Tuesday, 30 March 2010

>>El Sur >> Buenos Aires April 2010

Collectivity for/in a Sustainable World:
Movements, Political Organizations and Governance

Simultaneous differences make a dialogue. Our collaborative stream in LAEMOS in Argentina, in Buenos Aires, co-organised with colleagues from Kingston University, London and Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires invites multiplicity of views that reflect the desire for social, political and economic change that dominant market discourse has ignored for some time. We focus on the question of how anti-globalisation and activist movements, various grass-roots organizations and locally formed community groups have contributed to disrupting current governance forms, institutions and its logic of sustainability. We also draw on the art-based methods as a way of ‘social movement’ that somehow encapsulate this challenge to existing forms of governance through lens-based representation and through participation; a challenge of breaking the paradigmatic consensus in knowledge re/production.

While in Buenos Aires, we also engage with the question of representation through heteroglossic story-telling of Fabricas Recuperadas Inc. What we hope to illustrate is how the local community through co-operative initiatives IMPA Ciudad Cultural and collaborations with Centro Cultural de la Cooperacion and the recovered enterprises in Buenos Aires area can potentially re-territorialise the crisis experience, bringing authenticity back into the globalisation-'framed' narrative.

Research project Katarzyna Kosmala

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Practice/Research-related seminars and events in Spring 2010


Professor Andy Miah: inaugural lecture 

and Mashing Up Lecture Series launch CCA 5 , Glasgow 6.30pm


DIGITAL MEDIA FOR GOOD CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD 4.30pm – 6.30pm 

Ayrtime: Event 3 Pippa Goldschmidt Bar Libertine, Ayr 7.00pm


BA (Hons) Performance Showcase, CCA Glasgow, 7pm



Ayrtime: Event 4 Alasdair Roberts Bar Libertine, Ayr 7.00pm

Practice/Research Seminar 2 
Stuart Hepburn/John Quinn:  Adapting fiction for television CCA Glasgow 6.00pm


Ayrtime: Event 5 Wounded Knee Bar Libertine, Ayr 7.00pm


Practice/Research Seminar 3 Samantha Clark with Chris Fremantle (University of Dundee) Contemporary art practices and ecological aesthetics CCA Glasgow 5.00pm


Practice/Research Seminar 4 Graham Jeffery with Professor David Jenkins (Kings College London) Practitioner conversations between teachers and artists: possibilities and pitfalls CCA Glasgow


Practice/Research Seminar 5 David Scott Songwriting and Popular Music Pedagogy CCA Glasgow


UWS is supporting Ayrtime, a series of events/performances curated by Chris Dooks and Eleanor Thom at Bar Libertine in Ayr. Next up is writer/performer Alan Bissett, at 7pm on Friday 19th March. Podcasts from each event will be available on the Ayrplayer around 3 weeks later.

PhD Studentships for 2010

Here are some of the studentship opportunities for next year we're currently offering  - please pass on to anyone appropriate you think might be interested. We're very keen to hear from people who would like to have a strong practice-led element in their proposals. Some of them are mainly based in our offices at CCA and Film City. They have full fees paid for 3 years plus a (modest) stipend of £6k per year... For the right candidates we will also put forward their applications for AHRC studentships which have a more generous living allowance of £13.6k - but if you want to apply for one of these, you'll need to move fast: the deadline by which applications have to be lodged with the AHRC is 1st May. For UWS-funded studentships the deadline for applications is 31st May. 

PhD students at UWS in the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries will be joining a lively community of researchers - to find out what some of them are currently up to, take a look at our research blog at uwscreative.wordpress.com. 

Studentships (full time, three years):

Activist artist practices and urban interventions (at CCA Glasgow)
Channel Four and the Scottish independent production sector (at Film City, Glasgow)
Dark Narratives: Gothic Nightmares (creative writing and critical element) 
Ethics and Emerging Technologies 
Media Narratives on the London 2012 Olympic Games 
Network enterprises in the creative industries (at Film City, Glasgow) 
New paradigms of artistic practice in healthcare environments 
Place, identity and locality: place-making in contemporary arts practice 
Real to Read (non-fiction writing and critical element) 


This is the blog for the group of research-active staff and PhD students in the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland who have an interest in practice/research relationships, with a particular focus on contemporary, applied and participatory arts practices, digital/screen media, creative writing, and creative pedagogy. In this blog we will gather together resources, links and materials which support our work.

We are based across the four campuses of the University of the West of Scotland, with a 'hub' in Glasgow which we're calling a "Creative Enterprise Cluster." Here, we have offices at CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) and Film City Glasgow, both of which we use as a base for teaching, meetings, projects, workshops, events, and collaborations in research and knowledge exchange. We also work with SCET - the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies, based at Glasgow Science Centre, which is managed by UWS' School of Computing. UWS is working towards achieving full recognition as a Skillset Media Academy, which will draw together all of our provision in digital media, film, games, audio, music, journalism and broadcast across three Schools (Business, Creative and Cultural Industries, and Computing).

The Creative Enterprise Cluster is a 'portal' to wider cultural and artistic networks in Glasgow and beyond. We use it for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, it's a resource for partnership and collaboration, and it's strongly interdisciplinary, bringing together researchers, students and practitioners. Staff work across the domains of film, television, journalism, radio, music, performance, visual art and new media art, and we want to encourage collaboration and cross-fertilization wherever it's appropriate.

Across the Faculty as a whole we are concerned with developing and analysing the links between creativity, culture, enterprise, economy and communities. We do this through creative practice, reflection, evaluation, and sociological and theoretical enquiry. Some of the wider themes and issues we are interested in include making and analysing collaborative and creative work(s), exploring ideas about cultural labour, and exploring discourses of creativity, identity and community in the context of a network society in which power and resources are very unevenly distributed. Some colleagues are focused on creative and cultural business, work and commercialization of intellectual property; others have a strong interest in sustainability, participation, cultural identity and transition to a low-carbon economy; so the notions of ethics, entrepreneurship and ecologies of all kinds - mediated, social and 'natural' - are never far from the surface of our work.