Senior Lecturer in Photography, Rob Ball, has an exhibition of tintypes opening as part of Margate Festival.
Research Seminar: Alan Meades and Karen Shepherdson on Arcades, Archives and our Coastal Communities
Alan Meades and Karen Shepherdson of CCCU’s Centre for Research on Communities & Cultures will be discussing an photographic archive of seaside arcades recently acquired by SEAS Photography.
Senior Lecturer Magz Hall, had her Radio Art work featured in this year’s online exhibition on radical women composers for Sound and Music and the Google Cultural Institute taken from the British Music Collection for International Women’s day.
Feature film ‘To the Hilt’, based on Goran Stefanovski’s original screenplay, was given its world premiere at the International Film Festival Manaki in Bitola, Macedonia, on 14 October 2014. The film was directed by Stole Popov. Goran, who is a senior lecturer in the school of Media, Art and Design, based in Canterbury is a playwright, author and lecturer in Film, Radio and Television.
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Project Directors: Rob Ball and Dr Karen Shepherdson
Obsolete Studios is a space for collaboration, performance, experimentation and exhibition. We are particularly interested in the paradoxical relationship of obsolescence and contemporaneity, using traditional technologies or found images to generate new thinking and creative engagement.
Obsolete Studios are co-directed by Rob Ball and Karen Shepherdson and will be curating the 2014 summer season at The Old Lookout, Broadstairs. Previous exhibitions have taken place at The Pie Factory, FORMAT Festival and Turner Contemporary.
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Project by: Tim Jones
During the past 4 years Tim Jones, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Media, Art and Design has been carrying out research on amateur film-making in the local area. He has discovered a number of collections of films showing the Canterbury district in the 1920s and 1930s.” When I started this research I was expecting the amateur films to be of poor quality. Often when you think of amateur filmmaking you think of wobbly camerawork, babies on the lawn and boring holiday films. However, I’ve been really amazed at the quality and professionalism of many of the films that I’ve discovered.” One of the most exciting discoveries was a collection of 72 films made by Sydney Bligh. He made newsreels of Canterbury during the 1930s, many of which were in colour. These now represent a unique record of life in Canterbury before the war. Highlights of which include film of T.S. Eliot when ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ was first performed. There is also film of Count Zborowski, the millionaire racing driver who was the inspiration for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This 1924 amateur film is a drama made in the style of silent films of that era and features the 15 inch gauge railway that ran for a mile around his estate. The discovery of this film was particularly exciting to railway enthusiasts as it had been thought that no photographs or film existed of this railway.
Tim has also found a number of other collections of films and more are still being discovered. “Recently I found two important collections in one week. The first came from a house about 100 yards from where I live and the second came from Australia!” Tim is confident that there is still more film to be found.” It is important to understand that if you have cine film stored somewhere such as a loft or in a shed it is almost certainly decaying. Film needs to be kept at a cool constant temperature with low humidity. So please do let me know if you have any film you think might be of interest so that I can ensure it is kept for posterity.”
Tim gives regular screenings of the films that he has discovered to the local community. These are often lively affairs where the audience participate very actively.” At the screenings I specifically tell the audience that they are allowed to talk during it and shout out answers to any questions I pose. It’s quite common for me to solve mysteries I have been pondering in this way.” The project has also involved the community in other ways. A number of volunteers now spend their spare time cataloguing the films, writing detailed descriptions into specialist software.
In addition to providing screenings to the local community Tim is in the process of producing a number of documentaries about the amateur filmmakers.” This is an area of research that has been barely touched. I believe it’s important to record and collect as much information as I can about the early history of amateur cine while this is still possible. This area of research has been so interesting I can see myself being involved in it for many years to come.”
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Project by: Rob Ball
The Dreamland Project provides a visual diary for a photographic research project that records the current state, reconstruction and resurrection of the Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate.
Since January 2014, we have been creating a series of unique tintype images as a response to an archive of historical Dreamland images and the space Dreamland inhabits. The second phase of the project will be made on colour film.
Each visit will require a darkroom to be built on-site and plates to be prepared, created and developed within the space they are made, often resulting in artefacts from the site physically appearing on the final object.
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Project by: Magz Hall
Magz Hall is currently finalising her PhD thesis entitled: Radio After Radio: Redefining Radio Art in the light of new media technology.
Her PhD practice-based research on radio art explores the rich history of radio as an artistic medium and the relationship between the artist and technology, emphasising the role of the artist as a mediator between broadcast institutions and a listening public. It considers how radio art might be defined in relation to sound art, music and media art, mapping the shifting parameters of radio art in the digital era prompting a consideration of how radio has moved from the shared ‘live’ event to one consumed ‘on demand’ by a fragmented audience. I have explored the implications of this transition through my radio practice which focuses upon the productive tensions which characterise the artist’s engagement with radio technology, specifically between the autonomous potentialities offered by the reappropriation of obsolete technology and the new infrastructures and networks promised by the exponential development of new media.
A final pre-recorded work, Switch Off (Dead Air) will be realised as surround sound radio art work, incorporating elements from a series of live radio actions, which move towards investigating the tensions at the core of our contemporary understanding of ‘radio’. These have taken the form of 8 fictive trace stations which offer possible futures for FM radio long after it has been abandoned by sanctioned broadcasters. They employ differing types of radio art practice which recall its past uses to focus to focus on its future. I am developing a body of work, which considers issues of radio-as-live-event from a number of perspectives in practice, through broadcast actions, interventions, installations, micro broadcasts and interviews. The trace stations are Radio Mind, Numbers, Lone Broadcast, Sound station, Babble Station, Commercial Breaks, Radio Jam and Radio Recall will each be archived on this blog.
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Project by: Tim Jones
Archive film footage collected by Tim Jones, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University as part of a research project tracing old film footage of Canterbury from the past century.