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Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation. An online lecture series on Global Pop Cultures

Written by Cat Cooper
Published date 06 October 2020

From selfies to drag, superheroes to villainous politicians and beyond, issues around creative engagement with self-image, personal identity and fluid bodily configurations have never been so urgent, or so public.

Self-Imaging: Identity, Disruption, Transformation is a series of online talks hosted by Central Saint Martins, UAL and international partners exploring key questions relating to identity and the self - as part of a broader exploration of Global Pop Cultures as part of Shared Campus. The ground-breaking initiative brings together leading international art schools to collaborate on global topics.

Curated by academics from Central Saint Martins, Zürich University of the Arts, University of Brighton and Royal Holloway University, the series will explore 6 different sub-themes across multiple episodes. Guest speakers including artists, designers, researchers and creative thinkers share ideas relating to the self, bringing in discussion on art, science, technology and our interconnected global world.

The series started on October 1 and is running online between now and December, with new episodes airing every 2 weeks.

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Designing the Self: The self as a draft and design object

Curated by Judith Mair, lecturer in Trends and Identity, Zürich University of the Arts

15 - 22 October:
Creative Identities across Art and Science

Curated by Richard Reynolds, Course Leader, MA Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries, Central Saint Martins

The 4 guest speakers in the ‘Creative Identities across Art and Science’ events hosted by CSM are all engaged in exploring how Pop Cultures thrive at the boundaries of what is and what can be technically possible. Their practices range from engaging in scientific research through music (Kelly Snook), the realisation of self-image through technology (Manos Tsakiris), the interplay of micro and macro biological processes in identity and creative expression (Jill Scott), or the suggestion that aspects of our creative and cultural life resonate from the DNA structures that encode and transmit life itself (Cvetana Ivanova):

Later episodes

  • October 29 - November 5: Staging the Self
    Curated by Daniel Späti, lecturer in BA Design, Zürich University of the Arts
  • November 12 - November 19: Picturing the Self
    Curated by Jörg Scheller, art historian, journalist, musician, and lecturer at Zürich University of the Arts
  • November 26 - December 3: Hearing the Self
    [details to be announced]
  • December 10 - 17: Writing the Self
    [details to be announced]

How to access

Each set of lectures will be published on the scheduled week. The respective episodes, recording and texts will be uploaded on the Thursday of the week at 6pm UK time (7pm Central European Time) starting October 1, 2020, ending 17 December 2020.

Visit the online lecture series page of the Shared Campus website for more details and to access the recordings as they become available.

Shared Campus

Shared Campus is based around 5 themes: Critical Ecologies; Creative Practices in Social Transformation; Pop Cultures; Cultures, Histories and Futures; and Tools – with the themes being developed and curated across a range of formats.

UAL is exploring Pop Cultures via a range of activity including a virtual summer school hosted online in July and this online lecture series.

Image: Mixed Reality Editorial — Future influences by art director and guest speaker Claudia Rafael @_claudiarafael together with Lorena Maza.
Face filter: esmay by Claudia Rafael and Moritz Tontsch in collaboration with Esmay Wagemans. Photo: Felicity Ingram