary new media art.
From Floor To Sky
British Sculpture and the Studio Experience
5 March – 4 April 2010
An exhibition which brought together early and recent work by key British artists of our time to celebrate the influential teacher Peter Kardia who is widely recognised for his work as a radical and pioneering teacher at both Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art during the 60s and 70s. All 28 artists in this exhibition were former students and each contributed two pieces of work, one from the earliest period of their career and one contemporary piece. The show, which includes sculpture, painting, film and performance, bridging up to 30 years provided a crucial assessment of contemporary British sculpture and gave a unique insight into the development of each artist’s work.
To mark the exhibition, A&C Black published “From Floor to Sky: The Experience of the Art School Studio” with text by Hester Westley, Malcolm Le Grice and Peter Kardia. An evening discussion “Contemporary Teaching & Research Practice in the Visual Arts” took place at Tate Britain with a panel of speakers - Richard Deacon, Peter Kardia, Jean Matthee, Richard Wentworth and Malcolm Le Grice.
Artists in From Floor to Sky:
Alison Wilding – Bill Woodrow - Boyd Webb - Richard Deacon - Richard Wentworth – Roger Ackling – Nigel Slight - Roderick Coyne - John Panting - Carolyne Kardia - Carl Plackman - Ismail Saray - Jean Mathee - Terry New - Martin Ive –
Hamish Fulton - Gillian Cook - Brian Catling- Guy Martin - Peter Venn –
Nina Danino - Paul Etienne Lincoln - Katharine Meynell - Roger Ackling –
John Hilliard - Ian Kirkwood - Keith Brown - Frances Earnshore
‘… he was so good we didn’t need anyone else.’
Richard Long, from From Floor To Sky, published by A&C Black.
Peter Kardia studied for three years in the Sculpture School at the Slade under Professor Gerrard during the 1950’s. In this period he met Henry Moore who made periodic visits to the Slade. When he completed his course he was invited by Moore to work as a studio assistant at Perry Green, near Much Hadham. From 1964 he worked on a full-time basis at St Martin’s to coordinate the studies between Painting and Sculpture for the first year. Subsequently he worked on the Advanced Course before in the late sixties setting up the radical experimental “Locked Room Course”. In 1973 he left St Martin’s to set up the Environmental Media Department at the Royal College of Art. He took early retirement in 1986.
6 April – 30 May 2010
A major exhibition of works by Kounellis. Funded by Henry Moore Foundation and Sprovieri Gallery.
Italian artist Jannis Kounellis, a key figure in international contemporary art for over forty years created major new works, especially conceived for Ambika P3. Using the unique characteristics offered by the spaces of Ambika P3 as his canvas, this major new exhibition, presented in collaboration with Sprovieri Gallery, was the first solo presentation by Kounellis in a public London space since the Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibition in 1982.
Jannis Kounellis was initially associated with the Italian Arte Povera of the late 1960s, a movement that tried to free art from the conventions, structures and the market place restrictions of the day, and also (through the nature of the materials used) to make an art much closer to the everyday life of people. In 1969 he was made famous by a work he presented in Rome in which he temporarily turned a gallery into a stable for twelve horses. Since then, through his continued pushing of the boundaries of what is considered art, Kounellis has remained at the forefront of developments in contemporary art.
While his works are perhaps best known for their frequently epic scale, it is in the details of their making that they are at their most human. Always made from a gathering of everyday materials (such as wool, sacking, used clothing, old musical instruments or pieces of steel), when grouped together these disparate ingredients take on new meanings and associations. In one famous untitled work from 1967, Kounellis cut a sheet of steel into the shape of a flower, and inserted a gas flame at its centre – the hard, metallic cold of the steel contrasting with the form of the inanimate flower, which in turn gave forth a hot, (life and death giving) lick of fire. In another piece from 2004, installed in a space filled with oriental carpets and covered by an army of falling steel crosses suggesting the encounter of two different cultures, he again contrasted the textures, strengths and uses of the materials, while reconnecting them to man through their histories.
Starting his career as a painter, Kounellis still describes his practice as painting. His first paintings were exactly the size of one of the walls in his house. Physical space then became his canvas and in this respect the actual making of his works also becomes something of a performance, in which the space is articulated by the placing of the objects within it. It is no surprise therefore that Kounellis works only within carefully selected spaces.
