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LCC BA (Hons) Photography students capture London with ASUS ZenFone

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Detail from image @ailujjjulia, Instagram

Last week 80 first-year BA (Hons) Photography students were given an ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE smartphone and challenged to create stunning photography around the capital.

For the past few days they have been competing to take the best photos using each of the ZenFone’s camera modes (Low Light, Panorama, Selfie and Time Rewind).

In a fifth category, the students were asked to snap an image that epitomises London.

Here are some of the submissions posted on Instagram:

London Red Bus by Trafalgar Square #London #ZenphoneUAL #ASUSZenphone

Instagram @elliottthetallone
Elliott Dean

Street art in Brick Lane. #AsusZenfone #ZenfoneUAL #London #streetart

Instagram @louise.donohue
Louise Donohue

#ThisisLondon, my London. Captured this afternoon near Westminster bridge with my #ASUSZenFone for #zenfoneual!We are having a competition within our first year of BA photography at LCC with @ASUShq and @London! Wish me luck!Love, from #London

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Kim Leuenberger

Zenfone Competition!! Give me a like plz~#ASUSZenfone #ZenFoneUAL #London #BigBen #LONDONEYE #UAL #HAPPY # LIFE #BUS #UK #SUN #2014 #lomo #Westminster #riverthames #phone

Instagram @yehsunny2002
Yah-ching Yeh

We will share the winning images when they are announced, but in the meantime search #asuszenfone and #zenfoneual on Instagram to see more.

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Black History Month 2014

Man1 – Cheryl Kohl, BA Fine Art, CSM

This year UAL celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition programme curated by the African Caribbean Society; Unspoken Barriers is a major series of events created by London College of Communication Students’ Union Vice-President, Bee Tajudeen and funded by the UAL Widening Participation fund. UAL students and graduates from a variety of disciplines were invited to submit artwork reflecting the themes surrounding Black History Month, and experiences of black students in the current educational climate. This artwork has been collated to create the first in a series of exhibitions under the ‘Unspoken Barriers’ title.

Bee Tajudeen comments: “I’m so pleased to see an exhibition that is student led to go up at LCC, especially on such an important subject. I would like to thank all the exhibitors who submitted and urge everyone to go an look at these thought-provoking pieces.”

Brazilian Girl – Kai Lutterodt, BA Journalism, LCC

UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin, present ‘Movements’, a selection of works from the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive  on show until 27 October. They are also currently preparing for Ghosts; opening on 2 November Ghosts is a year-long series of single work and focused displays featuring key art works from a range of British Black and Asian artists exploring ideas around technologies, subjectivities and contemporary art practice. They will explore how artists have interrogated the complex relationships between technology, subjectivity and strategies of art making in an age of migration, globalisation and dispersed diaspora identities. Questioning what art can tell us about the transformation of gendered, class and racialised subjectivities in our techno-cultural and information rich societies, what a critical art practice look like today, and  what are the excesses that hover as a ghostly spectre around forms of representation and its technologies, the displays by contemporary practitioners will attempt to address these.

Read more about Unspoken Barriers on the UAL event listings

Read more about Ghosts on the UAL event listings

Find out more about UAL Joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin, on the UAL website

 Hot Day – Samira Oulaillah, MA Photojournalism, LCC

LCC BA (Hons) Film Practice students collaborate with Urban Outfitters

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Ruby Heart, aka Harriette Dunn, at work on the changing room graffiti mural. Image © Urban Outfitters

Three students on LCC’s BA (Hons) Film Practice course recently seized the opportunity to work with international fashion franchise Urban Outfitters on a promotional film.

We asked Tom Jeffery, who made the commercial with coursemates Csaba Kondor and Daniel Kershaw, to tell us more about the shoot.

“It came about via a friend of mine who does the interiors for Urban Outfitters stores. He had a video opportunity to shoot his sister [24-year-old artist Ruby Heart] doing a graffiti piece in the Oxford Street store.

“I asked if I could do it with some friends, and after getting it signed off with the Creative Director, I arranged for my course group to film it.

“It neatly fitted in at a time when we had some kit for a short film for a BA (Hons) Film Practice sound project. We actually got a taxi from shooting the first scene straight to the store at midnight and didn’t leave till around 4am. So all in all it was around a 13-hour shooting day!”

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Film // Festival success for LCC staff

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Still from ’72-82′, William Raban.

Three members of LCC staff, William Raban, David Knight and Brad Butler, have recently been featured in film festivals around London, balancing their roles as academics and active practitioners.

Professor of Film William Raban had ’72-82′, his latest film, selected by 2014′s London Film Festival (LFF). ’72-82′ explores the first ten years of groundbreaking London arts organisation Acme Studios and their critical work in housing some of the most renowned artists of our time, such as Richard Deacon and Anthony Whishaw.

Despite having more than 50 films under his belt, William describes the making of ’72-82′ as a “completely new experience”, as it solely uses archival visual materials to revisit the formative years of the organisation.

In addition to screenings at the BFI and Acme Studios, the feature-length documentary will also be screened at LCC’s Inside Out Festival, where William is in conversation with acclaimed sculptor, the two-time Turner Prize-nominated Richard Wilson.

David Knight’s work as Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Film and Television at LCC has taken him beyond teaching, as he enjoys success as Director of Photography on ‘The Quiet Hour’, which was nominated for Best UK Feature Film at the 22nd Raindance Film Festival.

“It is hugely satisfying to bring my professional practice back to the classroom. Working at features level brings into play a whole new set of skills to disseminate through workshops at LCC,” said David.

Recently appointed LCC Research Fellow Brad Butler continues the trend with a screening of his short film, ‘The Unreliable Narrator, at this year’s LFF.

Read profiles of William Raban, David Knight and Brad Butler

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Read about Brad Butler’s work at the Hayward Gallery

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MA Material Futures Announces New Bursaries

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Central Saint Martins is collaborating with file sharing service WeTransfer to create two ground-breaking bursaries. Two students joining MA Material Futures in September 2015 will receive funding for the full two years of study.

For the next decade, these new bursaries – which have been initiated and funded by WeTransfer – will support two students each year in their full-time studies.

Caroline Till, MA Futures Course Leader, said: “For us this is an amazing opportunity and really important because we are trying to keep accessibility to postgraduate education open to the broadest spectrum of students.

“Fees are one of the biggest problems, so to partner with WeTransfer on this kind of scholarship is ideal for those students who wouldn’t normally be able to apply.”

Inspiring creative talents
Each of the selected students will make a short film introducing themselves and their creative process, and they will continue to document their work throughout the year. This documentation will be showcased to WeTransfer’s monthly and global user base of 65 million people.

The bursaries will be open to all applicants, with a focus on people who incorporate disruptive technology into their creative practices. Each student will also be provided with mentorship from a member of the WeTransfer team.

WeTransfer’s Chief Strategy Officer, Damian Bradfield, said: “Central Saint Martins is one of the most prestigious schools for art and fashion in the world. To be able to offer two bursaries to the MA Material Futures postgraduate course – and in turn support two inspiring creative talents from around the globe each year – is an exciting opportunity for us.”

The MA Material Futures bursaries will be open for applications early next year, when the course application process begins.

More information:
MA Material Futures

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