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David Barnes awarded the 2018 SPE International Conference Grant to present paper at Philadelphia Conference

Posted on February 24, 2018

David Barnes is a recipient of the 2018 Society of Photographic Education (USA) International Conference Grant Award.

The grant is awarded to international conference papers ranked the highest by SPE’s Peer Review Committee. The three international conference winners for 2018 were David Barnes, Lucia Nimcova, and Soonhwa Oh.

David will attend the 55th SPE Annual Conference in Philadelphia which is entitled “Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood”. David will present a paper on his ongoing research project focussed on the remarkable links between Wales and the USA via on the organisation “The Loyal Order of the Moose”.

As a part of his trip to the USA to present at the conference, David will be continuing to develop his photographic and film projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Prof Mark Durden talks at the Documentary Photobook in Oxford

Posted on January 30, 2018

Professor Mark Durden is giving a talk in Oxford on Wednesday 31 January 2018 as part of The Documentary Photobook international seminar series.

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Two former documentary BA graduates won Jerwood Photoworks Awards

Posted on January 17, 2018

Two former documentary BA graduates won Jerwood Photoworks Awards. Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira were selected from over 350 artists to access a significant production fund to make new work and showcase it at Jerwood.

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Prof Mark Durden has a new commissioned article on Tom Wood in TILT

Posted on January 17, 2018

eCDR director Prof Mark Durden has a new commissioned article on Tom Wood “Interconnections and Correspondences” out in TILT, Open Eye Gallery’s Zine, accompanying Tom Wood’s exhibition The Pier Head, which opens January 11th.

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Archivo open call for submissions

Posted on January 17, 2018

OPENCALL

Archivo welcomes inquiries and submissions from researchers and practitioners who are interested in the relations between photography and the archive, documentary, and the transdisciplinary role of photography in contemporary practices. For further information and for details on how to submit, please see here.

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The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life article

Posted on January 5, 2018

USW Professor Mark Durden and David Campbell, both members of the artist group Common Culture, discuss the recent exhibitions they co-curated on art and comedy in an article on Elephant magazine. Read the article here.


Maurice Doherty, I Slept With The Curator To Get This Show, 2016
As installed in Double Act at the MAC, Belfast

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Lisa Barnard is featured in the British Journal of Photography

Posted on November 16, 2017

Lisa Barnard, member of the European Centre for Documentary Research at the University of South Wales, is featured in the British Journal of Photography after being commissioned by Fuji to use their GFX 50S camera for a recent shoot.

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Prof Mark Durden (with David Campbell) published exhibition review in the Journal of Greek Media and Culture

Posted on November 9, 2017

Prof Mark Durden with David Campbell review of Documenta14 is now out in the Journal of Greek Media and Culture, Volume 3, Issue 2, October 2017.

Crisis Aesthetics: Documenta 14 (Athens, 8 April–16 July, and Kassel, 10 June–17 September)

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Prof Mark Durden gave a talk at the Ciclo de Fotografia, Cinema e Multimédia in Porto

Posted on November 2, 2017

Prof Mark Durden talked at the Ciclo de Fotografia, Cinema e Multimédia in Porto on Monday 30 November.

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Common Culture are auctioning a silkscreen print to fundraise for the Bluecoat

Posted on October 23, 2017

Common Culture are auctioning a silkscreen print of one of their Artists’ Tips in order to fundraise for the Bluecoat. The artwork was specially made for Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary exhibition early in the year.

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eCDR Doctorate Alumni Successes

Posted on October 16, 2017

  • Daniel Blaufuks publishes Fábrica, a book and film with a collection of images composed into an expanded scenery of memory, a walk through the abandoned spaces of one of the largest factories in Europe in an once flourishing industrial region, that never recovered from the loss of the textile market to the Chinese exports.

  • Amak Mahmoodian exhibits her work at Belfast Exposed as part of Catharsis – a new group exhibition which brings together three projects by contemporary photographers who use portraiture in innovative ways to explore and come to terms with complex family or personal histories.

  • Dragana Jurišic’s solo exhibition My Own Unknown opens at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in France on November 9 with a conversation between the artist Dragana Juriši? and the curator Natasha Christia and an after party.

