Students exhibit work in Preston City Center

Two second year students Gemma Bamber and Adam Hutt exhibited work as pop up exhibitions in Preston city center today as part of the Open Project 2013.

Gemma Bamber exhibition

Gemma Bamber exhibition

Gemma exhibited a series of portraits at Preston Market with a help of local store holder John, her project explored store holders at the car boot sale that happens every tuesday and thursday in Preston City center.

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Adam Hutt catch 22 exhibition

Adam Hutt exhibited a series of images entitled ‘Catch 22’ at the Corn Exchange in Preston city center displayed in Mixed media using a mix of a digital screen and framed print work.  The series of images explores the passion and range of emotions football fans experience when watching matches. The images are combination of studio portraits taken while fans watch the games and documentary images captured at football matches.

Assorted Photobooks Invitation

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The UCLan Photography team would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Photobook Exhibition produced by 1st yr BA(Hons) Photography students.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to see a range of original and innovative photographic work that explores how the photobook form can be interpreted.

Berlin Stories: Day 6

The final day seen the students and staff gain access to C/O Berlin, the most established gallery in Berlin dedicated to Photography. Co-Curator and project manager, Ann-Christin Bertrand, met the students and took them on a guided tour of the currently un-furbished new gallery space. Having moved from the former imperial Postfuhramt in Berlin-Mitte, C/O Berlin relocated into an old American cultural centre building -Amerkia Haus- built just after the second world war. This unique opportunity to catch a glimpse inside the walls of a gallery space prior to is refurbishment is one that the general vistor to Berlin would never get to see.

The attitude and willingness to engage with the students of Ann-Christin Bertrand capped off a truly memorable and productive trip to the ever fascinating German Capital.

Many thanks to all the students and staff involved for making it such a sucessful week.

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Berlin Stories: Day 5

Situated just off the banks of River Spree, Potsdamer Platz is host to a number of fantastic art galleries. The Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie is one such gallery, positioned inside a building which could be easily overlooked as it is also a residential housing block. Currently on show is the mind-boggling video work of Ed Atkins. His two piece video installation is a surreal trip inside the mind of Atkins, a trip that has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

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Just a few minutes walk from the Isabella Bortolozzi is the vast and beautiful, Blain|Southern Galerie  on display was group of video works by Douglas Gordon. Both the work and this incredible gallery space instantly reaffirm what an amazing cultural hub Berlin really is.

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Berlin Stories: Day 4

Berlin has one of the worlds most renowned contemporary art scenes, visiting the many art spaces is a fundamental aspect of experiencing the city.  Day four included trips to a number of established Museums and some smaller independently run galleries.  The particularly interesting element of these two examples is the varied display method used to present the work.

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Berlin Stories: Expedition to Szczecin

On Saturday Adam and Bart travelled outside of Berlin to visit Szczecin, in Poland, Bart’s home town. The purpose was recreational but whilst there we also explored key areas of the city. Parallels between this place and Berlin were particularly obvious in architecture and the city’s layout. Which is explained by Germany’s control of Szczecin between 1870 and 1945. The experience of Polish culture, in a place comparably and strongly tied with Germany, has provided depth and knowledge to our time spent in Berlin.

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Berlin Stories: Day 3

Today the students visited the Mauerpark flea market, located on Bernauer Strasse.

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The market is home to an eclectic selection of stalls where you can buy everything from bike parts and badges, 1950s cutlery sets and faded jigsaws, new and vintage clothes, DDR memorabilia, cats on strings, banana telephones and record players, bibles, watering cans and vinyl.

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As the smell of malt wine lingers in the breeze, the ice sheets formed on the pathway presented the only challenge of the day.

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Leaving the gates of Mauerpark for the train station presented new opportunities to capture the aesthetics of the district. Once there, amongst the relaxed ambiance of the commuter hub, the train doors opened to the sounds of Berlin.

Field recording: [audio http://vocaroo.com/i/s0JqhTX1UkJO]

Images: Karl Child, Joshua Payne

Words & Audio: James Whitehead

Berlin Stories: Day 2

The students were offered the option of two site specific excursions:

  • The Aerodynamic Park of the Science City Berlin-Adlershof, which is a site specific sound installation work situated in the grounds of an University.
  • Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Oranienburg used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945.

The students took advantage of the two unique locations which offered a wealth of visual, historical and political information to feed into their own respective personal projects.

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Jonathan Purcell – Staff Profile

Jonathan Purcell Lecturer in Photography at UClan. Commissioned to document ‘Between’ a series of performances taking place at the Cornerhouse Manchester. Artists include Hayley Newman, Patricia Baga, Annika Ström, Louise Adkins, Ruth Barker, Helen Collett and Lois McDonald.

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http://www.cornerhouse.org/art/art-events/between-commissions-by-hayley-newman-patricia-baga

http://www.louiseadkins.co.uk/between.html

http://friezeprojectsny.org/sounds/trisha-baga/