Born in the Greek port of Piraeus in 1936, Kounellis has lived in Rome since 1956. A key protagonist of Arte Povera, he is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, with a career spanning more than forty years. He has exhibited all over the world, and is represented in major museum collections internationally. His first exhibition in Rome, in 1960, was entitled Kounellis’ Alphabet. Arising from a compositional relationship between living and inert materials, Kounellis’ new artistic language was intended to provoke a critical attitude towards society and the creative process. He chose to substitute canvas with steel, to which he applied his alphabet, made up, among other things, of fire, earth, coal, wool, plants, and living and dead animals.
Since his earliest works Kounellis has charged certain signs with metaphorical values and symbolic functions. Never restricting his ‘paintings’ to two dimensions, his works are an integration of different artistic forms: painting, sculpture, music, theatre and poetry.
Solo exhibitions by Kounellis at UK public venues since the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1982 have included the Henry Moore Studio, Dean Clough, Halifax 1991; Modern Art Oxford, 2004-5 and a joint exhibition at Edinburgh College of Art and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. 2005.
In 2002, Untitled 1969, in which horses were tethered to the gallery walls, was briefly re-presented at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. An Artist Room of important works from throughout Kounellis’ career is on display at Tate Modern until March 2010.
Recent solo exhibitions by Kounellis include HEART Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning, Denmark (2009); Fundación Caixa Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2008); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin Germany (2007) and MADRE Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy (2006).
Media, Arts and Design Degree Shows 2010
Annual BA Degree exhibition of students from the Media. Arts and Design School of the University of Westminster.
Fashion Design BA Honours
2 June 2010
Mixed Media Fine Art BA Honours
9 –10 June
Graphic Information Design BA Honours
Illustration BA Honours
14 – 16 June 2010
Land Architecture People
18 June – 31 July 2010
Supported by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and School of Architecture of the University of Westminster.
Land Architecture People was an exhibition which offered behind-the-scenes insights into how buildings are made – from the mysterious rules and conditions of land ownership through to the symbiotic relationship between architect and client. Conceived by award-winning architects Pierre d’Avoine and Andrew Houlton and anthropologist Clare Melhuish, the show dispels some of the mystique around the architectural design process.
The exhibition explored the scope of the ‘one off’, as well as the potential for repetition and serial production, both within and beyond the realm of domestic architecture. It showed a selection of built and unbuilt projects of different scales by Pierre d’Avoine Architects and Houlton Architects, including some collaborations. At the centre of the show was a striking group of twelve large floor-mounted architectural models. They are complemented by drawings, pattern books, maquettes, writings, photographs and films. Clare Melhuish has specially interviewed a number of clients about their aims and aspirations for their projects and their relationship with the architect. Transcripts of the interviews will be shown alongside photo portraits of the clients, uniquely emphasizing the significance of the relationship between the different players in the design process.
Pierre d’Avoine is principal of Pierre d’Avoine Architects based in London. He practises internationally, with work currently on site in Italy and Mozambique, where he is designing a crèche for street children with Article 25. The practice is well known for innovative residential design. In November 2009 their house in Greenwich won the national Brick Development Association Refurbishment Award. Pierre is currently Velux Guest Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen and external examiner and critic at several architecture schools in the UK and Europe. His work has been widely published and exhibited.
Andrew Houlton is principal of Houlton Architects based in London and was previously in partnership with Stephen Taylor as Houlton Taylor Architects.The practice has established a reputation designing for special needs environments and educational buildings for children. He is a CABE enabler (Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment) advising upon Children’s Centres and Schools. Andrew has taught and lectured at many schools of architecture and is now regularly invited as visiting critic in Britain and abroad. His work has been published internationally.
About Clare Melhuish
Dr Clare Melhuish is Visiting Research Fellow in Anthropology at Brunel University working on the study of the modern built environment as social setting, and an architecture critic and writer with a wide range of publications to her name. She was Reviews Editor of Building Design during the 1990s and ran the newly-founded cross-disciplinary journal Home Cultures (Berg) from 2004 to 2008. She is co-author with Pierre d’Avoine of the influential book Housey Housey: a Pattern Book of Ideal Homes (2005) and collaborated with the practice on the exhibition of the same name at the RIBA that year as well as on a number of other projects.
