Creative Challenge in Brazil

Brasil Yawanawá explains work at the original Yawanawá settlement of Escondido.

Brasil Yawanawá explains work at the original Yawanawá settlement of Escondido.

In December 2014 Uwe Derksen,  head of the Enterprise Team at UCA,  visited the Amazon in Brazil, invited by the Yawanawa tribe, whose member Nixiwaka (also known as Joel) works for Survival International, the movement for tribal peoples and has been involved in the Creative Challenge for the last couple of years.

The aim of the visit was to seek information and answers to a range of questions, which could  be shared with UCA students. There was also the possibility of developing the project further, depending on the outcome.

The Yawanawá tribe people are one of many indigenous people of Brazil. They, that are a few hundred of Yawanawá people, live in small villages or settlements along the narrow Gregorio river. In order to reach the various Yawanawá villages it is necessary to travel from Tarauacá by truck on the BR-364 for 1.5 hours to the river Gregorio where at the Ponte Sobre there is an access point to the river with a number of small commercial outlets. From there using a small narrow light-weight aluminum canoe boat with an air-cooled long-tail outboard motor it takes about 4-5 hours to reach the first Yawanawá village and another 4-5 hours to reach the last settlement, which is about 80 km away. The Gregorio river is relatively narrow, depending on water levels and extremely windy whilst littered with tree branches and stumps. The river has become more hazardous due to a major recent flooding (November 2014), bringing down riverside trees as well as destroying some houses and equipment of indigenous and non-indigenous people living alongside the river. The flood apparently was the worst ever and illegal tree logging is being blamed as one of the causes.

Uwe said,

I experienced the people them as welcoming, warm and friendly, hard working and giving, humorous and helpful, trusting. My deep respect and thanks go to all those people (Yawanawá and others) who opened their doors to me as a stranger in their home. It was privileged to be among them, albeit briefly.

Flooding at Yawanawa tribe

Floodwater-ravaged banks at Yawanawa tribal territory

Uwe has written some blog entries about his experiences at  http://mistakesandcontradictions.blogspot.co.uk.

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Students’ hard work showcased in performances of Noye’s Fludde

DSC_0108Students from across UCA saw their hard work showcased in ACT’s collaborative performance of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten, in Picardy, France last month. This one-act opera, composed in 1957, has become a major collaborative piece, fuDSC_0401nded by ACT,  that has seen the involvement of students from UCA as well as Melbourne Village College, the Royal Opera House Learning and Participation and  Southend YMCA.

Many staff and students at UCA from a range of courses have taken part:

  • Computer Arts & Animation with Phil Gomm & graduates who were involved in the concept, research & designs for pop-up features such as kite, ark, moon, stars & sun.
  • Creative Arts for Theatre and Film with Chris Hunt, Colin Bean, Graduate Teaching Assistants and 4 dedicated students who were involved in the concept, design and fabrication of main character costumes.
  • Graphic Design: Visual Communication with Hugh Harwood & students who produced graphic images for marketing material in a competition & were involved in documenting the performances.
  • Broadcast Media: students are  involved in documenting the performances.
Scene from Noye's Fludde

Scene from Noye’s Fludde

Joy Golsbrough a student on Creative Arts for Theatre and Film student and costume designer for NF, said,

I thought the performance was beautiful, it was lovely seeing everything work together; the colourful rainbow set, seeing the children’s animal headdresses and LED lights, hearing the orchestra play and the actors sing.The Gossips looked fabulous and the costumes worked well with their characters. Although it wasn’t in the design, I liked the way they had incorporated belts around their waists and attached their shawls to their shoulders.   The patterns on their gowns worked really well and you could distinguish them from a distance. They were bright and colourful. They were better than I imagined them to be.The highlight of the trip for me was speaking to the actor who played Jaffeth, he was so happy with the costume that I had designed for him, and so were his parents. Being a part of a collaboration and working on a live brief was exciting. It meant the work you put in would actually pay off and be recognised by the public. Obviously it is great to add the work to a portfolio and CV. Working with ACT was valuable as it gave more experience outside of UCA and meant you could meet new people in the industry and have an idea of other people’s jobs. Going to France to see the performance and having a posh dinner out was a bonus as well.

 

Liam Hollingham, Graphic Design: Visual Communication student and poster designer for NF, said

Scene from Noye's Fludde

Scene from Noye’s Fludde

Through doing ACT project for the last year and a half and watching performances like the one that we did I must say that this performance was the most intimate out of the three; it gave a great feeling that you were made part of it. The highlight was the use of interaction and the combination of theatre and orchestra that moulded so well together .

