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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on PGDip Photography Portfolio Development

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‘Her Light, My Life’, Manuel Perez de Guzman Luengo, 2014.

In the third of our previews looking at the first Postgraduate Show of the year, we find out more about PGDip Photography Portfolio Development at LCC and share some of the exhibiting students’ work.

Postgraduate Diploma Photography Portfolio Development nurtures talented photographers working at the cutting edge of contemporary practice, helping them to develop a high quality portfolio and the professional skills to launch a successful photographic career.

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‘Her Light, My Life’, Manuel Perez de Guzman Luengo, 2014.

This year, Manuel Perez de Guzman Luengo presents ‘Her Light, My Life’, exploring the relationship between his late mother’s vernacular photography and his own through a series of diptychs.

This highly personal project sees Manuel attempting to learn more about his mother through the photography she left behind.

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‘Untold’, Tomila Akhmadieva, 2014.

Tomila Akhmadieva’s ‘Untold’ is about physical human scars and the emotional narratives behind them.

Tomila explores the idea of a scar as something intimate, not shared with everyone, which carries with it a hidden story.

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‘Flowers in the Window’, Ray Chang, 2014.

In ‘Flowers in the Window’, Ray Chang develops ideas of loneliness and isolation, illustrating how flowers and everything they signify can give an emotional lift to those in need.

His mood-based work brings together the ideas of strangers, barriers, windows and London living.

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‘Babushka’, Sofya Bredikhina, 2014.

Sofya Bredikhina’s project ‘Babushka’ is dedicated to one of the most serious problems in Russia – the inadequate living conditions of elderly people struggling to survive on government pensions.

Their faces are intended to provoke a strong emotional response and show inner strength, wisdom, loneliness and despair.

Much more equally thought-provoking work is on show here from Tuesday 25 November – we hope to see you soon!

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
RSVP to Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 27 November until 9pm

Read more about PGDip Photography Portfolio Development

 

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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
RSVP to Private View
MA Photography Symposium: Tuesday 25 November 11am-4pm
Late night opening: Thursday 27 November until 9pm

Read more about MA Photography

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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.

Read more about the Institute of Inner Vision

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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!

Read more about the competition

Read about BA (Hons) Photography

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