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May 2014

£75 Million R&D Fund for Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies Open for Applications

The Advanced Propulsion Centre: Creating UK Capability in Low-carbon Automotive Technologies (Competition 2) is intended to develop technologies that are primarily ‘on-vehicle’, rather than those that reside off the vehicle, such as charging infrastructure. The projects are expected to strengthen UK capability and develop and grow the UK’s propulsion systems supply chain.

Additionally, projects must demonstrate technologies that deliver significant reductions in vehicle CO2 or other emissions compared to current best-in class technologies.

The programme has a total budget of £75 million to fund collaborative R&D projects. Successful applicants can attract grant funding towards their eligible project costs. The total costs should be between £5 million and £40 million. The funding will be split between industrial research, with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs), and experimental development, with a business partner attracting 25% funding (35% for a medium-sized company and 45% for small enterprises).

Funding will be available to support capital costs for new pilot production processes to support the research into a proposed manufacturing solution. Test-rig modifications and mule vehicles to develop and prove the performance of the new system will also be eligible.

The projects need to demonstrate the development of powertrain technologies based around one or more of the following technology areas:

- Internal combustion engines.
- Lightweight powertrain structures.
- Electric machines and power electronics.
- Energy storage and energy management.
- Other propulsion systems.

Projects must be business-led and collaborative. Each project must include a vehicle manufacturer and an SME. The sponsors are encouraging companies working outside the automotive sector that can bring technical knowledge and expertise to a consortium to participate in this competition.

Only UK-based companies and research organisations are eligible to apply.

The deadline for registration is at noon on 25 June 2014 and the deadline for full applications is at noon on 2 July 2014.

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November 2013

Manual Labours

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We bring you news on Manual Labours and an invitation to upcoming events.
Manual Labours is a programme of practice-based research into physical relationships to work initiated by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards. The research began during a week-long series of discussions, talks, film screenings and interviews in April 2013. Following this, we produced the first issue of the Manual Labours Manual which is being distributed by AND, and will be launched alongside a publication from the Flatness project curated by Shama Khanna on 30 October 6.30-8.30pm at X Marks the Bökship. This Autumn we will also hold a series of three reading groups that explore issues addressed within the Manual - please sign up to attend. Finally the Manual can currently be found at the Worcester City Gallery until 16 November as part of Division of Labour’s exhibition ‘The 2nd NED JAMES FESTIVAL OF WOMEN'S WERK’.

Launch of the Manual Labours Manual and Flatness * Wednesday 30 October, 6.30-8.30pm * X Marks the Bökship , 210 / Unit 3 Cambridge Heath Road , London E2 9NQ * Join us for the launch of the Manual Labours Manual and Flatness. The evening will include a short film screening selected by Shama Khanna and a discussion with Sophie Hope, Jenny Richards and artist-researcher Broderick Chow. * Click here to read the Manual online.

Autumn Reading Groups* Join us for a series of reading groups, based in London and led by artist-researchers Broderick Chow, Claudia Firth and Josefine Wikström, sociologist Nicky Busch, psychologist Amy Harrison and performance art historian Claire Warden. The readings will include texts by Robert Hassan, Ivor Southwood, Alrie Horchschild, Kathi Weeks, Sylvia Federici and Jon McKenzie.

Please email to book a place and receive details of the locations and a PDF of the reader.

1. The body and clocking-off with Broderick Chow and Nicky Busch - Date: Wednesday 16 October, 7-9pm.

2. The body and the working environment with Claudia Firth and Amy Harrison - Date: Wednesday 6 November, 7-9pm.

3. The body and bad management with Josefine Wikström and Claire Warden - Date: Wednesday 27 November, 6-8pm.

Manual Labours is being presented as part of: The 2nd NED JAMES FESTIVAL OF WOMEN'S WERK’
21 September – 16 November 2013
Worcester City Gallery, Foregate Street WR1 1DT
For more information click here.

Paper: Manual Labours: Can awareness of the ‘body at work’ lead to increased agency of workers? We recently gave a paper at the BSA Work, Employment and Society conference. To read our paper click here. Paper: Manual Labours: Practice-based research into the ‘body at work’
16th November 2013
Centre for Creative Collaboration, London

We are taking part in Generative Constraints, a conference about the politics, poetics and performativity of limitation and <production in practice-based research.
Click here for further information.
If you would like to find out more, please visit our website or email.


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The global crisis that began in 2008 is still unfolding globally, affecting adversely lives and prospects. Social and economic implosion is emblematic of this 'negative engineering' process that affects every aspect of humanity's predicament. The debate on climate change has been hijacked by the 'imperatives' of restoring 'growth'. Governments and Central Banks put all their energy into reflating the finance and real estate bubbles. Migration patterns are shifting, with southern Europeans joining the migratory waves from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Inequality is receiving another boost, with poverty-driven dislocation emerging triumphant. New forms of wealth, especially in developing countries, emerge hand in hand with new forms of poverty. It is in this context that the artist's eye can help re-discover and protect precious but imperiled vital spaces.

