Sylvia Solakidi has research paper published in Platform Journal
technē student Sylvia Solakidi has had an article published in the Platform Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts. Her paper, entitled ‘I Am a Magician of Soap’: Alchemical Transformations Affecting the Biomedical Politics of HIV-Infection in Jan Fabre’s Drugs Kept Me Alive, can be read here.
Adele Tulli's doctoral film premiered at Berlinale International Film Festival
technē student Adele Tulli’s doctoral film NORMAL was selected for the Berlinale International Film
Festival, where it recently had its world premiere to an audience of 500 people. Original and visually daring, NORMAL is a genre-bending documentary that reflects on how female and male identities are performed in everyday interactions, through a collage of immersive scenes filmed all over Italy. Capturing some of the most iconic moments in people's life, from birth to adulthood, NORMAL reveals how our gender defines us in most of the things we do, affecting our gestures, desires, behaviours, and aspirations.
At the gym or at the beach; in a disco or in a church; at funfairs, public parks and beauty centres: NORMAL explores the collective choreographies of gender in ordinary and familiar situations, resulting in a ballet of moving images that depict the events while simultaneously meditating on their significance. Do we live in a world of constant performance? With its open form and contemplative pace, NORMAL offers a riveting experience into the spectacle of gender in everyday life, inviting the audience to question and unravel the very idea of normality.
Further information about the film can be
found here. The premiere followed on a week after Adele’s
viva where she was awarded her PhD without corrections - congratulations Adele!
Ed Armston-Shere: Fellowship at the American Geographical Society Library
Congratulations to technē student Ed Armston-Sheret who has been awarded a two-week fellowship at the American
Geographical Society Library in Milwaukee to research how nineteenth and early twentieth century British explorers prepared, used and represented their bodies.
Alvaro Martinez Lacabe has research article published
Congratulations to technē student Alvaro Martinez Lacabe who has published
technē student Ilona Sagar recently received a Research in Film Award for her film 'Correspondence
O' in the Best Doctoral or Early Career Film category. Ilona wrote the following response to receiving the award:
It is a great feeling and real honor
to win the award, it will act as a strong catalyst for the new projects I
am developing in 2019 and 2020. I worked with such a fantastic team on
this piece, the award is a real celebration of our work together. A Huge thank
you to South London Gallery, Ballad of Peckham Rye, Pioneer Health Foundation,
The residence of the Pioneer Centre, Department of Psychiatry University
of Cambridge, MOWMA Projects, Livefit, The Wellcome Trust, TECHNE, along with
the amazing film crew and actors I worked with without whom none of this would
have been possible.
Film Screening of About a War, co-directed by technē student Abi Weaver
Abi Weaver worked as a consultant
on an AHRC funded project called 'Following the Wires' researching over 2
years in Lebanon. One output of the research project is a feature length film
called About a War that she co-directed. The film will be screening at the
Curzon in Soho on Wednesday 28th November including a post-screening
discussion hosted by Will Self - with Abi and the co-director Dr.Daniele
Rugo (Brunel University London).
Kim Walker works with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Cinchona specimens
Photo: Madison Johnson, RGB Kew.
TECHNE student Kim Walker has been working with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to image 2000 historic cinchona specimens, and is now crowd sourcing for help with transcribing the labels. Her PhD thesis traces the stories of Kew’s Cinchona bark collections and how they reflect the development of Cinchona as a medicine in the 19th century. Take a look at Kim's blog post on the Kew website which provides an introduction into the plant sourced anti-malarial medication and outlines the crowd sourcing project. Kim is working in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew as part of her National Productivity Investment Fund TECHNE studentship.
Scottish Women’s History Bursary Awarded to Caroline Douglas
TECHNE student Caroline Douglas was awarded funding from the Scottish Women's History Bursary to enable her to undertake research in Edinburgh in relation to her thesis on 'Retouching The Archive: Unknown Women in Early Photography in Scotland'. She spent four days learning early photography techniques and recreating some of the photographs. Click here to read Caroline's report on her research in Edinburgh.
AHRC International Placement Scheme 2018
Three TECHNE students have been awarded placements as part of the AHRC International Placement Scheme 2018. The award will allow them to spend between three and six months at one of seven world leading institutions to further their doctoral research. Congratulations toRosie Ram(placement at the Yale Centre for British Art), Ed Armston Sheret (placement at the Huntingdon Library), and Joana Neves (placement at the Smithsonian Institution).
Book Publication: Isabell Dahms
TECHNE student Isabell Dahms has co-edited a book Thinking Catherine Malabou: Passionate Detachments (with Thomas Wormald) which has now been published. Congratulations to Isabell!
This volume contributes to the growing body of literature exploring the work of contemporary French philosopher Catherine Malabou. Through its fifteen contributions, including two previously untranslated essays by Malabou, the volume explores the various ways in which Malabou's thought both performs and furnishes resources for the negotiation of philosophy's attachment and detachment from itself and other disciplines. What kind of interaction can philosophy have with either science or politics without conquering them? How does one carry out philosophy while subverting it, changing it, directing it on or opening it up to different pathways?