It brought the theatre company together and really brought the characters alive.  I was amazed by everything that came out on stage as it was the first time that I had ever seen the costumes or anything that represented something in such a minimalistic approach.

I think anything more than a live brief like the ones I have worked on the past it make all what you are doing at uni become real in a sense; it builds contacts and understanding the world of work, as well. I learnt that working at uni is a place to learn skills that you can then use in these situations; these projects bring you in to the reality of the world of design work .

Chris Hunt, Course Leader for Creative Arts Theatre and Film, said

This was a great experience for students.  Working as designers on a professional, large-scale  production like this is something which students rarely get the chance to do, and the four costume designers involved – Keri Johnston, Joy Goldsborough, Fenella Barr and Steph Bolduc – really got their teeth into it.  They designed costumes which in essence are modern and colourful but which also resonate with past cultures and Biblical themes.   It was a real challenge for them to work on individual designs and then meet to adjust their designs so that the ensemble worked as a whole, and they managed this process of individual development and co-operation admirably well.

 

The show will be performed again in England on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March at Cambridge at Melbourne Village College.

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ESADHaR and UCA join forces to design exhibition space

In November, five Fine Art students from ESADHaR worked with Level 2 Interior Architecture students for the initial stage of designing an exhibition space for the Despite Efficiency: Labour exhibition at the Herbert Read Gallery.  Here are some images of the process:

Interior Architecture students’ winning proposal celebrated in France

From the UCA newsdesk….

A proposal by Architecture students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) to reimagine a former school building in Lens, France has been declared as the winner of an INTERREG ReCreate competition and celebrated with a launch event in Lens.

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design students from UCA Farnham Veema Chellen and Charlotte Saben’s idea proposed a business start-up and exhibition space, which would act as a creative hub and support the area as a place of local art and design production. It would enable local artists, designers and students to create and display their work to members of the public.

“We focused on the design of the central exhibition space,” explained Charlotte. “It reflected the area of Lens’ past means of production – coal mining – as well as supporting new means of production, the art itself. The focal point of the space was the ‘black out’ pavilion, an enclosure where digital work could be projected and viewed by visitors.”

The inauguration event in Lens

The inauguration event in Lens

The proposal also included a Fab Lab – a digital fabrication space, which would provide access to a variety of digital fabrication processes.

Designers behind the winning idea

Veema and Charlotte

Charlotte and Veema were invited to the launch event in Lens, which was a grand lunch attended by community representatives, regional politicians, economists and entrepreneurs. Charlotte and Veema’s work was displayed around the venue and they were also interviewed by journalists from India, China and Korea.

“It was great to be a part of the launch party,” continued Charlotte. “We were able to hear ideas about the progression and changes of the project and how it fitted into the larger ReCreate initiative.”

The competition was part of the wider INTERREG ReCreate project, a collaborative initiative to support economic regeneration and job creation across the north of France and the south of England.

“This project was particularly enjoyable as we were able to face some of the challenges of working to a live brief,” said Charlotte. “Visiting Lens was a good experience – we were able learn about the area, its history and its culture.”

After graduating later this year, Charlotte hopes to work in the realms of sustainable design. For more information on the ReCreate project, please visithttp://interiorsfarnham.com/2014/02/10/recreate-live-project-lens-france/

The ReCreate initiative is selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Image from the winning designThe fabrication lab as part of the winning idea

Charlotte and Veema’s designs

Creative Challenge Residential Nov 2014 gallery

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A Colourful District

CREA-Zone cluster event

The Research + Enterprise Department is involved in the CREA- Zone cluster project which brings together partners from Belgium, France and the Netherlands all of whom are delivering Interreg funded projects.

The current economic crisis has driven regions and cities to find new ways to inject the economy with creativity and innovation. Through collaboration with creative and cultural industries, traditional industries can find ways to enhance their resilience in the face of increased economic, social and environmental challenges.

The Interreg projects have researched and experimented with concepts aimed at increasing the visibility of the economic value of the creative and cultural industries and this is the focus of The Colourful District event, taking place on the 5th and 6th of November. A digital publication summarising the findings and projects will be available at the end of November.

Interreg projects will be presented at the event, held in the Budafabriek, in Kortrijk, Belgium, where synergies between different projects will be pulled into focus and success stories will be shared with a broad audience.

