Cumulus Working Groups meeting in Nottingham, UK

Cumulus conference In This Place hosted by NTU, UK
April 27 – May 1, 2016

The Cumulus Working Groups are calling for projects and participation! Stay tuned to their programme.

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The Cumulus working groups are member-led initiatives. The groups take many forms – long-established groups who share a common interest meet at the biannual Cumulus conference year-on-year; others exist as one-off groups who wish to discuss a specific topic on a single occasion.
Taking part in a working group can help you to collect and distribute information about members research and academic activities in specific fields.
Below is a list of the confirmed working groups for In this Place:

Contemporary Art Working Group
Wednesday April 27, 2016
13.30 – 16.30

Thursday April 28, 2016
09.00-12.00

The theme for In this Place offers opportunities for explorations of place, of identity, and of memory. We invite participants to the Contemporary Art Working Group to presentations on these topics that relate to contemporary art and its connections with design.
Proposals should present examples of experienced-based education projects exploring specific locations or sites relating to place, identity, or memory. The Contemporary Art Working Group seeks projects that might form collaborations among higher art institutions throughout the Cumulus Organisation.
Proposals should be sent to Ann Albritton, aalbritt@c.ringling.edu by 1 March 2016 to be included in the Contemporary Working Groups sessions.

Contact: Ann Albritton
Email: aalbritt@c.ringling.edu
Institute: Ringling College of Art and Design, USA

Design For Sustainability Working Group
Wednesday April 27, 2016
13.30 – 16.30

Contact: Tim Rumage
Email: trumage@c.ringling.edu
Institute: Ringling College of Art and Design, USA

Fashion and Textile Working Group
Wednesday April 27, 2016
13.30 – 16.30

Contact: Tanel Veenre, Piret Puppart and Sandra Sule
Email: fashiontextile@artun.ee
Institute: Estonian Academy of Arts

Gensai Design Working Group
Thursday April 28, 2016
09.00-12.00

GENSAI refers to the reduction of damage or causalities caused by disasters such as earthquake, tsunami or typhoon in Japanese. The words ‘disaster prevention’ are more familiar than GENSAI, however we can’t actually defend from natural disasters. Adding to this, the aid and resources for disaster prevention must be stored for long periods of time, meaning in some cases they may not be put to use or are lost from people’s minds.

GENSAI Design means the ideas to increase disaster mitigation through design. The GENSAI Design Project has managed the Design and Planning Competition for GENSAI with SDAFST since 2012.
Proposals for disaster mitigation are sought-after in many areas across the world. Let’s come together to discuss ideas.

Contact: Dr. Jiro Sagara
Email: sagara-j@kobe-du.ac.jp
Institute: Kobe Design University, Japan

Interior and Furniture Working Group
Wednesday April 27, 2016
13.30 – 16.30

The theme for the ‘In this Place’ conference seems tailored to the topic of the Furniture and Interior working group.
The meeting for the Furniture and Interior working group is open to anyone wishing to present research, student works or new ideas related to the topic ‘furniture and interior, teaching and researching’. Presentations on teaching strategies, working methods, innovative curricula or similar, from university departments addressing these keywords, are welcome.

The meeting will share knowledge, viewpoints and insights pertaining to the future development of the fields of interior and furniture, and it will facilitate discussions in search for possible future collaborations among participants.
Please send your proposal (or state your interest in presenting) to Anders Brix, abrix@kadk.dk by 1 April 2016.

