LCC alumna reveals lives of hospice patients in new exhibition

Jade Sempare, 31, was diagnosed with MS at the age of 13. She told Eléonore about how her house keys represented living independently from her mum.

MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography alumna Eléonore de Bonneval has recently been working with patients at St. Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, Hackney, to create a series of intimate portraits capturing the most important objects in their lives.

Launched to coincide with Hospice Care Week, Eléonore’s ‘Everlasting Lives’ exhibition features photographs of objects selected not for their materialistic value but for the personal and emotional stories attached.

St Joseph’s Hospice is one of the oldest and largest hospices in Britain, founded in 1905. It is an independent charity providing compassionate support and care for people with life-limiting conditions and terminal illnesses in Hackney and the City of London, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Speaking at the exhibition opening, Eléonore said:

“I want to thank St Joseph’s Hospice staff and patients for their support and trust throughout this project.

“Jade, Sanjay, Lucie, John, Josie, Susan and Viviane told me about their life stories, we identified together five objects that mattered to them, but really those objects don’t matter.

“What do matter are the stories attached. Through those you’ll get a window into their lives, hear about their trips, favourite books or music and most importantly you’ll hear about the essential role played by their beloved friends and family.”

John Waterhouse’s photograph of his dad

John Waterhouse, 77
Diagnosed with blood cancer in January 2013

My dad
I was born the wrong time, 1937. I didn’t see my father. I don’t remember seeing my father until I was 8 years of age. It wasn’t a normal upbringing because my mother was in the hospital. She had TB. She died at 32. I was 9.

I was about 8 years of age when my dad came back, he was like a stranger because I had not seen him at all really. I remember he came in, he gave us a little jar of sweets and went round the pub. I still remember that day. I don’t know what sweets it was in those days, everything was rationed.

Toys belonging to Susan Murray’s children

Susan Murray, 52
Diagnosed with MS on January 18, 2008

‘Eric the Sheep’ and ‘Stripey Zebra’, my children’s teddy bears.
I had my first kid Alfy, now 15, when I was 38 and Jake, now 12, when I was 40. The only thing I didn’t do is travel to South America, which is the next place I wanted to go to. But I had the kids instead.

My life has completely changed since I had the kids. It does. They are really important to me.

Perfume bottle belonging to Viviane Fatimani’s grandmother

Viviane Fatimani, 29
Diagnosed with MS in December 2009

The scent of my French grandmother
My grandmother died last year at Christmas, two days before we came to visit but I think it was on purpose because she always made me promise I would be at her funeral. When I was living in Mexico, sometimes she said ‘you will come back for my funeral right?’ ‘Yeah of course I will Mémé !’.

I have kept her perfume because it smells of her. It is Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent. I can’t believe she used to bath herself in this stuff. I used to think that it was just what she used to smell of. I didn’t realize it was perfume. My aunt told me ‘you should take the perfume’.

I took it to my sister and I said: ‘Close your eyes, smell this, what is it ? What does it smell of?’ She said, ‘it smells of Mémé!’

‘Everlasting Lives’ continues at St Joseph’s Hospice until Friday 16 January 2015 and is open every day 9am-6pm.

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Review // David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane turn spotlight on football’s big issues

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David Goldblatt, award-winning author of The Game Of Our Lives.

Second-year BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey, winner of the 2014 Sir William Lyons Award for best young motoring journalist, reports on the latest in LCC’s popular series of sports guest lectures.

Award-winning authors David Goldblatt and Anthony Clavane recently tackled the good, the bad and the downright ugly sides of the ‘beautiful game’ as guests of LCC’s BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course.

Goldblatt’s latest book, The Game Of Our Lives, has been widely acclaimed as a seminal look behind the money-fuelled hype surrounding English football at its elite level.

Clavane, who is also a Sports Journalism tutor at LCC, is the author of Promised Land, about his emotional ties to his home city Leeds and its football club, which was named as both Football and Sports Book of the Year in 2011.

