Welcome to this week’s BSU Research News blog: a weekly bulletin of research goings-on at Bath Spa University.
BSAD Undergraduate Degree Show 2017
The Bath School of Art and Design undergraduate degree show begins with a private view on 9 June, followed by a public view 10 – 15 June.
Final year students from across the School of Art and Design will exhibit their work in what promises to be another exciting showcase of rising talent.
In the meantime, share in the build up as our students post their preparations and build-up via the hashtag #BathSpaMakes.
Upcoming Professorial Lecture: James Newman
Game Over? The past, present and future of video game preservation
Wednesday 7th June 2017
Videogames are disappearing. No really, they are.
At a time when there are more gaming platforms and titles available than ever before, this might seem like an unlikely claim, however, the implications of this are signifiant and wide-ranging.
With the videogames sector contributing greatly to the UK economic and cultural sector as evidenced in the 2011 NESTA ‘Next-Gen’ report, the loss of this material denies future generations access to their cultural heritage and robs the next generation of developers historical reference material.
As Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology at Stanford University Libraries put it (2009), we must act ‘before it’s too late’. But, what form should this action take? Whose responsibility is it? And what is it we are seeking to preserve?
The lecture will be followed by Q&A and refreshments. To book a place, please click the following link:
Drawings of Different Sizes, Michael Pennie
Drawing Project UK, Bridge House, Trowbridge
Main exhibition runs until Saturday 10th June 2017
This exhibition celebrates the role of drawing within the practice of the distinguished sculptor Michael Pennie and has been developed in collaboration with the curator Fiona Cassidy. The exhibition will run until Saturday 10th June and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm, and by appointment. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael will also be discussing his work at Drawing Projects UK in Trowbridge on Saturday 10th June. The discussion will focus on the place of drawing within Pennie’s working process as a sculptor. He says: ‘Drawing is the simplest way to externalise an idea – to get it out your head. I can find out a lot about a proposal for a two metre high sculpture if I make a two metre high drawing. Quite often the drawing is the work, the idea goes no further, making a drawing can save me weeks of labour, especially when I find my idea is more appropriate to a drawing than a sculpture.’ Attendance is free, but advance booking is essential. To book a place, please visit Drawing Discussion: Michael Pennie & Fiona Cassidy in conversation.
BSAD at the Holburne Museum
Friday 26th May – Sunday 11th June 2017
Each year Bath School of Art and Design, MA Ceramics and MA Textiles students engage with and respond to the Holburne Museum’s wonderfully eclectic collection, developing knowledge and skills through research, making and exhibiting.
This year six students have created a diverse exhibition, collectively responding to the architecture of the building and its internal and external spaces; to the social history of the collection and to specific objects within it. Students have used a broad range of production techniques to research and develop ideas, including embroidery, hand building, video and laser cutting.
In Muse: Reflections in Place students have sited works in and around the existing collection and the exhibition is launched as a Holburne Up Late event. On Friday 26th May (6-9 pm), you are invited to experience the museum anew and locate the six temporary additions to the collection.
Muse: Reflections in Place will be on show at the Holburne Museum until 11 June.
Opening Night of Embodied Cartographies
Curated by Fay Stevens for Fringe Arts Bath
Friday 26th May 2017
‘Walking… is how the body measures itself against the earth’ – Rebecca Solnit
Embodied Cartographies is an evocative proposition; an exploration of work where walking is used to investigate how the human body engages with, documents, inscribes, marks, perceives and understands terrains both urban and rural. Artists in this exhibition will explore the theme of embodiment and cartography in a variety of lateral and exciting ways, with a range of creative and conceptual artistic practices including film, drawing, sculpture, sound, photography and performance.
As such, the exhibition and associated events engages, in a thoughtful way, with the concept of cartography as embodied and offers a philosophical and inspiring engagement with the practice of walking as mark-making, language, performance, choreography and way-finding.
On Sunday 28th May, 12:00 – 16:00, as part of the exhibition, there will be a live-art performance of four people, using sand and brooms. The four ‘people’ are Robert Luzar, Lydia Halcrow, Doug Clark, and Jessica Holtaway
Four people stand apart and over an area of sand spread throughout Kingsmead Square. In plain view, they gently sweep the sand – But who notices? Are the four ‘occupying’ the public square? Or holding a spot, a symbolically private island? The questions are open. The work goes as it appears: Throughout the afternoon each of these four people step from one end of the sand to another. Each slowly sweeps away footprints left from the other. Sometimes one person stops walking. Another walks over, moving them on. ‘Move on’ another suddenly cries, ‘nothing to see!’ Another cries ‘Under the stones is the beach!’ These and other statements are abruptly said, echoing public demonstrations from 1968 to present day. Either way the work goes on, sweeping, stepping, stopping, then walking or pacing again, and so forth… until all the sand is swept across the stones. The collective action becomes traceless. Metaphors of change, work, and everyday life are symbolically cleared. The public square is swept.
Free Webinar: Alternative Career Pathways After Your PhD
Thursday 8th June 2017, 13:00 – 14:00
The academic jobs market is becoming more challenging and competitive post-PhD. With the number of PhD holders increasing, there is enormous pressure on the academic job market and declining academic job prospects for doctoral graduates.
What can you do after your PhD? It is a difficult decision for any PhD student on whether to pursue a career in academia, or consider alternative careers. To help all those who are considering options after doctoral studies, jobs.ac.uk is holding a FREE 60-minute live video event via a live Q&A called ‘Alternative Career Pathways After Your PhD’. During the Q&A, a panel of experts who have moved outside of academia will share top tips and advice on alternate career pathways following a PhD. By attending, you will learn:
- If a non-academic career path right for you
- What non-academic job options are available to you
- How to market yourself to employers outside of academia
- How to prepare your CV for non-academic opportunities
- What skills employers are looking for
- How to develop your skills for opportunities outside academia
- Making the move: how to prepare for the transition out of academia
How do you watch?
By following jobs.ac.uk on YouTube, you will be able to watch the live online video and gain real insights, top tips and also have an opportunity to get involved in the conversation. You can either submit questions before the event by registering your place, or you can submit your questions live during the Q&A on the YouTube chat.
Register your place now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alternative-career-pathways-after-your-phd-tickets-32816025616
This event is open to anyone and is completely free. Register your interest now and you will be sent more details of how you can access the live video Q&A nearer the time.
BSU Training Seed Fund – winners announced!
In early-May, the BSU Researcher Development Programme launched a new seed fund for PhD researchers. This is a unique opportunity to secure funding of up to £500 to lead training workshops or events, which students feel will fill a gap in what is already offered within the university.
With support from the RD Team, PhD researchers will have the challenge of planning, organising and running the event, to develop the skills and expertise of the research community at BSU. Running these events will provide a fantastic opportunity for researchers to learn new skills and share knowledge with colleagues, whilst adding valuable experience to their CV and funding record.
It was a difficult decision, with a range of high quality applications and oversubscribed programme, but we hope to repeat the opportunity next year. In the meantime, please join us in congratulating our successful group of aspiring researchers who are now busy planning their events: Laura Denning, Michael Pennington, Hannah Sackett, Camila Fuentez Diaz, Sabrin Hasbun and Eleanor James.
Training events will be advertised shortly and bookings can be made via BSL: