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Art, Architecture & Design March Good News

A round-up of the latest news in April, from the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

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Fashion and Fashion Marketing Trip to Paris

In February, Course Leader for BA Fashion Marketing, Caroline Hemingray, took 32 students to Paris.

Students attended the Premiè re Vision show at the Parc des Expositions. Students were able to experience, first-hand, the trends and materials developed by the fashion industry for Spring Summer 18. Students were also able to carry out shop research including visits to flagship stores and exciting concept stores such as Colette and Merci.

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Course Collaboration

BA Fashion students have been working in collaboration with students from Filmmaking, to produce a beautiful film that showcases the making of their black and white shirt photoshoot, featuring prints designed by Graphics students.

We hope this will be the first of many collaborations between our courses. You can view the finished film here.

Lecturers in London

Professor Teresa Stoppani, Architecture lecturer, has been invited to give a lecture in the Architecture Open Lectures series of the University of Westminster in London.

You can attend the lecture at the University of Westminster, School of Architecture, Marylebone campus, London, on Thursday March 16, 18.30.

Farewell to Visiting Professor

Professor Marco De Michelis, AAD Visiting Professor in Architecture 2014-17, gave his final guest lecture at the Leeds School of Architecture, entitled ‘ Bauhaus: from Weimar to Dessau’, on Thursday 9 March 2017.

During his tenure at Leeds Beckett University Professor De Michelis gave a series of lectures on the relationship between art, design and architecture, focusing in particular on the work of the Bauhaus.

Marco De Michelis - Bauhaus: from Weimar to Dessau

Last year, in his lecture ‘Bauhaus beginnings’, visiting Professor, Marco De Michelis introduced us to the origins of the Bauhaus School and to its protagonists, who defined a new cultural, creative and educational programme in the arts and design.

This year De Michelis has discussed how the school reinvented itself in its move from Weimar to Dessau, with a dedicated new building designed by founder Walter Gropius and the introduction of the Architecture curriculum in its educational programme. The studio based collaborative synthesis of the arts introduced by the Bauhaus has strongly informed art, design and architecture education since.

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The Edge of Sculpture

Professor Teresa Stoppani, Architecture Lecturer, has been invited to give a paper at The Edge of Sculpture symposium on Tuesday 9 May 2017.

The symposium will address the edges and limits of sculpture from outside sculpture-focused perspectives.

Stoppani’s talk will discuss the ambiguities of the Model in painting, sculpture and architecture.

The Edge of Sculpture

Architecture and its Theories

Dr Teresa Stoppani and Dr Doreen Bernath organised the event Architecture and its Theories at the Architectural Association in London, on 8 March 2017.

The open seminar took part in conjunction with the launch of the book and journal both titled, ‘This Thing Called Theory’.

The seminar discussed the outcomes of the 12th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), held at the Leeds School of Architecture in November 2015.

This thing is called theory

Performance & Uncertainty Symposium

Dr Kiff Bamford and Harold Offeh, Lecturers from the School of Art, Architecture & Design, held seminars in February and March at the Tetley in Leeds and the ICA in London.

The symposium brought together artists and writers to question the role of re-performance, to confront collective assumptions about authenticity and the changing role of the artist’s body. Speakers at the symposium included Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Sonia Boyce, Casey Orr, Irit Rogoff, and Corin Sworn.

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Dr Kiff Bamford Published Author 

Kiff Bamford, author of Lyotard and the ‘figural’ in Performance, Art and Writing (2012), has a forthcoming publication, Jean-François Lyotard Critical Lives. The book traces the unconventional journey of one of the most important, and complex, French thinkers of the twentieth century. The publication has received very positive advance reviews and will be published in the UK on 17 July 2017.

An impressively detailed survey of Jean-François Lyotard’s work and cultural milieu, that fills a real gap in Lyotard studies . . . illuminating and nicely-pitched.
-Stuart Sim, Professor in Critical Theory at Northumbria University, Newcastle and editor of The Lyotard Dictionary.

'Remarkably astute and thoroughly researched... an intellectual biography of this caliber, depth and breadth is hard to come by.'
- Roger McKeon, Driftworks editor and translator.

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