He also writes on football for, amongst others, the Mirror, Independent and New Statesman and is an authority on the Jewish influence on the English game.

On their agenda at LCC were hot topics including club ownership, recent incidents of racism within the sport, and the growing popularity of the women’s game.

“I think with the rise of women’s football, we should see a new type of following,” said Goldblatt. “I don’t know quite what it is yet, but I certainly think it will be better to see something other than a clone of the Premier League.

“Will it ever be as big as men’s football to truly rival it? I’m not sure… Women’s football still has a long way to go, but it’s certainly the most prominent it’s been for the public since its boom during the early 20th century.”

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism Course Leader Anne Coddington said after writing her 1997 book One Of The Lads: Women Who Follow Football, she expected to have seen more progress by now in terms of female fandom, roles within clubs and in the sports media.

Clavane illustrated the progress made in dealing with racism in football with anecdotes from his time supporting Leeds United while growing up, when it was still widespread among fans.

“It was hard,” he explained. “I actually gave up my fandom for a couple of years because it got too much for me.

“When there’s several thousand fans chanting the same obscene things at black players, your fellow supporters, sometimes people you’d call friends… The only way I found I could deal with it was to get up and leave.”

The session ended with some thought-provoking questions from the students, who left motivated and eager to continue the discussion.

Words by BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student Stephen Kilbey

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Journalism Guest Speaker Review // Magazines, Fashion, Style and Apps

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Joanna Montgomery (far left) and Deborah Joseph speak to LCC’s Programme Director of Journalism and Publishing, Simon Hinde.

Last month the Podium Lecture Theatre at London College of Communication hosted a talk on the digitalisation of media and how fashion magazines build interest through social media.

Joanna Montgomery, head of digital at Bauer Media, responsible for the publishing of products such as GRAZIA, Mojo, Kerrang, Q, most recently The Brief and many more, was one of two guest speakers.

The creative director of emerging fashion app ASAP54, Deborah Joseph, joined the talk to share her experience as a fashion journalist and also entrepreneur.

BA (Hons) Journalism student Desislava Todorova reports on the event.

Joanna Montgomery began by telling us about her experience in the industry. As a head of digital in Europe’s largest privately owned publishing group since 2012, she takes care of digital marketing, audience and content strategy, product management, media analytics and a bit of technology.

According to Joanna, social media has become an important element of the marketing strategy and people are becoming more aware of that. Accurately building up an audience on all social media channels could be crucial for the success of a campaign, for instance.

Another topic touched on was the digital content of magazines and how, as she mentions, “three years ago” websites were regarded as pure marketing tools, while now they are separate editorial products in their own right. As a result, the best content is being selected and later included in the print version.

To the question of whether or not digital is killing print media, she referred to the mobile versions of Bauer’s products. In this way, people are not focusing on the magazine as an object but more on its content. So her answer was “yes and no” because in the end, apps, websites and mobile versions are simply different mediums for information and digitalism has provided us with more options without necessarily excluding their print versions.

This is when Deborah Joseph stepped into the talk. She is the creative director of mobile app ASAP54. Her career more recently involved being an editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s publication Easy Living magazine.

Her vision of the fashion world has changed through the years, as well as her perception of publications. She recalled saying years ago during an interview that she couldn’t imagine reading a book (as an example of print publication) without physically feeling it as part of the experience.

Today, she carries her Kindle and explains how fascinated she is with this swift pace of change due to digitalisation. Her most recent project, ASAP54, is a combination of trend research, fashion styling and cool-hunting which completely changes the shopping experience.

Therefore, this product is an example of the reshaping power of digital media and how this has changed our everyday perspective.

The talk was attended by students from various courses and concluded with a Q&A session which proved very useful for students aiming at fashion and digital journalism.

Words and image by BA (Hons) Journalism student Desislava Todorova.

