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King’s College London & Somerset House Studios announce a new partnership


25 Jul 2017

Academics and artists work together to offer new perspectives on urgent contemporary issues?

Somerset House Studios and King’s College London announce a new partnership in the form of Arts in Society. The first year of the programme sees six Studio residents receive funding to collaborate with a researcher from King's in exploring new perspectives on urgent contemporary social issues. Studios recipients of the 2017 awards are: Burton Nitta; Deborah Pearson; Evan Ifekoya; Imran Perretta; Phoebe Davies and Makerversity member Anne Frobeen, researching subjects as diverse as consent, migration and the politics of black queer sound. A series of events will encourage audiences to engage with the research throughout the autumn, with findings of all projects presented at a showing in December. The first of these events - The Filibuster by Deborah Pearson and Professor Anna Snaith - takes place Sat Sept 2.

Research Themes

Food Fictions and Frictions: Burton Nitta with Dr Christine Barnes (Geography) – researching the stories told about food through the media and the impact on food culture and identity making

Burton Nitta

The Filibuster: Deborah Pearson with Professor Anna Snaith (English) – researching public discourse and women

Deborah Pearson, Photo by Paul Blakemore

Boom! The Politics of Black Sound: Evan Ifekoya with Dr Madison Moore (English) – researching the politics of black queer club spaces through the history of sound system culture in London in the 80s and 90s

Evan Ifekoya, Photo courtesy of BGM

Migrant Agency and the Moving Image: Imran Perretta with Leonie Ansems de Vries (War Studies) – project employing auto-ethnographic research methodologies to explore the ongoing “refugee crisis” from the perspective of refugees themselves.

Imran Perretta, brothertobrother, 2017, HDstill, Courtesy of Artist

What Does Consent Sound Like?: Phoebe Davies with Dorothee Boulanger & Dr Alana Harris (History) - researching issues of sexual desire and consent by bringing together academics, artists, students and activists

Phoebe Davies, Act 1, Astoria

Rest in Public Space: Anne Frobeen (Makerversity) and Dr Luke Dickens (Geography) – researching new approaches to the function of public space in the context of contemporary urban life