Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Training for all CASS PGRs

Please don't forget to book yourself onto a training session if you're a PGR in the College of Arts and Social Sciences who is delivering teaching and you haven't already gone through the programme. (Emails have been sent out but check with the Research Support Unit if you're unsure).

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Jodi Dean at Salford

Our thanks to Jodi Dean for her fantastic talk... Communism as an unvanquished fear, creativity and the architecture of MediaCityUK, the reordering time in the Occupy movements,  feminist theorising of domestic subjectivities.

Jodi's new book, The Communist Horizon, available here

  (Jodi with Dr Michael Goddard)

Thursday, 14 March 2013

6 Million Ways of Getting into the Arts: Moving Image

Tuesday 19 March, 6-9pm

Venue: Alan Turing Room, Dock House, BBC, MediaCity UK, Salford, M50 2LH

In partnership with BBC North and Quays Culture, Castlefield Gallery are very pleased to present a range of expert speakers working in moving images, within broadcasting, contemporary art, and digital and media training.

How do you tell your story on television? Louise Blythe, Executive Producer at the BBC Academy, will provide an insight into the commissioning process and Karin Thayer, Multi-Media Trainer at the BBC College of Journalism, demonstrates good practice in the social media sphere.
Guest speakers are Rosalind Nashashibi, Northern Art Prize 2013 shortlisted artist and Karen Shannon, Arts Development Manager: New Media at Lets Go Global who will highlight some of the many diverse routes to developing careers in this expanding field.
So join us, be inspired by the talks and be ready to ask questions at the Q&A session.

FREE but booking is essential. Book at http://6millionwaysmovingimage-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
or call 0161 832 8034
More on:
Rosalind Nashashibi, artist
Rosalind Nashashibi was born in Croydon, South London and is based in Liverpool. She studied at Sheffield Hallam University and Glasgow School of Art, and currently teaches at Liverpool John Moores University. Her work is shown internationally and she has recently had solo exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Brussels, London, and Vancouver.  She represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and has shown in the 5th Berlin Biennial, Manifesta 7 and Sharjah 10. She won Beck’s Futures in 2003, the first woman to do so, and is shortlisted for this year’s Northern Art Prize. Much of her work consists of films at the borders of the everyday and the mythological.

Karen Shannon, Lets Go Global
Karen Shannon is the founder of Lets Go Global, a non-profit organisation based in MediaCityUK that exists to share skills in digital and creative technology. LGG combines art, education, film-making, digital development and training. Karen works with people to promote arts and digital culture, to influence new ideas, policies and partners to support the sector to encourage innovation, understanding, new audiences, and meaningful digital engagement with people.

For further information contact Jennifer Dean, Communications and Audience Development Coordinator at Castlefield Gallery on jennifer@castlefieldgallery.co.uk or on 0161 832 8034

Quays Culture is a new arts programme based out of the Quays/MediaCityUK and aims to attract local and international talent to Greater Manchester audiences. They work with artists that use innovation and creativity for live and digital interactions. The world-class location and partners support a collaborative programme of arts festivals, events, new art works, learning and new fun experiences for all to join in.

Castlefield Gallery would like to thank Programme partners including: BBC North, Eccles Gateway Centre, Islington Mill, IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums), The Lowry, MediaCityUK, the University of Salford, Salford City Council & Trafford Borough Council.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

MMP Grad Prog: Jodi Dean - The Communist Horizon (20/3)

20th of March, 4pm-5pm, MediaCityUK (University of Salford building: Room 2.36)
(Non-Salford students: please meet 3.50 at reception and you'll be signed in).

Jodi Dean: The Communist Horizon

How is communism actual for us here and now? Jodi Dean considers how communism is the horizon of our contemporary politics in six ways: the past that remains present, the force of the ideal, the sovereignty of the people, the desire for the collective, the common and the commons, and the actuality of revolution.

Jodi Dean is a Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY and Erasmus Professor of the Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University. She is the author or editor of eleven books, including Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (Duke 2009), Blog Theory (Polity 2010), and most recently The Communist Horizon (Verso 2012). Her work on communicative capitalism has been at the forefront of contemporary political and media theoretical debates with figures including Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou and Geert Lovink.

Changing Our Textual Mind

Adriaan van der Weel, the Professor of Book History at Leiden
University, will be visiting MMU to talk about his new book, Changing
Our Textual Minds, on Monday 18 March.

The book emerged from Adriaan's famous course on the History of Text
Transmission at Leiden University. His argument is important, timely
and completely fascinating.

Changing our Textual Minds analyses the continuities and
discontinuities in textual transmission as we move from a print
paradigm into an increasingly digital world. It conceptualises the
transition from analogue to digital both in factual terms and in terms
of its social significance. Our entire way of disseminating knowledge
and culture is firmly based on print culture. The need to come to
grips with the shift to digital textuality in the early twenty-first
century will literally change our minds. Text has always been the
chief vehicle for the inscription and dissemination of knowledge and
culture. As more and more of our textual communication moves into the
digital realm we have reached a crucial moment in the history of
textual transmission. In many respects digital text looks deceptively
like print. But beneath the surface of the screen, digital textuality
obeys very different rules from printed text. The digital textual
universe offers a wealth of new and exciting possibilities -- but it
also sets new rules for the writer's and reader's engagement with

There will be a reception at 5:30pm, followed by a FREE public lecture
at 6:00pm. All are welcome.

