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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Photography

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‘In Case’, Ji Sun Choi, 2014.

With the first of our Postgraduate Shows just days away, we continue our show previews with a look at what MA Photography students have in store.

Exhibiting in our Upper Street, Well and Atrium Galleries, MA Photography is a concept-driven course dedicated to expanding the boundaries of the photographic medium.

This year, the show features work by Ji Sun Choi, whose project ‘In Case’ is an installation of suitcases and photographs that explore human anxiety.

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‘In Case’, Ji Sun Choi, 2014.

Devoid of functionality, the presented objects are suggested as means of dealing with and surviving the symptoms of anxiety provoked by our daily environment.

At the same time, depicted hands and gestures point, grip, hold and take – engaging with the world through the prophylactic object.

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‘Covering the Carpet’, Jocelyn Allen, 2014

In ‘Covering the Carpet’ and ‘Your Dedication Worries Me a Little’, Jocelyn Allen explores the body, performance and representation.

‘Covering the Carpet’ is a response to the scrutiny of the female body, particularly the pubic region. In a series of nudes, Jocelyn is seen contorting, balancing and stretching her body into poses which conceal this area.

‘Your Dedication Worries Me a Little’ is an ongoing collection of over 1000 self-posted YouTube videos in which Jocelyn dances and/or mimes to songs on her webcam. Jocelyn describes this as “an exercise in trying to not care what people think about me” and is interested in what people say about others online.

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‘Your Dedication Worries Me a Little’, Jocelyn Allen, 2014.

Yukihito Kono investigates photography in various formats from installation to performance and publication in ‘244’.

Fragments of black and white images of waves pinned onto the wall create a vast space of meditation and interpretation between the image and its viewers, visualising how people relate to and affect each other.

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’244′, Yukihito Kono, 2014.

The work also raises the question: where is the presence of a photograph?

This fantastic work and much more is on show from Tuesday 25 November, so don’t miss the chance to come and explore for yourself.

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’244′, Yukihito Kono, 2014.

School of Media: MA Documentary Film, MA Photography, PGDip Photography Portfolio Development
Exhibition open: Tuesday 25 November-Monday 1 December
Private View: Tuesday 25 November 6-9pm
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MA Photography Symposium: Tuesday 25 November 11am-4pm
Late night opening: Thursday 27 November until 9pm

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Welcome to Postgraduate Shows 2014

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Our spectacular Postgraduate Shows 2014 are just around the corner and below are the key dates and times for this year.

We can’t wait to celebrate the work of our talented postgraduate students as they prepare to become the future of the creative industries, and we hope to see you there!

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Postgraduate Shows 2013. Image © Ana Escobar

School of Media: MA Documentary Film, MA Photography, PGDip Photography Portfolio Development
Exhibition open: Tuesday 25 November-Monday 1 December
Private View: Tuesday 25 November 6-9pm
MA Photography Symposium: Tuesday 25 November 11am-4pm
Late night opening: Thursday 27 November until 9pm

School of Media: MA Sound Arts (Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, E5 0PD)
Exhibition open: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 December
Private View: Monday 1 December 7-9pm
Symposium: Sunday 7 December 2pm
Performances: Sunday 7 December 7pm

School of Design: MA Contemporary Typographic Media, MA Graphic Branding and Identity, MA Graphic Design, MA Graphic Moving Image, MDes Service Design Innovation, PGCert/PGDip Design for Visual Communication
Exhibition open: Monday 8 – Saturday 13 December
Private View: Tuesday 9 December 6-9pm
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

School of Media: MA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography
Exhibition open: Wednesday 7 – Thursday 15 January 2015
Private View: Thursday 8 January 6-9pm
Late night opening: Wednesday 14 January until 9pm

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Postgraduate Shows 2013. Image © Ana Escobar

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Two Halves // Dolly Sen and Peter Matthews

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Two Halves is a monthly thoughticle spotlighting two people connected by London College of Communication.

Our aim is to showcase the conceptual intentions, deeper thinking and personal insights that come with the creative process.

If you would like to nominate someone for Two Halves, please email Natalie Reiss (n.reiss@lcc.arts.ac.uk).

DOLLY SEN

“reality is a cheeky bastard”

• My name is Dolly Sen and I am a professional mad person. I spend my time creating art, mischief, things that don’t exist, and working in mental health as a trainer, speaker and consultant.

