"I enjoy studying at Goldsmiths, and specially its high level of teaching and innovative spirit."
Antonio was awarded a Goldsmiths Banco Santander Scholarship
"I enjoy studying at Goldsmiths, and specially its high level of teaching and innovative spirit."
I am studying with the support of the Goldsmiths Banco Santander Scholarship and a FONCA-CONACYT Scholarship from the Mexican government.
I am studying the MFA Curating. It's only my first year and I am already involved in a number of projects across London, including co-curating an exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection. This is a very hands-on course, where practice plays a crucial role. At the same time, the program provides a space to think about what curating means and how we can contribute to the field and innovate through writing and exhibition-making strategies.
My long term plans include working at exhibition spaces internationally and getting ideas for programmes that can be established succesfully in my own country. I would like to work with young and emerging artists on a wider scale and get a deeper understanding of current curatorial issues. I enjoy studying at Goldsmiths, and specially its high level of teaching and innovative spirit.
"The course took me on a journey into finding my own way of developing my practice, learning from others and using movement and dance as a tool for self-discovery."
Being on the MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) course at Goldsmiths was a journey that slowly began shaping me as a professional. During the course, I began to understand some essential components for DMP practice: supervision, personal therapy, private dance practice and clinical work. At the same time we were building on our skills as trainee DMPs and developing our studies.
During the course, I began understanding what it meant to 'develop a relationship' through movement. I started to realize the powerful healing qualities of movement through interacting with others. With time, I began experiencing that it was about paying attention to the moments when a movement becomes symbolic, or when feelings were expressed creatively through different movement qualities within a safe, contained space.
The course allowed me to be part of a peer group that was formed of many talented and highly capable individuals who helped me change positively and learn in many ways. It was not long until I realized how much I enjoyed the work during my placements. It was not always easy, but I always felt supported by the staff team at university. Each tutor brought a wealth of experience and challenges during the learning process. As a life experience, the course took me on a journey into finding my own way of developing my practice, learning from others and using movement and dance as a tool for self-discovery.
Since qualifying, I have presented my work at the first National Dance and Dementia conference in Liverpool in 2010 in the UK, and the conference 'The Arts as Therapy' in 2011 in Mexico. I am currently developing a research project for the Alzheimer's Foundation "Alguien con Quien Contar" in Queretaro, Mexico, in which collaborations are made with professionals in the UK.
I have worked with carers and family members of persons with dementia, and have lead DMT workshops. We are pioneering the work, but I feel that my training gave me the necessary tools and changed my thinking in such a waythat now I am able to see myself as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and I am working to develop the work in my own country.
In the future, I would like to complete a PhD or supervision training, but first things first; I am working on my clinical experience. I think I have found my unique way to dance, to practice, to experience my life and every possibility that it brings. As DMPs, we always work to find ourselves, and draw new paths in the journey through dance.
"I found in the MA Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practice, the theoretical foundation, creative expansion and a strong community of friends and practitioners that supported my work throughout the year of the programme"
I came to Goldsmiths from Mexico looking for the time and space to reflect upon my artistic and educational practice. I found in the MA Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practice, the theoretical foundation, creative expansion and a strong community of friends and practitioners that supported my work throughout the year of the programme. My tutors encouraged me to experience the MA as a whole; integrating my daily living, struggles and involvement with the new city. Learning in such a way allowed me to harmonize my self with my practice, finding a stronger connection with the fields of study.
Two years after completing the MA Digital Media: Technology and Cultural Form, I decided to do my PhD under the supervision of Sarah Kember and Joanna Zylinska. Their conceptual argument in the MA - that digital media are best approached as part of complex processes of mediation - was crucial for my decision to study a PhD at Goldsmiths. It radicalised my understanding of what media and technology are about and thereby motivated a highly productive philosophical interrogation of my own writing 'about' them.
As a result, my PhD thesis - which is titled 'The Cultural Politics of Biotechnology: the Genetic Contamination of Mexican Nationalism' - is not at all about 'the media'. Rather, it is about how agricultural biotechnology 'mediates' and is 'mediated' in a specific material context by cultural, political, economic and technoscientific narratives. Drawing on the critical and creative project of Kember and Zylinska, I seek to interrupt a tendency to figure biotechnology as a 'thing' that is represented in 'the media' by presenting my own critique of cultural nationalism as an act of biotechnological 'mediation'.
Gaby de la O
Gaby de la O has always been a kind of an artist. At early age, she used to paint ceramics and wooden boxes and sell them at the local market. Later on, at age 10, she managed to complete two novels, soundtracks included. Gaby has an undergraduate degree in History of Art and she started her career working for the renowned Mexican gallery kurimanzutto as a Press & Communications Manager and as an Exhibition Assistant. After she joined Gaga, a young gallery in Mexico City, where she worked as Operations Director.
