LU Arts Presents Englishes – A Conversation

Following 2014’s Talk Action programme, Radar has extended engagement with DARG (Discourse Analysis Research Group) with the production and presentation of a new work by Nicoline van Harskamp which continues her preoccupation investigating the global use of English by non-native speakers worldwide, and the imagining of the (aesthetic) properties of a future spoken global language.

Englishes is a series of video works by Nicoline van Harskamp,  that explore the widespread use and modification of the English language by its non-native speakers. The series depicts the development of the plurality of spoken English that displaces the perceived position of primacy occupied by dominant strains of the language. It addresses the political import of this linguistic development, and proposes a dissolution of English into “Englishes,” co-opting it as a common and ever-growing linguistic resource, as well as a medium for artistic practices.

Nicoline van Harskamp has undertaken a series of ‘language experiments’ with art institutions and universities across Europe. In Loughborough, she worked with the Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) and produced the video “Apologies and Compliments” that was first shown as part of a major exhibition at BAK in Utrecht, Netherlands (24 September – 20 November, 2016) and at the Center for Contemporary Creation Andalusia in Cordoba, Spain (19 December – 16 April 2017).

To complete her commission with Radar, Nicoline hosts a public event, Englishes – A Conversation on Friday 24th February 2017, 1 – 5pm at the LU Arts Project Space on the 1st Floor of the Edward Barnsley Building. In this event, Nicoline van Harskamp will present several videos from the series  and discuss them with the audience and invited guests.

The event is free, light refreshments will be served and booking is possible via the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/englishes-a-conversation-tickets-30224997782

On the Radar – Syncopolitics

Join Dr Fred Dalmasso of the School of Arts, English & Drama next week for a lively discussion on the notion of ‘syncopolitics’

Dr Dalmasso has coined the term syncopolitics in response to Catherine Clément’s seminal book, Syncope – the Philosophy of Rapture, where she stresses that “syncope is spectacle, it shows off, exposes itself, smashes, breaks, interrupts the daily course of other people’s lives, people at whom the raptus is aimed.” Dr Dalmasso will look in particular at how the image of syncope and the syncope of the image might radically displace or dissolve the self and thus offer strategies of resistance against norms through renouncement or disappearance; a recess of the image that he considers as a sine qua non condition for thinking politics as what can only happen within a horlieu (an out-place or non-place) of representation: a syncopolitics that resonates with what Badiou calls inexist[a]nce.

The discussion will be taking place in the Radar ArtSpace in the Edward Barnsley Building on Wednesday 15th February between 2-3pm. Entrance is free but booking is required – please email aed.research@lboro.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

All Aboard for the Student Book Club this February!

Our ever-popular Student Book Club meets again this February when the book up for discussion will be Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller The Girl on the Train.

The novel is told from the perspective of three very different women with a deadly secret in common. It was translated to the big screen in 2016, starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux.

All of our copies have been borrowed ahead of the next meeting, but you can still find it in all good book shops. The Club will be meeting at the usual time, 7pm, in the Library Staff Room, on Monday 6th February.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

LU Arts Presents Englishes – A Conversation

Join LU Arts this January for an afternoon of presentations, discussion and film screenings constructed around artist Nicoline van Harskamp’s preoccupation with investigating the global use of English by non-native speakers around the world.

Having already made a series of video works focusing on the subject, the artist continued her research at Loughborough University where she was invited by Radar to make a new work in collaboration with its linguists. A new work, Apologies and Compliments, was made as part of the commission and will be screened alongside other videos from the series known as Englishes, an on-going a project that seeks to provoke questions about the features and possible declinations of a future global English.

Screenings will be accompanied by presentations from experts in the fields of linguistics and art. Nicoline van Harskamp will host a conversation between invited artists and academics who will act as first respondents to the issues represented in the works before audience members and guests are also invited to contribute to the session with their remarks and opinions.

The event will be taking place on Friday 27th January at the LU Arts Project Space on the 1st Floor of the Edward Barnsley Building from 1pm – 5pm. Tickets can be bought via the LU Arts website below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/events/event/englishes_-_a_conversation

Pastels & Pencils at the Loughborough Town Hall

Loughborough Town Hall is marking the New Year with two new art exhibitions in its Sock and Sockette Galleries beginning this January.

A Passion for Pastels (running 5th January – 25th February) is a collaborative exhibition by the Leicestershire Pastel Society, made up of artists who reside in Leicestershire and Rutland. Exhibitions staged by the Society boast a high standard of art in the dry mediums of pencil, charcoal and soft chalks and members are looking forward to sharing their work for all to enjoy.

Upstairs on the first floor the Sockette Gallery for Emerging Artists is hosting Pencil Artwork by Jon Allcock (runs from 11th January – 29th April). Jon’s lifelong interest in pencil drawing only really surmounted to sketches when he had the time. A couple of years ago, Jon began taking a more focused approach to his drawing, working on detailed shading, which he really enjoyed. Being encouraged by his family and friends, Jon finds himself exhibiting some of his first ‘proper’ drawings for everyone to enjoy at Sockette.

