Emerging digital-materiality workshop: discussion one

Lady with hole, Souzou Exhibition

Lady with hole, Souzou Exhibition

How do we use ‘time passing’ as a conceptual tool for web development? Can we create and present digital objects that have reciprocal aesthetic relationships with their material counterparts? How do we enact our journeys of curiosity when experiencing an exhibition digitally, or physically? These are just three questions that arose from Central Saint Martins’ recent workshop exploring digital-materiality with the Wellcome Trust. Continue reading

Wellcome Trust Souzou Workshop: Digital-Material Relationships

Comparing artist's work to Manga characters

Comparing artist’s work to Manga characters

In order to explore aspects of contemporary digital material interplay within a museum and gallery context, the Wellcome Trust hosted and co-facilitated a workshop, with Central Saint Martins, at their headquarters in London. As a result, in front of me is a heap of orange fluorescent sticky notes.  On each sheet is an interpretation, by postgraduate students, relating to Wellcome’s highly acclaimed Souzou exhibition. 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

Smartphone: intimate, incidental, and indispensible

FaceTime on the 76 bus to Kings Cross

Personal mobile devices provide immediate location independent access to information, and are used as powerful creative tools by arts and design students at Central Saint Martins. The relationships that they have with their smartphones are evolving and multifaceted, yet at the same time students often perceive this mobile device as a mundane object, failing to acknowledge the many roles it plays in their lives. Smartphones are central to the ways in which many students are navigating their daily experience, eg waking up to the Marimba ringtone, international video-conferencing on the bus, and using any number of mobile apps to consider physical space. The smartphone appears to be an endlessly pliable technology that has glided into, and altered, our social and cultural processes. Continue reading

Digital literacy: presence literacy and ethics literacy?

CSM learning spaces

Insights emerging from the current exploration of ways in which students at CSM use personal digital devices as part of their daily ‘living and learning’ are already challenging prevailing assumptions, as well as informing discussions around what digital literacy means within an arts and design institution. Continue reading

Understanding technical infrastructure – in the service of artistic goals

Nowadays artists and designers use the internet in all sorts of ways as part of their practice, for instance creation, publishing, communication, and commerce – but is it necessary or useful for arts practitioners to understand the background technical infrastructure that enables these activities?  Mike Kelly, learning technology specialist at UAL, offers his insights regarding this element of digital literacy. Continue reading

Ubiquitous computing: does this area shape the digital literacy map?

London

November morning in London

Increasingly smart objects are present in our public spaces. Digital technologies, whether immediately apparent or ‘hidden’, intervene in our sensory engagement with physical space and the ways in which we make meaning of the world. With this convergence of digital and material, and the expanding relationships/networks formed with humans, is ubiquitous computing something that we should be including within the realm of digital literacy in arts and design education? Continue reading

Smartphones: ‘connecting to the rest of the world’

Illustration: technology and imagination

Much is reported of the staggering adoption of mobile technologies worldwide. In particular the smartphone is influencing our behaviours in all manner of ways, and for many university students it has become an essential part of their everyday lives. These personal and portable devices are now inextricably involved in how we experience the world.

As educators, how could we, or should we, view smartphones within an arts and design context? Are they extensions of the studio, a form of prosthetic that alters our body schema, or a distraction that renders actions invisible and disturbs continuity and flow?

As part of a study into the ways in which personal digital technologies are incorporated into arts and design education, a second year cohort of CSM undergraduate students has provided insights about their relationship with smartphones.

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