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Colliding Worlds

Posted by lostincci on February 26, 2015


Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, has become a regular contributor to The Times Higher Education magazine’s “What Are You Reading?” column. His latest is a review of Arthur I Miller’s Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science Is Redefining Contemporary Art (New York: Norton, 2015). Dr Howells is also an admirer of Miller’s Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty That Causes Havoc (London: Basic Books, 2002). Both books link creativity in theory and practice. Howells’ own monograph: A Critical Theory of Creativity is due out this autumn with Palgrave Macmillan.

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Careers in the Arts Event

Posted by lostincci on February 25, 2015

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Our MA Arts and Cultural Management students have organised a ‘Careers in the Arts’ event on Thursday, 26 February from 6pm. It’s being held at ArtFix in Soho, and is an opportunity for them to talk to and gain insights from CMCI graduates who are working in the arts. There will be a variety of careers and sectors represented. A full list and biographies on attending alumni will be provided prior to the event. Drinks and nibbles will be provided!

Guests confirmed so far include: George Neris (ArtFix); William Warrener (KCI); Stella Toonen (KCI); Rosie Eccles (Create Arts); Fanny Guesdon (Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras); Elizabeth Yardeni (English National Opera); Helen Gaffney (Old Vic); Hannah van der Wijngaard (White Cube). It is essential that CMCI students book their free ticket prior to the event:

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Thought for Food

Posted by lostincci on February 20, 2015


Should food be considered one of the cultural and creative industries? That was the question debated at the latest meeting of the King’s Asian CCI Research Society. Seven presentations, all researched and introduced by the society members themselves, examined the issue from different cultural perspectives. An engaged discussion followed with members of the audience adding their own perspectives.

The society’s academic adviser is CMCI’s Dr Hye-Kyung Lee (standing at the front in a striped jacket in our group picture). Full details are available on the society’s own blog:

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Posted by lostincci on February 10, 2015

Ali G

The comedy of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Ali G” formed the centerpiece of Dr Richard Howells’ guest seminar “Race, Identity and the Tricky Business of Being Funny About Either”, given to the Centre for Media Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Dr Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, used the controversial character of Ali G to explore the acceptable limits of comedy involving matters of race. A spirited discussion followed, especially in light of the recent Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris. Dr Howells is our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries.

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Funding for Ricarda’s Translation Games

Posted by lostincci on February 4, 2015


Congratulations to CMCI’s Dr Ricarda Vidal, who along with Maria-Jose Blanco from the Spanish department has been awarded a small grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to design a new Translation Game for the AHRC image gallery. The funding will allow them to work with 12 artists and a poet and commission 13 new works (12 of which will be visual translations of the original poem).

Check out previous CMCI blogs for previous details and successes of the Translation Games project.

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Blinded by the Light

Posted by lostincci on January 26, 2015

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Dr Jo Enwtistle cordially invites members of the CMCI community to the opening reception of the Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes exhibition taking place on Tuesday 27 January 2015, 7.30pm, in the LSE Atrium Gallery, London School of Economics. You can watch the Urban Lightscapes/Social Nightscapes teaser here:

The exhibition will run from 27 January until 20 February 2015 at LSE and will showcase photographs, documents and videos documenting the project’s five day workshop at Whitecross.

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Last Chance to See….

Posted by lostincci on January 23, 2015

Dr Richard Howells, our Reader in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, and author of Visual Culture recommends “Late Turner: Painting Set Free” at Tate Britain.

He writes: “Turner is an artist whom people who ‘don’t know much about art’ will say they like if they are pressed for the name of an artist they remember. This is not Turner’s fault. Yes: some of his works are over-familiar and not every one of them (how could they be?) is first rate. But in amongst the greatest hits in this exhibition are lesser-known works –especially sketches and watercolours- that show how good Turner at his best (and most inventive) really could be. Catch it while you can: it’s shortly to close. On the other hand… this is another of London’s pay-to-enter exhibitions within a public gallery. When it’s over you’ll be able to go back and see many of the same images for free back in the permanent collection.”

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Alumna News

Posted by lostincci on January 21, 2015

We know that a lot of CMCI alumni keep in touch with us via the blog, so here’s news from Danyang Liu, who is currently working with fellow CMCI alumna Pinhui Yao at ARTouch Consulting, a UK-based company focusing on Sino-British art projects, especially theatre and exhibitions.

Danyang reports that her project work so far has included the 2014 London West-End Musical Theatre Experience and that this summer they will be brining the Chinese opera Qiu Zi (Akiko) to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Danyang was also an assistant curator the exhibition ‘L.S.Lowry: Artist of the People’ at the Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts. After returning to China, Danyang will continue working for ARTouch as freelance. Our picture shows (from left to right): Pinhui Yao (CMCI alumna), Lang Xiao (the Director of ARTouch Consulting) Jing Zhao (also ex CMCI) and Danyang herself.

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Christina in the Guardian

Posted by lostincci on January 13, 2015


Christina Scharff’s research on the classical music industry has been featured in the Guardian. Under the headline “Classical music in 2014 – still dominated by dead white men’s music performed by living white men” journalist Tom Service cites Dr Scharff’s research and argues that “the classical music industry needs to change”.

He particularly homes in on Christina’s findings that: “of the over 40 orchestras we surveyed, women only make up 1.4% of conductors and 2.9% of artistic/musical directors”, while of 629 orchestral players, “only 11 (1.7%) could be identified to be from a Black and Minority Ethnic background”.

The full article at: while Christina’s own project can be found at:

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Our New Experience Module is Launched

Posted by lostincci on January 12, 2015

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Kings College London Principal Edward Byrne was present at the launch event for CMCI’s new “Experience Module” which is in turn part of our new MA degree course in Arts and Cultural Management. It’s a module delivered entirely outside of the classroom by eight of the university’s cultural partners.

The Experience Module gives students the opportunity to learn directly from practitioners in the arts and will see them placed with a range of partners including Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Fuel Theatre, Museum of London, Roundhouse, Artichoke, Royal Opera House, V&A and BBC Future. The partnerships have been brokered by the Cultural Institute at King’s.

The President and Principal Professor Edward Byrne AC said: ‘This new module gives King’s students the chance to learn directly from some of Britain’s most prestigious arts organisations. This is an unprecedented opportunity for students to work with organisations such as the BBC, V&A, and Royal Opera House, and builds on the university’s strong tradition of engagement and partnership with the sector.’

Over 50 students will take part in the module. It will be taught off-campus and will give students the chance to work directly with leading arts organisations, and to put cultural management theory into hands-on practice.

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