• I was a student at the London College of Communication (LCC) between 2007-2010, studying film and video, and last year I was commissioned to make a film – Outside – by Sal Anderson, who set up the Institute of Inner Vision, LCC.

• Outside is my experience of psychosis and was shown at the Barbican in 2013.

• Psychosis is akin to collage, a cutting out of reality to present a story/experience that can’t be faced in its purest form. I don’t know of any way to explore psychosis except through art.

• What prompts all my work is the interplay between concepts of ‘madness’ and ‘reality’, so it continues along that line.

• The source material is not a newspaper or magazine, but the complex human being. Without complexity, there would be no art.

• I don’t start with the medium. I start with the idea and then decide which medium is the best way to convey it.

• I do cross-pollinate a lot. If you go to one of my artistic blogs, you can see in the last year I have used visual and conceptual art, poetry, websites, participatory action, performance, subversion of everyday objects, film, writing, and comedy to explore my ideas.

• There are many films professing to show the experience of psychosis. Although there are a few exceptions, mostly it has been done very badly, made by people who have never experienced it and are informed by previous inaccurate cinematic portrayals of psychosis. Think about it this way: you may know the language, the food, the culture and the history of, say, France, but unless you live there, how can write about what it is to be French? There aren’t nearly enough films made on psychosis by people who know it first hand.

• I am not always so serious. In fact most of my art has a playful, irreverent element to it. I don’t know if you will be able to print this, but I think reality is a cheeky bastard, and I am putting him over my lap and slapping his naughty arse through my art.

Dolly Sen is currently training to be an occupational therapist and her film, Outside, has just featured in Mind Rights Film Festival.

http://www.dollysentraining.com/

PETER MATTHEWS

“There’s very little reason to produce art if you don’t keep faith with reality”

• I’m a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Film and Television at LCC. I recently started working on a short film with Sal Anderson (Reader in Interdisciplinary Art-Science Film), David Knight and Jaime Peschiera, who all teach on the course. The film is about bipolar disorder and I believe it marks the first time so many course team members have collaborated on research. It looks like I will be contributing as script advisor and facilitator. The film will be produced under the aegis of the Institute of Inner Vision.

• The first piece (of art) I recall doing that satisfied me creatively was a profile of the old Hollywood star Bette Davis for a long defunct journal called The Modern Review. I think the year was 1992.

• I’ve just written an article on Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant for The Criterion Collection, a New York-based distribution company, and I’m currently tinkering with the final draft.

• I have two degrees in English literature, and I always bring that knowledge to bear on teaching as well as my own writing practice. I encourage students to read widely beyond academic film texts, to attend exhibitions and generally enter into dialogue with other art forms.

• We live in an age of specialisation, and however quaint it sounds to policymakers, there’s still much to be said for the value of a traditional liberal arts education. I’m certainly one for tearing down the artificial barriers between disciplines. Film that looks only to itself is apt to grow sterile and solipsistic.

• My creative practice of writing essays and reviews necessitates spending a great deal of time alone. I will admit that I enjoy the feeling of single authorship. Yet inhabiting the ‘zone’ of writing can be scary. When the words aren’t flowing, I grow intensely aware of my isolation and it’s easy to lose perspective.

• Every artist learns both from tradition and contemporary work, but it can be paralysing if such influences become too dominant. Filmmakers who merely copy the effects of a Scorsese or even a Michael Haneke (to name two examples popular among the students) are apt to end up with a soulless exercise in technique. I think these sources of inspiration should be absorbed and then essentially forgotten about.

• There’s very little reason to produce art if you don’t keep faith with reality (I’m paraphrasing André Bazin here). It would be naïve to suppose we could ever capture it raw. The mediations of the artist may result in something quite phantasmagorical, but that in no way precludes reality – by which I mean a core of emotional truth.

• I believe that film criticism is a branch of writing, and when undertaken seriously, may approach the condition of art.

• I am most proud of an essay I wrote fifteen years ago for Sight & Sound on the French film theorist André Bazin. The runner-up would be a feature on Hitchcock’s Vertigo for the same magazine in 2012. Usually I’m frustrated by the enormous gap between intention and achievement, but I remain proud of these articles because in both cases I found the right words (more or less).

Peter Matthews’s short film will be complete by the end of 2015.

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Announcing the winners in ASUS ZenFone student photography competition

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Image of the Houses of Parliament by Instagram winner Kim Leuenberger

The winners have been announced in our ASUS competition for first-year BA (Hons) Photography students to create stunning images using an ASUS ZenFone 5 LTE smartphone.

