Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image and BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication

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Carly Wan and Alistair Moncur, ‘Grub’, BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image.

BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image is a highly practice-led experimental course focusing on the relationship people have with designed objects and experiences and explores the communicative potential of physical experience.

Students work with narrative, moving image and film-making, alongside processes such as design prototyping and physical computing. Students from this course are notoriously creative and experimental, and this year’s graduating designers are no exception.

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Ian Hutchinson, ‘Electoral Reflector’, BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image.

Ian Hutchinson has produced a timely and humorous interactive piece, which challenges preconceptions of UK politics.

Ian’s ‘Electoral Reflector’ is a digital frame fitted with a webcam and linked to a complicated computer algorithm. The frame reads the viewer’s age, gender and ethnicity and then presents the politician that the viewer is statistically most likely to vote for. The frame then reads the viewer’s expression and starts to navigate the manifestos of different political parties until the viewer’s facial reaction is positive.

The result is often a nonsensical hybrid politician, meaning that Ian has created something immediately engaging, which also stretches the narrative abilities of technology.

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Work from BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image.

Carly Wan and Alistair Moncur worked together on a project called ‘Grub’.

Exploring the concept on entomophagy, the pair have created some tasty bites including mealworm fudge and ant cookies which demonstrate what the future of food might look like. With an interest in humour and practical design, their exhibition piece includes a branded vending machine – “Grubs up.”

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Carly Wan and Alistair Moncur, ‘Grub’, BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image.

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Carly Wan and Alistair Moncur, ‘Grub’, BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image.

Maisie Bowes’ ‘Dictograph Notifications’ is an electromagnet bell from a Pre WW1 telephone which has been restored and recycled in a new object which communications smartphone notifications through pre-arranged code rings.

The Dictograph electromagnetic bell was sold to Maisie as a doorbell, but upon further research she discovered it was an element of a pre WWI telephone manufactured in Croydon. The Dictograph telephones operated using pre-arranged code which rang to alert the desired recipient that they had a call waiting. Maisie decided to recycle the bell and restore its original purpose but with a modern twist.

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Maisie Bowes, ‘Dictograph Notifications’, BA (Hons) Design for Interaction & Moving Image.

Using a combination of Arduino, Max MSP and APIs, the new Dictograph bell has alternating rings for various social networking notifications including Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Instagram and text messages. The object itself was designed and built using methods to make it as similar to telephones from the same period as possible. Constructed using the wood from a reclaimed cabinet, also from Croydon, the object reuses as many original features as possible. Including hinges, screws and handles.

BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication is one of LCC’s many courses with a graphics focus, and has been part of LCC’s rich history of graphic design.

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Work from BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication.

Sean Wyatt Livesley, one of the students graduating from this course, is exhibiting his dissertation in the School of Design Summer Show. ‘Black’ explores the theoretical and conceptual elements of the colour black and how it exists in art and design. Rather than just looking colour theory, Sean has investigated how a greater understanding of how black is used can help others to become better designers and better artists.

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Sean Wyatt Livesley, ‘Black’, BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication.

Sean published his dissertation as a book because he wanted it to spark a debate, so having easy access for both designers and in a wider context was really important to him.

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Sean Wyatt Livesley, ‘Black’, BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication.

Sean explains “The course is brilliant. I would definitely do it again. I think that the course, because it’s only made up of a small group, is an eclectic mix of people that want to challenge everything and break the norm in everything we do. At the same time we have a relation to our audience and what is actually going on in the world, we don’t just make things that are pretty, but we have a reason for making it.

“We’re communicating a message. Everyone on this course achieves that to such a brilliant extent you can see that in the exhibition. Even the exhibition itself has a theme and a message.”

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Coline Touaux, BA (Hons) Design for Graphic Communication.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts (previous BA (Hons) Design for Interaction and Moving Image)

Find out more about undergraduate graphic design courses at LCC

BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media students making work in response to the Foundling Hospital and the Foundling Museum’s Collection

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Lucinda Furlong, Foundling Hospital & Foundling Museum collaboration, 2015.

Since January 2015 a group of second year BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media students have been making work in response to the story of the Foundling Hospital and the Foundling Museum’s Collection.

The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. Their creative generosity set the template for the ways in which the arts can support philanthropy.

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Amelia Ward, Foundling Hospital & Foundling Museum collaboration, 2015.

Working closely with Emma Middleton, the Curator of artists’ projects at the Museum, the students have been given a tour of the collection, attended a workshop at the Museum and have had access to archival material. From this the student have developed their own visual interpretations of the Foundling children’s stories and the legacy of the Foundling Hospital.

