Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 2.1&2. This journal explores both the humanities and the social sciences in order to better understand the culture of cities.
This is a new double issue that includes a special section investigating urban soundscapes, critical citizenship, and the 'sonic turn' in urban cultural studies.
For the full list of articles please click on the link below
Real or unreal? - Crafting authenticity in the digital age
(Issue 7.2 September/October 2016)
For this special issue, we invite contributions about the authenticity of craft in the digital age and its meaning in an era of mass customisation. Current developments, including computer aided manufacturing and science-based ways of ‘producing’ craft artefacts, such as growing clothing from micro cultures, raise the need to question established understandings of making and of craft.
Visible traces of the maker’s skills and associated variation between individual pieces through making by hand, even where producing repeat patterns, are traditionally seen as a central characteristic of craft. With the rise of digital and science driven manufacture, the question arises as to where the signature of the maker might reside within mass customisation, now that wide variation and individualisation can be produced at the push of a button or in the ‘petri dish’. This reopens the question as to how the hand signifies making and what its role is in relation to design, referring to the link between creativity, thinking and the hand.
Authenticity is another related issue: How can we authenticate the digital and how might makers address genuineness, the ownership of ideas, designs and claims to uniqueness, in a world of instant copying, sampling and the habitual plagiarism of images? In the light of such developments, one might also question what the meaning of authenticity is, whether it has changed and how, and also how important authenticity is in the digital age in relation to the cult of originality, and the manipulation of existing designs? By extension, will the tradition of the developing body of personal work, which has long functioned as a key indicator of authenticity, continue in the face of rapidly mutating, technological opportunities, and what might replace it? We already speak of 'hybrid craft' but what does it mean, and what does it imply about the future of craft?
This special issue seeks to address these questions and more, to explore the position of craft today and what it might hold in the future. We invite relevant contributions in a number of formats, which are detailed below.
Editor / Guest Editor: Prof Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Prof Martin Woolley, Coventry University, UK
The final date for submission of full papers for issue 7.1 is Monday 4 January 2016.
For guidance notes, for further information or to submit a paper, please contact the editors.
Full Research Papers (4000-6000 words)
They will describe completed research projects, including research problem, questions, methods, outcomes, and findings. They should include original work of a research and/or developmental nature and/or propose new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued.
Position Papers (2000-3000 words)
- Short Research Papers may describe smaller research projects or research in progress including research problem, questions, methods, (expected) outcomes and findings. They are an opportunity to new researchers/practitioners to get into publishing.
- Position papers may put forward and debate a position on a particular (current) issue (e.g. new technology, material, theoretical, social or educational issue). Both should include original work of a research or developmental nature and/or propose new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued.
Both should include original work of a research and/or developmental nature and/or propose new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued. They are an opportunity for new researchers/practitioners to have their research/work published.
Craft & Industry Reports (1500-3000 words)
Reports of Investigative Practice from Craft & Industry should present an advance in and for the field, including collaborations and new developments of work, processes, methods, ideas etc. by practitioners and industry in the crafts.
Review Section. We invite reviews of the following:
- The Portrait Section (1000-2000 words)
Will feature the work of an individual (crafts person, artist, designer, maker, researcher) within the field whose creative work stands out for its developmental / research qualities and contribution to the crafts.
- The Exhibition Section (1000-2000 words)
Will feature scholarly reviews of exhibitions that are of particular developmental / research significance for the field for the technical, conceptual, aesthetic, social etc. quality of the work or for the curation.
- The Publication Review (1000-2000 words)
Will feature reviews of publications in print and new media.
- The Conference Section (1000-2000 words)
Will feature reviews of any relevant conferences/symposia/etc. in the field.
Calendar of Exhibitions & Conferences
We invite notifications of important and relevant forthcoming craft exhibitions and craft conferences/research events.
Remarkable Image Section
We invite the submission of images of outstanding quality for their novelty, beauty, complexity, simplicity, challenging nature, humour, humanity, etc. that are representative of contemporary crafts developments and research.
Intellect did a Q&A with Lu Pan, author of Aestheticizing Public Space to find out more about the publication and what drew her to write this book.
What was the inspiration behind this book?
Back in spring 2012, I visited Caleb Neelon, one of the authors of The History of American Graffiti, at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts during my stay at the Harvard Yenching Institute. Neelon was inspired to become a graffitist at 13 years of age when his family visited Berlin in 1990, right after the 30-year division ended. Like other tourists, Neelon saw the Berlin Wall and was impressed by the graffiti, tags, and murals that vandalized the wall. He also recalled his amusing experience in Shenzhen, China (a southern city bordering Hong Kong), in which he was invited by the local government to participate in a mural project of a museum in Dafen Village, known as an international manufacturing center of exported commercial paintings. After seeing mediocre imitations of western masterpieces, low-quality copies of best-selling Chinese artworks, and the streamlined, handcraft workshop-style painting process, Neelon called the village as “the center of the world’s worst art.”