The students submitted a fantastic range of entries in categories based on each of the ZenFone’s camera modes (Low Light, Panorama, Selfie and Time Rewind), with a shortlist selected and put forward to an online public vote.

The votes are now in and the winners of £1000 worth of ASUS kit are:

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Best Low Light: Irene Gonzalez Fernandez

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Panorama: Alice Cook

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Selfie: Faye Callard

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Time Rewind: Julien Martinez

In a fifth category, the students were asked to snap an image that epitomised London. Last month, Kim Leuenberger was selected by the @london Instagrammer Dave Burt as the winner for her innovative view of the Thames (pictured top).

Congratulations to all our winners, and a huge thanks to all the talented participants!

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Public Relations // CIPR Diversity & Inclusion summit held at LCC

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On Wednesday 5 November, LCC hosted the CIPR’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) summit. Second-year BA (Hons) Public Relations student Tatiana Kropacheva reports.

In total there were nine speakers at the summit, covering a variety of topics around diversity. There were representatives from many different points of view and backgrounds: employers supporting minorities and those with disabilities, those affected by a disability and those who are trying to help them.

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Attendees read live captioning at the CIPR event. Image © @KorComms

The first thing to attract my attention was a TV screen and a person typing at a keyboard next to it. Everything that was said by the speakers was recorded on the screen.

Later on, in the summit, Beth Abbott, Ai-Media, explained how they use live captioning at different live events to make everything that has been said available and easily accessible for those people who have hearing difficulties in the audience. It also makes it easy to follow the event for everyone all over the world, across different devices and platforms.

Finally it provides detailed notes of the event for further evaluation, which I thought was a great example of using technology in favour of people who might have limited access to these events.

Another great example of using technology to make communication inclusive was represented by Robin Christopherson, Head of Inclusion, Ability Net. As a person with severely limited sight, Robin provided us with an insight into his life and demonstrated how technology can make his life and the lives of people with similar disabilities easier.

We can see it with Apple for example, in devices such as iPads and iPhones which can be adapted for people with disabilities by using voice control or zooming the screen. Alternatively, intelligent apps can use the device’s camera to identify for a person what is in the picture at which the camera is aimed.

This is a really powerful technology that allowed Robin to say, “Don’t think about disability – it is Digital Inclusion.”

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Graphic from the CIPR highlighting diversity in the UK. Image © @ludhi85

Those who attended also had an opportunity to listen to such people as Simon Hailes, Director of External Communications, Barclays Personal & Corporate Banking. Simon spoke about Barclays’ partnership with the Government on a campaign called Disability Confident to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities.

This campaign is not limited to people who were born with disabilities but also those who developed them during their lives; like soldiers who have done military service in conflict zones, a lot of whom struggle to find a job afterwards. Disability Confident and their partners are doing a great deal to help them find work and encouraging employers to hire disabled people.

I found a speech by Ross Linnett, Founder & CEO of Recite Me, particularly useful. Recite Me is a website that allows users to customise websites they visit, across any platform, and translate them into 52 languages. This is particularly beneficial for dyslexic people, like myself, as it allows them to change background colours, adjust text settings to improve readability, and so better understand online and mobile content.

The CIPR Diversity & Inclusion summit encouraged everyone to think about the needs of different people and educated us on how to improve communication with disabled people to reach a large and diverse audience.

I just want to say thank you to the CIPR for this event and the opportunity to learn so much about the importance of inclusion.

Words by Tatiana Kropacheva.

You can catch up with the event on Twitter at #DiversityPR

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Review // LCC turned Inside Out

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‘Framing the Elephant’ at LCC. Image © Filip Bigos

The LCC Graduate School was proud to host a series of events recently as part of the Inside Out Festival 2014. Ranging from a pop-up drawing event to a documentary film screening, the events brought students, the public and industry experts together in celebrating London’s vibrant culture.

Photography PhD student and MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography graduate Zephie Begolo reports.

Monday saw the pop-up drawing event ‘Framing the Elephant’, which was run by Grace Adam, who teaches design at LCC and across UAL. The window of LCC’s Typo café was turned into a canvas as frames were stencilled onto the glass – not permanently! – and people were invited to draw what they could see outside.