Influenced by her experience of being a female musician in Mexico City, she combined music and writing. Her writing and publishing skills started back in 2002 with 'INVASION!', a fanzine cofounded with Alejandra Espino in which they produced texts that embraced pop culture subjects such as comics, cult films, science fiction, videogames as well as literature. The themes they developed ranged from hard rock and the cultural perception of the Number of the Beast, to Japanese pop culture and its influence in Latin America.
Gaby also plays electric guitar and sings. A brief Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle brought her to play in both dodgy neighborhoods, and in major stages in Mexico and the USA. In 2008, she released an EP with the bandDagger and cofounded three all-girl rock bands to challenge the idea that 'girls can't play': Les Sexotiques Diamante, Los Fernanduccis and Occulta.
Last year, Gaby received a higher national certificate in Music Performance in London and is now studying her MA in Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths. She is also currently drawing loads of Fabulous Poufs.
Please visit: www.gabydelao.blogspot.com
Ulises was awarded a Goldsmiths Banco Santander Scholarship
"Goldsmiths is known to be an open space for ideas, creativity and sparkling notions about art."
The first time I heard about Goldsmiths I was working for Random House in Mexico, and a few friends told me about the attitude the university had about education. Without any effort I found that they were right, as Goldsmiths is known to be an open space for ideas, creativity and sparkling notions about art. When I decided I wanted to be part of this community I was trying to comprehend the value of culture in Mexico via the publishing industry, so I thought it would be a perfect joint to study cultural studies in a place like Goldsmiths with my localized curiosity about the Mexican cultural field. I was fortunately granted the Banco Santander Scholarship, which happily allows me to focus in my studies and engage with the British culture in all its richness.
Mariana was awarded a Goldsmiths Banco Santander Scholarship
"I find it very inspiring and encouraging to be doing this degree."
Before coming to Goldsmiths, I was running a visual arts programe at a community centre in Mexico City, and then and there, I realised community arts was what I wanted to do. This kind of degree just exists in Goldsmiths. I found out about it browsing through the internet, and got really excited when I knew what Goldsmiths stands for socially and artistically, within society. I find it very inspiring and encouraging to be doing this degree. My classmates are amazing, as the teachers are, and I love the library and green spaces. When I graduate, I hope to find a job in London, since it is a city that you have to live in more than one year to really get to know it!
Derzu received a Goldsmiths International Postgraduate Scholarship
"The tutors challenge you and push you to be bold and think outside the box."
I'd been working as an independent artist for a few years now, and I was really interested in coming to London knowing that is one of the most important centers of contemporary art, so the idea of taking a Masters degree was the perfect choice for me.
After some research on universities I was particularly attracted to the critical thinking approach of Goldsmiths as I feel it is of paramount importance for the full development and maturity of an artist. And was I correct! Not only have I met the most critically engaging environment where every single person has his/her own strong opinions and points of view and wanting to discuss and participate in a dialogue, but I'm also very motivated by how the tutors challenge you and push you to be bold and think outside the box.
I'm positively sure that when I graduate I'll be more than ready to participate in the professional world and contribute to the current developments around art.
Associate Research Student
"The image of Goldsmiths in my mind was exactly the one I saw and felt: a multicultural mix of talent, youth and joy."
Before writing my doctorate dissertation in the UK, I studied a masters degree in International Public Relations at Boston University. After finishing my MS degree, I started work within the Communications field. Following this experience, I thought that there was a lot more to do regarding the area of strategic communications and the creation of images. This is the main reason why I decided to carry out a research degree, to understand the way images are created.
I decided to come to the UK, to London, to write my doctorate dissertation because I was looking for a location that could offer an excellent multicultural student life. I found a fantastic program called "Associate Research Student" focusing on students wanting to pursue research at Goldsmiths, University of London. As part of the programme, I was assigned a tutor and was able to choose different research courses to assist with the writing of my dissertation. Also, I had the support of the International Office on any issues that could arise, this was extremely important and meant a lot to me. Goldsmiths College and London became my new abodes.
The first time I entered Goldsmiths, the atmosphere of creativity that surrounds the College impressed me. The image I had of the College in my mind was exactly the one I saw and felt: a multicultural mix of talent, youth and joy. My biggest achievement has been the completion of my dissertation thanks to the support of Goldsmiths: my tutor, the International Office and the huge amount of resources that the College and the libraries around London offered me; I am convinced that I came to the right place.
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