Tag: Camberwell Space

The Beauty of Failure

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Accompaning the exhibition ' Triumph of the Will' at Camberwell Space, Paul O'Kane compiled text on the subject The Beauty of Failure which Camberwell Press published a small booklet designed by work-form.

Olympia, Leni Riefenstahl’s film of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, is a masterpiece of cinematography that erotises the body beautiful and aestheticises perfection in a visual language still employed by the advertising industry today. It uses spectacle as a triumph of the ideal over labour. Yet the Olympics, by definition, were as much about failure as they were about success, where display conceals obsession, and where the repetition and pain required is sublimated into mesmeric entertainment. It is through the sheer Sisyphean pointlessness of this drama that such fallibilities become the subject of this exhibition. With comedy, pathos, and absurdity, something of the human is reinstated within the spectacle by these art works. In this respect, titling the exhibition after Riefenstahl’s more notorious film is not completely ironic, but rather, opens up a point of departure for small acts of resistance.

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Le Fil The Filosophy of Making

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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. It marks the transitional journey / pop pilgrimage from Brighouse boy into London's newest male pop performance artist.

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Art on Fire

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Camberwell Space showcases  Art on Fire, an exhibition to mark the Olympic Flame passing through Camberwell. UAL PhD artists and associates present an exhibition that considers fire in its ceremonial, ritualistic, metaphysical and symbolic aspects; as well as its physical, audio-visual and scientific representations. An artists’ residency relay will pass the torch of audience encounter across the three weeks; as practitioners work in the galleries, alongside the exhibits.

Camberwell Press have published a booklet that compiles texts provided by the artist in relation to the subject of Art on Fire to coincide with the exhibition.

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Parts & Labour

Parts & Labour is an experiment devised by John Chilver and Brighid Lowe to reflect on the material conditions of art production. The emphasis, as the title says, is on labour. Recent debates have rightly underlined that both contemporary art and capital value immaterial labour above getting ones hands dirty. This project examines relations to material labour that artworks remain dependent on, though these are typically concealed and devalued. Camberwell Press produced a fold out exhibition pamphlet for the show, currently in the Camberwell Space.

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Into the Fold: Day 8

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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. 

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Into the Fold: Day 4

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It was a day of inside jobs as we saw two inner Press projects carried out in full steam. The Oxford School Trip was organised by Press team members Jake Hopwood, Alex Hough, Freddy Williams and BA Graphic Design third year Charlie Abbott. The Visualising Literature drawing workshop by Press members/Illustrators Billie Muraben and Rosie Eveleigh. As well as these lively activities, Hato Press installed their mobile library in the gallery space and indulged us with a live twitter chat.

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Into the Fold: Day 3

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.

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Into the Fold: Day 2

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. 

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Into the Fold: Day 1

The first day of Into the Fold saw the fruits of an open discussion between Department 21, the construction of gigantic Word Sculptures by Philip Li and a talk with Brave New Alps about their Construction Site project. 

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Into the Fold

Seeking to create the concept of the ideal studio within a public space, Camberwell Press is taking over Camberwell Space gallery for two and a half weeks. The exhibition will culminate in a publication launch from material generated via a series of talks, workshops, design & publishing projects.  Curated by James Edgar.

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See the full schedule after the jump. 

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Among Other Things

The catalogue for Among Other Things was designed to reflect the exhibition’s focus on relational encounters with and between people, and the problem of scrutinising the function of objects in a relational and traditional context.

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Peles Empire refers to both a curatorial team (Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff), an ongoing artwork, and two galleries – one in London and one in Cluj. Each incarnation of Peles Empire involves reproducing a room from the Romanian castle Peles in the Carpathian mountains which is distinguished by a clash of different architectural styles including art deco, rococo, renaissance and gothic.

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Camberwell Cinema

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.

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Thingness - An Essay by Karen Richmond and Maiko Tsutsumi

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.

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What role does ‘the materiality of things’ play in our relationship to the objects we create and consume?

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Type Scale: An Interview with David Coventon

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Ross Bennett Interviews Curator and Graphic Design course leader David Coventon in regard to the exhibition at Camberwell Space Type Scale.

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Type Scale

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The Camberwell Press team took over the Camberwell Space and transformed it into an array of innovative Letterpress themed work, highlighting the possibilities on offer from the analogue technique. The work spanned from contemporary interactive pieces, through to more traditional outcomes using traditonal production methods.

In a period of increasing international interest in the qualities of Letterpress typography, TypeScale was a representation of student, alumni and staff typographic work exploring the possibilities of wood and metal type from Letterpress through to laser cut letter forms.

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Elusive brought together the work of 29 artists. It featured photography, video, performance and book works, and although all the imagery relates to the camera, none is about photography itself. It could be argued that the camera apparatus, although a recording instrument, also offers a space for play. The idea being explored here is of the camera as conduit, a place for the imagination. The work featured in this exhibition gave the artists an opportunity to examine imagery which is unpredictable, improbable, informative and capricious. Camberwell Press produced a publication in conjunction with the Elusive show in Camberwell Space 2011.

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Terminator was the first live project of the newly re-launced Camberwell Press. Working in partnership with Camberwell Space and curator Juan Bolivar, the former Press designers, Ross Bennett, Oliver Chapman and Louis Carter, produced a lo-fi risograph publication with a fold out cover and poster. The design rationale for the publication attempted to echo some of Bolivar's concerns; notions of contemporary collaboration, the relationships that practitioners have with technology and materials, as well as the incessant march of technology and the heightened possibility of a cybernetic future.

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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.

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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.

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I used to be a design student
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

Alt/Shift is a one day conference with UAL lecturers and design directors examining the future form of education for creative industries. Camberwell Press director Darryl Clifton is one of the speakers on the day.
To find out more on the event visit the Alt/Shift website and join the discussion online.


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4 October - 20 October 2012

Kemistry Gallery

Book launch and typography exhibtion at Kemistry Gallery entitled
Whatever Next: a discourse on typography, generated from a series of in converstations with designers, practitioners, and artists on the topic of typography. The exhibition runs along the theme of the book is curated by this is art, founded by Camberwell Press' creative director: James Edgar. To order your copy of the book email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Mokita 2: illustration Symposium
16 October 2012 10.00 - 17.00
Somerset House

Mokita's second illustration forum will explore 'The Sentimental Gene' in illustration with discussions, conversations and visual essays at Somerset House. Exploring the presence, function, validity and role of 'sentimentality' as a theme in illustration.

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Le Fil The Filosophy of Making

25 - 28 September 2012

Camberwell Space

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. 

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Writing on the Wall
14 March 2012
CCW Wilson Road

Writing on the Wall is an event brought to you from Poet in the City, bringing illustrated life to poetry in live drawing by Camberwell illustrators Zeel and Jim Stoten. 

Into the Fold

24 February - 13 March 2012
Camberwell Space

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

Camberwell Space

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.


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23 - 27 November 2011

BFI Southbank

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.