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Graphic Design and MA Graphic Moving Image


‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.

Our School of Design Postgraduate Show opens officially with a Private View on Tuesday 9 December from 6-9pm. To celebrate, here’s the last in our preview series, putting a spotlight on two courses with really exciting work on display.

This year MA Graphic Design students have been inspired by a diverse range of subjects from pornography to pedagogy, and their work explores the many facets of the design process from in-depth research to experimentation.


‘Blink’, James Buell, 2014.

Students exhibiting this year include James Buell, whose project ‘Blink’ takes a sideways look at the future of the news. ‘Blink’, a bold electronic product, caters to a future customer so addicted to headlines and gossip that truth and accuracy carry little importance.


‘Blink’, James Buell, 2014.

This random headline generator, with an inbuilt algorithm, sources key words and phrases from a wide variety of online platforms and merges them together. Future headlines include ‘Taylor Swift Detained after Shooting in Ottawa’ and ‘Boris Johnson Beheaded by Ed Miliband’.

Cleber De Campos presents ‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, a project that investigates the process of mutual influence that newer and older media have over each other.


‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.


‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.

The end result is a hyper-mediated zine that discusses contemporary subjects such as surveillance, information overload, life-editing and copy.


‘Skim Scan Read Copy / Rec. Live’, Cleber De Campos, 2014.

MA Graphic Moving Image students have explored a broad range of screen-based communication designs throughout their studies, from traditional moving image such as animation, documentary, narrative shorts and broadcast design to web content, projection and video mapping.

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‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, Kalai Yung, 2014.

‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, a piece by Kalai Yung, aims to explain the concept behind the Hadron Collider experiment and the Higgs Boson at CERN. Driven by a desire to simplify complex ideas, Kalai’s work investigates how effective video mapping can be.

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‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, Kalai Yung, 2014.

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‘The Hadron and the Higgs Installation’, Kalai Yung, 2014.

Yang Guo has used his own experience of suffering from air pollution in China in 2013 to produce ‘Stop Repeating’, an animated film that promotes engagement with environmental causes. Drawing parallels between the ‘Great Smog’ of London in 1952 that killed 12,000 people and China’s current air pollution crisis.


‘Stop Repeating’, Yang Guo, 2014.


‘Stop Repeating’, Yang Guo, 2014.

Come along to the huge School of Design show to see this and much more work by our talented graduating students!

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
RSVP for Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MDes Service Design Innovation and PGDip/Cert Design for Visual Communication


Emma Collum, 2014.

In the latest preview of next week’s School of Design Postgraduate Show, we take a look at what’s in store from three more exhibiting courses.

MDes Service Design Innovation looks at design from a strategic perspective, working with different disciplines and exploring research methods and processes for service design sectors.

In a unique interdisciplinary course, students develop and apply their design thinking to a range of societal and business challenges.


Natira Wongpaitoon, 2014.

Natira Wongpaitoon’s project aims to raise awareness of Thailand’s community-based tourism (CBT), which aims to include and benefit local people.

CBT introduces travellers to traditional cultures and customs, with part of the tourism income set aside for projects which benefit the community as a whole.

The goal is to boost tourism by collaborating with Localalike, a start-up positioned between communities and visitors.

Natira has researched Localalike’s strengths and weaknesses and investigated customers’ behaviour in relation to technology and tourism.

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Thais Maio, 2014.

Thais Maio has looked at urban mobility in Bristol, prompted by the difficulty and frustration caused by heavy traffic, infrequent and confusing public transport services and hilly terrain.

The project proposes a better service from the city’s buses, not only making life easier for current users but improving perceptions of the service by the general public, potentially attracting new travellers and reducing traffic.

Thais explains: “Good public transport is a crucial factor in permitting democratic access to city spaces, as vulnerable groups can become isolated if they don’t have access to affordable and good quality public transport.

