Highlights From CCI Class of 2017!

Its that time of year when CCI is over for another year… but what a year its been!!

So now its time to share some of our highlights from this year and inspire you all when we come back in October 2018!

First in we have

DANIEL MCCAUSLAND – This is Not a Bench

EMMA MCGARRY – Under the Surface

GEORGIA BOND – Week by Week

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DENISA DIMITROVA – Coventry – A City of Culture

GEORGE HILL – 18/10/77

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone for your hard work – it all paid off in the end!

See you next time,

Team CCI

 

Selected Responses to ‘Visualising Histories’ Archive Task

First off, a massive thank you to everyone for the amount of effort you put into last weeks task in which you were to re-purpose some archival material.

Here is a reminder of last weeks task.

Task

Consider how you can activate your archival collection of family photographs or photographs of Coventry using one or more of the strategies discussed in this lecture.

What does that do to the archive?

Follow this through to produce a piece of work or images.

These strategies include but are not limited to:

Restaging (Trish Morrissey)
Layering with another photograph (Nicky Bird)
Filling in gaps
Creating a fictional archive (The Fae Richards Archive, Fontecuberta)
Looking for repetitions or similarities with other images (Erik Kessels)
Looking for typologies across your own and other archives (Hans Eijkelboom, Penelope Umbrico)

You may also like to consider who is represented in the archive photos, such as family members, and their voice.

So here are a selection of chosen works in which we think best responded to the brief.

Kelly Bryan

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Esther May

Tia Bryant

Georgia Ince

Lara Bailey

Emma Gleave 

ANDREW JACKSON – ARTIST TALK

Andrew Jackson is a successful artist who works with photography. His interests are based around identity politics, migration, memory, notions of the self and the marginalized body. He holds an MA in Documentary Photography from Newport, South Wales. In the last year he has been awarded the international development fund, that took him to Montreal to study ethnographic methods. He’s had a residency at the open eye gallery in Liverpool and he has just won the residency program at Autograph. Jackson is the co-director of ‘Some Cities CIC’ and regularly works for the Guardian.

 

Week 3 17/10/17: Visualizing Histories / Sian Macfarlane

This lecture examines the body of the archive. It looks at the archive as an object for storytelling. Looking at contemporary practioners it raises questions about authorship, truth and authenticity.

Keywords to consider…

Place
Landscape, immersion, map, relocate, revisit, time/chronology, typology, strategy, collaboration, synchronicity 

Archive
Restage, re-contextualise, performance, framework, vernacular photography, the family album, fact and fiction, fabrication

Click on the image below to see the lecture content:

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Task

Consider how you can activate your archival collection of family photographs or photographs of Coventry using one or more of the strategies discussed in this lecture.

What does that do to the archive?

Follow this through to produce a piece of work or images.

These strategies include but are not limited to:

Restaging (Trish Morrissey)
Layering with another photograph (Nicky Bird)
Filling in gaps
Creating a fictional archive (The Fae Richards Archive, Fontecuberta)
Looking for repetitions or similarities with other images (Erik Kessels)
Looking for typologies across your own and other archives (Hans Eijkelboom, Penelope Umbrico)

You may also like to consider who is represented in the archive photos, such as family members, and their voice.

Post on G+ community page by October 24th for the feedback session

List of relevant Photographers/Artists discussed:

Helen Sear: ‘Inside the view’ (2004-2008)
Jem Southam: ‘Upton Pyne’ (1996-2003)
Susan Derges: ‘River Taw’ (1997)
Stephen Shore: ‘Hackney Flowers’ (2007)
Nicky Bird: Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place (2007-2010)
Trish Morrissey: Seven Years (2001-2004)
Trish Morrissey: Front (2005-2007)
Sophy Rickett / Bettina von Zwehl: Album 21 (2015)
Zoe Leonard / Cheryl Dunye: The Fae Richards Photo Archive (1997)
Joan Fontecuberta: Fuana (1987)
Joan Fontecuberta: Sputnik (1997)
Broomberg and Chanarin: People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground (Dots)

 

Suggested reading

The Archive. Edited by Charles Merewether Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art
Place. Tacita Dean and Jeremy Deller (2005). Thames and Hudson.
Land Matters. Landscape Photography, Culture, Identity. Liz Wells (2011) I.B. Taurus.
Landscape. John Wylie (2007) Routledge.
Perspectives on Place: Theory and Practice in Landscape Photography. JAP Alexander (2015) Fairchild Books

Artist Sian Macfarlane pays us a visit

Sian Macfarlane is a regular visitor to the Community, Culture and Identity module, and she came along today to present her practice to this year’s cohort. Sian is a photographic artist who weaves together archives, moving image, stills and audio to create immersive and documentary video installations.  This year Sian spoke about her MA work ‘We will meet sooner than two mountains’ from 2013, her artist residency at New Art Gallery Walsall with the work ‘We are illuminated‘ from 2015, as well as her most recent on-going projects.

Sian spoke about her methodologies and working practices, particularly all of the different elements that form the narratives that she explores.  The students are currently in the final stages of developing their work so Sian’s work has given them all something to think about! Afterwards Sian was also able to work with the students on their own work, adding in a new perspective.

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Artists’ Talks – Jonny Bark and Emma Lambert

To get the students thinking about the next few weeks of their assignment we had not one but two artist talks today:

Level 3 BA Photography student, Jonny Bark, who has recently returned from an Erasmus year in Karlstad Sweden spoke to the CCI learners about his current body of work #ExploringEdgelands and how it speaks about Coventry. In addition to speaking about his work, Jonny discussed at length, his working process, the development of ideas and the importance of context in reference to his body of work. To get an insight into the work take a look at the video below:

Emma Lambert, Assistant Lecturer on BA Photography discussed her practice, specifically a long term photographic project #Evergreen (working title) in the context of Lure of the Local. Emma discussed a number of intersecting micro narratives to the body of  work that circle around a specific village asking questions of about community, home and the ‘Local’.

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