Saturday, 22 May 2010
In late April 2010, Middlesex University decided to close down Philosophy, its highest research-rated subject; ever since, Middlesex students and staff, and many thousands of their supporters in the UK and around the world, have been battling to save it. Over the course of the past decade, Middlesex University has come to be widely recognised as one of the most important centres for the study of modern European philosophy in the English-speaking world. However the Management at Middlesex are only measuring it's contribution through it's financial gains. The Department is not in the red it's just not performing as well as other vocational subjects. This is of course a threat not only to philosophy but to other subjects that are not lucrative to an institution. For more information see http://savemdxphil.com/about/
A group of campaign supporters from Manchester have decided to join Middlesex Philosophy Students in their continued effect to revert the decision to close down the department by joining their summer reading group over skype. The first session of which is to happen on the 1st of June starting at 18:00 with a reading of chapters from Freud's "Interpretation of dreams" and Alain Badiou's "Ethics".
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Thursday, 6 May 2010
Art Academy members, present and past have taken part in BOX OFFICE an artist project as part of the Sounds from the Other City festival. BOX OFFICE is an artwork by Maurice Carlin and Pippa Koszerek that issues tickets for a range of events in those spaces left defunct following industrial decline and urban regeneration.
Events and performances included: 'The So Long Series' by Lowri Evans, a live performance over 3 consecutive days at 2.36pm each day on platform 2 of Salford Central Train Station; 'Rebound Diary Project' by Andrew Beswick, discreet acts in commemoration of past events published for each day of a pocketbook diary; 'Ghost Ramp' by Amy Pennington, a ticket touting performance for a road to nowhere; 'Paper Records' by Maria Dada, a corporate board room meeting for a fictitious record label held in Manchester's plush new Civil Justice Centre; 'The Telephone Showbox' by Maurice Carlin, live music beamed down the wires to a telephone box transformed into a gig venue for audiences of one, featuring Dan Deacon, Andrew W K, Six Organs of Admittance, Tune Yards and She Keeps Bees.