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‘Framing the Elephant’ at LCC. Image © Filip Bigos

They washed the images off after photographing them and started again. This created a buzz in the café and saw lots of people, from arts to journalism and business students, picking up their Posca pens and giving it a go.

Grace, who specialises in working with spaces we build and negotiate, said: “We’ve had all sorts of people giving it a go. It’s all about getting people to draw who don’t normally draw and getting them to take a few minutes to really notice and appreciate their environment.”

That evening, Professor Lawrence Zeegen, Dean of the School of Design at LCC, presented his new book and accompanying exhibition ’50 Years of Illustration’.

Taking the audience on a personal journey through the world of illustration, Professor Zeegen also charted the past five decades in the industry, from the psychedelic idealism of the ’60s to the stylised, overblown consumerism of the ’80s, right through to the beginning of the 21st century.

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Attendees explore ’50 Years of Illustration’. Image © Filip Bigos.

He shone light on professionals who have created some of the most iconic images across the generations, noting work that has been of social and political importance and demonstrating how illustration through the decades has been informed by and represented the social zeitgeist.

A preview of the exhibition followed the talk and included an impressive array of familiar illustrations. Coinciding with the beginning of a new MA in Illustration at LCC, this event was a celebration of the subject’s rich and colourful history.

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‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’ panel debate. Image © Filip Bigos.

On Tuesday an expert panel gathered in the Main Lecture Theatre to discuss the topic ‘Is Silver Surfing the Solution for Social Isolation?’. LCC’s own Amanda Windle, DigiLab Fellow, presented research that has been conducted into people’s relationship with technology over the age of 65 and discussed a new app aimed at getting more people engaging with social media.

The debate was chaired by Sarah Johnson of the Guardian and she was joined by Thomas Giagkoglou, Course Leader BA Media Communications; Tim Burley, Development Director of artsdepot; Marcus Green, Research Manager at AgeUK and Michele Fuirer, Artist and Specialist in Learning – Public Programmes at the Tate.

The panel discussed the increase in feelings of isolation among the older generation and how these might be counteracted through arts and technology initiatives that could build social networks.

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Richard Wilson talks to William Raban about ’72-82′. Image © Filip Bigos.

Lastly, Thursday saw the screening and interview ’72-82: Richard Wilson in conversation with William Raban’. The film ’72-82′, which brings together rare archive footage, interviews and images of the first decade of the groundbreaking London arts organisation, Acme, was created by LCC’s Professor of Film William Raban.

He worked in conjunction with Wilson, who went on to become a renowned sculptor following his time at Acme. The film provided a fascinating insight into the lives and community of the thriving arts scene in London and the ways in which artists were supported by Acme, and given the opportunity to work and create, who otherwise might not have been able to survive in London.

In the discussion following the screening, Wilson described the sense of freedom that was afforded to the Acme artists in taking over derelict buildings in the East End and often incorporating them into their artwork, creating a unique mode of expression for all the artists involved.

Professor Raban emphasised his love of the capital and how it is an extraordinary breeding ground for inspiration and creativity, which leads him to continue to make films about the city.

Watch the discussion between Raban and Wilson //

The Inside Out Festival, which is curated by the Culture Capital Exchange in association with Times Higher Education, aims to shine a light on the contribution of London’s universities to the vibrant creative culture of the capital.

Words by Zephie Begolo

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // So You Want to Be a Travel Journalist

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Peter Grunert of Lonely Planet Traveller spoke to students about his career in travel journalism.

In the third of a series of Journalism Guest Lectures, LCC welcomed Peter Grunert, editor of the world’s best-selling travel magazine Lonely Planet Traveller. Second-year BA (Hons) Journalism student Max Gayler reports.

Lonely Planet Traveller is in its sixth year after Peter ended up convincing Lonely Planet’s owner to start it up and make him editor. After only a year the magazine spread to India and Argentina and now has publications in 12 different countries.

It would be easy to assume that the magazine would work off the back of the success of hugely successful television shows such as ‘Six Degrees’ or ‘Globe Trekker’, but Peter displayed exactly why the magazine deserves its own credit.

The lecture featured Peter’s favourite piece that the magazine has ever published: the ‘Across the Planet’ project carried out by staff writers Oliver Smith and Christa Larwood.

“We sent two writers across the world from London to Sydney, following in the footsteps of Tony and Maureen Wheeler who were the founders of Lonely Planet 41 years ago,” Peter explained.

This impressive piece of journalism broadcast contrasts in culture from learning to yodel in Germany to the Mudmen of Papua New Guinea.