  • Clementine Schneidermann exhibits her work at the National Museum of Cardiff as part of the Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection. This exhibition celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru’s first gallery dedicated to photography.

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Zanzibar Soccer Dreams has been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards

Posted on September 26, 2017

USW International Documentary Film Professor Florence Ayisi and Dr Catalin Brylla (University of West London) have been shortlisted for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s prestigious 2017 Research in Film Awards for their 'Zanzibar Soccer Dreams’ film. The film has made the shortlist for the International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices category.

Jan Dalley, Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “A team of judges watched the longlisted films in each of the categories to select the shortlist and ultimately the winner. Key criteria included looking at how the filmmakers came up with creative ways of telling stories – either factual or fictional – on camera that capture the importance of arts and humanities research to all of our lives.”

The winning films will be shared on the Arts and Humanities Research Council website and YouTube channel. On 9 November you’ll be able to follow the fortunes of the shortlisted films on Twitter using the hashtag #RIFA2017.

The Judging panel consists of the following film industry and academic experts:
Jan Dalley, Chair of the Judging Panel and Arts Editor of the Financial Times
Danny Leigh, writer, broadcaster and presenter
Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education
Professor Tom Inns, Director, Glasgow School of Art
Anthony Lilley, CEO, Magic Lantern Productions
Joanna Callaghan, University of Sussex
Professor Rajinder Dudrah, University of Birmingham
Professor Mark Jancovich, University of East Anglia
Professor Lucy Mazdon, University of Southampton
Steve Evanson, TV Producer
Professor Andrew Chitty, AHRC Creative Economy Champion
Lord (Wilf) Stevenson of Balmacara, Former Director of the British Film Institute
Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television
Dr Katherine Cooper, University of East Anglia
Lindsay Mackie, co-founder of Film Club

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Prof. Mark Durden featured on Antenna 3 radio in Portugal

Posted on September 20, 2017

Prof. Mark Durden featured on Antenna 3 radio in Portugal on a broadcast about the The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life exhibition. The exhibition is curated by David Campbell and Mark Durden and opened on 15 September in Azores. The British Consulate and the Minister of Culture for the Azores attended the opening event.

The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life exhibition featured on an arts programme on RTP television. For further details about the exhibition, please see here.

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Prof. Mark Durden co-curates exhibition in the Azores on the importance of comedy

Posted on September 7, 2017

15th September | 18pm

Opening Exhibition The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life

ARTISTS: BANK, CARLA GARLASCHI, COMMON CULTURE, DAVID SHERRY, ERICA EYRES, GEMMA MARMALADE, GILLIAN WEARING, JOACHIM SCHMID, JOÃO PAULO FELICIANO, JOHN SMITH, KARA HEARN, MAURICE DOHERTY, OLAV WESTPHALEN, PAUL McCARTHY, PETER FINNEMORE, PILVI TAKALA, RICHARD HUGHES, RICHARD WENTWORTH, THOMAS GEIGER.

The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life explores how comedy is important in shaping meaning, helping us negotiate the complexities of everyday life. The exhibition is curated by David Campbell and Mark Durden and develops from Double Act, which was shown over two UK venues, Bluecoat, Liverpool and the MAC, Belfast in 2016. Campbell and Durden live and work in the UK and together with Ian Brown form the artists’ group Common Culture.

This exhibition will present the multiple forms of the comedic as it is manifest through the experience of contemporary art. Drawing together artists from diverse cultural and political contexts, each sharing an interest in humour as a device to animate their art practice and connect with an audience, both local and international, The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life explores the way artists reflect on their experience of the everyday to illuminate questions of cultural distinctiveness in an increasingly globalised world.

The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life will include two new Common Culture videos, Trial by Media and Dying is for Amateurs, both partly funded by the Creative Industries Research Institute at the University of South Wales. With lyrics drawn from the narcissistic and indulgent lives of contemporary celebrities, Common Culture have created their own pop music, which is then interpreted through the language of dance.

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Lisa Barnard speaks at practice based research symposium

Posted on May 31, 2017

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