Are personal recording devices impeding students’ experience of ‘being in the moment’, and if so, does it matter?

Image by Vladimir Agafonkin


Image by Vladimir Agafonkin

Recording, be it audio, video, or simply snapping pictures of everything and anything we think we’ll want to remember, has become part of our routine. For the student experience within the context of an art and design environment, this habit of whipping out our devices every time we want to remember or document something has implications. What are they? And why do we so readily forget to be in the moment and delay our experiences to a time and a place we might feel more comfortable processing the information recorded?

In advance of the ‘Being Lecture Captured’ discussion at London College of Fashion, Sarah Kante reflects on her own experience of being a UAL student, and offers a provocation to the Pedagogic Research Hub. Continue reading

Disruption: art and design higher education futures

Neocraft_Humanising-the-machine-by-Frances-Norris_01Bower and Christensen came up with the term ‘disruptive technologies’ in their Harvard Business Review article, ‘Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave’ (1995: 43-53). Disruptive technologies can be viewed as early stage catalysts for change, and fundamentally destabilising of an existing equilibrium – be it a method, technology or product. Today, one such technology heralded as being disruptive is 3D printing*, or 3D manufacturing. In part, what is considered disruptive depends on its context and the scale or type of change; let’s remind ourselves that humanity has a long history of technologies causing radical global change (e.g. wheel, steam engine, Jacquard Loom, Gutenberg printing press, internet).  Whilst 3D manufacturing has yet to happen to any form of impactful scale, and indeed may not do so, its very concept allows us to imagine the implications of post-industrial manufacturing for the ways we might wish to develop future Art and Design higher education (HE). Central Saint Martins’ students are already creating possible scenarios, by connecting the present and the future. Continue reading

Physical and digital learning spaces

CSM clear dayA criticism of personal digital technologies is that they can distract students in class. However, as the statements below illustrate, physical settings can also be awash with distractions that hinder learning and teaching. With Art and Design higher education institutions facing increasing demands on their physical spaces, it’s worthwhile asking ourselves whether the very technologies we criticise might actually enable new models of learning and teaching, and provide better environments online than some of the physical locations we are using at present. Continue reading

CSM MA Textile Futures at the V&A Digital Design Weekend

Design is Everywhere

With the increased prevalence of digital technology in design, this year’s London Design Festival saw an entire weekend dedicated to the phenomenon at the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend. Described as a series of events that aimed at celebrating collaborations in digital art, design and science, the weekend included a full programme of installations, labs, activities, talks and screenings which very much recalled the format and atmosphere of a final degree show. Artists, designers and scientists were seen describing and sharing their work with the museum’s visitors, including CSM’s own recent MA Textile Futures graduates showing their work in the Sackler Centre. Continue reading

Insights and interpretation: CSM Degree Show 2

Hearts Melted at CSM's Degree Show 2 - Image: Ningyi Jiang

Hearts Melted at CSM’s Degree Show 2 – Image: Ningyi Jiang

The dust has settled and the 2013 Central Saint Martins Degree Shows are over. With work ranging from fashion to architecture in Show 2 the sheer amount of projects presented was enough to make any visitor experience sensory overload. To fully appreciate each space the show was best explored in stages, but when taken in as a whole overarching themes began to emerge. These themes could change depending on ones interests, but for me the focus on memory and a sense of nostalgia was strong. As technology becomes more and more pervasive in our lives, this preoccupation with understanding and preserving memory and the craft of yesteryear can be seen as the design graduates response to this growing phenomenon. While the rate at which technology evolves becomes more rapid, molding and shaping the way we interact with each other and the products and services we use, design will play a crucial role in allowing us to adapt. Continue reading

CSM students contribute to My Digital Life

New My Arts portal

New My Arts portal

Charlotte Webb, Project Manager of the university’s My Digital Life project seeks to improve student engagement with the planning, development and implementation of digital projects at UAL. Charlotte has been working with CSM and provides a brief overview of how the College’s student community is contributing to My Digital Life. Continue reading

Emerging digital-materiality workshop

bm door carvingWhat constitutes digital literacy depends on the setting. Within an arts and design institution whose students and staff are largely engaged in artefactual critique, understanding the interplay between digital and materials – and the synthesis of these seemingly different worlds – should be seen as an aspect of digital literacy. Continue reading

1 Granary : CSM BA Fashion’s Olya Kuryshchuk in conversation

1 Granary

1 Granary – By the students of Central Saint Martins

 

A faithful follower of the ever-growing website, blog and now magazine 1 Granary, Rita Fernandez recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the smart and ambitious BA Fashion student behind 1 Granary, Olya Kuryshchuk. Below she explains the motivation for first launching the blog in 2011, and describing how it has subsequently become a valuable tool for her studies, practice and collaboration. Learning from successes and failures has been invaluable for Olya, and through the experience of running the site she has found that there is no way around digital technology for today’s graduates. Continue reading

A multiplicity of presences

Although it seems as if we have never been without social media, location aware technologies, and apps to organize many aspects of our lives, we are in fact just at the beginning of our relationship with digital technologies and networks. Continue reading