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People sat in a cinema watching an animated film
Photo: John Sturrock

Welcome to CSMplayer. Here, we gather together the latest discussions, lectures and recordings from across Central Saint Martins for you to explore.

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    Photo: by Yichi Duan
    BRUTALLYHONEST  

    A student-led radio broadcast from MA Narrative Environments in solidarity with Ukraine. Exploring misinformation on the war, and featuring conversation, music and sounds from Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian diasporas.

Proof of discourse

Enter into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and discover more about their impact on contemporary culture, the environment, art ownership and creativity – for better and worse.

NFT WTF

What are NFTs? And how can they be used to enrich and empower creative education? A lively debate on the current NFT marketplace with a range of voices from big tech to commercial galleries, all navigating this new frontier together.

How to mint a sustainable NFT

What do non-fungible tokens mean for the future of art and design? Is there a place within an arts university to teach ostensibly divisive financial literacy to their students? Join Amon Kale, Tilly Dunne and Pascal Brun as they discuss how to create, value and situate NFTs within creative education.

Green NFTs, crypto art, and AI art

How is blockchain revolutionising art? A roundtable discussion on NFTs, sustainable minting, digital ownership and art collection, including guests from Tezos, Sotheby’s and FlashArt. What is the present state of the NFT landscape? What are its prospects as a sustainable ecosystem?

The Forest School

An open series of dialogues from the Spatial Practices programme, using the forest as a prism to understand and address the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

NatureCulture

Curator Gilly Karjevsky and architect Hester Buck challenge the divide between nature and culture and human and non-human, and explore new bio-cultural approaches for design, as well as a news update from the broadcasting collective Arborescent News, and a botanical radio transmission hosted by Cameron Bray.

Indigenous Knowledges

Explore the forest as a space of intimacy, looking at how the wellbeing of forests is intimately linked to that of the peoples who inhabit them.

Regenerative design

Sarah Ichioka and Michael Pawlyn talk to Professor Carole Collet about their new co-authored book Flourish: Design Paradigms for Our Planetary Emergency, which proposes a bold set of regenerative design principles drawn from natural and cultural wisdom.

No plan(et) b

Current systems demand infinite growth on a finite planet. How can creative practice prioritise contribution and regeneration over extraction? How can we advocate for nature?

Fumbling Futures

An online festival of ideas from M ARCH: Architecture. As the climate and ecological emergency continues to worsen and as social injustices continue to divide, we piece together the broken fragments of this global crisis and create a vision for a better future with a playful optimism.

Watch more Fumbling Futures events on YouTube

How is the environmental crisis a crisis of communication?

The choices that designers, artists and journalists make about how to depict our planet have a significant impact on how people perceive and interact with its potential futures. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Climate Outreach consider the relationship between communication and the climate crisis.

Fundamentals: Climate

Is architecture as we know it incompatible with our future? This series of Fundamentals explores how new forms of city-making could transform urban futures.


  • Maison/0 for regenerative luxury CSM x LVMH  

    Central Saint Martins and LVMH launch a renewal of their partnership to harness the power of creativity for a more sustainable future. Hear from Stella McCartney, Antoine Arnault, Chantal Gaemperle and Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier, alongside CSM students and graduates.


  • Maison/0 Design for LIFE symposium (UAL only)  

    Director of Maison/0 Professor Carole Collet introduces regenerative design and students and graduates present work that addresses climate and biodiversity emergency. They are joined by staff from LVMH's Environment team, Louis Vuitton, Patou, Guerlain and Loewe who discuss their environmental targets, and talent acquisition managers who reveal what LVMH look for in a portfolio.

Beyond human

Moving beyond the binary of human and machine, how can technology reflect and deepen our humanity? How can the digital experience open up new worlds and re-imagine outdated ones for the better?

Re-imagining human-machine encounters

The Hybrid Futures symposium joins thinkers, researchers and creative practitioners to illuminate the impact of digital technologies on the human and the nonhuman. Are machines destined to rule the world beyond our control? Or can the human-machine encounter be re-imagined as collaboration rather than antagonism? As coevolution rather than hierarchy?

How should creatives interact with the dominance of the tech sector?

Today, most people are more dependent on digital products and services than ever before. At the same time, for good reasons, we are increasingly scrutinising their social, cultural, political and ethical implications. This talk looks at how designers can position themselves  in relation to the technology sector.

transference.tv

Students and staff from the Art Programme discuss how moving to digital platforms during lockdown has impacted ways of thinking about progressive changes to online practice. How do artists navigate the landscape of remote work and video calling, and resist the advances of technocolonialism, labour exploitation, and Big Tech?

Self, society and systems

Formerly dominant socio-cultural norms and political structures are being questioned, critiqued and dismantled. How can new systems and practices create more equitable futures?

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    Languid Hands (UAL only)  

    A London-based artistic and curatorial collaboration between DJ, filmmaker and curator Rabz Lansiquot and writer, facilitator and live art practitioner Imani Robinson. Their work is informed by ongoing explorations in Black and queer studies, Black creative practice, Black liberatory praxis and queer methodologies and they are currently the 2020-21 Cubitt Curatorial Fellows.

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    Precarity (UAL only)  

    As a part of Spatial Practices' Meanwhile series, author Alexander Vasudevan of The Autonomous City looks at the organisation of alternative forms of housing and remaking of urban environments as sites of radical social transformation.

  • Woman's face emerging from green fabric
    Sandra Poulson, The Ladder, BA Fashion: Fashion Print
    Collected Conversations  

    A podcast series by graduate Terrence Phearse that critically engages with themes including anti-racism, wellbeing, climate change and sexuality. It discusses recent graduate work selected for the Deans’ Award 2020 and purchased by the Museum & Study Collection.

Decolonising the museum, with Victoria Noorthoorn and Elvira Espejo Ayca

Conversations on the stakes, problematics and possibilities of decolonising institutions. A symposium series organised by Afterall and Museu de Arte de São Paulo, together with UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute and Goldsmiths Department of Visual Cultures.

Watch more of the Decolonisation in the 2020s series on YouTube

Data visualisation, information graphics and identity

Silas Munro and Patricio Dávila consider the challenges created by contemporary data visualisation and information design practices in the context of contemporary racial and other social justice movements.

Rethinking the theory and practice of commons

For this MA Cities public lecture, Dr Marina Chang highlights the importance of co-operative institutional structures through which grassroots initiatives can self-organise for a better future, taking Calthorpe Community Garden as a case study.

The politics of publishing

Marking the launch of CSM’s Publications Workshop, Danielle Aubert and Rathna Ramanathan discuss the relationship between publishing and politics, and the relevance of design practices on political environments.

DESTRUCTION: The toppling of public monuments

Statues erected to venerate public figures and the systems of power have become a potent symbol of oppression. This talk looks at the toppling of public monuments in the UK and Latvia due to recent public unrest. What happens when a statue falls?

Useful info

When you select a "UAL only" video, you may be asked to log in to Moodle – please use your student login. Want to rewatch something that’s no longer on this page? Please visit our Panopto archive (UAL only), or our YouTube archive.

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