Community, Culture and Identity is over for another year! Check out some of the final projects by the students below. There is a real range of ideas, techniques and processes encountered throughout all the works:
Vickie Billham – Ephemeral
Responds to the transitory-ness of nature in and around Coombe Abbey. Using her own images, text, found items, illustrations and archives, Billham layers and interweaves the different layers and histories into Ephemeral.
Alice Turrell – The Sublime Nature of Life
Basing her research in London Road cemetery, using historical photographic cameraless processes Turrell used photography to explore the cyclical relationship between life and death.
Elle Heaps – I can’t keep it in my pants
Based around the University site, the work responds to the constant and overwhelming online connection and distraction of social media.
Charlotte Pattinson – Threads of Industry
Using Coventry canal to link the images, Threads of industry explores the remnants of the silk-ribbon weaving industry evident along the route.
Hayley Fearnley – Rural Escape
Responds to the Coombe Abbey site offering a multi faceted immersive experience of the Landscape. Click on the image below to be taken to the video page.
Bethany Crisp – Directions
Locating herself in a variety of geographical locations, always within a bus stop, Crisp offers poetic visual responses to the various sites. The project incorporates the use of GPS, and can be found on her website
Evan Merner – Riparian
An investigation into the River Sherbourne. In her series ‘Riparian’, she discovers a hidden, or ‘secret’, aspects of the river culverts have been constructed to direct the river underneath the city.
The complete series can be found on her website.
Nilupa Yasmin – Baiyn-Karigar-Nothun
Yasmin drew links between the migrant South Asian communities in Foleshill and the site as a ribbon weaving industry. Commenting on the knitting together and constant fluidity of community, and responding to her own cultural heritage, she re-presented her photographs as Bangladesh inspired woven rugs.
Further details of the work can be found on her website.
Online International Learning – What Colour is Sacred 2
For the Online International Learning collaboration, a student group from Coventry has been partnered with students from the University of Arts, Bucharest. Each collaborative group has been given a title to respond to.
One of which is ‘Sacred Spaces’:
Chloe, Lily, Evan, Paige and Hayley responded by thinking about the ‘sacred’ being in everyday moments:
“The moments where we stop and appreciate that life is happening, the moments that we’re normally too busy and too immersed in other things to notice, such as the patterns shadows throw across walls or the way that the wind pulls at the leaves.”
Ana-Maria, from Bucharest, responded to the theme by creating ‘altars’ and ‘sacred spaces’ in ordinary everyday places:
“These altars are supposed to express the humble and simple idea that faith should have the form and meaning that anybody wants it to have. It should be personal and individual yet at reach for anybody, open, free.”
Click on the image below to go to the booklet presentation of her images.
Another theme is ‘Web of Transport’
Rachel, Jasmine, Elle and Beth explored different forms of transport at different times of day.
Alexandra, from Bucharest, looked at the subway in Bucharest, by photographing the people that move through it, on the way to work or just taking a selfie.
Responding to Archives – Family Pictures
Visiting Artist Sian Macfarlane, worked with the students to explore the use of archives within photography projects. The students have responded by producing work related to their our personal, family history archives.
Priyanka used her family archives to look at the comparison between how family members used to be and how they are now, by using montage to align archives and current images together the viewer is able to see the similarities and differences in the changes over time. The sound enhances the viewers connection to the people depicted in the images.
Nilupa responded to what she had observed by looking at a large number of images from her family archives, and what she noticed was patterns:
“From the wallpaper, sofa covers to the carpet on the floor, there was a re-occurring factor in all the images. They had a variety of noticeable patterns. I decided to use that and form my own patterns from overlapping sections of the original images.”
Chloe used different artists, including Helen Sear and Nicky Bird to inspire different ways of responding to and experimenting with the images of her family history. The images are accompanied by captions to identify the people depicted.
Vickie used her family archives to remember those in her family who are no longer with us, giving them significance them by using the selection tool on photoshop:
“By selecting on Photoshop, this does not exclude them from the frame nor the memory itself, it only enhances their existence and importance.”
Site Specific – Milton Keynes, Garden City
The students collaboratively responded to Milton Keynes, known as a Garden City. Each group researched around garden cities, and decided how to respond to the task. These are some of the responses:
Emily, Nilupa, Ellie, Amal and Priyanka’s group were interested in how public spaces are governed, how nature is already beginning to reclaim parts of the city, and the way that people interacted with their city:
“Focusing on public spaces, we studied how people moved through the areas planned and provided for them and thought about how, like the city, they could feel displaced, anonymous and out of touch.”
Chris, Carys, Dan and Vickie responded to the task by looking at how the landscape is reclaiming the city. Click on the image below to go to their presentation.
Evan, Lily, Paige, Chloe and Hayley took the project to Bletchley Park, a suburb of Milton Keynes and decided to retell the story using some of the souvenirs in the Bletchley Museum, allowing the audience small elements of knowledge but denying the viewer the whole story.
Rachel, Jasmine, Bethany and Elle responded by looking at the way nature was creeping back into the urban landscape and decided to present a collection of images in a grid format to show the ‘Garden City’ and ‘Concrete Jungle’ simultaneously.
Site Specific – Time Specific
Working in small groups, in discussion with visiting artist Jason Tilley the students responded to specific sites which prominent music venues during the Scar music hay-day. A sample of which are featured below.
Basing their response on the advertising zines of the time, Evan, Chloe, Hayley, Lily and Paige photographed and situated Tiffany’s a popular 1970’s ska venue.
Click on the image below to see the full Zine.
Using film stills and a counter temporal narrative Alice, Charlotte P, Emma and Olivia respond to what was known as the Matrix ballroom, a late 1970’s ska venue.
OIL GOES EAST
A keen advocate of raising the visibility of Internationalisation, Senior Lecturer in Photography Caroline Molloy re-visited the University of Arts in Bucharest (where Brancusi studied) to establish the Erasmus connection and facilitate the online line learning collaborative between level 2 photography students both in Coventry University and the University of Arts, Bucharest.
Working closely with Professor Iosif Kiraly, Caroline discussed and facilitated a session to introduce the project What Colour is Sacred 2, to the participants in Bucharest. The aim of which is connect the students internationally, foster cross-cultural relationships and enhanced student cultural competence.
Employing dialogue and using visual methods the students will respond to specific issues of space and place, collectively constructing and sharing meanings. Further information about the project can be viewed on the collaborative google+ working space Community Culture and identity