Next Friday (7th March) Radar, the University’s own art’s programme, is running a day-long symposium which will seek to explore the nature of artistic practices as ‘reproductive’ and ‘affective’ labour.
This symposium looks at how some recent artistic practices seem to be interested in interrogating the nature of labour, and artistic labour in particular, placing certain activities, such as printmaking and ceramics for example, in proximity to those Marx would have spoken of as ‘reproductive labour’, and also to what more recently has also been defined as ‘affective’ labour.
The title is borrowed from Lucy Lippard’s famous text ‘Making Something from Nothing’ (1978), in which Lippard was attempting an articulation of the contradictions arising with more women emerging in the art scene, between their artistic labour and the reproductive labour they performed in the home, connecting their artistic activities to traditional making activities not part of high-art or culture.
The symposium will be wondering if today, with the de-skilling, precarization and ‘feminisation’ of labour in post-Fordism, artists are starting to look at the question of reproduction in relation to making afresh. Print and pottery have been engaged with, in recent times, by artists interested in critiquing value production within the art system or involved in participatory and community-based work. It will look at raising questions about the status of the objects generated through these activities.
The symposium will be taking place in the LUA Project Space in the Edward Barnsley Building between 11am-5pm. Tickets cost £10, which includes lunch and refreshments. To book yourself a place, go to the Online Store.
The British Library will be hosting a free hour-long webinar in March that will explore the British Library’s collections related to propaganda.
In Summer 2013 the British Library hosted an exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, examining the communication of power, and attempts to persuade, through the use of visually striking material and the objects of everyday life. Examples of these can be found across the British Library’s collections, and this webinar will describe the types of material that were researched, found and used for the exhibition. It will cover posters, leaflets and pamphlets, maps, philatelic materials and recorded sound.
This webinar will be of most use to people planning to use the British Library collections and Reading Rooms in their research, but will also be of interest to those more generally interested in political history, propaganda and ephemera, and will be hosted by Ian Cooke, the Social Science Curator at the British Library and the curator of the Propaganda: Power and Persuasion exhibition.
It’s being run on Wednesday 12th March from 3pm (GMT). Booking is essential to participate, and to do this, visit the following link:
Next Wednesday afternoon (26th February) at 3pm in the Cope Auditorium Eden Flix is presenting a free showing of Gary Hustwit’s acclaimed 2009 documentary Objectified.
Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?
Eden Flix are a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness. All staff and students at Loughborough are welcome to attend.
A new free exhibition begins at the British Library today on a scientific theme with an artistic twist.
Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time.
From John Snow’s plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the tree of life, you can discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.
The exhibition is running in the Folio Society Gallery until 26th May. For further details visit the British Library website here.
Between now and December we’re trialling a unique on-line social history and youth culture database that may prove of much interest to social scientists, artists and historians alike.
The Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA) is a specialist resource featuring over 40,000 exclusive photographs, moving images, texts, graphics, digital magazines and supplementary research. With insight materials covering the last 150 years of youth culture, youth tribes and social history, PYMCA is an essential educational resource for many HE and FE subject areas from media to fashion, music to history, social sciences and much more.
To access the database please go to www.pymca.com - when prompted follow the ‘Login via your home institution’ link, choose Loughborough University from the drop-down menu & input your Athens username and password.
We would welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, so please contact Steve Corn with any comments you would care to make.
Hilary Mantel has become the first Booker Prize winner to break into the Top 10 most borrowed books from British public libraries according to new Public Lending Right (PLR) figures released this week.
Bring Up the Bodies, the 2012 winner of the prestigious literary prize, was eighth in the list, which was dominated (no pun intended!!) by Lee Child, whose popular Jack Reacher novels The Affair and A Wanted Man occupied first and second spot, and with E.L. James steamy bondage romance Fifty Shades of Grey third. Last year’s top favorite, crime writer Lee Patterson, slipped down to fourth.
The Public Lending Right was established in 1979, ensuring that all lending income goes directly to the author. Presently the top rate in £6600 for the top-lending authors.
The British Library have joined forces with the European Union’s largest historical database to help compile Europeana 1914-1918, the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material.
Launched this week by Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in Germany, the database is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries and includes:
400,000 rare documents digitised by 10 state libraries in Europe
660 hours of unique film material digitised by audiovisual archives
The personal papers and memorabilia of some 8,000 people involved in the war, held by their families and digitised at special events in 12 countries.
The British Library is leading the UK’s contribution to the project, and has contributed 10,000 items from its own WW1 collections to the site, including trench journals from foreign troops, iconic war poetry, London schoolchildren’s accounts of Zeppelin raids and many more. The British Library has also produced a new website offering curated access to over 500 digitised historical sources from Europeana 1914-1918, including over 50 newly-commissioned articles written by leading historians.
A former mental health nurse confounded the odds last night to win the much-coveted Costa Book Award.
Nathan Filer’s The Shock of the Fall is a harrowing but moving account of schizophrenia and grief as seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in the aftermath of his brother’s death. He becomes only the fifth debut novelist to win the prize, which was first awarded in 1972 (then known as the Whitbread Award until Costa took over the sponsorship in 2005).
Filer beat four other writers to the award, including previous winners Maggie O’Farrell and Kate Atkinson, who had been the bookies choice for the £30,000 prize for her novel Life After Life. The other losing finalists were Lucy Hughes-Hallett and Michael Symmons Roberts.
Avid readers are in for a treat this coming month when Loughborough Public Library plays host to three bestselling authors who will be talking about their lives and works.
On Saturday 8th February from 6.30pm Graeme Simsion will be present to discuss his latest novel, The Rosie Project, which has topped bestseller charts in both the UK and his native Australia.
Then on Thursday 20th February from 7.30pm Lesley Pearse will be talking about her varying literary career, including the popular Belle series of novels (pictured opposite).
Finally, fans of detective fiction with a classical twist certainly won’t want to miss a visit by Lindsey Davis on Thursday 6th March (7pm), whose popular Roman Empire-set Marcus Didius Falco series of novels has won her a multitude of awards, including the Crime Writers’ Associations’ coveted ‘Dagger in the Library’ award.
Pre-booking for all three events is strongly advised, and you can find the full details for the events here. And while you’re at it, why not take a peek at some of the other services the public library provides and think about becoming a member… it’s free!
These events are part of the Leicestershire County Libraries’ Words on the Street programme of author visits. For the full range of these visits, visit this site:
A new exhibition kicks off at the Sock Gallery in the Loughborough Town Hall on Saturday.
Stream… A Continuing Journey is an ongoing response to ideas about the flow of energy in any artistic process, and the work is informed by the vitality and exuberance of creative journeys. The exhibition will include both 2D and 3D work in a variety of media.
Socket is an East Midlands based art collective and its members, all alumni of the University of Nottingham Fine Art degree course, engage in a range of diverse artistic practices. Exhibiting artists include Bob Allen, Julia Carter, Barbara Clayton, Dorothy Dexter, Sue Greenaway, Tracey Kershaw, Paula McCann, Jane Pepper, Nicola Rae, Janet Turville and Helen Williams. The diverse practice of the group is reflected through painting, printmaking, installation, 3D work and digital media.
The artists will also be available to talk to about their work on the following days: Thursday 23rd January, Thursday 6th February and Thursday 27th February.
The exhibition runs until Saturday 1st March in the Sock Gallery within the Town Hall, and is open Mondays-Saturdays 9am to 5pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm. Entry is free.