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New Kingston University head of school Jane Pavitt to cultivate close relationship between critical studies and practice in art school environment

Posted Friday 28 April 2017

New Kingston University head of school Jane Pavitt to cultivate close relationship between critical studies and practice in art school environment

Kingston University's new head of the school of Critical Studies and Creative Industries says embedding critical and historical thinking alongside art and design practice is fundamental to a strong and diverse art school education.

Professor Jane Pavitt is joining the University to establish the new school during an exciting period of change for the faculty. "I want to cultivate an even greater relationship between critical thinking and practice within Kingston University, as well as nurturing a culture of experimentation," she said. "Critical studies and creative industries students are practitioners in their own right and that's what I'm really interested to develop. The cultural and creative industries are a core area of growth and innovation in the UK and globally, and we need to foster new kinds of teaching, professional development and research in response to this."...


Kingston University to play leading role in study examining how state-of-the-art camera that mimics human eye could benefit robots and smart devices

Posted Thursday 27 April 2017

Kingston University to play leading role in study examining how state-of-the-art camera that mimics human eye could benefit robots and smart devices

Kingston University experts will explore how an artificial vision system inspired by the human eye could be used by robots of the future – opening up new possibilities for securing footage from deep forests, war zones and even distant planets.

The three-year research project, in collaboration with King's College London and University College London, will examine how data from these state-of-the-art cameras could be captured, compressed and transmitted between machines at a fraction of the current energy cost....


Kingston University psychology expert warns of emotional challenges facing NHS healthcare professionals working in intensive care units

Posted Monday 24 April 2017

Kingston University psychology expert warns of emotional challenges facing NHS healthcare professionals working in intensive care units

A study led by a Kingston University academic into the working lives of doctors and nurses in NHS intensive care units (ICUs) has revealed a workforce battling to cope with the critical demands of their jobs - leading to a crippling inability to switch off from life on the wards once their shift is over.

The study explores the theme of rumination, looking at how ICU staff reflect on and think about their jobs when they're not in the workplace. Almost 100 doctors and nurses from four NHS ICUs in the United Kingdom completed a questionnaire on burnout, ICU-related stress factors and general health....


New partnership between Tate and Kingston University sees fine art students unveil artwork for No Working Title research project

Posted Tuesday 11 April 2017

New partnership between Tate and Kingston University sees fine art students unveil artwork for No Working Title research project

How do you turn an instruction into art? This was the challenge set to 10 of Kingston University's fine art students as part of No Working Title - a research project which saw one student complete a gruelling crawl through the Tate gallery and another strive to create the perfect cup of tea, all in the name of art.

The aim of the project, which launched at Tate's new building on London's Southbank, was to examine how artists play with and reinterpret rules. The event was the first since Kingston University became a Tate Exchange Associate and was part of the Tate Late series, attracting more than 1,500 people to see the students' work and hear guest speakers including Tate Curator Ann Coxon and author David Gauntlett. Tate Exchange is an ambitious ‘open experiment' which allows other organisations and members of the public to participate in Tate's creative process, running events and projects on site and using art as a way of addressing wider issues in the world around us....


War in the Sunshine exhibition by Kingston University researcher reveals untold stories of First World War in Italy

Posted Monday 10 April 2017

War in the Sunshine exhibition by Kingston University researcher reveals untold stories of First World War in Italy

An exhibition exploring the often unrecognised role of the British forces in Italy during the First World War has been curated by a Kingston University art historian. The event, put together by senior research fellow Dr Jonathan Black, showcased the works of a wartime painter and two photographers and has attracted record attendees at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, in London.

Dr Jonathan Black breathed life back in to a series of 75 artworks taken on loan from the Imperial War Museum's archives with War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-1918, which cast a new light on the British forces' contribution to the Allied victory....


Award-winning record producer Tony Visconti returns to Kingston University for the inaugural Visconti Winter School

Posted Tuesday 28 March 2017

Award-winning record producer Tony Visconti returns to Kingston University for the inaugural Visconti Winter School

Legendary music producer Tony Visconti has returned to Kingston University's bespoke Visconti Studio for the first ever Winter School, sharing his expert knowledge in analogue recording techniques with a select group of students from across the globe.

The week long intensive programme saw ten lucky participants join forces to assist the producer record a single with the London based band Artbreak. Under the guidance of Visconti, the students engaged in analogue recording techniques and experimented with vintage equipment and mixing techniques....


Fake news: Why the future of journalism lies in earning and deserving the trust of the public

Posted Wednesday 15 March 2017

Fake news: Why the future of journalism lies in earning and deserving the trust of the public

Brian Cathcart is a Professor of journalism in Kingston University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In this opinion piece he echoes world wide web creator Sir Tim Burners-Lee's recent comments that the spread of misinformation - or fake news - is one of the biggest challenges the internet now faces.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has added his authoritative voice to the chorus of calls for action against fake news....


Kingston University's new Product and Furniture Design MA course director Sebastian Bergne highlights impact designers could have on modern world through creative problem solving

Posted Monday 27 February 2017

Kingston University's new Product and Furniture Design MA course director Sebastian Bergne highlights impact designers could have on modern world through creative problem solving

Designers have an increasingly important role to play in society by helping find creative solutions to issues affecting our communities, according to the new course director of Kingston University's Product and Furniture Design MA.

Sebastian Bergne highlighted the impact design professionals were having on shaping the modern world, either by creating more responsible and thoughtful products and services but also by applying their skills to areas traditionally reserved for politicians and community leaders....

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