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League table success for Sound Arts courses at LCC

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The 2014 BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design Private View. Image: Ana Escobar.

Staff on London College of Communication’s BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design and MA Sound Arts courses are celebrating after University of the Arts London was announced as 18th of 75 in the Guardian’s university league table for music, or more broadly “the study of creative expression through sound”.

LCC is the only one of the six UAL Colleges to offer a sound-based study programme, meaning that this position has been secured entirely through the efforts of undergraduate Course Leader Chris Petter, postgraduate Course Leader Salome Voegelin and their academic and technical teams. Congratulations to all concerned!

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You can hear from this year’s graduating BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design students in the Summer Shows 2014 video above, filmed on Tuesday 3 June at the Private View held at nearby Hotel Elephant.

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BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image graduates exhibit at Somerset House

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Two recent London College of Communication graduates, now working together as Noot, have exhibited as part of ‘Midsummer Water Day’ on Saturday 21 June at Somerset House.

Andres Ayerbe and Camille Leproust studied BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image, graduating in 2013, and showed ‘The Rain Printer’ at the water-themed event organised by King’s College London to mark Midsummer Day.

‘The Rain Printer’ (2013) gathers precipitation data from Bogor, Indonesia and Las Vegas, USA and prints it onto receipt rolls using cash registers. The result is a visualisation of water issues around the world which calls into question the commodification of natural resources.

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Image: Max Colson

Speaking before the event, the duo said: “‘The Rain Printer’ is one of our more socially and politically engaged projects, yet every time we have presented it people read it in very unique ways, which is very interesting to us. Perhaps we are more interested in raising questions rather than presenting clear-cut answers to the research and the issues that inspire our work.

“We’re very honoured that King’s College has included our piece in such an interesting event, and of course it is great that it is taking place at Somerset House which is an institution we are both big fans of.”

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Research // William Raban introduces ’72-82′ screening at journal launch

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Still from ’72-82′, William Raban. Image courtesy the artist.

On Sunday 22 June, filmmaker and LCC Professor of Film William Raban introduced a screening of his latest work at the launch of creative journal NOIT-2.

NOIT is produced by Flat Time House, a gallery, archive and artist’s residency space in the former home and studio of conceptual artist John Latham, in conjunction with Camberwell Press.

A biannual journal, it explores Latham’s artwork and key theoretical concerns such as the role of the artist, art and science, time, language and value/belief systems.

This second edition of the journal has been guest edited by Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, and contains new writing, artists’ contributions and original research.

The London launch took place at Flat Time House and was accompanied by a special preview screening (with introduction) of William Raban’s new film ’72-82′, which documents ten years of London’s ACME gallery.

’72-82′ features footage of pyrotechnic performances by sculptor and performance artist Stephen Cripps, tying in with NOIT-2′s theme of artists and burning.

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Still from ‘Rights of Passage’, William Raban. Image courtesy the artist.

Also screened at the launch event was ‘Rights of Passage’ (1997), a short film made by William documenting the percussion and pyrotechnic event of the same name by artist and musician Paul Burwell.

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Review and video // Journalism Guest Panel: So You Want to be a Media Entrepreneur?

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Charlene White chairs LCC’s latest Journalism Guest Panel

On Tuesday 27 May London College of Communication opened its doors to the latest Journalism Guest Panel, consisting of entrepreneurs who have independently established their own businesses and built their brand. BA (Hons) Journalism student Max Gayler reports.

Chaired by ITV news presenter Charlene White, the panel comprised Dom Bradbury, founder of Angry Britain, Uche Chukwu, owner of urban gossip website Pappzd, and the three owners of management, publishing and production company Renowned Films, Zeon Richards, Duane Jones and critically-acclaimed grime artist Wretch 32.

Dom Bradbury initially set up his website after coming home one night and realising there was no single platform available online for people to “simply moan on”. Seeing this gap in the market, Bradbury bought a domain name and built the website from scratch, amassing 33,000 Twitter followers in five years.

