For the first time four research disciplines taught within London College of Communication (LCC) are brought together in one PhD exhibition, ‘Research in progress: pushing boundaries and practises’.
The exhibition is a celebration of interdisciplinarity and the coming together of different artistic practices in one event. Nineteen students will be exhibiting a variety of different works in areas of film, photography, design and sound arts from 3rd to 16th March with a Private View on Friday 2 March.
Filmic installations will explore topics related to archive, space, place and belonging. Rosalind Fowler, 3rd year Film student showcases work that comprises extracts from a feature length documentary currently in production. She says: “It is about performative folk traditions, senses of place and belonging in England, from the perspective of a fictional female character living in the city. The research is strongly informed by ideas surrounding experimental and auto-ethnography, phenomenological experience and the embodied camera.”
In photography, images deal with issues of memory, domestic space, geo-politics and identity. Third year Photography student, Corinne Silva, tells us about her work: “The landscapes of southern Spain and northern Morocco share many geographical features including climate, flora and fauna, as well as a history of trade, migration and invasion. To consider these interconnected Mediterranean landscapes I photographed northern Morocco landscapes and then installed three of these images on billboards in Murcia, Spain. The act of placing one landscape inside another – the southern hemisphere into the northern – creates a space to contemplate not only their shared topography but also the complex web of their ongoing connections of mobility and colonisation.”
Design students will showcase various works related to data visualization, space and branding, screen typography, and communication design. Franciso Laranjo, a 2nd year Design student explains his research: “The Architecture of Gambling is an unfinished project that seeks to analyse and map visual tactics used by aggressive ‘brand-led businesses’ that occupy a significant part of today’s urban landscapes. They have been contaminating public space with promiscuous and obsessive relations with sports and finance whilst operating in tax havens such as Gibraltar, Isle of Man or Malta.”
Sound arts students showcase audio compositions and sound experiments who address issues of listening, performance, radio art, and the relationship between sound and light. Fifth year student Sound, Mark Jackson, tells about his work: “Exteriorisation Exercise #2: Playback Experiment #2 is the orchestration of a William S. Buroughs ‘playback’ experiment. It consists of individuals visiting the exhibition over the course of its run to covertly record and replay the exhibition’s audial environment with different generations of audio technology. The recording devices will not be visible and the data recorded will be played back at a level potentially indistinguishable from ambient noise. The exercise is a re-imagining of paranormal acts of metaphysical sabotage and the perversion of a not-art proposition. Potentially indistinguishable from its absence, it may nonetheless incite instances of interference, distraction and delusion.”
Download the exhibition catalogue that accompanies the exhibition.