The results have been made into an illustrated publication designed by students Megan Ellis, Lauren Hackett and Nadine Smoczynski, which can be viewed in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery from November. Reflecting on the project, Nadine says, “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, to be the lead designer of the publication from its inception to the final production has been both a turbulent and enriching experience. Working so closely with a major London Museum has been an invaluable experience for my professional development.”

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Natalie Itinov, Foundling Hospital & Foundling Museum collaboration, 2015.

A selection of artwork created during the project can be seen in a pop-up exhibition at the Foundling Museum on Monday 29 June with a Private View from 6-7.30pm. The show will present the many ways in which the Museum has inspired students on BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media to interrogate archival material and consider notions of memory, childhood and loss.

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Laylah Amarchih, Foundling Hospital & Foundling Museum collaboration, 2015.

Federico Piccolo says of his series of drawings ‘Founds’, “my work seeks to capture the mood of the children from the Foundling Hospital, their undefined identities and facial expressions recalling misty doubtful futures and lost pasts.” Amelia Ward’s prints ‘The growth of silence’ are inspired by the Foundling Hospital’s dining table, and its history of children eating their meals in silence around it, etching marks on its surface to substitute for the words they weren’t permitted to speak.

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Nadine, Lauren and Megan, Foundling Hospital & Foundling Museum collaboration, 2015.

The Foundling Stories project was organised by BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media tutor Charley Peters, who says of the project, “the Foundling Museum is a testament to creative spirit and what it can achieve to instigate social change. The history of the Foundling hospital and the stories of the Foundlings have provided much rich – but also challenging – material for us to explore.

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Federico Piccolo, Foundling Hospital & Foundling Museum collaboration, 2015.

The work produced during the project demonstrates that images can often say more than words about sensitive and complex subjects. We are all very grateful for the generous amount of time and energy that Emma Middleton and the rest of the Foundling Museum staff have contributed to the project.”

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George Withington, Foundling Hospital & Foundling Museum collaboration, 2015.

The Foundling Stories exhibition at the Foundling Museum is curated by Emma Middleton, Charley Peters, BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media tutor Rachel Taylor and students Rossetta Coupland and Enaitz Greaney.

To attend the Private View please RSVP to emma@foundlingmuseum.org.uk

Find out more about BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media

News // BA (Hons) Photography prizegiving

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BA (Hons) Photography at the LCC Summer Shows School of Media Private View. Image © Ana Escobar

As part of LCC Summer Shows 2015, the BA (Hons) Photography course held its annual prizegiving on Thursday 4 June in advance of the School of Media Private View.

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Work by Alex Jones. Image © Lewis Bush

Photography collector Michael Wilson selected Alex Jones for an award of £1000, with two additional prizes of £500 going to Stephanie Warren and Jeff Lam and Chong Ng.

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Work by Jeff Lam and Chong Ng. Image © Lewis Bush

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Work by Giovanna Petrocchi. Image © Lewis Bush

Flowers Gallery, which has two gallery spaces in London and hosts a cross-media programme by established and emerging artists, presented their award to Giovanna Petrocchi.

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Work by Lottie Bea Spencer. Image © Lewis Bush

The Metro Mentorship awarded by Metro Imaging went to Lottie Bea Spencer.

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Contemporary photography magazine Hotshoe gave their award to the evening’s double winners Jeff Lam and Chong Ng.

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Norwegian energy company Statoil selected Alexandra Horgan to receive their prize.

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Work by Julian Maehrlein. Image © Lewis Bush

And finally, Brighton-based Photoworks UK, which commissions and publishes new work and produces exhibitions and events, gave awards to Julian Maehrlein and Kylie Fisher.

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Work by Kylie Fisher

Congratulations and good luck to all our talented winners!

Read more about BA (Hons) Photography

Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Animation

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Still from ‘Plastic Plastic’, Lorraine Williams, 2015.

Opening Thursday 18 June for the Private View, BA (Hons) Animation students will be exhibiting their work in the School of Design show, showcasing the final work for their degree. We give an insight into what will be available for you to see this year.

The animation course offers the opportunity for students to create, explore and play with new technologies and gain understanding into how we make and experience animation. The subject gives the students a chance to test boundaries and look at animation in all its different and dynamic forms.

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Still from ‘Keep Me Safe’, Sally-Anna Calvo, 2015

This year, Sally-Anna Calvo is exhibiting her stop-motion animation, called ‘Keep Me Safe’. She tells the story of a young girl called Lily whose most treasured possession is a teddy bear. When her fear of imaginary dark demons of the night damages her teddy bear, she is left lost and confused and as the story continues, secrets are revealed.

