Somerset House Studios

King's College London x Somerset House Studios

30 Jan 2019

Now in its second year, the King’s College London x Somerset House Studios scheme sees Studios residents receive support to collaborate with King’s researchers, with each artist-academic partnership creating projects that test ideas and offer new perspectives on contemporary issues.

From technologically-mediated intimate relationships to climate change in the Anthropocene; predictive policing systems, ways of perceiving and occupying time, and the creation of an island of fat; explore the diverse variety of collaborative projects from this years’ scheme recipients Marija Bozinovska Jones, Maeve Brennan, FRAUD, Ted Hunt, and Thought Collider below.

Technologically Fabricated Intimacy – dating apps, gamification and blockchain technologies

Marija Bozinovska Jones and Dr Alessandro Gandini address how dating apps influence the forming of technologically-mediated intimate relationships in a project exploring what decentralised organisational models bring to online dating cultures.

The project output is hosted on the platform, which was initiated by Marija Bozinovska Jones and designed with Studio Hyte. The website introduces encrypted content and a collection of texts by authors such as Nick Srnicek, Sarah Friend and Rob Gallagher, among others. Another project output staged as Athame, a Live Action Role Play (LARP) was developed with artist collective Omsk Social Club and was hosted at Somerset House Studios on 19 & 20 January 2019; the fragments of the role play are embedded in the website and feature throughout the video documentation.

The podcast was recorded prior to the LARP event and some details may have changed since the recording. 

Mossi Forecasts: Reading Weather in Burkina Faso

With the aim of encouraging a co-production of indigenous and scientific knowledge to tackle climate extremes, filmmaker Maeve Brennan and researchers from King’s Department of Geography, Dr Camilla Audia and Frances Crowley, researched the knowledge and expertise held in Burkina Faso’s rural households; homes that are subject to the most immediate and dramatic effects of climate change.

Euro-vision, or the Making of the Automated Gaze 

A collaboration between FRAUD and Dr Btihaj AjanaEuro-vision examines the archaeology of operations of predictive technologies and how these structure the emergence and evolution of migrant flows.

Sense of Time

Ted Hunt and King’s Professor in Philosophy of Mind Matthew Soteriou couple the practice of design and philosophy to actively ask: to what extent does the way we represent time reflect mind-independent, objective features of temporal reality, and what is subjective in our representation of time? What is fixed and what is malleable? 

3 Days of Fat

A live art-science research event from Thought Collider and Dr Charlotte Wells including a series of public experiments, performances and discussions, 3 Days of Fat focuses on the construction of an island of fat. Inspired by Fatberg, an ongoing artistic research project by Thought Collider and artist Arne Hendriks, 3 Days of Fat brought the artists and the Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s together with a diverse range of guests and the public, to experience and discuss our complex relationship with fat as substance.