CMP Degree Shows – reviewed by Graham Evans

Posted on: 23 June 2012
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Maresa Harvey at Ambika P3 Work by Maresa Harvey in the CMP degree show at Ambika P3

CMP final year students and staff have just finished a busy and rewarding week of the degree show at Ambika P3, and film screenings at Roxy Bar & Screen and the Regent Street Old Cinema.

Our shows were collectively named Optical Soup, and were coordinated by Graham Evans, member of the CMP staff team and year leader for the 3rd year.

Graham writes:

“The Contemporary Media Practice degree show has for the last two years adopted as its central London display site the vast Ambika P3 gallery opposite Madame Tussaud’s on Marylebone Road. Last year spectators were confronted by a yurt strategically placed in the cavernous space where one could chill, festival like, and absorb the filmic work of graduating students. Many of these films go on the international festival circuit and get picked up by film producers and distributors. The June exhibition is an opportunity to see not only the pick of this year’s films but also the sheer diversity of media output from this interdisciplinary creative course.”

“This year highlights have been an endearing and topical interactive piece based around the Lea River as it passes though the new Olympic site; “Wanderlust Down the Lea“. As a multi platform piece that can be accessed via the internet, this told some riveting micro histories of the course of the river and its secret origins, itself secreted away in an intimate space in the gallery this invited extended indulgence and interaction with both the film sequences and the fascinating commentary and interface design.”

Wanderlust Down The Lea

Wanderlust Down The Lea, Katharina Dressel and Veronika Albrandt (video still)

“For this year the filmmakers presented an epic programme that ranged from disturbing but utterly convincing dystopian sci fi visions of future isolation and love life to visceral documentary commentary of the Palestinian occupation by Israeli forces and the running battles that ensue. This work reminds us all that there are advantages to being the spectator rather than filmmaker; these are not easy shots to film!”

“And that is the overall message from the 2012 graduate CMP student work. It is not the easy option that is the way forward, but constantly asking probing questions, going the extra mile, not just in the literal sense. The work from this collectivity surprises us with its production values. Yet the great diversity of the work is always refreshing, and reassuring that these graduates are guaranteed to find their way in a competitive world alongside many of their illustrious alumni.”

The student-created website for the shows is at opticalsoup.com

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