Dom had a lot of advice on making a living from blogging, explaining that he makes money not from the website itself, but from the opportunities presented to him off the back of the website’s success.

Dom’s main piece of advice was to “never do anything for free”, explaining that not only does it take well-deserved money away from you but it strips your brand of its worth. Renowned Films founder Zeon Richards agreed, stating that “if they’re getting paid, you should be getting paid”.

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Dom Bradbury, Uche Chukwu and Wretch 32 (l-r)

Celebrity news website Pappzd founder Uche Chukwu went into fine detail on how this small independent business went from being a tiny speck on the map to a worldwide source of UK urban news.

Uche told the student audience that a key to making it is to be brave, as that is what will make people choose to click on your link over someone else’s. Pappzd had its big break when a sex tape of N-Dubz singer Tulisa was sent to Uche and he decided to publish it.

Duane Jones of Renowned Films played an important part in the establishment of Radio 1Xtra in 2002 whilst working with the BBC. Now Duane presents his new project that gives opportunities to young and upcoming talent, focussing on the urban and grime scene.

Welcoming people from all areas of the arts, Duane’s main tip for the audience was to network, citing this as the main reason for his success, aside from the opportunity given to him at the age of 16 to work with the BBC.

Zeon Richards had similar words of wisdom for everyone, telling them they “should surround themselves with people who are a lot more successful”, never settle for what they achieve and keep striving towards making their business bigger and better.

Wretch 32’s contributions demonstrated how he has succeeded in building his. Wretch, originally named Jermaine Sinclair, takes care in what he says, telling people his mind is constantly working and he keeps himself up at night because of his motivation to keep thinking of new ideas – proof of the level of motivation you need to make it in this fast-paced, dog-eat-dog industry.

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Words by Max Gayler

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Celebration for LCC students at Paperchase flagship store

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The shortlisted students celebrate in-store. Copyright Lewis Bush.

Earlier this week, stationery retailers Paperchase celebrated ten original LCC student concepts with a Private View of their work in the flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, as part of an ongoing collaboration.

The event was attended by shortlisted students, Paperchase representatives and LCC staff including Dean of Design Lawrence Zeegen, and was an opportunity for those involved to toast the students’ hard work and creativity.

The students had all responded to a live brief on the theme of ‘greetings’, with members of the public invited to vote for their favourite. Online voting is open on the Paperchase website until 11.59pm, Tuesday 3 June 2014, so make sure you have your say!

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Joe Irons from Paperchase (l) and LCC’s Lawrence Zeegen (r). Copyright Lewis Bush.

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LCC Summer Show 1 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Photojournalism

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Betoul Mahdey, 2014.

Meet some of the BA (Hons) Photojournalism students soon to be exhibiting their work in the Lower Street and Dark Space Galleries in the first of LCC’s Summer Shows 2014, open Monday 2 – Saturday 7 June.

Dedicated to the practice of photographic storytelling, the students include Thomas Nicholson, whose project ‘Cornish Fish’ follows the journey of hake and ling from the Celtic Sea to the West End of London.

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‘Cornish Fish’, Thomas Nicholson, 2014.

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‘Cornish Fish’, Thomas Nicholson, 2014.

In ‘Behind the Curtains’, Helena Mueller explores the surrealism of a circus and provides a unique insight into the life of circus artists, both behind the scenes and during the show.

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‘Behind the Curtains’, Helena Mueller, 2014.

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‘Behind the Curtains’, Helena Mueller, 2014.

Betoul Mahdey examines the impact of decades of war on Iraqi art and culture, following a number of Iraqi artists who have been forced to depart their homes and seek refuge in London.

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Betoul Mahdey, 2014.

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Betoul Mahdey, 2014.

Alastair Johnstone captures the human impact of severe and extended flooding in the Somerset Levels, south-west England, in early 2014.

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Alastair Johnstone, 2014.

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Alastair Johnstone, 2014.

And in ‘”This is a Gift”: Young Single Motherhood’, Helen Hasse tells the story of three young single mothers in the UK, aiming to spark a conversation about the benefit system, societal prejudice and individual rights.

