The Shipping Forecast

As part of the partnerships project, the School of Art announced an ambitious School wide research project which involved all students and staff taking part in an imaginative experiential research activity centred on the theme of ‘The Shipping Forecast”.

Through exploration of this theme, students and staff were prompted to think creatively and critically about human pasts, presents and future. This resulted in many ideas and activities that were captured in presentations which embraced these key themes:

  • SENSES OF THE PRESENT AND FUTURE/FORECAST
  • MIGRATION, NATIONALITY AND BELONGING
  • SOCIAL COLLECTIVITY AND DIVERSITY IN OUR ‘TALE OF TWO CITIES’
  • OUR FUTURE AND THE WEATHER

The All School Project had two purposes: (1) to help build a collective and supportive identity (‘learning community’) within the school by bringing students from all levels together with staff, and (2) to help form ideas, visual representations and activities to be taken forward by the school in its partnership activity with Tate Liverpool, which culminated in a Co-Created Exhibition Project at Tate Liverpool in Spring 2020.

From discussions with Tate Liverpool, artist Mikhail Karakis was invited to work with the School to take these ideas further in a collaboration with staff and students. Mikhail, having looked at the research generated from the school wide research project, undertook several workshops working closely with students and staff and developing key dialogues and exploring different areas of practice. The central theme that emerged was of our climate now and the possibilities of our collective future. This resulted in the works Ferocious Love, an audio-visual installation shown at Tate Liverpool by Mikhail Karakis made in collaboration with students from the School of Art and Birmingham City University. This work focuses on emotional responses and the need for mutual care in the face of the climate crisis.

Find more information and to watch the trailer here.  

Two works from our PhD students were also developed alongside the project.

As part of the project BCU commissioned film maker Chris Keenan to work with students from L5 Professional Placement Modules to explore and document the processes which resulted in the documentary film the Making of Ferocious love, which can be viewed here.

Finally, as the entire project came to a close, students and staff from both the Tate and BCU who had worked on the project came together to hold a public seminar in which we presented our processes, and reflected on our work together. It was a really important close to the project as we gathered different viewpoints form all involved. This was captured on film, please see below.

Commissioning Collaboration