How and why can you produce a translation of reality (or an idea) into a photograph and what is the thinking behind it? The studio raises questions about the representational and non-representational in photographic media, inviting students to explore issues, ideas, senses, stories, rumours, myths, facts, fictions, dreams or other concerns that matter to them and relate to the theme through approaches that test the possibilities and limits of photographic media today, from analogue traditions through digital and post-digital to any combination of cross-media practices or actions.
The studio will support students' experimentation and guide them through exploration of these questions. It will help to frame the production of their projects and research through an intense and stimulating programme aimed to provide conceptual grounding together with practical skills. This will lead to an understanding of how to position their practice within existing contextual frameworks and how to produce works to the highest professional and museum standard. We will work from concept development to completion of the project’s outputs (including artworks, exhibitions, publications, events and digital platforms) while offering an insight into the development of professional practice after graduation.
Over the two “studio” days each week, the programme will use a range of methodologies that will include:
- practice, research, lectures and seminars (research and contextualisation)
- professional practice talks
- exhibition production workshops (including a studio group art project)
- a symposium (Fathom the Four Corners Gallery Residency Artists Day)
- online marketing and networking sessions
- exhibition visits (including Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green, the Print Room at the V&A Museum, Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hill Becher and Beyond exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts Gallery), where students will meet curators and gallerists and discuss the work being shown
- documentary viewing sessions (key documentaries related to the studio theme)
- show and tell sessions (how to read a photograph, how to talk about a photograph, how to write about a photograph)
- read and discuss sessions (group discussions of key texts from our critical reading list)
- individual tutorials with photography section lecturers
- talks by visiting artists and industry professionals
- group crits
The Studio’s group art project for this year’s Photomonth Festival in November relates directly to the studio theme. The exhibition offers an opportunity to explore the studio theme as a group and to extend your professional practice development skills.
Enrica Federica Italiano
Thalita Zanin Vaz de Lascio
Photography and Fine Art Studios
Studio 1: The Divided Selfie
Mel Brimfield and Dr Jonathan Whitehall
Studio 1: The Divided Selfie sets out to explore artistic practices that engage with identities, self-perceptions and the role of these in our virtual and lived lives.
Studio 2: The Black Box: Art, Apparatus and Not Knowing
Galia Kollectiv and Patrick Ward
Studio 2: The Black Box: Art, Apparatus and Not Knowing explores the implications that come with not knowing how our digital technology actually works.
Studio 3: Acts of Resistance
Dr Andrea Medjesi-Jones and Dr Michael Stubbs
Studio 3: Acts of Resistance tackles the issues that artists face in the language and communication of painting.
Studio 4: Things, Objects and Non-Objects
Rosemarie McGoldrick and Bob and Roberta Smith
Studio 4: Things, Objects and Non-Objects examines the relationship between the artist and the objects they make.
Studios 5: New Frontiers
Ania Dabrowska and Spencer Rowell
The studio raises questions about the representational and non-representational in photographic media, inviting students to explore issues, ideas, senses, stories, rumours, myths, facts, fictions, dreams or other concerns that matter to them and relate to the theme through approaches that test the possibilities and limits of photographic media today, from analogue traditions through digital and post-digital to any combination of cross media practices or actions.
Studios 6: Making it Real
Mick Williamson and Sue Andrews
In Studio 6: Making it Real, we emphasise the mapping out of the student’s own position within the medium, from the development of their conceptual and critical confidence and understanding of the medium, to exploring and mastering techniques. The emphasis will then shift to taking the work from the realm of the studio into the real world in preparation for graduation and subsequent launch of students’ professional or postgraduate journeys with further emphasis on professional practice.