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‘”This is a Gift”: Young Single Motherhood’, Helen Hasse, 2014.

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‘”This is a Gift”: Young Single Motherhood’, Helen Hasse, 2014.

Come and see the work of these and many other talented young photographers for yourself from Monday!

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News // MA Publishing graduate wins Macmillan Student Achievement Award

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Catherine Métayer, an MA Publishing graduate, was recently awarded the Macmillan Student Achievement Award. Catherine is French-Canadian currently living and working in New York City as a Publishing Assistant at the United Nations. She pursued her MA in Publishing at LCC last year with the motive of reorientating her career towards independent and art publishing. Since then, she has started a small company, Palaver Press, with her partner, publishing audiobooks and handmade editions of artist books. She also founded a collective of designers and editors, Collectif Blanc, that curates exhibitions. She wrote her thesis on the emergence of new businesses and creativity within independent print publishing, and she strives to transform her passion into a sustainable professional career.

We caught up with Catherine, to find out a little more about her time at LCC and her award.

“This Macmillan prize is the most gratifying recognition that I could hope for at this moment, and I am very grateful for it. I worked on two main projects whilst at LCC, one was a magazine BRUTAL, an art publication inspired by arthouse film created by a small group of students for which I was the editor-in-chief. During that first project, I discovered the Book Arts studios, and despite the fact that it was not part of our curriculum, I started going there often. I discovered a true passion for bookbinding. Later that year, I published a small book which I printed, letter-pressed and hand-bound at LCC by myself!”

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Catherine’s second main project was her thesis on the emergence of new businesses and creativity within independent print publishing. She explains: “Conducting the research for my thesis was such a fulfilling experience, but even better was the number of great people that I met and still keep contact with – everyone was so open minded and supportive. The MA did give me strong basis in terms of marketing, design and business skills, whilst letting me explore my own interests and push boundaries. And the fact that we had access to all of that extracurricular stuff was a big bonus for me.”

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LCC Summer Show 1 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Photography

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‘Tohu va Bohu’, Rebecca Scheinberg, 2014.

BA (Hons) Photography students are currently preparing to exhibit in the first of LCC’s Summer Shows 2014, open Monday 2 – Saturday 7 June.

The course spans the fields of fine art, documentary and commercial practice, and its talented graduating students will go on to shape the future of the industry here and around the world.

Among the students displaying their work in the College’s Upper Street, Well and Atrium Galleries is Holly Wyatt, whose collection ‘The Duchess of Theatreland’ explores the inevitability of ageing and the way in which it shadows the hope, promise and anxiety of youth.

Set in the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End, the images see Wyatt and members of her family take on the role of her ancestor Violet Melnotte, who built, owned and managed the theatre during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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‘The Duchess of Theatreland’, Holly Wyatt, 2014.

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‘The Duchess of Theatreland’, Holly Wyatt, 2014.

Rebecca Scheinberg’s work ‘Tohu va Bohu’ is named after a complex phrase found in the book of Genesis 1:2. Independently, Tohu can be translated as ‘formless’ and Bohu as ‘void’ or ‘empty’. Together the phrase is understood as chaos, and is used to describe the world before God created light and order, but the translation often becomes a murky ‘chaos’/’formless’/’void’.

The pieces in ‘Tohu va Bohu’ explore the notion that understanding of the profundity of the human condition has not been suppressed by commodity culture, but rather is located in the industrial machine itself.

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‘Tohu va Bohu’, Rebecca Scheinberg, 2014.

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‘Tohu va Bohu’, Rebecca Scheinberg, 2014.

Thorsteinn Cameron presents ‘The Department of Indeterminate Technology’, exploring the abstract implications of our new, pre-programmed world order. In the wake of artificial intelligence, commercial virtual realities and automatic surveillance, Cameron’s installation examines the gap between reality and idealistic technology.

When the often comical faults of the machine are exposed, the human imperfections that are unknowingly programmed into these new technologies begin to manifest themselves. While technological advancement draws on the basic human instinct to solve problems, Cameron’s work questions the limits of this progress.

