Thinking about Books

I have decided that I am to have two separate exhibitions, so to speak. One digital, one physical. I was having the dilemma as to maximise all of the media I’ve collected for the project and couldn’t think of a way of making it all work in one small space in a group exhibition. This meant that I looked to using the video and sound for the web to create web presence for the project and then very much have a physical exhibition. I am into books; I have been trying to make books with projects where I can. I … Continue reading Thinking about Books

Dear Robert – Joel Kantor

[WORK IN PROGRESS] ‘Dear Robert’ is Joel Kantor’s most recent iBook, released just earlier this month. “Along the way an exhibit, a letter or an award helped me to accept photography as a central part of my life.” (2010) Joel Kantor uses photography as a way to collect what he thinks is memorable and interesting; from looking at his work he has worked with subjects to tell their story. Such as an interview with an Auschwitz survivor who works as a shoemaker for his neighbourhood and also Dan Fenigstein, a survivor of torture from the Israeli Secret Service. Many of … Continue reading Dear Robert – Joel Kantor

Longevity of Archives

Digitising archives should not be for the purpose of preserving the information longer. Think over the last 20 years, or even 10,  at how digital technology has changed. The Internet has evolved from a slow wired up service to something that can be used on most mobile phones, wirelessly and quickly. The Internet now is a hub for communication: there are more people on Facebook than the population of the USA. In terms of photography, over the last twenty years our digital cameras are becoming smaller and higher quality, and in fact, millions of images that are made today are … Continue reading Longevity of Archives

350MC Research Presentation

Title: Does Archive Information Want To Be Free? Firstly, I wanted to research into why archives are important and why we keep them: I found a document from Stephen Plant from University of London who says archives “form a unique and indispensable record for researchers”. Stephen Plant is the records manager at UoL; from this it can be inferred that he has a great deal of knowledge about records, archives and how they are catalogued and managed. Yet, the nature of his work automatically makes us assume that of course he is going to suggest that keeping archives is a positive … Continue reading 350MC Research Presentation

Lives of the First World War

The Imperial War Museum are calling for stories, documents and pictures of the people served, held by families today. Their aim by the centenary for the IWM  is to have 8 million personal stories built on a digital platform using multi mediums. The project – called Lives of the First World War and launching next February – will see the museum returning to its founding purpose but adapting to the internet age, in what is believed to be the biggest trawl for historical information ever undertaken. Undeniably, there is this sense today that if we digitise archives, that this is a simple … Continue reading Lives of the First World War

Cinema Reseach 1960s

From reading the Chief’s log I was not in the understanding of what ‘Rank’ was. So I looked up on Wikipedia that ‘Rank Organisation’ was a big British cinema company: The company grew quickly, largely through acquisition. Significant developments included: 1938 – Odeon Cinemas was purchased 1939 – Denham Film Studios were merged with the facilities at Pinewood and the Amalgamated Studios in Borehamwood were acquired, but not used for making films. 1941 – Purchase of the Gaumont-British Picture Corporation, which also owned Gainsborough Pictures, 251 cinemas and the Lime Grove Studios. 1942 – UK sites of Paramount Cinemas purchased Late 1940s – A majority shareholding in Allied Cinemas and Irish Cinemas Ltd was gained, … Continue reading Cinema Reseach 1960s

Accessing Archvies

On Tuesday 29th October 2013, I went to the Herbert Gallery to enquire about doing some archive research on the cinema industry in Coventry. I have been interested in the cinema industry all my life, being a daughter of a cinema proprietor. Coventry was famous for having such a booming cinema industry in the 20th Century. So, I entered nervously to find an elderly man with glasses sliding down his nose (pretty much the epitome of an academic really!). He wasn’t very welcoming and I felt as if I was being a nuisance: I have never been to a local archive … Continue reading Accessing Archvies

The Subversive

sub·ver·sive adj. Intended or serving to subvert, especially intended to overthrow or undermine an established government: “Sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities” (Erica Jong). n. One who advocates or is regarded as advocating subversion When talking about subversiveness in terms of the creative field, the possibilities are endless. George Rodger was a pioneer in the subversive: choosing not only to avoid the typical propaganda shots of wartime and telling real stories of real people. He didn’t want his ideology twisted by magazines/newspapers and he developed his film just how he wanted. George Rodger went against working as … Continue reading The Subversive