This blog shows the news of students and staff from
the Visual Communication division, Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton.
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Shelter is one of the fundamental needs of human beings, no matter what religious, cultural or ethnic origin. Housing space does not only satisfy humans’ need of safety and protection but is also a status symbol.
The quality of living particularly depends on geographical, cultural and social political situations, and different standards are given to evaluate the quality of living. At the moment, 60 million people are fleeing from their home and a huge number of refugees are seeking for protection in my home country, Germany. It cannot be denied that living conditions definitely influence the integration of refugees in German society which is essential for a peaceful coexistence. Therefore and because of my interest in the photography of architecture I decided to create a photo series of black and white photographs of different refugees’ accommodation in Germany, concentrating on atmosphere and expression rather than a documentary or realistic approach.
My initial area of study began looking at anti-consumerism and the anti-advertising movements; this led me onto such movements as the détournment technique along with the Situationists. I then researched what exactly caused this consumer culture we currently live in. This led me onto the protestant neo-liberalist background, which I think currently exists – this greatly interested me and linked with the idea of what is not for sale.
It seems that most things are for sale, or at least can be consumed, including things that are intangible. These intangible assets are what interested me and made me delve deeper into the process of what is meant by such assets as ‘being guilt free’ and the notion of happiness. Some of these values have their basis in Christianity and I wondered how these values can be sold to us, and indeed, if they can be spread to the masses.
Due to my research about narratives, story-telling methods and comics I plan to create a comic. With this project I want to combine my research regarding narratives and comics.
The comic will entertain by using different story-telling methods. The most important element is the non-linear story. Other elements are the stylised use of colours for special situations, handling of the reader’s knowledge and expectations, character development and alternative layout ideas. Because of the non-linear story the comic will be split in three parts. The illustrations will be made manually with markers on paper, the colouring and layout will be made digitally. The comic will be a printed product. For time reasons the comic will be a dummy book in which only short sequences are fully finished with details but the whole comic is necessary to show how the non-linear story, the colouration and other elements are used and work over time.
My project centres on the psychology behind escapism and identity, which I’ve visualised in images and sculpture and explored contextually in a dissertation that analyses escapism through animation.
I have discovered some interesting links between how identity is formed and why we engage in escapism as part of contemporary culture. I came to the conclusion that our chosen forms of escapism become a type of self-expression and that they provide a psychologically beneficial way for us to add meaning and value to our lives. There’s also a connection to the idea that our sense of self holds more significance than the perception of others and how we are defined by society, as escapism can allow us to cement self-imposed ideas of our identity and individuality. The practical element of my work comprises figurative and character-based art pieces that represent different aspects of the ideas I have explored.
My Master’s project is about the pictures and texts from the photographer Christina Papadopoulou.
I am creating a book for her and her exhibition for this winter in Berlin and next year in New York. Christina is a passionate person who is guided by instincts and emotions. She is not a fan of rules. Christina photographs moments, her goals and visions appear tangible and boundless. From showmanship or unknown people – set artistically and in clear order – to her destination on truth: photographs with the background aimed to express something. She is a life-affirming human being but has also at times struggled, finding her life meaningless. She draws from her own experiences from life or she maintains what she sees to make it visible. Her source of inspiration is her thoughts and feelings.
Visual Communication students will be showcasing their work at Wolverhampton Art Gallery - putting on a master display of talent. 32 students studying for Master’s degrees in Digital and Visual Communication as well as others completing Masters in Fine Art and Applied Arts plus the University’s artists in residence – will be exhibiting work from Saturday 1st October until Monday 10th October. The show is free and open to anyone.
The diverse show, which offers a wide range of creative work from local, national and international students, covers painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, installations, graphics, photography, illustration, audio-visual and multi-media.
Some people think that the relationship between tradition and modernity are opposites and not compatible and traditional culture has been replaced by modern life. But I think they can coexist, there can be a harmonious relationship. Traditional culture promotes modern life, and modern life influences traditional culture.
The theme of my work is harmony between the traditional and the modern. I use two different ways to design: namely embroidery and a visual diary. They are all in order to highlight my point of view that traditional culture and modern life are compatible. In the first work, I combine the symbols of ancient gods and superhero. In my second work I use the photo of Big Ben, the nickname of the clock in the Palace of Westminster. It is a classic building, but it also a modern clock and time is always moving forward. From my view, I think this conveys harmony.
In today’s supermarkets the customer is forced to buy food packed in several plastic packages and a given quantity.
This makes it difficult for many people to buy food according to their needs. My MA topic is to develop a supermarket concept which gives the customer the choice. Without bulk shopping or packages, the customer is able to tailor their needs by buying the quantities they need thereby promoting less food wastage as well as rethinking packaging. This is an ideal solution in a diverse marketplace that consists of different groups from individuals, to couples, to other configurations of family and kinship.
Peter Kennard is widely regarded as Britain’s most important political artists. With a practice spanning almost fifty years, his distinctive photomontages have been published extensively in newspapers and magazines, and deployed on placards and banners by activist groups and organisations throughout the UK.
His images for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), including Broken Missile, are among his best known, while collaborations with other artists including Cat Phillipps and Banksy reflect a persisting relevance and currency in his work.
Off Message is a retrospective exhibition at MAC Birmingham, bringing together a collection of the artist’s work made between 1968 and 2016. The show runs from 24th September - 27 November, 11.00am- 6.00pm and admission is free.
Lisa Wilson, recent graduate and winner of the Sheaffer Prize for Use of Language in Graphic Projects and the Daler Rowney Prize has been reflecting on her time as a student within the Visual Communication division:
Now that graduation is over I just wanted to say a huge, heartfelt 'thank you' for making my time at the University such a memorable and worthy one.
I've loved everything about the course (even Paul's singing) and have relished the chance to learn and explore some wonderful new skills that I'll use throughout my future career, wherever that leads!
I can only sing the praises of all the staff who've helped and supported me along the way.