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‘The Department of Indeterminate Technology’, Thorsteinn Cameron, 2014.

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‘The Department of Indeterminate Technology’, Thorsteinn Cameron, 2014.

Summer Shows 2014: Show 1, School of Media

Private View: Thursday 5 June 6-9pm
RSVP to Private View: http://www.arts.ac.uk/lcc/inside-lcc/summer-shows/rsvp/
Exhibition open: Monday 2 – Saturday 7 June
Times: Monday – Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm
Late night opening: Tuesday 3 June until 9pm

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Artsmart at London College of Communication

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05 Jun 2014
9:00 to 17:30

A day of practical talks and workshops taking place at LCC.

Highlights include:

· Interviews and presenting yourself
· Job application workshop
· Crowdfunding your documentary/film
· Resilience workshop
· Social media top tips for creatives and networking in the Arts

Browse and book Artsmart events at LCC.

This is just one part of Artsmart – the careers festival for creative graduates, which takes place over in Summer 2014.

With free events, activities and workshops at each of UAL’s six Colleges; a three day Central event and Fair, and a programme of Fringe events taking place across the capital, Artsmart is the best place to get you started in the creative industries

Free to all UAL students, graduates and staff.

Booking essential.

News // LCC student success at the D&AD Awards

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Jacob Jelen and Vita Vilcina are both current BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image students, vegetarians and very environmentally conscientious. They have also both achieved high-level recognition at the D&AD Awards. Vita Vilcina has won an In Book Award, and Jacob has been nominated for a prestigious Pencil Award. Naomi Edmondson, a BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design student has also won an In Book Award for her project ‘Better Shade’.

Vita explains: “Some time ago I saw Naresh Ramchandani from Pentagram doing a talk called ‘Do the Green Thing’; it was very inspiring, and when I saw that D&AD had an Al Gore environmental brief about climate change I knew immediately that I wanted to do it! For some time I had wanted to submit a D&AD brief, but this year really felt like the right time.”

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Food Print Diet, Vita Vilcina, 2014

Jacob’s submission was a project that he has been working on for well over a year. With the help of Sam Gill, from the Environmental Investment Organisation, Jacob built a campaign to move one percent of pension funds to a stock-market index based on the CO2 efficiency of companies. Jacob realised that the project that he had started independently fitted perfectly with D&AD’s brief, and so employed his design skills to visualise the concept.

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Project One Percent, Jacob Jelen, 2014

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Project One Percent, Jacob Jelen, 2014

Vita has an altogether more intensive approach. “The last twenty-four hours before the deadline was very exciting; I had never before appreciated how much one person can do in such a short amount of time.”

On her approach to the brief Vita explains: “The brief was pretty straightforward; change a habit, change the world. Being vegetarian for over ten years and really caring about the food we eat, I thought that food is one thing where many people wouldn’t think of how much it impacts the environment. I created the ‘Foodprint Diet’ campaign to encourage people to buy seasonal and local food. I created a calendar that shows you which vegetables are currently in season. I also took the concept to mobile with an app that lets you browse seasonal recipes and find local farmers’ markets.”

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Food Print Diet, Vita Vilcina, 2014

Jacob, who is currently on his Diploma in Professional Studies year out, said that he was surprised when Vita texted to let him know they had both been nominarted! And Vita, who credits her tutors for pushing her out of her comfort zone, is delighted, especially because Pentagram (who organised the talk that initially inspired her application) have already asked her to design a poster for them.

Naomi, won in the National Trust sponsored section of the awards. She explains: “Children of the 80s and 90s climbed trees, built dens, made mud pies and rode bikes everywhere. There were fewer electronic gadgets to keep us indoors along with the lack of grown-up responsibilities.The Better Shade campaign taps into these great memories and reminds grown-ups of how good it feels to be outdoors. The emotional connection inspires us to rediscover nature via National Trust sites and escape the busy stuff of grown-up life.”

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Better Shade, Naomi Edmondson, 2014

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Better Shade, Naomi Edmondson, 2014

 

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