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Six contemporary artists to take up residencies at King's

Six contemporary artists to take up residencies at King’s
Posted on 14/07/2017

King’s has welcomed six contemporary artists as new university artists-in-residence. Each of the artists will be based in departments across King’s throughout the 2017/18 academic year. The artists will work with academics and students to develop their practice while testing new approaches to learning and exploring the many benefits associated with a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to research.
The six new artists join a prestigious group of previous King’s artists and build on the university’s history of hosting and working with creative practitioners across its faculties and within its wide range of research areas. Over the last decade, King’s artists have been resident in nearly every area of the university and have actively contributed to innovations in teaching, extra-curricular learning and research methodology.

The new artists-in-residence at King’s are:
Gen Doy in the Department of ClassicsWorking in collaboration with Michael Trapp, Professor of Greek Literature & Thought, Gen will be resident in the Department of Classics on a project exploring the history and cultural mythology of the so-called ‘Roman’ Bath on Strand Lane, adjacent to King’s Strand campus.
The residency will approach the history and cultural mythology of the site as an exemplar of the ways in which the development of a historic and heritage property over time are part of a process comprising fictions, myths, dreams, fantasies and wishful thinking as well as mere physical change.
More about Gen DoyMore about the Department of Classics at King’s
Dr Kai Syng in the Department of Social, Genetic & Developmental PsychiatryKai will be resident in the Department of Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry working with Philip Asherson, Professor of Molecular Psychiatry, on a new commission exploring mind-wandering and the boundaries between what society perceives as ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ behaviour.
While mind-wandering is a universal human experience, excessive spontaneous mind-wandering is a key feature of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This residency will weave together science and visual art to start new conversations about mind-wandering and ADHD and will help gain a better understanding of how we understand wellness and illness.
More about Dr Kai SyngMore about Department of Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry at King’s
Teresa Albor and the Department of Addictions
Working in collaboration with Dr Sally Marlow, Public Engagement Fellow and Professor Sir John Strang, Chair in the Psychiatry of Addictions, Teresa will be resident in the Department of Addictions on a project exploring the administration of Naloxone, an antidote to heroin overdose, by family members of heroin users.
The project, called Unconditional, will explore the role Naloxone plays in families of opioid users, particularly how the idea of unconditional love is illuminated by the administration of Naloxone by families of those using heroin. Naloxone is an antidote to heroin overdose and can be safely and easily administered by friends and family of the heroin user. Nearly all Heroin-related deaths are preventable through the administration of Naloxone and a recent study found that 20% of overdose rescues were carried out by family members.
More about Teresa AlborMore about the Department of Addictions at King’s
Nassia Inglessis in the Department of Informatics
Nassia will be resident in the Department of Informatics working with Dr Richard Overill, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, on a project exploring the notion of disobedience in artificial intelligence (AI) and scenarios of the future where human and artificial entities coexist.
The notion of disobedience is very relevant in the current political and social climate across the globe, becoming more prominent as a means for change, transformation and as a means for progress or, alternatively, for destruction. But regardless of how disobedience is defined, Nassia and Richard agree that the increased focus on the effects of being disobedient warrants investigation.
More about Nassia InglessisMore about Department of Informatics at King’s
Brooke Roberts-Islam in the Department of Informatics
Working in collaboration with Dr Matthew Howard, Lecturer in Informatics (Robotics), Brooke will be resident in the Department of Informatics on a project exploring digital knitwear design and the development of experimental ‘wearable’ textiles.
One of the greatest challenges in the ‘wearables’ sector today is how to achieve both aesthetics and functionality in the textile. Brooke will collaborate with Dr Howard and other roboticists at King’s to inform her practice with an understanding of leading-edge informatics research. In turn, Brooke’s artistic practice will bring new ideas and approaches to experimental textile design.
More about Department of Informatics at King’s
Rebecca Lynch in the Department of Informatics
Rebecca Lynch will be creative writer in residence in the Department of Informatics working with Dr Elizabeth Sklar, Reader in Computer Science, on a project exploring storytelling around possible futures for human-robot societies through experimental fiction and visual artefacts.
Often in the arts, teams of humans work together to construct large-scale visual installations or performances, even if the artwork may have originated from one designer or composer. This residency looks to the future and asks what new challenges might arise  in coordinating multi-human/multi-robot teams and will consider ways in which artists cooperate with multiple intelligent agents (both human and robot) in accomplishing joint goals.
More about Rebecca LynchMore about Department of Informatics at King’s
Outcomes from the new residencies will be showcased over the upcoming academic year and beyond, within the public facing programme across King’s.
The artist-in-residence programme at King’s supports cultural and artistic exchange, nurtures experimentation and new ideas, catalyses innovative approaches and helps to develop new work and new approaches.
The three artists taking up residencies within Arts & Sciences Faculties and the two that will be placed in the Health Faculties at King’s are supported by the Cultural Programming team at King’s. The sixth residency,Rebecca Lynch in the Department of Informatics, will be supported directly by the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences.
For more information on any of the King’s artists, to arrange interviews or case studies, please contact Oliver Stannard, Marketing and Communications Manager, Culture, King’s College London at oliver.stannard@kcl.ac.uk or on 020 7848 1320.

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