Robots at the Cope Auditorium

To mark UK Robotics Week next week the Cope Auditorium is opening its doors for an evening of cybernetic discussion under the banner Robots at the movies: The portrayal of robots and androids in contemporary films.

Automata, robots and androids have been a creation and fascination for humans over centuries. From Maria (Metropolis, 1927), R2D2 and C3PO (Star Wars, 1977), WALL-E (2008), The Terminators (1984, 1991, 2003) to Transformers (2007), they have been portrayed as our friends, adversaries, alien to almost human, invaders and enslavers or as our saviours and trusted companions.

These portrayals in the movies have reflected and perhaps influenced our opinion of them. Join us for an amusing evening reviewing our relationship with these technologies as reflected in their portrayal in the movie industry.

The discussion runs from 6pm – 7.30pm next Thursday (28th June) in the Cope and is brought to you by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence in support of the UK Robotics Week 2017. The event is free, but booking is necessary – visit the link below to do that.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/robots-at-the-movies-the-portrayal-of-robots-and-androids-in-contemporary-films-tickets-31961461592

Loughborough Arts Degree Show 2017

Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama will be hosting its annual final year degree show this month in the School’s Edward Barnsley Building.

The display showcases the work of the School’s final-year Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Illustration, and Textiles students, and includes an exhibition by Foundation Art and Design students.

Staff, students and members of the public are all welcome and for anyone thinking of applying to Loughborough, it is an excellent opportunity to see the work our students produce.

The show begins with on June 9th and is open daily until 18th June, 10am – 5pm.

Details of the exhibits will be displayed online at this address: www.lboro.ac.uk/artsdegreeshow .

On the Radar – Curating National Narratives

As part of the Politicized Practice Research Group Seminar Series, the School of the Arts, English & Drama will be staging Curating National Narratives in the new Radar ArtSpace next Wednesday 10th May.

This joint talk by Sofia Mali and Marina Maximova will explore the different ways that national narratives are reproduced and communicated through exhibitions. It will examine the curatorial processes taking place in different settings: European national museums and the Venice Biennale.

The event takes place between 12-2pm on Wednesday 10th May in the Radar ArtSpace in the Edward Barnsleu Building. Admission is free, but booking is required – to do so, email your interest to aed.research@lboro.ac.uk.

I, Daniel Blake: Film Screening and Discussion

The Edward Herbert Building is hosting a free screening of the film, I, Daniel Blake, followed by a discussion led by CPWS researchers, next Wednesday (3rd May) at 6pm.

I, Daniel Blake is an important and powerful film about the nature of work and life on benefits in contemporary Britain. Directed by Ken Loach and starring Dave Johns as the title character, it won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Festival.

The event is organised and sponsored by the Centre for Professional Work and Society (CPWS), in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.

The screening is free, but booking is necessary. To attend, visit the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-daniel-blake-film-screening-and-discussion-tickets-32913947503

Put a Spring in Your Step with the Student Book Club

Book lovers may like to put Tuesday 2nd May in their diaries, as that will be the date the Student Book Club meets for the first time during the Summer Term, with a particularly seasonal book up for discussion this time.

Spring Tales is an anthology of striking short stories on the theme of Spring, and is one of a quartet of collections inspired by the seasons.

So if you’re looking for a little something different to tide you over the Easter holidays, why not sign up for a copy at the Level 3 desk?

The Book Club will be meeting at the usual time, 730pm, in the usual place, the Library Staff Room, but on a slightly different day – Tuesday – as the Monday is, of course, a Bank Holiday.

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?

Join the Revolution at the British Library

The British Library commemorates the 100th anniversary of one of the most crucial events in modern history this summer in its new exhibition, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, which starts today.

From the fall of Russia’s last Tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. With rarely seen items from both sides of the conflict, from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda, and – for the first time on public display from the British Library’s own archive – Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass, this is a unique chance to understand the lesser-known personal stories behind the events that changed the world.