“Increasing bus usage also can attract more investment to the network, connecting more people and changing the way some groups relate to the city.”

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma Design for Visual Communication students gain practical skills and expand their knowledge of design principles, historical and contemporary contexts, research methodologies and theory with both the part-time Postgraduate Certificate and full-time Postgraduate Diploma.

The programme explores visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects.


Emma Collum, 2014.

Emma Collum’s work involves mixing traditional techniques such as letterpress and linocut printing with digital elements. In her major project, she redesigns a charity shop, challenging why charities spend huge sums on other campaigns  but often neglect their stores.

Keen to access the potential that the shops have to inform and engage, Emma tried to move away from the traditional cluttered and chaotic image and create something new and fun.

She used letterpress and combined this with bright colours, animal characters and footprints to create an exciting customer experience.


‘Happenings’, Kim Yeandle-Hignell, 2014.

Also exhibiting is Kim Yeandle-Hignell, who has produced two publications: ‘Autoimmune & Diet’, about diets currently used to battle the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, and ‘Happenings’, about Elephant & Castle’s colourful pedestrian subway.

Prompted by the possibility of a redesigned roundabout which involves removing the subway, ‘Happenings’ is an A3 memento of this underpass and its heritage, gathering together memories, feelings, thoughts and opinions from those who use it.

Come along to the huge School of Design show to see this and much more work by our talented graduating students!

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
RSVP for Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Contemporary Typographic Media and MA Graphic Branding and Identity

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Rossouw Oosthuizen, MA Contemporary Typographic Media, 2014.

We’ve had a fantastic time celebrating the achievements of students from the School of Media during the past couple of weeks, and now it’s time to look ahead to the School of Design show opening very soon.

The School of Design postgraduate courses have been brought together in one place with the show opening on Monday 8 December, with a Private View on Tuesday 9 December from 6-9pm.

First up in our preview series is MA Contemporary Typographic Media, which explores the relationships that exist between visual communication and language.

Looking at word and image, message and audience, type and typography, students research their own areas of interest, develop practical and critical skills and become creative visual communicators.

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Rossouw Oosthuizen, MA Contemporary Typographic Media, 2014.

Students graduating this year include Rossouw Oosthuizen, whose project looks at the objects that we use every day and tries to understand how they affect our lives.

Rossouw focuses particularly on the idea of the ticket, and attempts to demonstrate ways in which the ticket can be used to add value to our travel experiences.

“In this everyday object lies a great number of opportunities to bring functional and emotional resonance to our everyday lives,” Rossouw explains.


Test print ‘Heavy Metal Typographies’, Marie Eyries, MA Contemporary Typographic Media, 2014.

Also exhibiting is Marie Eyries, who has investigated Music Typologies & Typographies: Language and Type in Record Covers of Heavy Metal and Electronica.

Marie analyses and documents the visual cues and grammar of typography in music design. The visual presentation of this data highlights how typography in album art leads the listeners and consumers to the music.

All Marie’s independent projects have centered on this crossroads between music and design, and she aims to become a designer of album artwork after graduating from LCC.

The School of Design show also features MA Graphic Branding and Identity, which challenges the meaning of graphic branding itself.

Driven by intelligent enquiry and evaluation, students explore the strategic thinking underlying brands and look at how that strategy can drive creative expression.


Nireesha Prakash, MA Graphic Branding and Identity, 2014.

Students include Nireesha Prakash who has been looking at how our deadline-driven work environments challenge us to be fast, but risk making us lose perspective in the process, taking a toll on our health, work and relationships.

Nireesha’s final project examines slowness and ways of encouraging philosophies of slowness – connection, focus, health and relaxation – in the workplace, specifically the banking industry.

Nireesha’s brand ‘Slowup’ aims to make the best performers better by challenging the cult of speed.

The brand uses secrecy and exclusiveness in response to the psychology of bankers.