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Still from ‘Bearless’, Natalie Cheeseman, 2015

Natalie Cheeseman has created a 2D digital animation. ‘Bearless’ tells the story of how the curiosity of a bear causes him to wander off into a psychedelic journey as an astronaut.

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Still from ‘The Plague’, Athena Chow, 2015

A projected 2D animation called ‘The Plague’ is being exhibited by Athena Chow, in which the storyline is based upon how human waste has destroyed the natural habitat. Plants have mutated into creatures and want revenge on the humans; the story tells what happens as a result.

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Still from ‘Myriads’, James Cressewell, 2015

James Cressewell is presenting a 2D animation. He has invented characters called ‘Myriads’, all consistent in colour and personality.

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Still from ‘Three Card Draw’, Otis Fulton, 2015

‘Three Card Draw’ is a 2D digital animation by Otis Fulton which tells the story of a mysterious stranger coming to town in a world half western, half machine. The story asks, who will make the winning play?

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Still from ‘One Life’,Tshitij Magar, 2015

Tshitij Magar has created a 2D animation called ‘One Lift’ telling the story of Rick, a man who is stuck on a highway trying to fix his car. It seems there is no chance for him to get a lift, nor does he have good connection on his mobile. His only option is to wait for someone to give him a ride home.

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Still from ‘Ian & Rosemary’, Monica Ng, 2015

Monica Ng is showcasing her stop-motion animation called ‘Ian & Rosemary’. Directing Ian and Rosemary gave her the opportunity to combine her love for model making with observational comedy. She has created something contrastingly ‘cute’ looking but darkly humorous.

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Still from ‘Know What I Mean?:)’, Daria Pankeeva, 2015

‘Know What I Mean?:)’ is a 2D animation by Daria Pankeeva. She is exploring the legend of The Tower of Babel, looking at how different languages all over the world seem to share common characteristics, especially idioms. Daria’s objective in every film is not only to give a message to the audience but also trigger emotions.

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Still from ‘A Worthy Journey’,Ghamerick Privat, 2015

Ghamerick Privat has created ‘A Worthy Journey’ which is a 3D animation. A well-known robot mechanic, Cubic, finds out that there is one power source left that can activate his new creation’s system. He sends his best friend to another world that is beyond their reach and was once thought to be a myth.

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Still from ‘Inside In, Outside Out’, Devdut Scialo, 2015

‘Inside In, Outside Out’, a 2D animation by Devdut Scialo, is about a man who lives in a small world which begins to collapse. He escapes with the help of a guide and sets off on a journey into the unknown.

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Still from ‘Character Friends’, Canev Tatar, 2015

 

Canev Tatar has created ‘Character Friends’ which is an interactive website. Canev’s aim is to create an interactive platform, which creates a chance to develop the characters in depth. Within the website, there is a page called ‘My Dream’ where people can send their dreams and then Canev will illustrate them. Send your dream to Canev on Facebook and perhaps it will get illustrated!

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Still from ‘The Creeping Worm’, Phoebe Whittaker, 2015

‘The Creeping Worm’ is a hand-drawn animation by Phoebe Whittaker which tells the story of a phantom-like alien creature which is looking for something. Its attention latches onto an innocent teenage school girl who has a purity the creature does not possess.

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‘Plastic Plastic’, Lorraine Williams, 2015

Lorraine Williams has created ‘Plastic Plastic’, a projected 2D animation. The inspiration for this piece was plastic – it is everywhere and in our everyday lives without consideration of the damage we cause to the environment. Lorraine’s intention is to highlight our excessive use of plastic. She is doing this by creating an abstract animation using materials people use daily such as water bottles, footballs and Lego.

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Still from ‘The Jump’, JiaJun Wu, 2015

‘The Jump’, a 3D animation by JiaJun Wu reflects on the suicide rate of men and women in China, focusing also on how the rate is higher for women than men. He wants to inspire people and especially teenagers through this work to accept life when it is bad. Absurdity is something that interests JiaJun and he wants to bring this out in a fresh way in his work.

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Still from ‘Dancing with the Wolves’, Felix Young, 2015

A mixed media 2D and live-action animation by Felix Young called ‘Dancing with the Wolves’ conveys the story of a children’s television presenter who is spiraling out of control after a recent scandal resulting in her being axed from the show. As the story progresses she continues taking the drugs that have lead to her demise.