Contact: Anders Brix
Email: abrix@kadk.dk
Institute: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark

REVEDA Working Group
Wednesday April 27, 2016
13.30 – 16.30

Contact: Mariana Amatullo
Email: mariana.amatullo@artcenter.edu
Institute: Art Center College of Design, Northwestern University, USA

X-files Working Group
Wednesday April 27, 2016
13.30 – 16.30

Thursday April 28, 2016
09.00-12.00

The Cumulus X-Files Working Group is a group of all Heads of International Offices, policy makers and advisers, international exchange coordinators of Cumulus Member Schools.
They meet at least once a year at Cumulus meetings with general assembly. Presentations, discussions and workshops are about:
• Internationalization philosophy
• Internationalization strategies
• ERASMUS program (daily obstacles)
• International Partner Programs other than ERSMUS
• Hands-on and best-practice in Internationalization as a whole
• Networking within coordinators

Contact: Aparajita Dutta
Email: a.dutta@kabk.nl
Institute: Royal Academy of Art The Hague, the Netherlands

Design and Innovation Working Group
Thursday April 28, 2016
9.00-12.00

Contact: Prof. Dr Sam Bucolo
E-mail:sam.bucolo@uts.edu.au
Institute: University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Leadership and Strategy Working Group
Thursday April 28, 2016
17.00-19.00

Contact: Rector Elsebeth Gerner-Nielsen
E-mail: egn@dskd.dk
Institute: Design School Kolding, Denmark

How can art, design and media, designers and people in these fields in profession, education and research obtain more impact on the World Development and on those who are in power and have the money?
During the latest meetings in the Cumulus Leadership and Strategy Working Group we have worked on a Manifesto for what good leadership is. Please, take your time and read below. At this next meeting in Nottingham-Trent, we will discuss how we transform these good words into an Action.

Manifesto on Leadership.
Our dynamically changing complex society requires new mindsets, approaches and solutions. As Cumulus school leaders our responsibility is to inform and influence our surrounding global society so that our knowledge and solutions have impact and become rapidly diffused.
We will do our utmost to create the best educational frameworks, to establish excellent conditions for creative knowledge production and diffusion, for our students and stakeholders.

We as leaders will strive to:
. Be visionary and bold
. Be integrative, collaborative and respect other disciplines in our approach
. Advocate creativity, learning, risk taking and experimentation
. Envisage alternative futures and holistic solutions to enable decision makers to achieve transformational change
. Embrace the language of others (business, civil society, the public sector etc.) and develop and disseminate our own vocabulary and culture
. Empower students and colleagues to realise their ideas as solutions for the benefit of active citizenship and a better world
. influence and support decision making, nationally and globally, on policy and funding agendas
. leave the world in better shape than how we found it

Speakers:

Christian Guellerin, Director, L´Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique, France, is one of the 50 innovative people in France and has also published a Cumulus Think Tank publication of designers in the leadership positions Designer: Careers and Professionalization (ISBN 978-2-8041-6015-9 published by De Boeck)and contributed to Cumulus as its past President 2007-2013.

His presentation will focus on Double degrees: are they just wishful thinking? Feedback about Hybrid educationnal programs – Engineering, business, architecture, design, humanities.How can we mix programs and cultures without falling into the trap of producing all-knowing scholars reminiscent of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, which would be disastrous? Instead of combining courses to create a single hybrid discipline, which is futile if not disastrous, we would do better to focus on learning how to work with others. What is essential is for designers to learn how to work “with” engineers, “with” architects, “with” sociologists and “with” marketers.This means ensuring that cultures and knowledge complement one another harmoniously rather than becoming one and the same.

Elena Kolovskaya Director PRO ARTE Foundation St. Petersburg, Russia The St Petersburg PRO ARTE Foundation for Culture and Arts is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It was founded in 1999 and is located in St Petersburg in the historical venue of Peter and Paul Fortress. The Foundation promotes contemporary arts and culture, its main fields of activity being visual art, architecture, design and art journalism.
The Foundation supports projects of Russian artists and cultural organizations, produces exhibitions, festivals and concerts, organizes conferences, lectures and education programs for young artists, journalists, and designers. Many projects of the PRO ARTE Foundation involve such partners as the State Hermitage Museum, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Petersburg State University, as well as from abroad like Cumulus.
She will present her work in the inspiring cultural context in the North-West Russia with the emphasis on the PRO ARTE’s design-related programs.

Robin Turner, Greenside Design Center, South Africa: What does design and the design educations mean for the development of South Africa and Africa?

More speakers to be confirmed.

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