Further details of the event are here:

To reserve your place, please email Helen Darby on h.darby@mmu.ac.uk
or follow this link: http://adriaanvanderweel-arp.eventbrite.com/#

Monday, 11 March 2013

MMU Artaud event

The Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research: Centre of Research in English at Manchester Metropolitan University present a one day symposium on ‘Antonin Artaud: Affects, Effects, Bodies’.
Wednesday 24th April 2013

Artaud’s influence on theory and practice in the arts is substantial. As a playwright, director actor, film scenarist, poet, artist and critic he challenged existing modes of working and thinking in ways that are still generating considerable interest and debate. His iconoclastic work, which brings the affective body and its creative potential to the fore, has shaped artistic experiment and new modes of critical thinking and writing and substantial critical studies of Artaud have been written by Derrida, Deleuze and others. Diagnosed as clinically schizophrenic, Artaud’s writings and drawings are also of considerable interest to psychologists and art therapists. The event should bring together research students, theorists and practitioners from fields both within and outside the academy.

The workshop will take place from 12.45pm-5.30pm in Geoffrey Manton room 332
This is a one day open-to-all workshop and we will seek to engage with an audience that spans academics, research students and the public.

12.45pm Welcome from Anna Powell
1pm Xavier Aldana Reyes (MMU): Artaud’s Theatre of Affect: From Cruelty to Horror
2pm Ros Murray (Manchester): Artaud on Paper
3pm break
3.30pm Anna Powell (MMU): Passional Bodies: Artaud’s graphics as interstitial force
4.30pm Jay Murphy (Aberdeen): The Artaud Effect
5.30pm close

Please register on Eventbrite here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5737246258
Places are limited!

Salfordian Dining Experiences...

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

MMU Redux

CODE Creatives} [UPDATE] - The proposed two-day gathering has been streamlined to Audio:Visual:Motion [REDUX]  - a day of presentations, discussions, demonstrations, screenings and performance - and is now FREE to all.


A {CODE Creatives} and MMU Digital Innovation Event

a day of presentations, discussions, demonstrations, screenings and performance
Friday 15th March 2013, 11am-6pm
Capitol Theatre, Manchester Metropolitan University, Mabel Tylecote Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG
FREE – book via Eventbrite - http://codecreatives.eventbrite.co.uk/

If you’re a postgraduate or early career researcher based in the North West (and possibly beyond) then your expenses to participate in this event may be covered by Designing Our Futures. All PGRs and ECRs interested in participating should also register here – http://dof.miriadonline.info/expressions-of-interest/).



10.30-11am - Registration + Coffee
11-11.10am - Welcome + Introduction - John Hyatt + Lewis Sykes
11.10-11.30am - Screening - Simon Katan - Cube With Magic Ribbons (2012)
11.30am-1pm - Presentation - Charlie Gere, Alex McLean & Kate Sicchio - Viewpoints on the Digital/Analogue Relation
1-2pm - Lunch
2-3pm - Presentation - Mick Grierson - The Synthetic Audiovisual Contract
3-4pm - Demonstration - Paul Prudence - Deconstructing Cyclotone
4-4.30pm - Coffee
4.30-4.50pm - Screening - Larry Cuba - 3/78 (1978), Two Space (1979) and Calculated Movements (1985)
4.50-5.10pm - Performance - Mick Grierson - Delusions of Alien Control
5-10-5.30pm - Performance - Sicchio and McLean - Sound Choreography <> Body Code
5.30-5.50pm - Performance - Paul Prudence - Cyclotone
5.50-6.pm - Closing Remarks - Lewis Sykes

Details of the programme, including biographies of the Audio:Visual:Motion [REDUX] contributors and outlines of their various presentations and performances are now available via the {CODE Creatives} website.

PARC North West EVENT GENERATOR – 20 March

1.30pm – 5.00pm Wednesday 20 March

MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University, Righton Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG

Building on the success of last year, PARC North West is holding another regional event to give PGRs, ECRs and their Supervisors the opportunity to generate a series of cross-institutional activities for this and next Academic Year.
This year the Event Generator could be used to develop submissions to the Creative Arts and Industries: Collaboration in Practice conference, 21-22 June 2013 (details attached). Closing date 25thMarch!).

At the same time we are looking for events for next academic year in November and March. If you have an event idea already, or would like to be involved in one, this is your opportunity to develop it with your peers. These ideas can be topic or disciplinary based, specific or broad in nature, PARC North West is here to support your events. 

The 'Event Generator' is a creative activity based on 'Open Space Technology' to generate ideas. All who participate will be able to develop their own ideas or join with others. Together we will then transform these ideas into one or more events in the coming months.  

Please email RSVP to MIRIAD@mmu.ac.uk, headed 'Event Generator’

You may wish to answer the call to Creative Arts and Industries: Collaboration in Practice conference, 21-22 June independent of the Event Generator