Oliver Smith, one of the writers of the project, had originally gained his staff writing job after completing work experience at the magazine. During this time he pitched a feature retracing the steps of Lawrence of Arabia, which was so successful that he was named the UK’s Young Travel Writer of the Year.

“We’d never normally give this kind of budget to anybody who wasn’t an experienced writer but we just loved this idea so much we had to do it,” Peter told us.

Peter also highlighted the importance of photography in travel journalism, stating: “Photography is the thing we think draws people in the most… It’s probably the thing people connect with most easily”.

For this reason all photography for the magazine is freelance in order to open up the possibility of a plethora of different landscapes, experiences and people. “We look for photography to fuel people’s dreams,” added Peter.

On the subject of how each country’s edition decides on its content, Peter explained: “All our editions tend to welcome a real diversity of experiences and locations… If their readers tend to be people who live in big cities we encourage them to explore their massive and very diverse countries”.

As well as travelling the world and working his way through his bucket list, Peter has also had the opportunity to interview his idol David Attenborough.

Peter went into detail on his conversation with the country’s most-loved wildlife expert, retelling the story of the time David Attenborough woke up to find an amorous male giant tortoise getting a little too close to his igloo tent on the Galapagos Islands.

What does the future hold for LPT? Peter told us that video is the next step for the magazine, telling of a video he made last February where he went to a rhino conservation centre in Kenya and had to look after a blind, adolescent rhino named Alfie.

“It was a brilliant experience and video is something we can create on all our trips. We’re in the midst of moving our magazine’s videos onto our YouTube channel.”

LPT offers great opportunities for young journalists with constant internships rolling in and out of the office the whole year round, as well as providing chances for greater things, with Oliver Smith a perfect example.

The overall impression given by the magazine’s editor is that travel journalism is, if you’re lucky enough to break into it, one of the most satisfying and rewarding jobs in the world.

It’s obvious that even now, Peter is incredibly appreciative of the opportunities he’s been given and more than happy to help someone get on the same track as him.

Words by Max Gayler

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Maker culture converges on LCC

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Mini Maker Faire 2013. Image © Ana Escobar.

The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire, now in its second year at London College of Communication, is a celebration of the ever-expanding and contemporary maker culture.

Held on Saturday 15 November, the Maker Faire represents makers (and even bakers) working with a variety of technologies and designs including a 3D printed cookie cutter (Einstein cookies, anyone?), a paper speaker that plays sweet music and a crowd-sourced, environmental monitoring system called Smart Citizen, which publishes open data.

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Exhibits include a 3D printed cookie cutter.

The maker movement continues to build momentum as a community, with more people turning their backs on traditional models of thought and design in favour of hacktivation.

“EdTech and the maker movement go hand in hand. The best thing we can do to help children master technology, rather than being mastered by it, is to help bring the maker movement into more schools,” explains Ben Pirt, creator of a DIY robot for kids.

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‘Paper Playscapes’ in progress. © V&A

The Faire will also include an interactive artwork specially commissioned by the Victoria & Albert Museum for the event. Paper Playscapes is an open-ended installation – interacted with and made by designers and visitors – representing a landscape in movement.

Over 100 exhibitors are involved and over 2,000 attendees are expected at the Faire this year. LCC’s in-house makers are seeing a marked connection between their courses, the culture at the College and the maker movement.

“An era of user-generated content in the digital domain has fostered a desire for the co-creation of products and services and a desire to reshape our physical products to suit new and personal uses,” says Ben Stopher, Programme Director Interactive & Visual Communication.

“In this context, the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire brings together interaction and communication design students with hackers, crafters, tinkerers, biohackers and technology advocates for a day of hands-on fun for all ages.”

Read more about this year’s Mini Maker Faire and book tickets

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The Homeless Film Festival at LCC

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Between Tuesday 4 and Friday 14 November, London College of Communication will play host to an eclectic range of free film screenings as part of The Homeless Film Festival, returning to LCC for its second season.

The screenings are open to everyone but booking is essential.

The festival is dedicated to confronting and presenting homeless issues and screens high-end films from around the world, all of which have homeless issues as a central theme or are made by homeless creatives in a mixture of genres.

LCC BA (Hons) Film Practice Joint Course Leader Polly Nash works with festival organisers Dean Brocklehurst and Jamie Rhodes to coordinate LCC’s screenings, with many LCC students helping out on a voluntary basis.