The event programme is packed:

Wednesday 5 November – Budascoop/Budafabriek Kortrijk

6 p.m.                WELCOME AT BUDASCOOP, Kapucijnenstraat 10, Kortrijk (Belgium)

6:30 p.m.         WORD OF WELCOME: Franky Devos, director arts centre BUDA / Budafabriek

6:35 p.m.         CREA-Zone – international cluster for the promotion of the creative industry: Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout

 

6:45 p.m.         DAAN ROOSEGAARDE

In a world shifting between the analogue and the digital, Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab of artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers. The studio creates interactive designs that explore the dynamic relation between people, technology and space. The studio develops its own innovations and is internationally known for interactive projects such as Dune, Intimacy and Smart Highway.

Interview: Hilde Bouchez

7:30 p.m.         Short walk to the Budafabriek, Dam 2A, Kortrijk

From 7:30 p.m.           INSPIRING EXAMPLES FOR A COLOURED DISTRICT

The collaboration between designers, entrepreneurs, students, artists and active citizens leads to concrete results. At the imposing Budafabriek, good practice is presented by the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury, SPK Turnhout, Avans Hogeschool Breda, TIO3 Ronse, Pictanovo Tourcoing, Entrepreneurial Centers Mechelen and West Flanders, Flanders DC and Buda Kortrijk.

 

EXHIBIT – THE GREEN LIGHT DISTRICT

A green economy is an important issue for entrepreneurs, designers, scientists and artists alike. CREA-Zone selected international projects that transcend the sense of defeatism that tends to surround ecology and environmentalism:

The Green Light District presents work by Alberto Baraya (CO), Nick Ervinck (BE), Lucas Foglia (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), Annemie Maes (BE), David Bowen (US), Luc Deleu (BE), Maya Smrekar (SI), Peter De Cupere (BE), Bart Stolle (BE), Future Farmers (US), Nano Supermarket (NL), Honoré d’O (BE), Ralph Kim (UK), Mattia Casalegno (IT), Martin uit den Bogaard (NL), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Eduardo Kac (US), Heath Bunting (UK).

In addition there is  scientific research by Howest, Kulak, Vives & Provinciale   Tuinbouwschool and entrepreneurial projects by Vasch Aquaponics, Deceuninck, Vanheede, Alpro, Drukta, Ocular, Devolder Architecten.

Curator: Christophe Dejaeger

Thursday 6 November – Budafabriek Kortrijk

9 a.m.              BREAKFAST MEETING – Croissants, coffee, creative entrepreneurs, politicians, policy advisors, students …all welcome!

10 a.m.           CREA-Zone – international cluster for the promotion of the creative industry: Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout

10:30 a.m.      STIMULATING ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

Prof Annick Schramme is professor and academic coordinator of the master’s program Cultural Management at the University of Antwerp. In addition, she leads the Competence Center Creative Industries of the Flanders District of Creativity at the Antwerp Management School.

11 a.m.                        3 INSPIRING EXAMPLES FOR A COLOURFUL DISTRICT

  • Made or Cartamundi / SPK Turnhout
  • Incunables / Pictanovo Tourcoing
  • Results of the temporary stay of the students from Thomas More Mechelen @ Buda

 

11:30 a.m.       THE INNOVATIVE CONTRIBUTION OF EUROPE’S CREATIVE INDUSTRY TO THE WIDER ECONOMY: TOWARDS A NEW POLICY AGENDA

Johanna Van Antwerpen is the founder of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM). AIM is the innovation agency of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area which merged, with other organisations, into the Amsterdam Economic Board in 2013. AIM has been set up to help preserve and strengthen Amsterdam’s key position in the knowledge-based economy. The Amsterdam Economic Board promotes innovation, cooperation and new activities in relevant economic sectors such as; creative Industries, ICT, Life Sciences, Sustainability, Financial and Business services.

noon                3 INSPIRING EXAMPLES FOR A COLOURFUL DISTRICT

  • GaIl Baxter or Neil / University of Creative Arts Canterbury
  • The Smell Project / Avans Hogeschool Breda
  • Buda::Lab / Buda Kortrijk

 

12:30 p.m.       CONCLUSIONS FROM THE CREA-Zone CLUSTER

Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout

 

For more information contact Susiane at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk

Lens student exchange – results!

Design development of the school building in Lens

Lens Student Exchange

Students on the Interior Architecture and Design course have completed their work on plans to transform old school buildings in Lens, France, into an enterprise centre. During a seven-month exchange scheme, part of the Recreate project, the students worked with furniture design students from the University d’Artois to present their proposals for the space.

Course Leader Peter Waters said:

A cross border project like this not only enables our students to experience a live brief, but it also encourages them to step away from their, perhaps, overly familiar surroundings to experience a similar but sufficiently different culture. They also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role that an interior designer can play in the regeneration process.

 

For more information please contact Amie at arai2@ucreative.ac.uk