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The Creativity of Difference: the inaugural professorial lecture by Dr Jos Boys

The Cass, London Metropolitan University

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM (BST)

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The Cass is delighted to announce The Creativity of Difference, the inaugural professorial lecture by Dr Jos Boys taking place in The Wash Houses on Wednesday 1 May at 6pm. 

The School has been working with Dr Jos Boys, co-director of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project, over the last two years, to co-explore how we can open up the multitude of different ways of being-in-the-world to students, both as a potential design generator and as a key part of personal development. 

DisOrdinary is a platform bringing together disabled artists and built environment/design students, educators and practitioners for creative dialogue and action; and artists from the group have now regularly engaged with Foundation students to investigate relationships between difference, identity, creativity and inclusion.

These collaborations have prototyped co-partnered activities that were funded by Arts Council England. They include making ‘soundmarks’ and other kinds of body mapping; doing audio-descriptions as a way to look more closely at the world around us, as well as understanding more about how blind people experience space; and the production of “objects that act in the spaces between body-identity and the wider world”, such as masks and/or body extensions. Here, identity and diversity are understood as complex and vital aspects of creativity in art, design and architecture; with projects aiming to help foundation-level students to creatively and critically engage with their own and others’ multiple identities. 

In her inaugural visiting professorship talk, Jos will describe this work, within the wider context of The DisOrdinary Architecture Project, and discuss the possibilities for rethinking art, design and architectural education and practice. For internal reference only: XX011, XX050, XX051, XX005, XX002

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The Wash Houses
London Metropolitan University
25 Old Castle Street
E1 7NT
United Kingdom

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM (BST)


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The Cass, London Metropolitan University

The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University (The Cass) offers courses across a broad range of subject areas: art (encompassing fine art, photography, English, creative writing, theatre and performance practice), architecture (including spatial planning and urban design) and design, which includes 3D design (fashion, textiles, furniture, product and jewellery), interiors and visual communication).

Learning through practice, playing with process and working with clients; students at The Cass gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies. There is a strong emphasis in our studios on socially engaged architecture, art and design applied to both local and global contexts. The many specialist facilities you could find yourself using include wood, metal and plastic workshops, darkrooms and digital manufacturing technology. Our regular exhibitions, including the famous Summer Show, regularly attract large audiences.

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