The (In)Visible Processes exhibition is supported by a programme of events that brings together PhD graduates, Central Saint Martins’ staff from a variety of disciplines as well as local citizens of Camden and Euston areas in order to foster provocative thinking across practices. These events will be the occasion for the exhibiting researchers to share their findings, as well as to collectively interrogate, unravel and reflect on the nature of research in the arts and design. 

Weekly Exhibition Walkthroughs at the Lethaby Gallery

Every Wednesday throughout December, the curators will invite one of the exhibitors to join them for a walkthrough of the exhibition and an encounter with the public to share knowledge around their practice and the process of their research.

Meet at the entrance to the Lethaby Gallery at Granary Square
Wednesdays, 5-6pm.

 Mahtab Hannah on political jewellery
24 November

Mahtab Hanna is a British jewellery artist with a Persian background who demonstrates true artistry in marrying the art of jewellery with the quasi-science of politics. Her PhD thesis, "Silent Protest: Political Jewellery", explores jewellery as a form of protest. Her research defines political jewellery as the journey of making a covert and overt statement of political views using body adornments and art jewellery. As a form, it has a multi-faceted capacity to possess messaging that could address social and political issues. 

Maria Gasparian on ceramics at the intersection of craft and architecture

8 December

Maria Gasparian is a London-based ceramic design artist and architect. Her multidisciplinary practice combines ceramic art, architecture, and design to create and integrate architectural ceramics into urban spaces, landscapes, and the built environment. The aim of the practice is to provide multisensory experiences through tactile and coloured ceramic interventions such as street furniture, decorative surfaces and elements for landscaping and buildings that creates a socially inclusive and engaging environment.

Fagner Bibiano on photography, desire and the obcene
1 December

Fagner Bibiano’s practice-based PhD research explores how photographic representation mobilises desire through the gaze. Informed by the work of Jacques Lacan, the research investigates what it might mean 'to come out' through photographic practice, considering aspects of secrecy as activators of desire in looking.

Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze on ethical curorial practice
15 December

Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze’s research defines “ethical art practice” as one’s awareness of the origins of one’s decisions and actions, owning up to them and taking responsibility for creating projects, which for any reason feel important and relevant to oneself at the moment. The outcome of her research is a methodology for “distilling” an ethic from one’s ongoing practice through self-reflection, introspection and analysis.

Offsite Event

Research Reading: “Betty, Dot and the Bird”: A story on everyday life and hidden histories in Somers Town, by Adiana Cobo Corey

Friday 26 November, 1:30-3pm

This research reading tell the story of the making of the piece Granny Square: Crocheting Somers Town Histories by Adriana Cobo Corey and the Knit and Stitch Club from We are Ageing Better St Pancras & Somers Town, on display in the (In)Visible Processes exhibition.

Location: Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1

(In)Visible Practices

…Organised in collaboration with Caterina Albano and Marketa Uhlirova, Central Saint Martins’ Doctoral Programme.

Moments of Transformation in Doctoral Study (In Conversation)

Monday 29 November 2021, 5-6.30pm

Join us for a conversation between Central Saint Martins’ PhD alumna Amy Congdon and her former supervisor, Professor Carole Collet. The conversation, moderated by Isabella Coraça, will look closely at Congdon's journey as a doctoral researcher in the fields of biodesign and tissue engineered textiles. It will explore the nature of the PhD research process with its discoveries, key transformative moments and struggles. It will also probe into the particular interaction between a student and their supervisory team.

Amy Congdon is a designer interested in the crossovers between design and science. Using speculative design, she investigates the implications of engaging with new technologies, such as biotechnology, and seeks to provoke debate about their ramifications.

Carole Collet is Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures and Director of Maison/0, the Central Saint Martins–LVMH creative platform for regenerative luxury. She is also co-director of the Design & Living Systems Lab Research Group.

Isabella Coraça is Lecturer in Fashion Communications at Central Saint Martins. She is also a curator and independent dress historian.
Demystifying Research (Panel Discussion) 

Tuesday 30 November 2021, 5pm-6.30pm

Join architect Íñigo Cornago Bonal, artist Fagner Bibiano, and museum curator Kevin Flude for a discussion of how they came to research and what research means to them in relation to their respective practices. Moderated by media and cultural studies scholar Nathaniel Weiner, the panel will consider research as a shared practice involving people and places inside as well as outside academia.