Screenings //

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Tuesday 4 November
6.30pm
There Once Was an Island
In this feature documentary, three people in a unique Pacific Island community face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?

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Friday 7 November
6pm
The Fisher King
A screening of Terry Gilliam’s classic ‘The Fisher King’, even more poignant after the tragic suicide of Robin Williams. A former radio DJ, suicidally despondent because of a terrible mistake he made, finds redemption in helping a deranged homeless man who was an unwitting victim of that mistake.

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Monday 10 November
7pm
The Answer to Everything + Q&A
Rupert Jones and Emma Bernard skilfully mix performances from Streetwise Opera’s homeless and ex-homeless performers with a handful of professionals including renowned soprano Elizabeth Watts to create a rich and characterful 40-minute film. A member of Streetwise Opera will take questions from the audience after the screening.

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Wednesday 12 November
6pm
Parked
In this Irish drama starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan, Fred lives a quiet, isolated life in his car, having lost all hope of improving his situation. That all changes when he forms an unlikely friendship with Cathal, a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude, who becomes his ‘neighbour’.

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Friday 14 November
6.30pm
The Unloved + Q&A
British drama ‘The Unloved’ is the directorial debut by acclaimed actress and Homeless Film Festival patron Samantha Morton. Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a children’s home. Star Molly Windsor and producer Kate Ogborn will answer audience questions after the film.

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Dr Corinne Silva, Post Doc Research Fellow at LCC included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation

Dr Corinne Silva was awarded a PhD from London College of Communication this year and has since become a Post Doctoral Research Fellow and  has been included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation: emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice. Find out more about Corinne’s experience at LCC and her flourishing career.

  • Tell us what it means to you be included in Aesthetica’s The Next Generation

One of the intentions with my work is to rupture specific ways of looking, of reading photographs and reading landscape, so it feels like an acknowledgement of my contribution to  contemporary photographic discourse.

  • Where do you mostly work/research, in your studio/at LCC or in the library, if a library, which is your favourite?

I love the Stuart Hall Library at INIVA, it’s comfortable and homely, but just library-ish enough to create the right atmosphere for disciplined work. And they have such a great collection of exhibition catalogues and artist’s films.

I have a studio in Dalston, which I share with a friend and collaborator, artist and video editor Lara Garcia Reyne. We begin most days discussing our joint or individual projects. I also have ‘critical friendships’ with my peers at PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre) and UAL. This space to discuss and be challenged is so important, and it keeps me excited about my work. It’s hard to be a freelance artist working alone, trying to make things happen. Discussion and collaboration with peers keeps the energy going and reminds me how much fun it is.

  • Why did you choose to study your PhD at LCC? Was it a good experience?

LCC felt like the obvious choice given its reputation for photography, the impressive list of artists teaching there, and the vast experience and specific research interests of my supervisors. I went to an open day and had a really good discussion with Professor Angus Carlyle who was very enthusiastic about my project and helped me shape my research question.

I have always hated institutions – the buildings as much as the social structure. They make me want to flee immediately. But I have a completely different relationship with LCC. It has a good – slightly messy, slightly chaotic – energy. All the people I work with are so committed to what they do, and there is an academic rigor as well as an understanding of the value of practice as research.

The joy of being able to access such impressive practitioners and theorists at LCC and across UAL made my PhD a rich experience. Alongside my own research PARC-led events, I also collaborated with members of TrAIN (Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation), organising cross-disciplinary conferences and events around our shared research interests. These connections have endured and I am now part of a wider inter-disciplinary research community across the University.

  • What was the transition from PhD researcher to Research Fellow like?

As an artist doing a practice-based doctorate, completing my PhD didn’t draw a line under the work. All my individual photographic and video projects pivot around the same inquiries. One project always unfolds a new set of questions, which I then try and tackle in the next work. So while perhaps there wasn’t the same sense of satisfaction of completion, it has meant that there’s no rupture; with the support of the Fellowship I have simply carried on researching and producing.

I have been enormously lucky to have the continued support of Professor Val Williams and PARC. Through a partnership with two public space galleries and PARC, I’m now planning a solo show and publication of Garden State, work I made as part of my doctorate. I’m also developing an ambitious new art production and networking project, Rocks & Fortresses. Moving between art and academic spheres suits my research-based approach. This new work will be about making links between art and academic institutions, and presenting work through different platforms.