The Sock Gallery and Sockette are free to enter and are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the Town Hall is open for shows.

Database Trial – BBC Monitoring

bbcWe’ve gone global with this month’s trial resource, which is likely to prove of great interest to anyone with an interest in current affairs.

BBC Monitoring is a division of the BBC World Service Group that provides Open Source information services for governments, NGOs, analysts, academics, multinationals and international organisations. Many of BBCM’s staff have strong academic backgrounds and its operations are based on round-the-clock monitoring of TV, radio, press, internet, news agency and social media sources.

BBCM analysts are located in the UK and worldwide and its main focus areas are geopolitics, terrorism and security-related issues, and the media & sociological impact of major world and regional events. BBCM has particular expertise in the Russian sphere, the Middle East, Iran, Central Asia and Africa, as well as opening a new office in Miami to increase the quality and quantity of coverage for Latin America. The BBC Monitoring portal contains c.4 million stories and 5,000 reports, an archive back to 1996, as well as up-to-date government lists and reference material.

To begin searching go to https://monitoring.bbc.co.uk/#/login

Click on the Login box

Click on ‘Login via Academic Institution’

Click on ‘Loughborough’

Login with your Loughborough University username and password (not Athens)

The trial will run until January 31st 2017 – please note that not all content is accessible to trial users.

We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, please contact Steve Corn ( s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk )with your comments.

Never Let Go of the Book Club!

51NcMaqTCsL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Student Book Club meets up for the last time this term (and 2016) next Monday 5th December when the novel up for discussion will be Patrick Ness’s award winning science fiction thriller The Knife of Never Letting Go.

A coming of age story with a spine-chilling twist, the novel picked up the 2008 Guardian Award and is the first part of a trilogy entitled Chaos Walking.

All of our copies have been borrowed ahead of the next meeting, but you can still find it in all good book shops. The Club will be meeting at the usual time, 7pm, in the Library Staff Room.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Kindred Spirits at the Loughborough Town Hall

sock-gallery-sml-LOGO PING colourThere’s an exotic family theme to the latest art exhibition at Loughborough Town Hall’s Sock Gallery this winter.

Rita Sadler and Ingrid Kleins-Daniels are cousins whose mothers settled in Leicestershire from Latvia after the Second World War.  Continuing the family tradition of creativity, both are experienced art tutors who are developing their own artistic pathways through a similar love of colour, texture and experimentation with different materials.

Rita and Ingrid share an interpretative style of work that expresses both the spirit felt in the landscape as well as in dance. Rita uses her local landscape and the area around Garendon Park, Loughborough as a source of inspiration, whereas Ingrid’s focus is through the dynamics of the human form in movement and dance.

Kindred Spirits runs from 24th November to 2nd January. The Sock Gallery is free to enter and is open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5.00pm and when the venue is open for shows.

Weekend of Weird at the Martin Hall

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LU Arts is remaining in the Halloween spirit this November with a weekend long exploration of everything Weird, hosted in the Martin Hall Theatre on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November.

A Weekend of Weird brings together writers, performers, filmmakers, artists, publishers, academics, enthusiasts and celebrants to ask: what is the Weird? Where did it come from? Where is it going?

The Weird is an emerging field that encompasses literature, film, music, art and performance. Its world is subtly strange, uncanny, irrational, inexplicable, questioning our everyday environments and perceptions and implying that our world is far more bizarre and disturbing than we would like to believe.

The weekend will comprise panel discussions, live performances, film screenings and a specialist book fair. It is organised by Radar in collaboration with Nick Freeman and Dan Watt from Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama.

A Weekend of Weird centres around a series of main panel discussions with contributions from John Hirschhorn-Smith, Andrew Michael Hurley, Timothy Jarvis, James Machin and Mark Valentine. These sessions will be interspersed with live performances and a series of specially curated film programmes.

For this programme Radar has commissioned new works by Joey Holder, Ben Judd, Tai Shani and artist collective Reactor. There will also be screenings of work by Sidsel Christensen and Pauline Curnier Jardin.

Full programme information can be found on the LU Arts website here:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/radar/events/event/a_weekend_of_weird

International Day at the Students’ Union

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On Wednesday 16th November the Students’ Union are hosting their highly popular annual International Day. Students from all around the globe studying at Loughborough will represent their countries by sharing their culture and lifestyle by giving out food, samples of drinks, activities, performances and much more.

Make sure you don’t miss out this amazing opportunity to get the feel of more than 40 different nations and cultures on the day, which kicks off at 11am and finishes at 3pm. Entry is free.

For more information, go to www.lsu.co.uk/internationalday/. If you have any questions or would like to know more then please do not hesitate to contact internationalday@lsu.co.uk.