Summer Shows 2015: Show 2 – School of Design
Private View: Thursday 18 June, 6-9pm
Exhibition open: Friday 19 – Saturday 27 June
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm, closed Sunday
Late night opening: Wednesday 24 June until 9pm

Visit the LCC Summer Shows page

Read more about BA (Hons) Animation

Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Book Arts & Design and BA (Hons) Surface Design

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Mahla Raphael, 2015.

The School of Design Summer Show opens with a Private View on Thursday 18 June and features courses including BA (Hons) Book Arts Design and BA (Hons) Surface Design.

For both of these courses this year’s Summer Show will be the last time they exhibit in the College in their current format. To celebrate the work of the talented students and graduates from these courses we’re previewing some of the exciting work that will be on display this year.

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Miriam Bridson, 2015.

Inette Goossens from BA (Hons) Book Arts and Design has built an eight phase backlit lantern show based on the ancient myth of the Moon Rabbit, with the eight sections symbolising the eight phases of the moon.

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Inette Goossens, ‘Moon Rabbit’, 2015.

Inette hopes that this abstract version of a book will appeal to children but also form a link to traditional storytelling and ancient cultural artefacts. The illustrations have been hand cut and the subtle back lighting is intended to give them with a dream like quality which links to the mystical power of ancient folklore.

Criosa McCormick has been working with the idea of the value of art. In her piece ‘£689.15’ she has been buying a lottery ticket every day for a number of weeks. From these tickets she has created enlarged copies in screen printed form. If she wins the print is in black and white, if she loses the print is in colour.

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Cri Mcormick, ‘£689.15′, 2015.

She has built a display and book from the prints and they tell the story of the gambling. The price for the work is £689.15. This includes the prize money from winning tickets and the labour charge and cost of materials for the printing. The resulting piece questions the material value of creative endeavour.

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Miriam Bridson, 2015.

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Miriam Bridson, 2015.

Miriam Bridson has maintained a passion for drawing, pattern making and hand printing throughout her time at the College. To celebrate the final year of BA (Hons) Surface Design, Miriam used the College surroundings as a theme around which she based her work. She explains: “found items, patterns, line and the shape in the lighting, equipment, stairwells, flooring and windows all offered an exciting starting point for initial observations and research. It is from this that my final collections were developed and created.”

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Mahla Raphael, 2015.

 

The surface design work this year is incredibly varied, with Mahla Raphael’s series of textile and paper prints inspired by her daily dog walks in Peckham Rye Park. Katie Greenwood’s collection of wallpapers which are inspired by research into underwater plant life and Anna Maria’s collection of retro printed swimsuits and scarves.

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Mahla Raphael, 2015.

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Katie Greenwood, 2015.

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Anna Maria, 2015.

Find out more about the School of Design.

Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

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Letterpress preparation, © Anna Surridge

As LCC prepares for the School of Design Summer Show, opening on Thursday 18 June, we showcase some of the work being exhibited around the College.

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design students can specialise in the area that interests them the most, whilst staying in touch with the constantly changing dynamics of the subject. This can range from typographic media to social design or information graphics to branding.

Students study in an innovative and flexible setting, giving them the opportunity to build on the College’s rich heritage of graphic design education.

At this year’s show, Anna Surridge will be showcasing a project in which she has been looking at children’s books and educational design.

Anna has produced an interactive, visually pleasing set of three books designed for children to enhance their learning at school. Focusing on three simple skills that children are taught in key stage 1, the books help with learning to count, learning directions and learning the time.

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Printing the book illustrations. © Anna Surridge

Anna has written, designed, illustrated, hand printed and bound a set of three books to showcase the skills and techniques she has learnt at LCC.

Emily Derrick will be exhibiting a transformers project, beginning with one object and transforming it into a myriad of responses. The project involves the exploration of serious applications for novelty items.

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Rifle made from resin and silly string. © Emily Derrick

Her response started with the initial object – silly string – exploring its use during the Iraq War as a means to detect tripwires. She has created a film, using 50 cans to cover a male body, with a soundtrack and found footage of Tony Blair condoning the Iraq War.

The film is accompanied by a real-size AK47 rifle constructed from resin and silly string, and a smaller 3D printed gun, both presented on a constructed light box gun holder.

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Exploration of Egyptian graffiti, © Marriam Harraz

Marriam Harraz has build upon her dissertation, which covers the political and social significance of graffiti during the recent uprising in Egypt. From her research, Marriam has created ‘A Revolution’s graffiti’. She aims to present the unique role graffiti played in documenting the violence during protests and ‘battles’ in Egypt.

Marriam has captured how graffiti quickly evolved in this period. She demonstrates how walls were used to send messages, actively communicating with the public, and how this became a way to criticise the government.