An interwoven calendar depicts each hour of the month, and the only way to use it is to unwind the thread connecting the hours one page at a time (see above). Another calendar uses the capillary action of ink to slowly reveal a message.


‘Haze’, Giulia Lunardi, MA Graphic Branding and Identity, 2014.

Also showing work is Giulia Lunardi, whose project ‘Haze’ explores how social media negatively interact with the urban environment and change our perception of it.

Finding that a change of perspective helped her relate to urban spaces in a more relaxed and enjoyable way, Giulia created a small kit encouraging them to see how ironic seeing the world through a filter can be.

‘Haze Sightseer’ symbolises our point of view, limited to a five-inch screen. ‘Haze Memo’ represents the multitude of social media messages we receive every day but is also a detox aid, and ‘Haze Filter-it Kit’ humorously underlines the oddness of looking at the world through a lens rather than experiencing it directly.

If you want to directly experience this incredible School of Design show, catch it before Saturday 13 December.

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
RSVP for Private View
Late night opening: Thursday 11 December until 9pm

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Variety names LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha as one of Hollywood’s new leaders

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LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha

In their New Leaders profiles for 2014, esteemed US entertainment magazine Variety has featured LCC alumnus Marcus Mucha as one to watch in the film industry.

Marcus – now LA-based – studied MA Screenwriting at LCC under Kelly Marshall and has since gone on to become VP of Business Development at Revelations Entertainment, a production company founded by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary.

“Without the skills I learned and relationships I made at LCC, I wouldn’t have this great opportunity to let people know about the amazing, memorable projects Morgan, Lori and the rest of our team are producing,” said Marcus.

A course taught with a heavy industry focus, MA Screenwriting at LCC has also seen Kwame Kwei-Armah (BBC’s Casualty, Elmina’s Kitchen), James Dormer (BBC’s Spooks, ITV’s The Fixer) and Anna Symons (Channel 4′s forthcoming Indian Summers) come through its doors.

“We pride ourselves on mirroring the industry process closely and this news is testament to how our graduates move so smoothly into professional roles,” says Kelly Marshall, Course Leader, MA Screenwriting.

“We very much supported Marcus’ move to Hollywood as our relationship with students continues long after the two years that they spend with us.”

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LCC BA (Hons) Public Relations students take part in House of Lords debate


A packed House of Lords during Tanya Kropacheva’s speech. Image © Roger Harris.

Students from the BA (Hons) Public Relations course at London College of Communication have taken part in a national debate in the House of Lords.

Second-year students Tanya Kropacheva and Hayden Scott, and third-year student Ire Ife-Alabi, all made speeches in the debate which was broadcast live on BBC Parliament on Friday 28 November.

The inter-generational debate focused on the extent to which government might deploy digital technologies to improve the democratic process.

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Tanya, putting forward the view that online channels enable citizens to take part in continuous democratic dialogue and provide for multiple voting opportunities, was selected as one of the nine key speakers on the day, and the only university student from the UK to be selected as a key speaker.

Hayden and Ire spoke from the floor of the House as they were called upon by the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza.

Second-year student Linh Phung Thi Thu and first-year student Sofia Bronnikova also attended the event for LCC.

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The students previously took part in a ‘talking day’ at LCC, run by the English Speaking Union – one of eight which took place at universities across the UK in October and November.

Tanya, Hayden and Ire impressed so much on the day that they were selected for the live event.


Ire Ife-Alabi in action during the debate. Image © Roger Harris.

Organiser of the LCC talking day, BA (Hons) Public Relations Course Leader Adrian Crookes, said:

“This was a tremendous achievement by LCC BA Public Relations students, and I am proud of all who took part.

“Tanya, Hayden and Ire represented the College so well and gave us a high profile in the political arena. My congratulations to them all.

“We’re always looking for great additional opportunities for our PR students to get involved in, alongside their regular course activities.