My curiosity about Asian graffiti and street art inspired my frequent travels around the continent. I learned from my friends in Japan and Korea about the existence and history of Sakuragicho in Yokohama, the AGIT indie art space in Busan, and the Urban Art Project in Seoul. I also participated in the Inside Out Project of JR, a French street artist, when he took his photo booth concept during his visit to Hong Kong in 2012. All these events and the people I met encouraged me to expand my research beyond the Chinese and Hong Kong contexts and to embark on an adventure. This adventure led to the creation of this book, which explores the street visuals of selected cities from three East Asian countries, namely, China, Japan, and South Korea.
How did you first get interested in graffiti and street art?
Nurturing an interest in the relation between art and public space in general, I find it extremely important to theorize graffiti writing and street art, instead of just documenting the visual existence of them. First of all, I think it is difficult to say whether these graffitists would like to call themselves artists or not. In the world of graffiti, “writer” is the more commonly used name. Although some of writers do have graphic design or art-related training background, there are also many who haven’t received any art education. For example, one of most famous writers in East Asia – VERY (weibo: VERY1HS) from Osaka, Japan has always been mainly working as a DJ, and then took up graffiti writing. In my research, I found that they have a subtle relation with the market. On the one hand, unlike artists, museums and art galleries are not their final destination. Of course also have experience in working with art galleries (e.g. in 2005, Mito City in Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan held an exhibition named “X-Color: Graffiti in Japan”, where I found most of the most active writers and street artists in the participant list), and some also run their own business that is related to graffiti design for commercial use but their best canvas is the city per se: the public space and streets. On the other hand, the debate on whether graffiti is art has always been on-going. Another thing I want to mention is the audience: street visuals expect a much more open and much less institutionalized audience than artworks in galleries do. I think that excitement of reaching out to the whole city as your gallery and the whole urban dwellers as your spectator makes writers remain on the street.
Do you think East Asian graffiti differs much from European and American ones and if so what would you say are the some of the reasons for this?
It is difficult to generalize East Asia as a whole, as you can see in my introduction and the interview chapter the subtle differences among all the cities, sub-regions and nations in the region. Generally speaking, in East Asia, the public space is predominantly occupied by commercial advertisements packed in a highly congested living, business, and leisure space. Most of the East Asian governments had been deeply involved in issues such as order and hygiene, the concept of a “modern” lifestyle, urban visual order, and taxation.
If we look closer, we can see interesting differences East Asian graffiti has from those from Europe and the US. For example, due to the vagueness of property rights in China, which have long been conceptualized as state-owned rather than privatized, economic and ideological obstacles that slow down the information influx into the country have allowed Chinese writers to feel less burdened from outside/Western influence while being able to venture into unexplored territories with their own ideas and experiments.
In Hong Kong, the two cases I address in the book illustrate totally different aesthetic style that you can’t find in western countries. The two unique cases of public writing in Hong Kong are the legends of two “kings,” namely, the “King of the Sewers” (quwang, 渠王) and the “King of Kowloon.” (九龍皇帝) The “King of the Sewers” is a self-employed sewer man. To save on advertising costs, he opted to paint his self-designed ads all over Hong Kong’s slopes, electric lighting posts or drain covers, promoting his service with very concise information and his telephone number, 92263203. Given that many of these advertisements were written in a characteristic font and style, the name of quwang was unmistakably linked to a single “writer.” “King of Kowloon” is a veteran graffitist in Hong Kong who has been writing about his personal history and that of Hong Kong using his paint brushes on the surfaces of various public facilities since the 1960s. Their writings opened up new perspectives for us to think about not only the relation between human and the city, but also between art and everyday objects.
I think the reasons for the differences lie of course in the vastly different historical, ethical, economic context in East Asia from that in the western countries. The difference between how people understand the idea of public space may also be a reason.
How do you think academic approaches to graffiti and street art have evolved over the years?
I think academic approaches to graffiti and street art have not evolved towards a more interdisciplinary direction over the years. We see them mostly in photo books, historical documentation, discussions in sociology, cultural and media studies. My efforts are made to provide a new space of integrating all these approaches. During my research, I see there are a lot of ways of re-considering graffiti and street art not only as subcultural or artistic form but have more profound implications as an intersection between theories and practices.
Do you have any favourite graffiti artists?
Very difficult to say whom my favourite is as many of them are unique and all have specific significance for me.
Where does your own academic and personal Research interests lie?
My academic research interests coalesce around the topic of cultural and cross-cultural analysis of various textual forms. I am particularly interested in topics concerning literature, film, visual culture and art, urban culture, creative industries and cities, modernity theories and cultural memory in modern and contemporary China, East Asia and Europe.
Come and meet the editor of Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Paul Gladston at the exhibition, New China/New Art: Contemporary Video from Shanghai and Hangzhou at the Djanogly Art Gallery, the University of Nottingham occuring on the 4th September 2015.