For his final project, Tom Hutton is focusing on mapping, looking at the changing borders between Israel and Palestine.

Through research, Tom discovered that olive trees in Palestine have continued to be uprooted, so that Israel can expand its settlements.

Aiming to show this, Tom’s final outcome will be four ceramic plant pots holding small olive trees showing that around 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted by the Israeli state in the last six years, Tom’s work will represent the changing borders of Israel and Palestine from 1946 to the present day.

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Shreyansh Agarwal is focusing his final project on the lack of availability of quality Hindi fonts and graphics in India. He is focusing on the large-scale problem of contemporary graphics in India being largely dominated by English fonts and culture.

Shreyansh’s ‘Devanagari Project’ aims to create contemporary typographic styles for the Hindi language. Hindi is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world with 440 million native speakers, and is the national language of India.

His project is focused at graphic designers and looks at creating visual style guides for designing graphics in Hindi, showing that the problem at large is a glorification of English culture, which dates back to both the legacy of colonialism and technological issues.

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Hindi vowel. © Shreyansh Agarwal

Summer Shows 2015: Show 2 – School of Design
Private View: Thursday 18 June, 6-9pm
Exhibition open: Friday 19 – Saturday 27 June
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm, closed Sunday
Late night opening: Wednesday 24 June until 9pm

Visit the LCC Summer Shows page

Read more about BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

LCC alumna creates identity for Adopting Britain at Southbank Centre

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‘Adopting Britain’, Southbank Centre, 2015. Photography by Leon Chew.

LCC graduate Margot Lombaert is the creative force behind the identity for Adopting Britain, a major exhibition (open now until 6 September 2015) at Southbank Centre which highlights the personal stories of migrants and refugees.

Margot, a PGDip Design for Visual Communication alumna, worked with interior design studio Plaid on the project. As the studio’s only graphic designer, she designed the identity of the exhibition, developed the concept and produced the artwork.

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‘Adopting Britain’, Southbank Centre, 2015. Photography by Leon Chew.

Plaid explain that the show places visitor participation at its heart, taking a lo-fi and tactile design approach. Visitors are encouraged to feel involved with the exhibition using participation points, immersive audio-visual displays, large contextual graphics and bespoke exhibition furniture.

We asked Margot to tell us more about her experience of working on the brief.

What did you hope to achieve with the identity of Adopting Britain?

This exhibition addresses a very broad yet important topic so we wanted the identity to feel accessible to all visitors.

The austerity of the bold typography inspired by the official immigration form is balanced by a very colourful environment. We used lines of colours to define sections within the exhibition and also to reflect the paths and routes of a migrant’s journey.

This graphic approach will also communicate to every Londoner used to the visual communication of public transport and road signs.

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‘Adopting Britain’, Southbank Centre, 2015. Photography by Leon Chew.

Did you encounter any particular challenges along the way?

The schedule of this exhibition was particularly challenging. We only had a frame of one month from the concept to the artworking of the exhibition.

That tight programme forced us to take quick decisions without compromising our design approach and attention to detail. It definitely was a very busy month!

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‘Adopting Britain’, Southbank Centre, 2015. Photography by Leon Chew.

What was the most rewarding part of the project?

Visitor participation is key to this exhibition experience. We wanted to engage with the public and encourage reflection and debate amongst visitors.

For instance, the exhibition begins by asking visitors to share their migrant stories. Did they move to the UK? Do they have any known relatives who moved to the UK?

Visitors can write their stories on a round card they hang on the entrance wall. Very soon after the opening, the wall was already covered by beautiful stories and positive messages about migration.

I am myself a migrant and I believe that migration brings richness, not only to the economy but also by creating interaction between different cultures.

Too often we hear in the media hostility towards immigration but by actually looking at the stories covering this wall, all I can read are messages of hope and love.

You’re now working on the British Library’s upcoming West Africa exhibition. What does the brief ask for and how are you responding to it?

This exhibition takes a bold, challenging and celebratory look at West Africa. It will reference a millennium of history, from the great empires of the middle ages through colonialism, resistance and independence, to contemporary life and culture.

This exhibition is an opportunity to increase the diversity of the British Library’s exhibition audience and to engage particularly with those of West African heritage. We are aiming to provide an immersive 3D experience through light, colour and a 3D environment inspired by the visual and sonic culture of West Africa.

Weaving and textiles are central to West African history and this is our way of approaching the exhibition’s visual language.