Participants are requested to submit an original sixty-second (one minute) video that reflects the theme's spirit and helps raise awareness on our common predicament in this time of global crisis. Indeed, submissions from all over the world are encouraged, with our theme acting only as a general guide to the idea of a 'local collapse' following a global crisis.
Participants are asked to complete and to submit this electronic Registration Form (including a link to their video on YouTube, Vimeo or any other video hosting service website). The deadline expires at midnight (EST), October 30th, 2013 - email info@vitalspace.org for more info.

The Institute of Network Cultures presents: MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives

Over the past few years, while the economic downturn endures and budget cuts prevail, we have witnessed the emergence and rise of alternative payment systems and revenue models in digital media. Online bartering sites, a plethora of crowdfunding platforms, new forms of valuation, e-wallets and crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, are but a few examples. These coincide with the huge growth of mobile money transfer services across Asia and Africa and the general convergence of digital and financial industries.
Is this where a healthy economic future lies? Do these economic ventures testify to a paradigm shift from a market-based economy towards a network economy? What are the possibilities, pitfalls and issues at hand? Will these experiments gain wider ?over the counter? usage, effectively becoming mainstream? Beyond Hayekian notions of ?currency competition?, what theories and concepts can help us engage with these developments?
MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives aims to critically explore, map and probe the politics, inner-workings and governance of these alternative digital economic forms.It is not enough to merely promote and further develop (technical) alternatives, we also need time to ask ourselves critical questions and re-examine the very underpinnings of our endeavors.
What?s Cooking?
MoneyLab: Discussion List
You can join our project by subscribing to the MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives Mailinglist. We are always looking for radical submissions that closely reflect the stated aim of the MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives project. Subscribe here:http://listcultures.org/mailman/listinfo/moneylab_listcultures.org.
MoneyLab: Blog
Over the next few weeks we will launch the MoneyLab: Coining Alternatives Blog where you can find our position paper, interesting background articles, blog posts, and info on our upcoming events. We will send out a notice to our listservice members as soon as the Blog is live.
MoneyLab: Conference
We will be hosting a two-day conference event in Amsterdam, on March 21-22, 2014. The purpose of this conference is to launch the network by gathering artists, designers, programmers, activists and researchers. The aim will be to map the field, reflect upon theories and experiences and clarify the key constituents, discourses and architectures at work in the different kinds of network economies.
MoneyLab: Conference Reader
One of the intended outcomes of the conference will be to publish the discussions and debates as an INC reader, which will serve as a resource on alternatives in networked economies.This publication is due to come late 2014 and will be published both in a paper version in a variety of electronic versions (pdf, e-pub etc.).
MoneyLab: Toolkit
In addition, we will develop a toolkit built on the results of our research project that maps the field of alternative revenue models and payments systems geared to freelancers and organizations in the creative industries.
Join Us!
Of central importance to this project is the formation of a collaborative network of researchers, artists, developers, engineers, and others interested in sharing, coining, critiquing, and ushering in alternative network economies. Did you read or write an interesting article on this matter, or maybe you also want to host a similar conference, hackathon or other types of conspiratorial gatherings?  ? let us know!
MoneyLab Coordinator: Patricia de Vries
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences | HvA
Room 04A07
Rhijnspoorplein 1
NL-1091 GC Amsterdam
t: +31 20 5951883

Undercommons Study Group

The Undercommons Study Group that will begin at Goldsmiths next week.
An e-book version of the book can be downloaded for free here: http://www.minorcompositions.info/?p=516
This is an open group with will explore the idea of the undercommons in the context of a university campus and surrounding culture.
As such participants are welcome from outside the university. Please forward the invitation to anyone you think might be interested in joining the group.
The meetings will take place on Thursdays between 3 and 4 pm on the first floor of the New Academic Building on the Goldsmiths campus. Each week we will focus on a particular chapter of the book.
The day and time has been chosen so that we can attend the Visual Cultures Department visiting speaker series which take place in the Gulland Lecture theatre between 5 and 6 pm.
Here's the full schedule.

Not Knowing

Find out more here

Memories of the Future

This event organised by Stephen Wilson will take place on 2-3 May 2014, at Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL) & the Institute of Modern Languages Research.
We welcome submissions on all areas related to suggested topics that include:

  • future memory – postmemory, prosthetic memory and the storage of memory in the age of the social media;
  • utopian and dystopian visions, myths of the future and revolutionary movements;
  • future construction and reappropriation of the imaginary - myth, symbol, archetype, legend, fantasy, science-fiction and their contribution to imagining the future;
  • future commodities, biopolitics, neo-liberalism and the turn of art, fashion and design in late capitalism;

In addition to traditional academic paper presentations, we encourage submissions using alternate forms, such as photographic works, art and design objects or multimedia presentations. Send a 250-word paper abstract to memoriesofthefuture@arts.ac.uk with a mini-bio by Dec 1st. 2013.
Here's our wiki page