MA Photographic Studies
3 – 7 September 2010
The Light Sensitive graduate exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Upper, Arts Editor of Above Magazine, and the catalogue features essays by Laura Noble of the Diemar/Noble Photography Gallery and David Bate, Course Leader for the MA Photographic Studies course at University of Westminster.
Sunday Art Fair
14 – 16 October 2010
SUNDAY is an international, gallery-led art fair showing a selection artwork from 20 young galleries, representing over 60 international artists at the fore of emerging talent. SUNDAY is organised by three participating galleries: Limoncello (London), Croy Neilsen (Berlin) and Tulips and Roses (Brussels). It is sponsored by the Zabludowicz Collection.
Among the artists on show will be: Jesse Ash, Edwina Ashton, Francesco Barocco, Michael Bauer, Luca Bertolo, Armin Boehm, Wolfgang Breuer, Sophie Bueno-Boutellier, Liudvikas Buklys, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Kit Craig, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Chris Evans, John Finneran, Zipora Fried, Aurélien Froment, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Andy Holden, Judith Hopf, Takaaki Izumi, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Thomas Kratz, Deborah Ligorio, Anissa Mack, David Mackintosh, Joseph Montgomery, Rosalind Nashashibi, Dominique Petitgand, Riccardo Previdi, Ruth Proctor, Matthew Smith, Jack Strange, Megan Francis Sullivan, The Hut Project, Richard Wilson, Richard Woods and Katarina Zdjelar.
Independent contemporary bookshop and publisher Aye Aye Books (Glasgow) and publishing house Archive Books (Berlin) were also at SUNDAY with a selection of journals and publications. The Zabludowicz Collection presented a selection of their sculptures, photographs and prints.
Terry Flaxton: High Resolution Moving Images
9 – 19 December 2010
Ambika P3 presents a programme of new high resolution digital works by artist and cinematographer, Terry Flaxton. Highlights include the ‘World Portraits’ series shot in Beijing, Venice, Glastonbury, London and New York as well as selection of 16 installation works made worldwide.
Four major installation pieces will also be showcased including the acclaimed ‘In Other People’s Skins’, experienced by audiences of over 300,000 people in locations as diverse as Xi-an Fine Art Academy in China, Vasteras Cathedral, Sweden and New York’s St. John the Divine Cathedral. A UK tour was funded by the Arts Council and was seen at eight cathedrals & Bath Abbey.
This exhibition is the culmination of three year’s work and investigation, and perfectly showcases the nature of the high definition medium through the innovative projection of Terry’s works.
To complement the exhibition, The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) will host a programme of talks on the nature of the digital moving image. This series of seminars will be presented by academics and specialists in the field, and focuses on the relationship between material and digital practice within the domain of Digital Art.
Friday 10 December. 12.30pm – 2pm
Dr Tony Dowmunt, Senior Lecturer & Course Convenor, MA Screen Documentary, Department of Media & Communications Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Richard Misek, Lecturer in Screen Studies, Bristol University, Drama Theatre, Film and Television, Professor Chris Meigh-Andrews, University of Central Lancashire.
Wednesday 15 December 12.30pm – 2pm
Dr Stephen Gibson, Newcastle University, Curriculum and Learning Manager, Gary Thomas, Director, Animate Projects, Helen Sloan, Director, SCAN
Thursday 16 December 2pm – 5.30pm
CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media) seminar including:
Terry Flaxton, AHRC Research Fellow, University of Bristol, Dr Uriel Orlow, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster, John Wyver, Producer Illuminations, Research Fellow, University of Westminster, Dr Sophie Triantaphillidou, Leader Imaging Technology Research Group, University of Westminster, Sylvie Magerstaedt, Researcher, University of Westminster
Friday 17th December 12.30pm – 2pm
Professor, Dr Chris Meigh-Andrews, Electronic and Digital Art Unit, University of Central Lancashire, Steven Ball, Research Fellow at the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Susan Sloan, Artist