We are carefully studying the symbolism of West African patterns to create a meaningful graphic system that will echo the richness of their written language. The broad spectrum of symbols and our brightly coloured approach will engage with Africa’s incredible diversity.

Read more about PGDip Design for Visual Communication


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Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Film and Television

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Industry screening held at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, 9 June 2015. Image © Lewis Bush.

Kicking off LCC’s recent evening of industry screenings held at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly was a showreel presentation by BA (Hons) Film and Television.

From directing to producing and from sound design to cinematography, students on this course are able to choose their own specialism, culminating in a final major project in their third year.

We asked some of the graduating students to tell us more about their work.

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Still from Åshild, bli., 2015.

Holly Carney worked as Producer on Norwegian psychological drama Åshild, bli., directed by Roza Taslimi, in which two sisters play mind games fuelled by jealousy and tension.

The production unit flew a cast and crew of 15 to Scandinavia, filming interiors in a renovated church in Torsby, Sweden, and exteriors in Tvedestrand, Norway, during a five-day shoot. Holly tells us:

“As a producer, I often feel that despite the countless months, weeks and days of planning, I still go into shooting blindfolded. The unexpected always happens, things tend not to work out how you wanted, and there are days when things go so wrong all you can do is laugh hysterically because otherwise you’ll cry.

“But the most satisfying part of filming, is that feeling of a community and togetherness that always establishes itself, during the good times and definitely during the rough times.”

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Still from Åshild, bli., 2015.

Also working on Åshild, bli. was Magdalena Kozak, who took the role of 1st Assistant Director on this production and on G O’Clock by Mitchell Marion, which explores gay sex party culture in contemporary London. Magdalena says:

“I decided to work as 1st Assistant Director as my chosen specialist role, because it seems to me that it is the most responsible and demanding role on a film set. You are responsible for the motivation of the entire crew as well as making sure everything runs smoothly to avoid delays, but it is also a creative role.

“Working on these two projects made me realise that every film project is completely different and there are various challenges which the 1st Assistant Director needs to face and resolve as efficiently as possible to keep the show running.

“Moreover, working on both films taught me that I constantly need to work with different people and personalities, and my biggest responsibility is finding a means of communication that allows us to understand each other and become a great team.”

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Still from Charly’s World, 2015.

Freddy Bowes worked as Director of Photography on TV pilot Charly’s World by Florence Scott-Anderton, a dream-like exploration of a young woman’s fears and ambitions, in which Charly is thrust into the spotlight on a nightmarish TV talk show.

Freddy designed the lighting and camera movements, created the shot list, ordered the camera and lighting equipment in pre-production, and oversaw the colour grading in post-production. Freddy tells us:

“It was a fascinating experience to be tasked with shooting a retro, surreal TV talk show. Working with such hard, high-key lighting and saturated colours whilst trying to maintain a cinematic effect was a challenging and unusual prospect, but that’s why I chose to work on the project.

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Shooting TV pilot Charly’s World.

“I found it hugely rewarding to research and plan a very particular style of cinematography that I’d never tried before, and achieve a result that I’m satisfied with.”

Read more about BA (Hons) Film and Television

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Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television

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Still from Adventure Britain promotional video, Ronald Alele and Ryan Boey, 2015.

As part of LCC Summer Shows 2015, three film and television courses from the School of Media presented their work in a screening and showcase evening held at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly on Tuesday 9 June.

BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television students learn to produce, direct and manage productions to create and transform environments for live events and television. They also develop specialist skills and a detailed understanding of the kinds of production work involved in an exciting industry.

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Live music at Urban Food Fest, 2015.

Michela Viscardi and Kaita Moore collaborated to organise a two-part event on Shoreditch High Street in May.

The first part of BeatzRoot was Urban Food Fest, a one-day event with live music, performances and other entertainment. This generated interest in an after party at Juno bar, where DJs played a mix of electro, house and chart drum & bass.

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Still from Adventure Britain promotional video, Ronald Alele and Ryan Boey, 2015.

Ronald Alele specialised in aerial videography and photography using unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones.

Along with coursemate Ryan Boey, Ronald was asked by outdoor activity company Adventure Britain to create a promotional video highlighting the activities they provide, including rock climbing, gorge walking and quad biking, from a new perspective.

Ronald used his DJI INSPIRE 1 drone to capture the footage near the company’s base in the Brecon Beacons.

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Shirly Bumaguin (l) and Inger Kitt (r) at work in the edit suite, 2015.

Shirly Bumaguin and Inger Kitt teamed up to create a TV show pilot called Curious Science.

During shooting, Shirly and Inger worked as co-directors on the documentary programme, which takes a look at three types of artificial intelligence and asks where this technology might take us in the future.

BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television 2015 showreel //

The School of Media show at LCC and Hotel Elephant, featuring BA (Hons) Film and Television, BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Photojournalism and BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design, continues until Thursday 11 June.

Read more about BA (Hons) Live Events and Television

Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Photography

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© Jeff Lam and Chong Ng, 2015

The School of Media Summer Show opens with a Private View on Thursday 4 June and features courses including BA (Hons) Photography.

This rigorous course takes a non genre specific, critical approach to the study of photography. Students research and study photography theoretically as well as practically, which leads them to develop conceptually strong personal practice.

We take a look here at a diverse range of projects from the show and the students who created them.

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© Becca Sidhu, 2015

Becca Sidhu’s ‘Anxious Desires’ hints at the sense of unease that underlies our appetite for and consumption of glossy digital imagery, increasingly taking the place of the real. Becca tells us:

“The juxtapositions of images within the work presents a dystopian world created by fragments. The images play with illusion and construction, drawing the viewer into undefined spaces with infinite depth, which almost instantly push you back to the surface of the photographic print.

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© Becca Sidhu, 2015

“Physical set builds and textures sit alongside digitally conceived ones, emphasising the very idea of ‘surface’. A portrait of exteriors is built. Consequently a sense of absence is created. A world based solely on a seamless exterior becomes unsettling.

“‘Anxious Desires’ explores the tension between our desire of this seductive surface, and an instinctive suspicion of what could be beneath it. Is there in fact a void – an infinite emptiness veiled in reflective surfaces?”

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© Jeff Lam and Chong Ng, 2015

Jeff Lam and Chong Ng’s project is a response to the way in which the prevalence of digital cameras has made photography more affordable and seemingly democratic than ever. Jeff and Chong explain:

“This project is an attempt to deconstruct and rethink photography through looking at apparatus, methodologies and the image-making process.

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© Jeff Lam and Chong Ng, 2015

“Through staged performances which involve cameras, optical devices and installations, norms and presupposed ideas surrounding photography are taken to the extreme, until they start to fall apart.

“Obsolete technologies and everyday objects are reinvented, adapted and radicalised.”

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© Joanna Coates, 2015

‘Liznojan’ by Joanne Coates is a project that seeks a new kind of experience with nature. Joanna states:

“‘Liznojan is a work where I invite the viewer to look at the landscape in a new way. To reflect upon histories both forgotten and unspoken. In some senses a contemporary gothic fiction. A passage through new and old.

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© Joanna Coates, 2015

“The landscape allows for a navigation of contemporary issues. A reflection on history. A re-visitation for forgotten souls. Redemption of both mind and spirit.

“The project sets this course between the world we know, and a supernatural reimagining through the world of the unconscious.”

Summer Shows 2015: Show 1 – School of Media
Private View: Thursday 4 June, 6-9pm
Exhibition open: Friday 5 – Thursday 11 June
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm, closed Sunday
Late night opening: Wednesday 10 June until 9pm

Read more about BA (Hons) Photography

Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design

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Safi Bunni, installation experimentation, 2015.

This year as part of the Summer Shows 2015 School of Media Show our BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design students will be installing their work a short walk from the College at Hotel Elephant.

Melissa Shapiro, one of the exciting sound artists whose work will be displayed, is going to be exhibiting a multi-channel sound installation inspired by religious chants from the three major Abrahamic religions; Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

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Melissa Shapiro, installation experimentation, 2015.

“After visiting various places of worship for research purposes, I started to get a real sense of the power and importance of chants to worshippers. I sought permission to record these chants and began to layer the sounds with the hope of highlighting the symbolic and sonic similarities.”

However, in the process of composing the work she got a sense of the inherent discord between the different music. Through experimentation Melissa has realised that her final piece explores the wider relationships between religions and our personal experience of them.

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Saif Bunni, installation experimentation, 2015.

Saif Bunni, another student from the course, is exploring the aesthetics of water, its mechanics of motion, and its sonic properties through an installation.

She explains, “The water descends from a height in to a series of water ways, and winds its way into a reservoir at the bottom where it is pumped back up. At different points along this journey I explore both the dynamic motion of water and its inherent chaotic behaviour.

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Saif Bunni, installation experimentation, 2015.

“The sounds that are created by the water are then set against a resonant plate, which translates the water’s motion into sonic energy and brings the sound into a new dimension.”

Yasmin Kuymizakis’ project, ‘Xandira Moqżieża/Filthy Broadcast’, is another installation which will be on display at Hotel Elephant. It explores binary gender stereotypes in Malta, and how they are enacted in public and in private.

