Monthly Archives: March 2012

An End And Another Beginning And….

Last Lecture in the GAMSWEN series | Mark Ingham | 28.03.2012 | 09.30 – 10.30 |

David Fussey Lecture Theatre



Apocalypse Now – Introduction


Lyrics to The End by the Doors (1967)

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land

Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah


Writing an Introduction and Conclusion

The introduction and the conclusion will give the reader a point of entry to and a point of exit from your writing.

Conclusion: The conclusion brings closure to the reader, summing up your points or providing a final perspective on your topic(s). All the conclusion needs are some strong paragraphs, which do not need to follow any set formula. Simply review the main points (being careful not to restate them exactly) or briefly describe your feelings about the topic. Even an anecdote can end your article in a useful way.


Introduction: The introduction should be designed to attract the reader’s attention and give them an idea of the article’s focus.

Begin with an attention grabber – The attention grabber you use is up to you, but here are some ideas: Startling information – This information must be true and verifiable, and it doesn’t need to be totally new to your readers. It could simply be a pertinent fact that explicitly illustrates the point you wish to make.  If you use a piece of startling information, follow it with a sentence or two of elaboration.

 Anecdote – An anecdote is a story that illustrates a point. Be sure your anecdote is short, to the point, and relevant to your topic. This can be a very effective opener for your article, but use it carefully. Dialogue – An appropriate dialogue does not have to identify the speakers, but the reader must understand the point you are trying to convey. Use only two or three exchanges between speakers to make your point. Follow dialogue with a sentence or two of elaboration.

Summary Information – A few sentences explaining your topic in general terms can lead the reader gently to your articles. Each sentence should become gradually more specific. If the attention grabber was only a sentence or two, add one or two more sentences that will lead the reader from your opening to your thesis statement.

Mark Ingham | January 2012



15 Endings to films….


GAMSWEN hand in instructions.

On Tuesday 15 May by 4pm you have to hand in your GAMSWEN magazine/blog/newspaper/film/video/animation to the reception desk with the header sheet for this assignment .

DESI 1109   Header Sheet Number 193150
HART1007   Header Sheet Number 193151

If you are sending it away to be printed then you will need to hand in a receipt from where you are getting it printed, for instance Blurb, with the header sheet. If you are creating an online version, website/blog/ then you will need to hand in 3 screen shots and the URL with the header sheet. This will be the same for film/video/animation, which should be uploaded to YouTube/Vimeo or such like, and you will also hand in screen shots and the URL.

Also on Tuesday 15 May by 11 pm you will also have to upload a single PDF file to Moodle of your work, whether it is a printed version or digital/online.

Any work not handed in on time to both the reception desk and Moodle will be marked at 0% unless you have extenuating circumstances and have handed in the extenuating circumstances form BEFORE Tuesday 15 May 4pm.

You must have at least 12 sections, of a minimum of 300 words each, in this submission and one being an extended piece of writing of 1500 words. You may add work to it from your other courses, such as Nickie’s Magazine, Stacey’s book and/or the work you have done on Thursdays. The more you go beyond the brief the more likely to are to receive better grades. You may want to add your own work into the magazine/blog/film or create adverts for it too?

You will be graded on:

1. The quality of the writing for each article, including referencing all your sources. (bibliography that is connected to the references in the text) 20%

2. The quality and imagination of the design, including the ease of ‘navigation’ (Contents page, good introduction and clear conclusion) 20%

3. The way the design relates to the written content so that they enhance each other. (Your magazine might have a consistent theme throughout or each article may have its own style depending on what is being written about.) 20%

4.  The professionalism of the psychical or digital ‘construction’ of the submission.  (It should look professionally made whether it is printed and/or hand made or be a well crafted digital website or well shot and edited video. 20%

5. The way you have constructed your blog and the way you have made it easily navigable to make the contents easily be red by the viewer. (To be able to find the relevant information on your blog you have to make it clear to the person reading inhere it is to be found) 20%

Mark Ingham | March 2012

Ornamental Savagery

Dali, De Chirico, Ernst, and other Surrealists

Wednesday 21 March 2012 | 9.30 – 10.45 | David Fussey Lecture  Theatre


Homage a courbet:

“My organisation is the sloth-like profession of architecture. My language is a symbiotic broth of purple prose, Baroque waywardness and surrealist spatial protocols invigorated by space that does the many-spangled two step between the treacle space of out here and the slippery cyberspaces of inside computers.

I like architecture that is mythic, enigmatic, oblique and encrusted with decoration. I like it to suggest worlds, essences and supernatures.

My work of the last twenty years has continually sought to push the envelope of architectural discourse, creating new spaces where architecture might dwell. This quest first started with a reassessment of architectural ornament, narrative and the dislocation of myself as architectural designer.” (Neil Spiller: Deformography: the poetics of cybridised architecture. 2005)


The Dean, Professor Neil Spiller will give his second lecture on Surrealism called Ornamental Savagery where he will discuss Dali, De Chirico, Ernst, and other Surrealists.

Wednesday 21 March 2012 | 9.30 – 10.45 | Neil Spiller 2

All must attend and please do not be late..

All the best


On Drawing….

Simon Herron

Wednesday 14 March 2012 | 9.30 – 10.45 |

David Fussey Lecture Theatre | DT 001 |  Southwood Site | Avery Hill Campus |

University of Greenwich


“Once they decide the ‘why’- what the drawing has to do- the ‘how’ becomes clearer… You draw not to illustrate but to discover, to uncover the project. It is a device for speculation, a tool rather than an end product. It can be with a rapidograph, with an Epson printer, with light on photosensitive paper, with gunpowder. All media are valid so as long as there’s an intention” (Simon Herron in The Bartlett Book of Ideas. p19).



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