Activism with Marianne Forrest, Cara Robinson and Dr Silvia Gullino.
So what is this activism thing? When does research or even making stuff become activism?
There is no protest other than the angry rail against the passage of time, there is no slogan other than "don’t wish your life away" there is no protest other than "don't say you can't".
Why are we so angry? With protest embedded in our culture can we really see the way forward?
Coinciding with the Activism exhibition by Marianne Forrest at The Cass, this research seminar explores activism in performance and design, as a form of research practice.
With peaceful protest movements such as Craftivism… are they effective, or do they show us the way? Addressing these issues through hands-on workshops, considered approaches to speed and slowness, Marianne Forrest's work gains momentum through active participation and analysis of the results of practice, through questioning. Effects of practice, calming, stressing, persistence and patience. It is important to understand the articulate mechanics of the eye/hand/brain relationship. Can active participation in workshops bring about collective motivation and interaction? Can they solve the world's problems?
Cara Robinson is a Design History MA student from the Royal College of Art/V&A about to complete a thesis entitled Digital Craftivism. Her questions interrogate the role of online media and communities in contemporary women's rights activism, the production of objects adorned to perform at feminist activism and discusses the organisation of the spectacle of public activism as a designed object. The project focuses on the Pussy Power Hats seen at the Women's Marches in North America and the UK from January to May 2017.
In the last few years, Dr Silvia Gullino's research has focused on the emergence of civic crowdfunding projects with a particular focus on projects in London. Her work interrogates them as an alternative form of participation, urban development and governance, generated through collaborative actions and interactions between a range of local community groups, with the support of local government agencies.
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Cass Research Seminar series
Cass Research Seminar One
Thursday 1 November 2018, 6.30pm, GSG15a, Goulston
Research at The Cass information session.
Thursday 8 Novembe 2018 at 6.30pm
Three Cass staff from different disciplines present on the shared topic of ‘Wildness’.
Thursday 29 November 2018, 6.30pm
A lecture by architect/researchers Paolo Zaide and Ed Barsely.
After Venice: Peter St John, Marcus Taylor, Venice Fellows and the British Council
Thursday 13 December 2018, 6.30pm
This special Cass Research Seminar is about the British Council sponsored Island at the British Pavilion.
Loose Fit City: Book Launch
Thursday 24 January 2019, 6.30-8.00pm
Loose Fit City provides a new take on the subject of architecture, defined as the study and practice of fitting together physical and cultural topography.
Housing Futures-Brownfield or Greenfield?
Wednesday 30 January 2019, 6.30–8.30pm
A talk with Karakusevic Carson Architects, as part of Architecture and Urbanism MA (Cass Cities).
High streets: Resilience and resourcefulness
Tuesday 5 February 2019, 6.30–7.30pm
In this session, three speakers will optimistically explore the suppleness, originality and inventiveness of UK high streets from different perspectives.
Thursday 7 February 2019, 6.30-8.00pm
A Cass Research seminar on the topic of making and othering.
Walk along Clapham High Street with Mark Brearley
Saturday 9 February 2019, 10.30am–12.30pm
A walk with Mark Brearley, as part of Architecture and Urbanism MA (Cass Cities).
Cass Research Seminar 2018-19
Organised by Dr Jane Clossick
Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience.
Performance in Place
Thursday 14 February 2019, 6.30pm
Performance in Place features presentations from Christina Paine, Jane Turner and Emma Davenport.
Ethics in practice and research
Thursday 28 February 2019, 6.30pm
We will examine and discuss the question of ethics in art, design and architectural research.
Thursday 7 March 2019, 6.30pm
Workshop City explores the question of workspaces, large and small, in London.