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)



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!

Jini Rawlings: residency in Hastings and Dunkerque

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Posted on: 4 January 2014
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Jini Rawlings is a Senior Lecturer in moving image for CMP, and regularly exhibits as a video and installation artist. Jini writes about her recent project:

“I was the British artist chosen for the trans-national project Ici et La, working alongside artists from other European countries, France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Italy and Poland and creating new work for exhibitions in Hastings and Dunkerque, 2013 City of Culture.

“The first part culminated in an exhibition in Hastings in August –September and the second part comprised a month long residency in Dunkerque in November with an exhibition opened by the Mayor on 30th December. This was made possible by a sabbatical from the University.

“I made 2 video installations in response to the specific locations. Both focused on key moments of change, cultural, political or geophysical.  

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Adam Hodgkins wins AHRC scholarship

Adam Hodgkins

Posted on: 26 February 2013
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CMP lecturer Adam Hodgkins has won a prestigious full PhD scholarship, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This allows him to develop his PhD research, which he is undertaking with Professor David Gauntlett as his supervisor.

Adam has been teaching on the course for a number of years, but now has the chance to take a sabbatical to complete his PhD, which is on the subject of personal curating of films and media content in a digital media-sharing culture.

Congratulations to Adam for this award, and we wish him a fulfilling process of PhD research. His regular presence on the course will be missed by students and colleagues.

Jini Rawlings – exhibitions in Norway and Aberdeen

WAVE/ING by Jini Rawlings

Posted on: 28 May 2012
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CMP lecturer and video artist Jini Rawlings has shown work recently at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum and the Nordsjofartmuseet, Telavåg, Norway.

Jini writes:

“I made a 3 screen video for the permanent collection of  the Nordsjofartmuseet (North Sea Maritime Museum) Telavåg Norway. “A Dangerous Crossing” uses extensive archival and contemporary film and was made in collaboration with Trygve Sorvag. It is based around the journeys made from Telavåg to Shetland during WW2. After Hitler invaded Norway refugees escaped on small boats known as the Shetland Bus and agents were taken back. This eventually led to the complete destruction of the village by the Nazis.”

Jini Rawlings’  Exhibition WAVE/ING opened on May 26th at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

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Peter Dukes at i-docs 2012

Peter Dukes

Posted on: 18 April 2012
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CMP Course Leader, Peter Dukes, presented a paper on ‘Questioning Participation in Interactive Documentary’ at this year’s i-docs conference at the Watershed Media Centre, Bristol (22nd-23rd March).

i-docs is ‘the first symposium totally dedicated to the interactive documentary genre. Convened by Judith Aston and Sandra Gaudenzi and supported by the Digital Cultures Research Centre of the University of the West of England’.

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