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Past Communities of Practice 2013-2016 Student Projects

Postgraduate Student Communities of Practice – Previous Projects

Below is a list of the student projects that have been funded to date, click on the images to open their dedicated project blog sites.

Read more about the Postgraduate Student Communities of Practice Fund.

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Art and Mental Health Forum

The Socially Engaged Collaborative Art Practice ‘Living Archives’ and Mental Health Forum was started to give UAL's MA, PhD and research staff a space where they could meet to present research interests and engage in dialogue.

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UpCycling Plastic Cart Project

MA Architecture students worked with UAL Sustainability Coordinator on the creation of a mobile machine that could transform plastic waste into products visible to those who usually throw them away.

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TEDxUAL 2017

TEDxUAL 2017 focused on the theme of Momentum. It was a day of inspiring talks, full of thoughts, stories and ideas exclusively for UAL students and staff.

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Test Lab PhD Reading Group

Test Lab, in collaboration with the Doctoral Platform at Central Saint Martins, invites all UAL PhD students to attend and participate in a series of presentations at Central Saint Martins.

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Art to Artillery

A comedy short produced by NOWNESS, featuring a quirky high-end designer duo recounting the story of how their foray into sustainable luxury artist design descended into gun manufacturing.

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Craft Readers Group

Led by PhD students, the Craft Readers Group meet on a monthly basis to facilitate critical reading and argument building through semi-structured conversation on specific themes.

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Graphic Facilitation/Recording: Visual Tools for Art, Art Education

PhD student Pen Mendonca organised a workshop that introduces postgraduate students to the concept of graphic facilitation practice and its potential within art, art education and research.

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Co-Thinking About Future: SELF/CONTROL

An exhibition where four curators from different UAL postgraduate courses came together to exchange ideas on the future of New Media in varying art practices.

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Space for Failure

An initiative to promote experimenting and testing of feminist/queer performance concepts. The project provides postgraduates a performance space, small audience, equipment and group feedback.

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LVA Salon & Online Exhibition

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London Film-makers Co-op and the 40th anniversary of London Video Arts, PG students planned an online exhibition and salon to showcase LVA works previously not widely exhibited.

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The Story of The Panda Bear told by a Saxophonist who had a girlfriend in Frankfurt

In this project postgraduate students created a physical environment to enable a unique study of the effects of virtual spaces and social media on the experience of seeing.

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Graphic Notations and Scores

Students from different disciplines worked together to create a series of graphic notations and scores which aimed to 'record' a live event that can be 'replayed or re-enacted' for a future audience.

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Volume dissolves into atmosphere 

The symposium involved a conversation between UAL Chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation Professor David Toop, Ed Kelly, Antonia Blocker and Hamish Dunbar.

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ARCADIA - All Nighter

In the run-up to the 60th Anniversary of the London Film-Maker's Co-op, students staged an all-nighter in a photo chemical film production space housing much of the co-op's original equipment.

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Body Fit with Stewart Home

This performance based project saw a collaboration between students and artist Stewart Home with a unique performance that saw him leading a 'body weight' exercise class at Central Saint Martins.

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A professionally selected cross-college postgraduate visual art exhibition, CONFLUX showcased the best postgraduate work produced in the 2014-2015 academic year at UAL.

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Open Wide - Margate

An experimental project supported by Margate's Resort Studios where the team explored how contemporary art, design practice and publications can change people's perceptions.

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The Shed at Resort - Margate

This five day community focused event looked to engage people in thinking about their surroundings and how they can re-use materials to create a public space.

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Goat in the Coal Mine

An exploration of the intersection of performance and conservation and in particular preserving and documenting ephemeral performance.

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The Carousel 

After hosting a performance by artist collective Soda_Jerk, the team invited the audience to explore themes of hauntology, digital necromancy and the projection event's ability to re-animate film's latent spectres.

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Species of Space/s and other Pieces

This exhibition was an exercise in questioning the idea of space, but also questioning the way work of arts are traditionally hung.

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Cut Shoot Break

By setting up a life drawing class with a nude model the team saw how each photographer captured atmosphere, line, movement and measurements.

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The Piece May Be Fabricated

A week long experimental project exploring how contemporary art and design practices and technologies can be explored and re-imagined in relation to Lawrence Weiner's 'Declaration of Intent' 1968.

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An exhibition which sought to explore the interplay between the artist, the viewer and the location setting, the latter being a 'display space' within an art school context.

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Beauty of Birth

Project exploring the process of birth and the changes to women's bodies both mentally and physically through the installation of a pop up multi-sensory store.

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Moving Image Group (MIG) Screenings

A series of Moving Image screenings intended to develop interdisciplinary discussions and debate around significant artist film and moving image works.

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Chelsea Salon for UAL PG Community

This Chelsea Salon event was hosted by CONS Project London, it included over 60 works by artists from the UAL Postgraduate Community and alumni from UAL and Goldsmiths College.

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A team of students came together to question the current relationship between aesthetic judgement and social distinction and present their own observations through the building of a confession booth.

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Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide was a design research symposium and workshop that examined how designers develop and apply design methodologies for interdisciplinary practice in cross-cultural contexts.

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Happy Hour

An interactive performance art project exploring the happiness among students and staff of UAL. This was done via interviews and the performative occupation of communal spaces such as lifts.

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Live in Your Dreams

The exhibition provided a platform for engaged dialogue between art and unconscious remains creating a playful and inexhaustible terrain.

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The Animation Workshop

A workshop held in Central Saint Martins' Street which looked to encourage awareness of well-being though the collaborative process of moving image.

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South Asian Youth Cultures & Fashion

An international interdisciplinary symposium questioning the role of clothing cultures within the changing transnational discourse of consumerism, sexuality, faith, politics and media technology in South Asian youth.