Emily Candela

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  • I am a historian of design and science, broadcaster, and curator. My research focuses on relationships between design and science in the postwar period and today, historical memory and retro culture, and sonic angles on the study of designed artefacts. My interdisciplinary PhD research was undertaken across the V&A/Royal College of Art History of Design programme and the Science Museum through an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award. This project explored the uses and translations of forms of molecular visualisations emanating from the science of X-ray crystallography in postwar British material culture. My research also includes experimentation with new methods of researching and communicating history using sound, building on my creation of the six-part radio series and podcast Atomic Radio, which explored intersections of design, art and the science of X-ray crystallography (www.atomicradio.org).

  • Previous degrees

  • MRes Humanities and Cultural Studies (Distinction), The London Consortium, 2011; MA Fine Art (Distinction), Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London, 2006; BA Eastern European History and Certificate in Music Studies (Summa cum laude), University of Maryland, USA. 2004
  • Experiences

  • Curator of Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Furniture and Twentieth-Century Product Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, current (6 month fixed term); Visiting lecturer, Critical & Historical Studies, RCA, London, 2013 – current
  • Conferences

  • ‘Making ‘Atomic’ History: Collapsing Past and Present in the ‘Unofficial’ Digital Archive’, Design and Time: Design History Society Conference, London, September 2016; ‘‘Kitsch Science’: Remembering the Atomic Age on eBay’, Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Culture, Radboud University, The Netherlands, June 2014; ‘Building Viruses: A Material Dialogue between Crystallography and Architecture’, 40th Association of Art Historians Conference, RCA, London, April 2014; ‘Locked in Translation: The Festival Pattern Group’s Atomic Inscriptions’, Science, Imagination, and the Illustration of Knowledge, 4th International Illustration Symposium, Pitt Rivers Museum/Oxford Museum of Natural History, November 2013; ‘Democratizing Designs?: The Festival Pattern Group's Crystallographic Surface Designs’, Textiles & Politics: Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium, Washington, DC, USA, September 2012; ‘No Signal: Failures of Transmission in the Moving Image from Analog ‘Snow’ to the ‘Blue Screen of Death’’, LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images Conference, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, May 2012; 'The Animated Atomic: Moving Models between the Laboratory and Television in Post-war Britain', The Two Cultures: Visual Art and Science c.1800-2011, York University, April 2012
  • Publications

  • Review of Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury America by Amy F. Ogata, Home Cultures, 12:1, 2015, 115-118; Francesca Cavallo, Maya Oppenheimer and Emily Candela, ‘Risk Assessment: A Para-Artistic Work’, Critical Contemporary Culture, 3, 2013; ‘Assembling an Aesthetic’, Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, ‘Aesthetics’ special issue edited by Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, 16:5-6, December 2012, 564-568; Olivia Sagan, Emily Candela and Bess Frimodig, ‘Insight on Outreach: Toward a Critical Practice’, Journal of Education Through Art, 6:2, 2010, 145–161
  • Funding

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award
  • Sponsors

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award, Royal College of Art and the Science Museum
Royal College of Art Royal College
of Art Graduate

25 June –
5 July 2015

Royal College
of Art Graduate