“The radios you see broadcast my own renditions of Maltese folksongs. While men in Malta sang in public places, women were more likely to be found singing in the privacy of their own home, most commonly whilst hanging clothes up to dry.

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Yasmin Kuymizakis, installation experimentation, 2015.

“All original songs are sung by men and can be found online. The lyrics of the songs exhibit the chauvinistic attitudes of some 20th century Maltese men.”

Summer Shows 2015: Show 1 – School of Media
Private View: Thursday 4 June, 6-9pm
Exhibition open: Friday 5 – Thursday 11 June
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm, closed Sunday
Late night opening: Wednesday 10 June until 9pm

Find out more about BA (Hons) Sound Arts and Design

Summer Shows 2015 // Spotlight on BA (Hons) Photojournalism

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© Emanuele Giovagnoli, 2015.

The first of LCC’s Summer Shows 2015 opens with a Private View on Thursday 4 June and features fantastic projects by graduating students from the School of Media.

Our Spotlight series begins with BA (Hons) Photojournalism, a course devoted to the practice of photographic storytelling. Here we’ve showcased some of the most striking images from the show and asked the students themselves to introduce their work.

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© Alex Nikolov, 2015.

Alex Nikolov’s photo story is about the winter masquerade games held in Bulgaria in early January. Alex explains:

“These games have really ancient roots connected with paganism and polytheism. In the past 30 years, this tradition in Bulgaria has changed and now for some it is a way to have fun, but for others it’s still a very important tradition which should be passed through generations.

Bulgarian winter masquearade games.

© Alex Nikolov, 2015.

“People dress in costumes made from natural materials. There are two types: “babugeri”, the hairy ones, dance on 1 January, and their costumes are made from goat skins. “Survakari” are masks with horns which feature on 13 January; their masks are made from sheep skins, horns and bones.

“At the centre of the tradition is fertility, health and the end of the winter. In the past, only boys and unmarried men could do it but now it’s changed and even women take part in it.”

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© Alice Russell, 2015.

Alice Russell’s ‘Bulimia Nervosa’ follows the life of an individual living with this illness. In Alice’s words:

“The project was prompted by recognition of the general lack of knowledge and awareness of the many aspects and extremities of the illness. Bulimia nervosa often presents itself through the overconsumption of food and fluids which is followed by compensatory behaviours such as laxative abuse, over-exercising and self-induced vomiting.

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© Alice Russell, 2015.

“Individuals suffering from bulimia frequently engage in these behaviours in order to manage difficult and distressing emotions or thoughts. As the photographs aims to reveal, the behaviour can eventually become the sole source of distress, consistently engulfing the individual’s life.

“This project aims to shed light upon the isolation and shame surrounding the disorder by presenting a personal view of a secretive condition.”

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© Ekaterina Anchevskaya, 2015.

‘Forgiving’, a multimedia project by Ekaterina Anchevskaya, explores monastic life in Russia. Ekaterina says:

“Forgiving is a documentary story which explores the hidden life of Russian Orthodox monasteries. It focuses on real human stories instead of the religious traditions of the Orthodox Church.

“I tried to discover the reasons and motives for abandoning secular life and going to a monastery. As you will see, some people come to this decision after years of trying to find themselves in their normal life, and others do not have other choices as they have been left alone.

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© Ekaterina Anchevskaya, 2015.

“The monastery is something unknown to the general public. It is a very different life and it has to be experienced to be understood. ‘Forgiving’ aims to present this experience, explore the lives of the monasteries’ inhabitants and transmit their feelings through photography.”

Disappearing Home

© Emanuele Giovagnoli, 2015.

‘Disappearing Home’ by Emanuele Giovagnoli is a portrait of the East End’s English community at the start of the new century, documenting and exploring its culture and traditions. Emanuele explains:

“‘Disappearing Home’ depicts a glimpse into the everyday lives of the English people of the East End and intends to serve as a visual representation of the identity of this community today.

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© Emanuele Giovagnoli, 2015.

“The project was driven by my interest in the social dynamics that rule the diverse communities populating the East End: unemployment, cultural and racial integration and a lack of social housing.

“By photographing a community rooted to traditions barely surviving the social changes of the era, I wanted to explore the meaning of cultural identity.”

Summer Shows 2015: Show 1 – School of Media
Private View: Thursday 4 June, 6-9pm
Exhibition open: Friday 5 – Thursday 11 June
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm, closed Sunday
Late night opening: Wednesday 10 June until 9pm

Read more about BA (Hons) Photojournalism