Uniting the political and the personal, explore the Russian Revolution’s central characters, most notably Lenin and Trotsky, alongside the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times, and how events in Russia in 1917 transformed the international landscape forever and shaped the world we live in today.

The exhibition runs until 29th August and is accompanied by a range of revolution-themed special events and activities. For further details, visit the British Library website.

Buildings & Beasts at the Loughborough Town Hall

Two new free exhibitions by local artists has begun in the Sock and Sockette Galleries at the Loughborough Town Hall this spring.

Buildings in a Landscape, hosted in the Sock Gallery, is a collection of water colour art by Felicity Jackson. Felicity paints on-the-spot, taking in the colour and feel of the moment. Within a landscape she likes to seek out buildings which are mellowing and blending into their surroundings. Watercolour is her favourite medium, giving a lovely delicacy and spontaneity, but she has recently discovered pastels too. Most of her subject matter is strictly representational, but whatever the subject, she tries to capture the essence and spirit. (Runs from 20th April – 10th June).

In the Sockette Gallery take a trip into the unknown with the Beasts of Solaris by Tom Walker. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris (latterly filmed by Steven Soderbergh in 2002) this series of images seeks to explore the mysterious consciousness that lies in parallel to this planets mutating landscape. Tom believes that people’s inability to represent their own experiences of nature accurately, is due to the limitations of whichever medium chosen, and is therefore crucial to his disinterest in attempting to depict reality. Tom chose to present a fictional landscape that the senses desire to explore. (Runs from 4th May – 9th September).

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.

LU Arts Presents the Loughborough Legend

LU Arts kicks off the start of term with a story of empire, education, elitism and the Church of England.

The Loughborough Legend tells the enthralling true story of a young boy who dared to dream…and James Arthur Harley dreamed big, leaving his island home of Antigua in the 1890’s to navigate the doubled complexities of the oppressive racism in America and England with grace, style and dignity to achieve an esteemed education and his childhood ambition, but at what price?

The gifted scholar attended Yale, Harvard and Oxford universities at the turn of the 20th Century, before becoming the 1910 Shepshed curate who reinvigorated the local community, and the 1920s Councillor and Loughborough College Governor dubbed the Stormy Petrel.

Written and presented by Pamela Roberts, author, historian and new playwright, The Loughborough Legend is on at the Cope Auditorium on Saturday 6th May at 7pm. Tickets cost £5. To book online visit the link below:

http://www.arts.lboro.ac.uk/event_booking/the_loughborough_legend/

World Poetry Day

March 21st is UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, not only a celebration of the poetic forms of literature in all its infinite variations, but also to encourage learning and teaching of poetry across the globe.

Thanks to our own English & Drama School, we’ve built up quite an extensive range of poetry, ancient and modern, ranging from the Greek epic poetry of Homer to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the 19th century classics of Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to the contemporary poetry of Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion. Not forgetting our comprehensive range of literature databases available on Library Catalogue Plus, most notably Literature Online (LION), from which you can glean everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite poem or poem. Why not have a browse?

On the Radar – Crazy Like Machines

The Radar Artspace at the Edward Herbert Building is hosting a new interactive project this Wednesday lunchtime (22nd March) between 1-2pm.

Crazy Like Machines is a dance and visual art project with a social and political backdrop which aims to build an accessible and informal educational methodology to develop an innovative model of collaborative research and participatory performances.

Pushing the boundaries between verbal and non-verbal communication to explore the role of immediacy and mediation in drawings and dance to create cohesion in the group, the audience is encouraged to be actively part of an ongoing creative process in the form of performative workshops in order to build a ‘personal and non-linear visual narrative manifesto’.

Chiara Dellerba is a visual artist whose work experiments with the potential energy of the human body. Her pieces are often site-specific with an interest in the dichotomy between energy/movement, and time of reaction/determined space. Dellerba’s practice is an organic open work structure of experimentation using a system of signs and methodologies. She investigates the unconscious necessity for human beings to regenerate their lives, their environment, their relationships, and their way of perceiving a reality in order to be actively part of it.