The Creative Laboratory: Searching and Researching through Practice, explores the intersection of creativity and critical thinking via practice as research, through addressing the issues of today.
“An abiding theme in my work is how to rebuild the ‘connective tissue’ of a culture in the aftermath of violence and atrocity. In this short presentation, I explore some new footage from a forthcoming gallery installation Chambers of the Heart (2024) working with visionary people who dare to develop dialogue in the aftermath of unspeakable loss. What might be born when victims and perpetrators seek to see what can be recovered in each other’s humanity? Can such stories offer a new path through polarisation to help interrupt the slide towards toxic polarisation to alienation or hatred?” Pratāp Rughani
Professor Pratāp Rughani, Documentary Filmmaker, Associate Dean of Research, London College of Communication UAL and Professor in Documentary Practices, is currently developing a project based on restorative practices and the development of dialogue in the aftermath of conflict, including navigating tensions between ‘free’ speech and hate speech.
Professor Pratap Rughani joins Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor David Mba University of the Arts London in responding to the readings of “Ordinary Notes”, at Central St Martins, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA, book here.
“A singular achievement, Christina Sharpe’s Ordinary Notes explores, with immense care, profound questions about loss, pain and beauty; private memory and public monument; art; complexity; and the shapes of Black life that emerge in the wake. In a series of 248 brief and urgent notes that cumulatively gather meaning, artefacts from the past – both public ones and the poignantly personal – are skilfully interwoven with present-day realities and possible futures, intricately constructing an immersive portrait of everyday Black existence.”
Christina Sharpe is Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Black Studies in the Humanities at York University in Toronto and the author of Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Duke 2010), In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke 2016) and Ordinary Notes (Knopf/FSG/Daunt 2023).
Professor Rughani, Project Leader and Iris Wakulenko, Digital & Project Producer Ethics for Making co-present Online ethics in creative practice at University of the Arts London’s Education Conference 2021 #ExEd21
Dr Pratap Rughani, Associate Dean of Research, LCC, will chair this panel discussion, part of Research Fortnight.
Panel members will give a brief presentation on their own research and practice and its connections with the Holocaust.
Monday 11 March 2019 6 – 8pm
Lecture Theatre C
London College of Communication Free and open to all, but please book on Eventbrite.
As researchers, writers and creative practitioners why do we choose to make work in the aftermath of atrocity? Is there a potential for the creative process and its artefacts to enable human connection when it is all but lost or destroyed? How do we engage with the issue of ethics in researching, writing and making post-atrocity artefacts from the remnants of dark periods in history?
Pratap Rughani delivered a workshop Justine Interactive: the Dance of Documentary Ethics at Bath Spa University Media Convergence Research Centre at the Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Annual Symposium, which explored the theme of ‘Practice and/as Media Industry Research’.
1 Granary Square, E003
Kings Cross London N1C 4AA
Free event and open to all, but please book
Pre-Screening refreshments from 6:00pm in the CSM Staff Club. Screening from 6:35pm in Lecture Theatre E003.
UAL staff discuss their approaches to working with the Kubrick archive, accompanied by a screening of three of his rarely seen documentary works from the 1950s. Professor Oriana Baddeley (UAL Dean of Research) will be in discussion with Dr Pratap Rughani (Reader LCC) and Richard Daniels (Senior Archivist from the Kubrick Archive at UAL) about different approaches to working with this fascinating collection.
“As was the case at the 2013 conference, the Poetics and Politics conference will provide an invaluable context for documentary-based research that both troubles and reinvigorates the discrepant categories of scholarly “theory” and cultural “practice.” The symposium invites participants whose work frames, historicizes, or embodies questions about the various possible relations of theory to practice in documentary research”.
FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015 DARC 108
6:00- 6:30pm WELCOME and OPENING REMARKS
6:30-8:00pm EPISTEMOLOGIES OF PRAXIS (Sharon Daniel, Hope Tucker, Pratap Rughani)
This panel gathers practitioners whose documentary work provide key provocations for this symposium. Interrogating and problematising how documentary epistemologies and meanings are constructed, this panel raises specific approaches for demystifying documentary-making as a practice of visible evidence. Questions considered by this panel include: the scope of documentary practice in the ‘fourth world’; documentary materiality as a source for relaying narratives of unresolved environmental disaster; and the ethical (consent) and aesthetic/affective concerns in documentary-making processes that involve asymmetric power relations between makers and subjects. The panel offers pathways for understanding reflexive praxis as a source of competing historical and affective epistemologies, more than simply a move to deconstruct the documentary artefact. Through this, the panel situates how documentary-making as a socio-historical and psycho-social practice intervenes in contemporary geo-political scenarios.
This screening is followed by a discussion, led by Head of College, Natalie Brett and Dr Pratap Rughani, examining the art of crossing bridges in documentary and raising core questions of the ethics of consent and the representation of disability. All welcome, but please make a booking.