FAB FEST is a week-long free to attend celebration of design and making, hosted by the Fabrication Lab from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. For the third year running, creative designers from around the world are invited to envision and build out their ideas about architecture and the city. It will feature over 80 pavilions and installations designed internationally, manufactured in the Fabrication Lab, and assembled and installed in Central London at the prestigious Ambika P3 event and exhibition space in Marylebone Road.
FAB FEST opens its doors to the public on 7th July and closes on 10th July. After five days of making, entertainment and international competition, on July 7 FAB FEST opens to the local community, with lightweight, recyclable pavilions forming the transient architecture for a series of making events, live musical performances and a three-day exhibition. All the materials for FAB FEST are then recycled (98%!), for next year’s event.
FAB FEST forms an international community of makers, where students from across the UK and around the world explore the potentials of digital fabrication under a specific theme. Last year FAB FEST welcomed over 800 visitors for its ‘Pop-Up City’ theme where participants were invited to imagine and build their own Pop-Up City. The theme for this year is ‘Digital City’. The challenge for teams is to propose a compelling and engaging proposal for a pavilion or installation to explore and manifest their ideas of wider aspects of how the digital affects our architecture, cities and daily lives. What does the Digital City mean to you?
FAB FEST ‘18 is hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and the Fabrication Lab at the University of Westminster. The event is sponsored by the Quintin Hogg Trust, DS Smith and Hawthorn and is partnering with Digital Construction Week.
For further information and festival programme please visit our website FABFEST.London, and join us on social media for regular updates:
Preview Friday 8 June 6.30-8.30pm,
Open Saturday Sunday 9 -10 June, 11-6pm
Welcome to the world of Contemporary Media Practice, this is what we do and why we do it: as an inherent aspect of the course, CMP students continually engage with the new and evolving. They strive for unconventional thinking, creative approaches, innovative artistry, and interdisciplinarity. We work with moving image in new and exciting ways from narrative through documentary to animation, with themes tackled including Islamophobia in the UK, a childhood coming of age adventure and a love triangle with a shamen.
25 October to 23 November 2018
Open Tuesdays to Fridays, 12:00-19:00
Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00-18:00
Bass Culture 70/50 is a four-week exhibition exploring the impact of Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced music on British culture.
The exhibition will feature previously unseen artwork, specially commissioned film, top industry speakers, UK reggae label pop-up showcases, live performances,10 years of Natty, and over 70 hours of individual testimonies, linking – for the first time – the memories and experiences of black British musicians, industry practitioners, academics and audiences.
There will also be an opportunity to witness two exhibition exclusives. The first, a ‘Rude Boy Catwalk’, invites attendees to come dressed as they were when they first experienced a gig influenced by Jamaican music, be it ska or reggae, jungle or grime. Taking place on 9 November, the collaborative catwalk will be the first of its kind to reflect on five decades of fashion inspired by these genres. The second will be a mini film festival that will premiere ‘Bass Culture’, a 60-minute documentary mapping the impact of Jamaican music from a youth perspective.
The exhibition is staged by Bass Culture Research, a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project set up to explore the impact of Jamaican music in the UK. The project made headlines last year after issuing The Grime Report, which led to the withdrawal of Form 696, a controversial risk assessment form criticised for being discriminatory and targeting genres such as grime.
While Jamaican music has been fundamental to the development of multicultural Britain, its influence has arguably never been recognised. Following recent moves to ramp up police stop and search powers, together with claims that Jamaican-influenced genres such as drill are fuelling gang wars, marginalisation and discrimination risks being on the rise again. Bass Culture 70/50 seeks to challenge these negative interpretations and rather recognise the impact of Jamaican culture on not only the musical canon but on British culture and identity itself.
Partners of the exhibition include the AHRC, Black Cultural Archives, British Library, SOAS, Goldsmiths University, Urbanimage and Camera Press.
Mykaell Riley, Principal Investigator and Director of the Bass Culture Music Unit at the University of Westminster, said “This is the story of the soundtrack to multiculturalism, a hidden history that is still impacting on new music.”
1 Dec: The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish
Teaming up with LCMF 2018, the Serpentine Galleries present the second instalment of their year-long ecological symposium and research project. Part of the gallery’s General Ecology project, this day of talks, performances and music will feature anthropologists, artists, robotics experts, historians and more, to address interior multitude, swarming organisms, entanglements, pregnancies, endosymbiosis, microchimerism and metamorphosis — across vegetal, human, artificial, non-human animal and mineral beings