Scene-zine articles from May 2015

11 May 2015

Maps Event: Mapping for the Real World

Thursday, 14th May, 6 – 8pm

70 Paul Street, EC2A 4NA

An evening of presentations looking at how mapping shapes the world around us, and can be used as a design tool.

Laura Ferrarello The Royal College of Art

Maps, Nations and Public Spaces in the Age of the Internet 

This talk addresses the value of maps as a social and public domain demarcating physical space. Do GPS-led maps reshape our perception of physical space? By means of GPS coordinates, orchestrated by private corporations, maps exert territorial domain, to the extent that they modify the Romantic concept of nation – as a territory clearly defined by borders, it is losing its physicality. On the other hand, immaterial Internet domains like Facebook and Google are increasing in territorial sovereignty, which directly influences political decisions and citizens’ rights to dwell in space.

Cany AshAsh Sakula

Collective Custom Build: how to animate a Common Room

Richard BrownAffordable Wick

A look at the migration of the creative demographic and its influence on the neighbourhoods occupied.

Kim Swallowe – Cherwell District Council, Oxfordshire

The Self-build Agenda and Patterns of Development

How masterplanning and mass house building are affecting the landscape, looking at the design processes behind examples in the UK and abroad.

£3 entry including a glass of wine – book through Eventbrite


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08 May 2015

Maps Opening Night

Thank you to everyone who came and made the opening night for the Maps exhibition a great success!

Here are a few photos from the event, but please remember we are open until 16th May so please drop by!


Photos: So-Ha Au

Photos: So-Ha Au


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05 May 2015

Maps Exhibitor: Susannah Bradley

Susannah Bradley is an American-born multi-media installation artist living and working in London. Her work has frequently revolved around questions between man and his role in nature, often exploring how technology supports or destroys the inherent connection there. Her style has matured into a more minimal and simplistic presentation of strongly conceptual art. Blissful or joyful themes are tempered by precise and engineered composition.

For ‘Maps‘, Susannah will be exhibiting a large-scale drawing installation of London inspired by her own ‘river silhouette’ series of works and invite participants to add to it by drawing a symbol representing a personally meaningful place to them in the city.

Susannah will also have prints of her river silhouette drawings on offer, with the option to customize the design, creating your own personalised map.

Some words by the artist:

Much of my work this year has focused on my river silhouette project which looks at a modern map and removes everything but its waterway. The remaining silhouetted shape often looks like a scar, a crack, a signature, almost anything but the river it symbolizes. Though powerful in their minimal anonymity, people are all the more drawn to the art when they realize what they are looking at.

During the installation, people won’t be looking at another map of our city, but actively shaping a new one full of humanity and connection. As people add significant places to the map, we will be left with a map of London, focused around its river, devoid of streets or landmarks, but full of personal, important moments and places.

River Silouettes, Susannah Bradley

River Silouettes, Susannah Bradley

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04 May 2015

Maps Exhibitor: So-Ha Au

So-Ha Au graduated from the Wimbledon School of Art with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting.

She has used diagrams in her work over many years, starting from palm prints, floor-plans, genealogy trees, to dressmaking patterns – to explore issues of personal histories, sites of ‘memories’, and ‘mapping’ identity.

She is interested in exploring imagined ‘maps’, creating ambiguous ‘maps’ or ‘spatial landscapes’ as a way of locating and placing. In her work So-Ha aims to create a sense of orientation but also the awareness of displacement. Presenting the absence of knowledge – what is lost and unrecoverable.

For ‘Maps’ So-Ha will be exhibiting from a new series of work based on the London map. Removing and retaining certain references to create an imagined geography where current knowledge is absent or disorientating, but alluding to the possibility of either a new landscape or a return to a forgotten past.

Detail from London map series, So-Ha Au

Detail from London map series, So-Ha Au

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03 May 2015

Maps Event: Data Wranglers

We invite you to participate in an open table discussion about the social value and role of “Big Data” in everyday life at the event Data Wranglers @ Scene/ Maps on Monday 11th May, 6-8pm.

The evening forms part of a programme events accompanying Scene’s ‘Maps’ exhibition at: 70 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NA.

How does data influence daily life and how do we make sense of it?

What data is visible to the community and how does it “contribute” to social life?

How do artists and designers make meaning within an increasingly complex landscape of “preprogrammed” data capture and control?

Students and staff from the Information Experience Design (IED), Royal College of Art have been exploring these issues through a series of workshops titled Data Wranglers.

A panel composed of IED tutors Dr Brock Craft, Dr Laura Ferrarello, Dr Cecilia Wee and IED students invite the public to think critically about these issues, engaging them in the debate.

To trigger the discussion, IED students will present their creative work produced during Spring 2015, exploring topics ranging from surveillance, data collection, privacy. Through different media including sound, visuals, moving image and installation – Data Wranglers explores how we can tell powerful narratives about data and its role in democratic society.

This event can be pre-booked through this Eventbrite link

For more information on ‘Maps’ and a programme of events, see:

@scenezinetweet, @RCAevents


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