Íñigo Cornago Bonal is an architect and lecturer. His work ranges from housing buildings and time-based urban planning to temporary interventions. His ongoing PhD research investigates the agency of architecture and its inhabitants in the contemporary housing crisis.

Fagner Bibiano is an artist and Central Saint Martin’s PhD alumnus working in photography and the moving image. His work explores themes such as desire, visuality and the obscene, and his practice is permeated by traces of secrecy and aspects of invisibility.

Kevin Flude is Museum Specialist and Historian in Central Saint Martins’ MA Narrative Environments. His main interest is telling stories about the past, in his various capacities as author, curator, or lecturer.

Nathaniel Weiner is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Central Saint Martins. His research focuses on the areas of men's fashion, online communities, consumption, and style subcultures.

What Do We Mean by Care? (Reading and Panel Discussion)
Room E002, Central Saint Martins

Thursday 20 January, 5-6.30pm

What do we mean by care practices in academic research? What are the ethical issues that need to be considered? This event will explore contexts of care, using as a starting point text excerpts selected by the panel members. These will open up critical discussions on care work as related to ethics, (in)visible labours, migration and capital flows, racialised experiences, disability justice, institutional critiques, aesthetics, architecture and more.

Rachel Marsden is a curator, lecturer and writer, researching transcultural curating and artistic practices in China and the Asia-Pacific. She is also interested in social prescribing, inclusive pedagogies, care work, disability justice, and ethics of care. She is Lecturer in Practice-based Research at UAL.

Adriana Cobo Corey is a Central Saint Martins’ PhD alumna,n architect, researcher and educator working on critical performance practice for public space. Her projects are designed in collaboration with diverse local groups involving marginalised and/or under-represented communities.

Janine Francois is Course Leader for the undergraduate course, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins. As a black feminist curator, critic and writer, their delivers insightful and piercing perspectives on race and social justice.

Annabel ‘Di Antara’ Crowley is an artist, researcher and teacher of Indonesian and Irish lineage, born in South London. She has worked in the UK social care and education sectors since 2008, focusing on disability, mental health and neurodivergence.

Despina Hadjilouca is organiser of the Socially Engaged Design Conference, co-founder of Elective, curator of the Narrative in Practice Symposium series, and co-founder of Schedia. She is Programme Administration Manager for PCID, Central Saint Martins.

‘Little Lethaby’: An Object of Research? (In Conversation)
In gallery

January date [TBC]

Join Sasha Burkanova-Khabadze, Eleanor Suess and Diana Ibáñez López in considering how art and design research can be communicated via material artefacts – be they objects, images or exhibitions. Taking Suess’s exhibit ‘Little Lethaby’ as a point of departure, the discussion will explore the ways in which an ‘object within an object’ can function to reveal new forms of understanding. Importantly, it will also consider how it can re-evaluate the audience’s contribution in terms of shared authorship and critique.

Eleanor Suess is Associate Professor of Architectural Representation at Kingston School of Art and Central Saint Martins’ PhD alumna. As a transdisciplinary researcher situated between art and architecture, she explores the nature of architectural representation and the viewer’s spatial and temporal readings of such mediating artefacts.

Diana Ibáñez López is Course Leader for MA Cities at CSM, a course that explores creative and critical forms of city-making. She has also taught at the RCA, UCL, Kingston, Delft and HfG Karlsruhe, and is a senior curator at Create London.

Sasha Burkhanova-Khabadze is an independent curator, artist and researcher. She is the founder of Exposed Arts Project, London-based think-and-do tank that aims to produce a multidimensional perspective on the contemporary human condition via research-based art.

Performing Methodologies (Workshop)
In gallery

January date [TBC]

In practice-based research, new knowledge is gained, at least in part, through practice – its process and its outcomes. But how does this work? Join Freddie Lippi and Abbie Vickress to get a hands-on taster for practice-based research methodologies, with the view of getting a peek at the behind-the-scenes of academic research more broadly. The workshop is designed to explore the creativity and imagination with which Central Saint Martins’ recent doctoral students have devised and deployed their research methodologies. Bring pens, a notebook and a smart phone!

Abbie Vickress’ practice explores interaction, perspective and knowledge in public engagement, cultural spaces, situations, and society. She is a Lecturer on MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins.

Freddie Lippi’s work focuses on the making and engineering of audio environments and audience experience in the context of live performance. She the Performance Programme Production Manager at Central Saint Martins.