“This is something they are certainly going to be able to include on their CVs and talk about to potential future employers who will be impressed by their initiative, commitment and drive.”

You can watch our students in action on BBC iPlayer until Friday 26 December, or, if you are a UAL student or staff member, thereafter from Box of Broadcasts using your University log-in.

This annual debate aims to engage UK citizens with the Parliamentary process and, in particular, promote understanding of the House of Lords, the UK’s ‘grand revision chamber’.

It is only the eighth time in the 800-year history of the Lords that members of the public have been allowed to sit on the famous red benches – another feather in the cap for LCC students!

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MA Photography alumna features in ArtGemini Prize 2014 at Singapore Art Fair

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‘Stars 8′, Ellie Davies, 2014. (Source material credit: STScI/Hubble & NASA).

MA Photography alumna Ellie Davies (2008) has scooped 1st Prize Photography in the ArtGemini Prize 2014.

The annual ArtGemini Prize is a celebration of international contemporary art for emerging and estalished artists around the world.

Ellie’s winning work ‘Stars 8′ (pictured above) is part of her recent ‘Stars’ series, in which she explores her desire to balance a relationship with the wild places of her childhood and a sense of disconnection from the natural world.

The work is a response to the experience of gazing at landscapes as a tourist, while living in urban or semi-urban areas, which often alienates viewers from the scene in front of them.

‘Stars’ attempts to address both the mystery and material sensuality of our landscapes and interposes photographs of ancient forests with images of the Milky Way, Omega Centauri, the Norma Galaxy and Embryonic stars in the Nebula NGC 346.

The ArtGemini Prize is showing this month at the Singapore Art Fair, where Ellie has been selected to exhibit alongside two other artists from the 2014 Shortlist, Jaykoe and Adrian Scicluna.

The Singapore Art Fair runs from Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November 2014 at The Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore.

The ArtGemini Prize can be found at Booth D10, so we hope that any of our readers who are in town will stop by to take a look!

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LCC Postgraduate Shows 14 // Spotlight on MA Sound Arts

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

The second of our Postgraduate Shows 2014 – featuring MA Sound Arts – is just a few days away, and we’ve had a sneak preview of the work on show.

MA Sound Arts is an intensive, specialised course which gives students the chance to develop their conceptual and contextual understanding of sound arts in practice and theory, while tapping into the Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre.

Each of the twelve students on the course has developed their own individual approach and built a distinctive portfolio – so what can we expect to see at Hackney’s Angus-Hughes Gallery this year?

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‘Found Composition’, Gilda Manfring, 2014

Gilda Manfring’s ‘Small pieces loosely joined’ is a journey of research and investigation resulting in a body of experimental scores and sound compositions.

The work is collected in a self-published book and CD and partially presented in the wall of the gallery, and unfolds as a collection of accidental discoveries rather than the execution of an idea.

Gilda’s practice is based in experimental electronic composition, using and re-using sounds mainly found in invisible places like the internet or her mind, with improvisation and spontaneity at the core of her process.

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‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’, Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong, 2014.

‘#HLMB / He Loves My Body’ by Dan Helgi Helgason í Gong seeks to question the assumptions we make about people through voice, looks and gestures.

This sound and visual piece draws inspiration from contemporary dancers and pop lyrics written about sexual adoration from a woman to a man, and how this kind of adoration is much less prominent when it comes to men in pop music who identify as gay.

Dan Helgi sets out to critique the heteronormative world of pop by exploring gender-norms as well as making a critique of ourselves as judges.


‘Seeing with Ears’, Jamie Lu, 2014.

Jamie Lu’s video walk ‘Seeing with Ears’ takes the audience on a tour of London’s West End, based on his own relationship with the area.

Jamie has spent most of his spare time in the West End this year and is passionate about its theatres and their work. In creating this piece he gave his emotional responses to this part of London a shape, and transformed them into sound, expressing feelings that could not be articulated in speech.

