Interface 2021

LU Arts launches Interface – showcasing interdisciplinary practice

LU Arts is pleased to announce the launch of Interface, a week-long programme of exciting events, including panel discussions, performances and interactive sessions, showcasing and celebrating creative collaboration across the University.

The programme will run 16-24 June, coinciding with The School of Design and Creative Arts degree shows and performances.

LU Arts has a long-standing commitment to interdisciplinarity, seen most clearly in Radar, the strand of activity that invites artists to develop work in response to academic research.

The Interface programme is about encouraging and supporting collaboration between different disciplines at all levels, whether that be student or staff.  Bringing together different skills, different perspectives and different voices can open up new possibilities and new ways of thinking that can often result in innovative outcomes. 

Nick Slater, Director of LU Arts said: “We wanted to showcase how creative subjects interact with other areas, making visible the overlaps, and advocating for the value of creative collaborations. The week will highlight exciting work that is already happening and create platforms for researchers from different disciplines to begin new discussions.”

All discussion events are online and free. The events programme is as follows, you can book onto the individual activities by clicking the titles:

16 June, 3-4pm: What’s Up With Everyone?: Storytelling and mental health

What’s Up With Everyone is a research project that explores how animated storytelling might increase mental health literacy in young people. This event will include a screening of bespoke animations by Aardman.

16-18 June, 7.30pm: Letters To Emma

Loughborough University final-year Drama students perform an adaptation of Dr Carolyn Scott-Jeffs' psychological drama.

17 June, 6pm-7pm: Sarah Selby in conversation with Daniel Chadash  

University digital artist in residence Sarah Selby talks to Daniel Chadash from Twist Bioscience about how he is helping her use DNA data storage in her digital art commission.

18-27 June: Arts Degree Show

Exhibition showcasing final year projects of Arts degree students. More information available closer to the time.

18 June: The Whole Earth Chanting

The performance of a new musical work by artist Libby Heaney with musician Nabihah Iqbal (Ninja Tune) incorporating chants generated by Artificial Intelligence.

22 June, 12.30pm: Shared Language

A playful interactive session bringing together academics and researchers from different subject areas through the sharing of images and encouraging interdisciplinary conversations. Please note that this event is only open to Loughborough University academics and researchers.

22 June, 4pm-5pm: Advanced technologies in textiles arts and design - laser as a dyeing tool

Artists and designers come together to show how laser processing technology can be used within Textiles.

23 June, 1-2pm: Collaborative Touch: A discussion between sport and performance

A roundtable event bringing together academics and practitioners from sport and performance, with a focus on the body.

23 June, 6pm-8pm: Creatures of the Line

First screening and discussion of a new film by artist Sonia Levy exploring how economic growth has impacted on England’s watery landscapes.

23-27 June: Design Degree Show

Exhibition showcasing final year projects of Design degree students. More information available closer to the time.

24 June, 12.30pm-1.30pm: The interdisciplinary nature of drawing

A discussion and Q&A with artists and researchers about how drawing can be used across disciplines.