More details can be found here
During Flavia Laviosa's visit to our offices, we conducted a brand new video interview with her in which she dicusses her role as principal editor for Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, her aspirations for the journals and how the journal has evolved over the years.
Watch the video here
Intellect is delighted to announce that Journal of Popular Television 3.2 is out now.
This journal is a special issue focussing on the much-marginalised theme of disability and television. Articles include an analysis of the UK audiences’ meaning-making of television coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, examination of the UK pre-school children's channel CBeebies and a close reading of two episodes from Supersize vs Superskinny.
To access the journal please click on the link below
Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of Dance, Movement and Spiritualties 1.3.
This journal explores the relationship between spirituality, dance and movement. Articles include exploring the tribal belly dancing, postmodern analysis of Telugu films, Aurelia Baumgartner's practice and thinking to name but a few.
This issue concludes with two book reviews on Seki Jutsu: The practice of Non-subtle Energy Medicine and Dance Somatics and Spiritualties: Contemporary Sacred Narratives and an interview with Carla Walter.
Short Fiction by Caribbean Women Writers: New Voices, Emerging Perspectives
Submission Deadline: November 1st 2015.
Intellect is delighted to announce a new issue of Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 14.1. This is the first issue by the journal's new editor, Professor Susan Orr, and features a new cover design by Vincent Sauvan. ADCHE 14.1 contains six articles and a review covering a range of international perspectives: from Interior Design students at Umm al-Qura University (Saudi Arabia), to case studies of dyslexic architecture students at Northumbria University, and female Design students in Taiwanese universities. There are also articles discussing Massive Open Online Courses, and an Open Studio crit approach to teaching.
To access the issue click here http://bit.ly/1ONDS3r
Intellect caught up with the author of Downtown Film and TV Culture 1975-2001, Joan Hawkins to find out more about the book and what drew to write it.
Could you describe this book in a few words?
Downtown Film and TV Culture 1975-2001 brings together essays by film-makers, exhibitors, cultural critics, and scholars from multiple generations of the New York Downtown scene to illuminate individual films and film-makers and explore the creation of a Downtown Canon, the impact of AIDS on younger film-makers, community access to cable television broadcasts, and the impact of the historic downtown scene on contemporary experimental culture. The book includes J. Hoberman’s essay ‘No Wavelength: The Parapunk Underground,’ as well as historical essays by Tony Conrad and Lynne Tillman, interviews with film-makers Bette Gordon and Beth B, and essays by Ivan Kral and Nick Zedd.
How do you think the creation of a Downtown canon has influenced contemporary Film and TV Culture?
In many ways the American Independent film explosion of the 1990s (Killer Films etc) grew directly out of the downtown scene. Many of the filmmakers who later became indie auteurs (Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Bette Gordon etc) started in the Downtown Cinema. And the themes that became associated with what B. Ruby Rich has called “new queer cinema” emerged directly from the downtown cinema—not that the queer community wasn’t directly responsible for the themes of “new queer cinema” but Downtown practice provided a film vocabulary and helped to prime the social pump.
Finally, in the U.S. – what has come to be known as “quality cable tv” has been largely pioneered by people originally active in the downtown scene, and –again- the downtown’s production helped to open a pocket in the cultural imaginary for edgier Entertainment.
What are some of your favourite Downtown films?
Bette Gordon’s Variety, Beth B’s Empty Suitcases, Vivienne Dick’s She Had Her Gun All Ready, Todd Haynes’ Poison and Superstar, Anders Grafstrom, Long Island Four, Amos Poe, The Foreigner.
Were there any challenges you faced whilst doing an edited collection?
It’s hard because you’re dealing with so many different demanding lives and careers. I think easily half of the authors represented in the book went through major life transitions and conflicts during the time we were working on the anthology—deaths in the immediate family, job loss and transition, moving across country, completing independent projects and fulfilling other commitments, cancer—you name it. And all these external factors affected how easy or hard it was for the authors to finish (or revise) their essays for the anthology.
That said, I am grateful for the way people pulled together and for everyone’s patience.
I really wanted this book to contain many different voices, since giving a voice to the voiceless was so much a part of what downtown was about. And I think the book does that—give something of a sense of what a vibrant community it has traditionally been.
Where does your own personal research and academic interests lie?
I work on taste politics—the ways in which “taste” is actually culturally constructed and class-inflected. I’m particularly interested in the ways in which low body genres like horror and avant-garde/experimental/ independent and art cinema collide and create new forms. My first book, Cutting Edge deals with art-horror and the horrific avant-garde. My attraction to the Downtown scene grows out of punk and no-wave music, but also the way in which downtown film and tv really plays with taste politics—mixing the vocabulary of Antonioni with the graphic sensibility of porn and horror and transgression.
Do you have any future research projects or plans?
Right now, I’m working on another anthology—on the lingering influence of William S. Burroughs.
Downtown Film and TV Culture 1975-2001 is avaiable to buy now. Please follow the link http://bit.ly/1DbnFic