Detours is an exhibition showcasing the work of 11 artists who are participating the the 2011/12 AA2A (Artists' Access to Art Colleges) scheme at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) colleges. The scheme represents a detour from the artists’ usual practice, in terms of location, materials and ideas. Even a slight shift from the norm can engender radical changes. The scheme provides mid-career artists with exposure to new environments, and offers access to alternative media and techniques, encouraging variety and diversity within their practices.
Prompted by the articulate and sympathetic writing on curator Glenn Adamson's blog, From Sketch to Product, we asked the man himself, along with designer Kirsty Carter of APFEL and architect Andy Groarke of Carmody Groarke to come in and discuss their working processes behind the recent V&A exhibition, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990. They discussed with generosity the conditions which made their cross disciplinary and experimental exhibition design possible, a suitable fitting for the final day of Into the Fold. We have included here an edited extract from that discussion.
A screengrab from Fraser Muggeridge's film screening. Trailer Truths III, Erica Scourti (2004)
Day 8 focused on the broader context of graphic design, its field of inspiration, and application. Merrell Publishers delivered a talk on the process of publishing, from decision to reality, Rick Poynor let us in to the surreal world that informs his practice and Fraser Muggeridge selected a series of films that encapsulated his opinion of film as an essential source of content in design.
The last day of the working week dedicated the whole day to Calverts, a co-operative communications design and printing company, based in Bethnal Green. In the morning, Sion Whellens delivered a Fold, Stitch and Trim talk, and then later in the afternoon, a Collaboration and Co-operation workshop. He gave practical, honest advice about the printing process, which he's kindly summed up for us into seven points, after the jump.
Day three was small in numbers, but gigantic in content. We spent the morning in self-assessment, evaluation, and the afternoon in a skype discussion with Michèle Champagne of That New Design Smell, in which she delivered a talk all the way from Toronto, beaming into the studio in Camberwell. She has kindly provided us with a summary of that talk, after the jump.
The second day of Into the Fold brought more wealth of content and discussion. It saw Phil Baines give a talk about Grotesque typefaces and then a letterpress demonstration, Sam Winston running an interactive drawing project and Lynda Brockbank discussing the 99 Words project.
Different Ways to Say the Same Thing: Four cards from Bruno Munari's Immagini Della Realta, via Stopping off Place. Intended for 3-6 year olds, the boxed edition of 40 cards of photographic images, plus 12 to draw on, was intended to learn about the different ways of representing objects. Three different games can be played with the cards: The Words and Images game, The Misleading Images game, and The Classification game.
As the subject of illustration becomes ever more popular, the need to look at it with a critical eye becomes more important. To accompany the 2011 Camberwell lllustration graduate show and publication, they wanted to generate an informative and intellectual discussion which matched their ambition and energy to meet the challenges that an image heavy world presents. In that spirit of enquiry and broad engagement a number of burning questions on what their subject is, and what it can be, have been put to Adrian Shaughnessy, celebrated educator author and designer, and Darryl Clifton Design Programme Director at Camberwell College of Arts.
Camberwell Cinema was a series of screenings looking at the interaction of art, urban culture and education. It was the culmination of a series of lectures and seminars which took place at the South London Gallery surrounding the idea of 'The Audience'. Through the approachable medium of film, the events programmed aim to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible.
Poster by Frederick Williams and Paul Hardman for the Thingness exhibition.
Thingness is a feeling as much as a philosophical debate. This essay is written from the perspective of a more grounded approach to materiality, by two people coming from different traditions of making: one from a Japanese craft tradition, the other from a 1990s UK fine art education. It has developed from the long-held shared interest in our connections to objects that came from these two very different perspectives. In one, ideas are believed to reside in the material, and for the other the making was concerned with how to reconcile the idea and the material.
Among Other Things
Somnium & Solaris
Thursday 26th September, 6 - 9pm
The Cube gallery, E1 6BJ
Camberwell Illustration alumni and Director of Jiggling Atoms, Natalie Kay-Thatcher is about to embark on a three month astronomy and science fiction illustration residency at The Cube, London. To celebrate the beginning of the residency and the events and workshops that will be taking place in the duration, your are invited to attend the opening event at the gallery. Where new work by Natalie can be viewed and visitors can sign up to upcoming events, and find out more about the theoretical books behind the project.
Edgar-Walker Private View
6th September 6 - 9pm
Chelsea College of Art and Design
Our Creative Director, James Edgar, is graduating from the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art and Design as part of the edgar-walker collaborative. You are welcome to attend the private view to see what he's been up to over the past two years. There is also an artist publication on display in the edgar-walker space, published by Camberwell Press. The MA show runs from Saturday 7th - Thursday 12th September. Find out more here.
Fresh Prints: Camberwell Press has been invited to display a range of recently produced publications at the Fresh Prints exhibition – Showroom, University of the Arts London. Please join us at the Private View on Wednesday the 1st of May to discuss and see what we have been working on.
Let's Get Quizzical – Round 2: Following the success of the first, we are inviting you to join us and take part in the second instalment of the Camberwell Press pub quiz, with categories such as: Typography, Animation, Illustration, Film and more to question your creative mental knowledge.
18 February 6pm - 9pm
Camberwell College of Arts
Book launch for I used to be a design student, created by Brighten the Corners, Frank Philipin and Billy Kiosoglou. The launch takes place at Camberwell College of Arts where the inspiration began after a workshop led by Brighten the Corners for the BA Graphic Design students, which looked at the relationship between their student work and their development into professional practice. Find out more about the book and event here.
13 December 2012 09.00 - 18.00
LBi Event Space
To find out more on the event visit the Alt/Shift website and join the discussion online.
4 October - 20 October 2012
Mokita 2: illustration Symposium
16 October 2012 10.00 - 17.00
Le Fil The Filosophy of Making
25 - 28 September 2012
Le Fil presents his debut solo show 'Pop Sculpture: The Filosophy of Making', which will bring the spectacle of pop music into the art gallery context. Camberwell Space will be transformed into a multi-disciplinary platform ready for a pop sculptural reinvention. 'Pop Sculpture' features new songs, ceramics and sculptures created by Le Fil during his art residency at Vanguard Court Studios in Peckham.
Writing on the Wall
14 March 2012
CCW Wilson Road
Into the Fold
24 February - 13 March 2012
Camberwell Press seeks to create and ideal and interactive studio within a public space for two and half weeks. The exhibition will culminate in a publication formed from material generated with collaborators via a series of talks, workshops, design & publishing projects.
Among Other Things
10 January - 10 Feburary 2012
Among Other Things brings together objects, video, sound and installation by four artists who question what it means to produce work through relational encounters with and between people.
onedotzero_adventures in motion
23 - 27 November 2011
2011 sees onedotzero celebrate 15 years of championing the progression of global digital culture and innovation in motion. Programmed in partnership with regular host venue BFI Southbank, this special anniversary will present short films and animation, music videos, interactivity, digital art and everything in between.