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National Science Week

Written by
Anna Castleton
Published date
14 March 2014

National Science Week logo

National Science Week takes ‘explore the future’ as its theme for 2014. Running 14- 23 March, the nationwide celebration of science is a chance to highlight the exciting collaborations between the sciences and the arts. For 2014 we are focusing on some of the many world-class scientific and science-related activities, research and projects including specialist courses such as MA Art and Science and  MA Conservation. Throughout the week we will be adding features to the list below, so check back for more stories up to the close of the festival on 23 March.

Nathan Cohen and Heather Barnett

Meet MA Art and Science – MA Art and Science Course Leader, Nathan Cohen and Lecturer, Heather Barnett talk about their heightened sense of curiosity and passion for exploration, trusting your own instincts and enjoying the journey.

Urbonaut at LCC's Science Museum takeover shot by Lewis Bush

LCC’s Science Museum takeover – Students from LCC’s BA Design for Interaction and Moving Image took over part of Science Museum Lates this month. Challenged to create interactive installations on the theme of bio-revolution London College of Communication (LCC) students educated, shocked and wowed the crowds with their ingenious creations.
conductive ink

LCF Workshop Lab: Bare Conductive – LCF’s March workshop laboratory tests the design possibilities of conductive ink, hosted by Patrick Stevenson-Keating,an associate of Bare Conductive who invented the ink, and experimental pattern cutter Niamh O’Connor.

Installation view © Grenville Davey

Grenville Davey exhibition at CHELSEA space – CHELSEA space’s forthcoming exhibition of sculptures and drawings by the 1992 Turner Prize-winning artist Grenville Davey. The work, inspired by notions in T-duality and mirror symmetry in string theory where there are surprising pairings of objects, is borne out of collaboration and exchanges of ideas with Dr David Berman from Queen Mary University of London.


LCF Workshop Lab: YRStore – a laboratory workshop to test the design possibilities of a new software by YrStore that allows people to create their own repeat patterns very easily, hosted in collaboration with BA Fashion Textiles tutors, print designers and ex-students.


Miriam Ribul awarded Short Term Scientific Mission funding – Miriuam Ribul at UAL’s Textile Futures Research Centre has been awarded funding from COST, the European Fund for Cooperation in Science and Technology, towards the development of a collaborative project with a technical scientist from Project 5 in MISTRA Future Fashion based at SP Technical Research Institute and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and Borås, Sweden. Miriam’s interdisciplinary project titled ‘Design possibilities in regenerated cellulose materials’ focuses on the processes and tools applied in the lab for the development of regenerated cellulose fibres.


Image of the Field of Jeans installation on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground

An interview with Helen Storey – fashion designer and artist Professor Helen Storey is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Fashion and Science at LCF and Co Director of The Fashion Science Centre. Since the mid-90s, Storey has been drawn towards the world of scientific research, which has culminated in a series of projects exploring the fields of art, biology, neuroscience and chemistry.

Lucy Orta's habitent

An interview with Lucy Orta – Chair of Art in the Environment Lucy Orta. Lucy has been a Professor of Art and the Environment at London College of Fashion since 2007. She was the inaugural Rootstein Hopkins Chair from 2002–7, and was Head of Man & Humanity at the Design Academy Eindhoven, a pioneering socially driven and sustainable master program, she co-founded in 2002.


Neil Harbisson joins MA Material Futures – CSM’s MA Materials Futures announce the appointment of Cyborg as Designer in Residence. Neil Harbisson is a Catalan-raised, British-born contemporary artist, musician, and cyborg activist best known for his self-extended ability to hear colours and to perceive colours outside the ability of human vision.

Mini maker faire shot by Ana Escobar
Mini maker faire at LCC – billed as the greatest show and tell on earth, the Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire at LCC  saw more than 1,500 people visit more than 100 makers offering demonstrations and hands on workshops in areas such as electronics, coding, hacking, tinkering, 3D printing and crafting.

DigiLab – Dr Amanda Windle leads the DigiLab at LCC, working with researchers and enterprise consultants in contract and applied research. At its core the DigiLab creates engagements across the areas of design and media. See her research piece ‘Design for prevention and the promises of automated things: two fictional accounts of misanthropic agency from the elevator (lift) to the sexbot’

LCF Fashion Digital Studio e-sizing project – the BBC report on the computer scientists at London College of Fashion who are developing software that allows shoppers to use their own, domestic equipment to try to find the perfect fit.


Opinion: Alexander Rosenberg on art and neuroscience – artist and neurolinguist Alexander Rosenberg shares his perspective on the mirroring between art and neuroscience.