Friday Salon at the Institute of Contemporary Art staged by KU professor


Professor Charles Rice, Head of the Art and Design History School, chaired the Salon: Camouflage, Pattern and Scale at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) last Friday. 

The event was organized around the current exhibition “A House to Die In” by the Australian artist Bjarne Melgaard at the ICA, showing a 1:1 realization of the house in which he will be living.

Rice’s guests Ben Highmore, reader of the Cultural Study Department at Sussex University, and Adrian Lahoud, the director of the March Urban Design at The Barletto, critically discussed digital mode production for non-mass purpose, what it means to see a constructed house inside a gallery space and looked closer at the relationship between art and architecture.

Since last February Kingston Art and Design School has established a co-operation with the ICA.

“It is a link for our students and for the school in terms of art and history to a leading art institution in central London,” said Rice.

Next April Kingston Art School and the ICA are running a conference about the history of the Independence Group, who had their first meeting at the ICA in 1952.
St. Martins, Camberwell, Wimbledon or other institutions part of the University of the Arts London are very similar to Kingston’s Art School.

“Kingston Art and Design Department has existed for about 100 years and it is very unique as it covers all the different arts, such as fine art and architecture, which the other schools don’t do. It also covers fashion, graphics and history of art and design,” said Rice.

“Due to our co-operation with the ICA we are looking forward to develop more research opportunities for our students,” said Rice.

Professor Charles Rice studied Design in the Technology and Architecture Department at Queensland University in Sydney, completed a Masters in London in Cultural Studies and gained a PhD from the University of New South Wales.
In December 2012, he was appointed Head of the School of Art and Design History at Kingston University.

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