VisBox 250 inspired very individual responses to the site-specific brief this year.
See below for a sample of student work.
With a starting point looking at the myth of Peeping Tom. Lee Morley was interested in surveillance and how we are data-mined every time we use any electronic devices. Who is watching you? Orwellian Times
In Souls & Soles Erasmus exchange student Stevie Deale explored the Coventry Hipster Culture.
In Bye the Hour Shen Cotterell sought to give local sex workers a voice.
Jess Bell mapped the River Sherbourne as its traversed above and below ground weaving its way through Coventry.
The book is currently on tour as part of the natural collection of the Photobook club.
Inspired by Caravaggio, Emma Hogan’s work explored and reversed the representation of women in the media.
Ewa Wysocka explored the Herbert Gallery in two different temporal spaces.
In Time will Tell Alex Taylor explored the effects of time on an object.
“Objects can not be understood through one moment of their existence” (Edwards, E. 2012)
Kiran Unes created Textured Grunge which explored urban fashion in relation to the local environment.
December 2nd Level 2 photography students organised an independent event night, showcasing this terms work in the Urban Coffee house in Fargo Village. They exhibited a selection of images and showcased larger bodies of work in projection room.
A selection of images and tweets from the night are below.
Photographs supplied by Emma Hogan
They invited Spooky Wagon to add to the atmosphere and entertain their guests.
— Urban Emporiums (@urbanemporiums) December 3, 2014
— Issy (@issy_678) December 3, 2014
— Stevie Deale (@s_deale) December 2, 2014
— Jenny Swerdlow (@jennyswerdlow) December 2, 2014
— Jamie Webb (@JamieeWebb) December 2, 2014
— Gemma Finch (@finchg23) December 2, 2014
— Fargo Village (@FargoVillage) December 2, 2014
— Thomas Tierney Photo (@ThomasTierney94) December 2, 2014
— MAIA Group Co. (@MAIACreatives) December 2, 2014
— Coventry University (@covcampus) December 2, 2014
— Fargo Village (@FargoVillage) December 2, 2014
— Urban Emporiums (@urbanemporiums) December 2, 2014
OIL collaborative project
The online international learning collaborative was put in place to give the students an opportunity to have cross-cultural learning experience. Working in small groups the students were paired with the international partner, from the Universidada de Europa in Madrid and given the opportunity to negotiate the same subject in both cities. The aim was to give them an insight into another city, whilst deepening knowledge about their own city. Selected projects below.
Maddy Beach,Taren Bilkhu, Gabby Fulton, Issy Wooley worked around the theme of Public Spaces. “Our project was based on public spaces, we decided to go down the route of looking into people’s behaviour in these different public spaces”
We collectively made a digital book of our images and a film
Our book click here to view
This is us discussing our approach
Our partners from the Universidad de Madrid also made a film – looking at peoples behaviour in public spaces.
Emily Aldridge, Stevie Deale, Kellie Locke, Amy Parsons worked on the theme of Eating Establishments. “As a group we decided that we’d shoot typical british Eating Establishments, to me this is anywhere you sit to eat and order some food whether it be in a high end restaurant or a local pub….So we decided that we’d capture the variety of pubs/ eating establishments within Coventry.”
“This project took us a lot of time, it was exhausting but so much fun. We probably ate too much”.
Our partners documented Mercado de San Miguel. This market is offered as a center of social and cultural coexistence, using gastronomy as a link between residents and visitors.
As away of locating culture and responding to re-historising the 2tone/Skar movement prevalent in Coventry in the 1980’s, the students were asked to put their detective caps on and collaboratively research and re-visit visually some of the venues from this period.
The group were tasked with investigating the music history of Coventry with particular focus on ‘The Lanch’.This video mash up was created at Coventry University, the former home of ‘The Lanch’, where The Specials recorded this track in what is now the priory gym. Created by Karley Foy, Lee Morley, Alex Taylor, Aneta Warlikowski and Eva Wysocka.
Emily Aldridge & Kellie Locke documented their journey to find Butts S.U.
The Hope and Anchor
Amy Parsons & Stevie Deale re-historizied the present and the past
Lottie Brown, Lucy Johnson, Meg Quick & Tom Tierney
Looked at Site where Queens sat – the past and present
Alice Riddy ventured inside what was once the Dive Bar
As a welcome task the group were asked to make a one minute video introducing something they like about Coventry
Jess Bell takes us on a night out in Coventry
Bronte Cordes shows us around her favourite place in Coventry
Madison Beach takes us to the artists quarter
Amy Parsons & Erasmus exchange student Stevie Deal introduce the audience to beauty of Coventry
Lee Morely shows us a snapshot of Coventry
After discussing the ‘Cultural Iceberg’, as a pre-class task, this years cohort have been asked to take photographs and tweet why they are typical of the countries they are in at the time. Please check out the twitter feed CU@VisBox to follow the students progress.