Frankie Kubicki on BBC Radio 4 talking about Charles Dickens
"A Christmas Carol takes Scrooge on a transformational journey - one which seems to continue to resonate with modern audiences. Charles Dickens approved John Leech's Scrooge creations for the book's first edition in 1843. So they're the best examples we have of what the miser first looked like in the author's mind."
Article Published in The Conversation: Sylvia Solakidi
TECHNE student Sylvia Solakidi has recently had her article ‘Nick Cave sets out for a Distant Sky hand-in-hand with his audience’ published in The Conversation. Sylvia attended a workshop organised by TECHNE about writing for non-specialist audiences, run by Anne Wilson. Sylvia gave the following feedback on how the workshop had helped her to pitch and write her piece:
At the time [of the workshop] I was expecting a reply from The Conversation for a pitch I had sent. The reply came the following day. The editor found the idea interesting, but had concerns regarding the philosophy and neurophysiology involved in it. I wrote a brief in order to show how I intended to tell the story. I tried to apply all the useful information and tips you gave us during the workshop, bearing always in mind that it is not about me but about them. The editor was persuaded by the brief and the article was commissioned.
Congratulations Sylvia on the publication of your article!
BSHS Engagement Fellowship: Ed Armston-Sheret
In February 2018, Ed Armston-Sheret was awarded the British Society for the History of Science engagement fellowship at the Polar Museum in Cambridge. Supported by the British Society for the History of Science, the fellowship will introduce historically informed climate stories into the museum. This supports our aim of ensuring that climate change is not relegated to contemporary science communication, but instead appears in a range of types of interpretation including arts and humanities based research.
‘Documents’ Exhibition: Caroline Douglas, Wayne Binitie and Armelle Skatulski
In January 2018, TECHNE students Caroline Douglas, Wayne Binitie and Armelle Skatulski were involved in an exhibition on ‘Documents’ at Lumen Studios. Contemporary art and literature have a predilection for documents of all sorts: photographic records, archives, official pieces of paper. Documents provide information but also trigger a poetics of cool memories as well as a form of fiction. The group show curated by Melanie King, Félicie Kertudo and Laura Vallés reflected on the tensions between the representable and the un-representable, celebrated the artifice of image-making, and explored how environments shape and are shaped by inhabitants and events. It also emerged from the RCA’s homonymous research group and considered works from disciplines outside of art, such as ethnography and urbanism. The document is non subjective or expressive, and yet it does not succeed in being objective either. It is in the sense of an objective fiction that artists endeavour to expand, discuss and practice a poetics of the document that call into question received ideas, and hopefully produce new ones.
In 2017, Huw Rowlandscompleted a three-month PhD placement at the British Library supporting the Library's exhibition ‘James Cook: The Voyages’.250 years since the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth, the exhibition told the story of Captain James Cook’s three world-changing voyages through original documents, many of which were produced by the artists, scientists and sailors on board the ships.Maps, artworks and journals from the voyages sat alongside newly-commissioned films offering contemporary perspectives.Click here for further information about the exhibition.
A personal review by Hope Margetts of her placement at the BFI in the summer of 2015
I completed a 28 day work placement in the Special Collections department of the British Film Institute over summer 2015. Special Collections contains scripts, documents and ephemera, stills, posters and designs all related to British film and television. I worked on one of their most recently acquired archives, that of British costume designer Jenny Beavan, who designs predominantly period costume for film and television. Her archive spans her early Merchant & Ivory days costuming for films such as A Room With A View (1985) and Howards End (1992) through to her most recent works such as A Kings Speech (2010) and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films (2009, 2011). My placement consisted of rehousing the collection of scripts, mood boards, fabric samples, correspondence, photography and much more, researching into the archive and cataloguing the collection on the BFI database. I wrote a News and Opinion piece on the archive which was published on the BFI website in conjunction with the press release. I received training on the structure of the archive and the BFI’s cataloguing system and enjoyed attending project related events.
It was very useful to gain a deeper understanding of the structure and workings of a major archive, in terms of becoming archive literate for my own personal use of such institutions and also as work experience for later in my career. The costume design element also fed into my current project and I received useful suggestions, films and reading from my colleagues, many of whom had transitioned from academia to archives. It was great to have first hand experience of work which combined both academic research and more practical elements. Whilst the archive is a great scholarly resource, I enjoyed working in a setting which attributes equal importance to transmitting academic research to the wider public through archival resources, exhibitions, press, publications and educational projects. Whilst it was challenging to keep up both the work placement and my PhD, having a different area of work to apply myself to did make the time spent on my thesis more productive. I found the placement both intellectually stimulating and valuable in terms of exploring other avenues for a research active career.