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Written Essays

"By voice I mean something narrower than style: that which conveys to us a sense of a text's social point of view, of how it is speaking to us and how it organising the materials it is presenting to us." (Bills Nicholss from 'The Voice in Documentary' in Documenting the Documentary). This essay will discuss the issue of "voice" in Agnès Varda's Les Glaneurs et La Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I). 3000 words

Explain, analyse and comment critically on the significance of the handling of point-of-view and the presence of the filmmaker in Chris Marker's 'Sans Soleil' (1983). 1866 words

An evaluation and assessment of Anselm Kiefer's 2014 Royal Academy exhibition with reference to ideas, arguments and concepts associated with the Postmodern. 2009 words

Wetlands

2014 onwards

Wetlands started as a collaboration between Nadia Perrotta and I. We used exploratory wanderings amongst the Hoo peninsular (close to Medway, Kent) to catalyse a research driven moving-image pratice, one that we would use to make a film each. Our relationship with this place grew beyond our expectations. We uncovered somewhere that formed the foundation for Dickens' early life and writing. It is a rich and varied ecosystem that has a close relationship to the water that surrounds a large part of it, with bird reserves, marshland, and farm land. Industry looms over the land, with power stations and disused bomb-making plants, ammunition towers being swallowed by the sea and a chequered history as a quarantine for malaria stricken seamen. Amongst the villages, communities and ship-yards we found people receptive to our research, making us realise this place could be a vessel for much more than our 2 films.

Enlisting the help and research of collaborating peers also at the School of Music and Fine Arts, we devised an ambitious programme that would utilise our varying artistic practices. To take this project to the next level, we successfully bid for a £5000 grant from the University of Kent's 50th Anniversary Student Project. We then secured a £1500 Medway Community Scholarship. Alongside other financial and in-kind support from other partners, the 5 of us curated, produced and managed:

  • Various workshops:
    • at a community diner and library
    • an education day at the university
    • a day-long workshop programme at FUSE Festival Big Picnic at Rochester Castle Gardens
  • 2 substantial films, 'Hoo' by Ben Crawford and 'Waiting for the Tide' by Nadia Perrotta
  • Film screenings at a pub and yacht club
  • An exhibition of 13 works by our members and peers on a tidal river beach

Our success in developing and showing such a substantial programme during the busy period of our final degree year was made all the more worthwhile by it being shortlisted for Medway's Culture, Design and Tourism 2015 award. The project lived on for some time and continued working with regional partners in the provision of art works, workshops and other outcomes.

Further details on the programme, contributing artists and documentation can be found on our website:

https://wetlandsmedway2.jimdofree.com

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