His intention is that ‘Seeing with Ears’ will give those who are familiar with the West End a new point of view while newcomers receive an introduction to the district via Jamie’s own experiences.

The exhibition will close with a symposium and performance evening on Sunday 7 December. The symposium will focus on the place of research in creative practice, with talks from sound artists Lisa Busby and Mark Peter Wright, as well as contributions from the students and Course Leader Salomé Voegelin, chaired by the exhibition’s curator Irene Revell.

The symposium will also be an opportunity to engage directly with the students’ research.

Following this will be an evening of performance, including works by Tian Bai, Rebecca E Davies (with Holly Jarvis), Gary Fisher and Emre Yağcı.

Below are details of the exhibition and events programme:

Postgraduate Shows 2014: School of Media, MA Sound Arts
Private View: Monday 1 December 7-9pm
Exhibition open: Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 December
See opening times:
Late opening: Thursday 4 December until 9pm
Symposium and Performances: Sunday 7 December
RSVP for symposium and performance evening to: Lisa Hall,
Venue: Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney, E5 0PD

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LCC MA Photography final show prizes 2014

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’54°0’13.176”N 2°32’52.278”W’, Sproxton Award winner Véronique Rolland, video, 2014.

As part of our Postgraduate Shows 2014, on Tuesday 25 November MA Photography students received a range of prestigious prizes honouring different aspects of photographic practice.

In this sixteenth final show for MA Photography, LCC was very happy to again host the Sproxton Award for Photography as well as awards by Photoworks, MACK, Photofusion and Troika Editions.

The Sproxton Award for Photography
The prize is given each year to one student in the MA Photography final show, as judged by a panel consisting of an industry professional and MA Photography alumnus. The winners receive £1000 to help kickstart their photography careers.

The prize was set up by David Sproxton from Aardman Animations in memory of his brother Andrew Sproxton, who together with Val Williams founded the Impressions Gallery in York in 1972. Judged by Phillip Prodger (National Portrait Gallery) and Kate Elliott (MA Photography 2009 alumna).
Winner: Véronique Rolland

The Photofusion Prize
Located in Brixton, Photofusion is an independent photography resource centre and gallery that offers studio and darkroom hire, digital printing, film processing, training and professional support. It also delivers a wide range of community outreach and participatory projects.

The prize consists of a voucher worth £200 redeemable against any of Photofusion’s services, including mentoring and portfolio advice, scanning, film processing, courses and use of rental facilities. Judged by Paul Ellis and Jenna Banat of Photofusion.
Winner: Xiaoyi Chen

Troika Photography Award
Troika Editions is delighted to support the LCC MA graduate programme with the Troika Photography Award, a 12-month mentoring programme. Judges and Troika Editions co-founders Bridget Coaker and Michael Walter select a winner from the MA degree show.

The successful graduate is supported for 12 months, through curatorial advice and critical reviews during their post-university projects, to the equivalent monetary value of £1500.
Winner: Paloma Tendero

The Photoworks Prize
The winner of the prize is featured and interviewed in the Photoworks online showcase and receives free Photoworks Membership for a year.

Photoworks curates, commissions and publishes photographic work and new writing about photography and produces projects, exhibitions, books, the Brighton Photo Biennial and Photoworks Annual. Judged by Celia Davies, director of Photoworks, and Mariama Attah.
Winner: Holger Pooten
Commendations: Lu Zhang, Sarah Janes

The MACK Award
Publisher MACK presents the MACK Award, established in 2013, which offers the winner a prize of a £200 voucher for the purchase of MACK books, and the opportunity to take part in a three-month internship at MACK’s London office. Judged by Michael Mack, director of MACK.
Winner: Liz Orton
Commendations: Emilie Sandy, Amber Rowlands, Jisun Choi

The MA Photography final show, featuring work by these students and many more, is open until Monday 1 December.

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


‘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.


‘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.


‘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.


‘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.


‘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

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