Aaditi Dutt, graduate from 2010, photographs the Nepal earthquake

Posted on: 16 June 2015
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Along with Rahat Kulshreshtha, another University of Westminster graduate, Aaditi created an award winning short film on the Nepal earthquake that can be watched below:

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Leilani Franco wins at Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes!

Posted on: 15 June 2015
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Leilani graduated from CMP in 2014 and now won at Beyond Borders 2015 with her graduate film ‘Eelan’.

Conceived by US Event Producer and Entertainment Publicist, Yolonda Brinkley, Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes is an independent global filmmaker movement occurring annually in France. Beyond Borders seeks to strengthen the cross cultural network of the various ethnic groups represented at Cannes.

Here are a few more details straight from the artist!

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Jonny Simpson is part of FreshFaced+WildEyed 2015!

Posted on: 15 June 2015
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Jonny Simpson’s major project ‘I am Fine’ has been selected by The Photographers’ Gallery to be part of the 2015 FreshFaced+WildEyed exhibition!

Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed is an exhibition for recent graduates from visual arts courses across the UK selected by a panel of judges from an open submission.

“I entered my major project ‘I am Fine’ which is about economic migrants from Bangladesh that live and work in Singapore. I started the project with the mindset that I wanted to do something more than to only document. I wanted to get involved in the lives of my subjects and step away from the roles of photographer and subject.”

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Exhibition Sixty1 – The 2015 CMP Degree Show

Posted on: 3 June 2015
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Our Degree Show this year is at Ambika P3, opening on Monday 8th June (6.30 to 8.30pm), and then on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th June (11.00am – 6.00pm).

We are also screening our graduation film work at the newly refurbished Regent Street Cinema on Wednesday 10th June (8.30 – 11.00pm – tickets required)

Jini Rawlings at Contemporary Applied Arts

Posted on: 20 May 2015
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Amazing mixed media and installation artists as well as lecturer on CMP, Jini Rawlings created a site-specific installation that will be shown as part of the Leaving Home exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts until the 31st of May!

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Adam Hodgkins in Sight&Sound Magazine

Posted on: 20 May 2015
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Film maker and artist, Adam is currently studying for a PhD on the impact of databases upon film production and consumption.

When he’s not studying he enters his amazing work into festivals such as the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2015. Here he presented a two screen video installation with the name of “The Leiden Translations” (Image below)

 

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Alistair Zaldua and Adam Hodgkins’s Leiden Translation

“Leiden Translations” is a response to alchemical ‘recipes’ from 3rd Century Greece, practical yet mysterious proto-scientific instructions to effect and monitor material transformations. Composer Alistair Zaldua translated these recipes and their sigils (symbols with quasi-magical potency) into semi-improvised contrabass parts filmed by Adam. Adam then also further visually translated the recipes into representations through British Sign Language, the composer (alchemist) writing the recipes in their symbolic form. These visualisations were themselves informed by transcriptions and transformations across the history of film and video art, from the praxinoscope to YouTube.

For the installation these filmed sequences and contrabass sound files were entered into a database, then software is employed to (semi) randomly compare and contrast the ‘translations’ within a two screen installation. The effect is to create new collaborations or ‘chymical weddings’ of the above and the below – powerful alchemical principles.

The installation received an amazing review in the Sight&Sound Magazine : “The strongest of the Crown Building’s installations was the world premiere of Alice Betts’s And the Walls Became the World All Around and Alistair Zaldua and Adam Hodgkins’s Leiden Translation (pictured), a two-screen work about the Leiden Papyrus, a third-century text describing processes to improve nature. Zaldua and Hodgkins’s rhythmic work combined three forms of translation – British Sign Language, the writing of alchemical sigils and musical interpretation – demonstrating the gesture and physicality of each communicative form.”

Congratulations Adam!

The CMP Network

Posted on: 5 January 2015
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As social media is a major study subject within Contemporary Media Practice, we figured that we might as well use it to do what it does best: connect.

Join our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more about on-going CMP projects, student success stories, job opportunities, competitions  and of course, to find your fellow CMPers, past, present and future!

Help us grow this community so that we can all connect our ideas and take CMP to a new level!

Emilie Giles, Co-Director of Codasign

Posted on: 28 November 2014
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CMP shaped what I went on to do by being a diverse course which taught me how important a cross disciplinary approach is. Whilst on it I discovered digital and was fascinated by how I could mix my photography skills with writing code and making interactive work which felt very exciting.

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Board of Media

Posted on: 28 November 2014
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Board of Media is a 10 minute documentary pilot and not-for-profit campaign, created by CMP 3rd years Emma Shoesmith, Alexandra Dack, Connor Hawkins and Jed Welland. Their aim is raising awareness and opening a debate surrounding inequality in action sports advertising, film, photography, prize money and job roles.

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Dance4MeTV

Posted on: 13 October 2014
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Dance4MeTV is an award winning new webseries created by our 3rd years Rebecca Graham and Emilie Dubois.

The scope of the webseries is to blur the line between reality TV and scripted drama while following eight dancers, their rehearsals and live performances.

Drama unfolds, tension rises and love triangles are formed while they struggle to reach their goal as recognised dancers.

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