BRIGHTON: Masters Students, 16th Sept 2019

On the run up to our 10th Birthday in Sept 2020, from August 2019 to August 2020 each month Miniclick will be taken over by a different organisation we’ve worked with in the past. Friends, collaborators and supporters alike.

In September, we’ll be bringing back to life a popular annual night we used to run with the University of Brighton MA Photography students. A group of students from the course will present short talks about their current work and research as a means of introducing us to it, and getting feedback on it.

The Photography MA at Brighton has consistently produced some incredible artists and photographers, and this event is always a good chance to hear about these bodies of work whilst they’re still being formed and finished.

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Mon 16th Sept, 2019, 6:30pm – 8pm. University of Brighton at Edward St, Brighton. (map).

8pm onwards, drinks at The Sidewinder, Upper St James’ St, Brighton (map).

Free Entry.

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Our speakers include…

Zara Pears

Zara Pears WebRes

“Night represents a time of cosmic rhythm and sleep a time of biological rhythm. The processes that belong to sleep are those of repetition and respiration, this is reflected in nature, in the rise and fall of the tides, in the return to day, in the turn of the seasons. As the earth turns away from the sun our ability to see colour is diminished, with the absence of light, sight retreats. When we close our eyes to sleep there is an absence of vision and visibility. Day is revealed by light and is wholly outside while night identifies with the inside, the back of eyelids, of caves and crypts.

Although we have markers of time to bring order to our world, our internal experience of time in the dream state is not subject to external rules and reality, our perception of time is different depending on whether we are awake or asleep. When we are awake we are live in a shared world.  By contrast, sleeping is done alone, in our individual worlds. When we sleep we might say that the self disappears, we lose the ability to recognise ourselves as an ‘I’. We simply are. What rises up in sleep are dream images; our memories, fears and desires, time fragments experienced as hours but lasting only minutes. 

The Sleeping Self Does Not Appear is a poetic exploration and inquiry into our experience of time, space and subjectivity in the realm of sleep. The work positions itself on the intersection of cosmology, philosophy and the study of the unconscious.”

Amanda Gordon

Amanda Gordon WebRes

“Through the processes of examination, magnification and isolation my work considers the surfaces and materiality of objects and substances found within the domestic space. Transforming these banal materials into a state of otherness, I consider their ability to demonstrate the boundaries of self.

there is no there there  is a continuation of this practice. The images and sculptural artwork presented explore the potential existence of physical boundaries between the real and unreal worlds within smartphone devices. This is a technology that has resulted in our perception and projection of self becoming more complex as our personalities exist in increasingly fragmented forms on both sides of the screen surface. Through the exploration of the screen’s surfaces and its hidden edges this work questions where the separation of these real and unreal worlds may physically occur and what, if anything, exists within these spaces.”

Bojian Xu 

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“Everyone has inner fears which are hidden from other people. Intimate memories and thoughts are often not shared. Hence, some people consider that negative sentiments could only produce the drawbacks to everyone. However, everything has two sides in this world; opposites exist simultaneously. Fear, for instance, could also produce positive effects on how to intergrowth with it, or any negative emotional moods also can be an essential point during life. Based on personally, the inner fear could transfer a kind of positive energy to encourage the individual on a certain degree. Hence, this is the power of duality, which could increase the aesthetics of everything. This series of work would explore the power of duality, which based on Yin and Yang, attempts to examine the inner negative emotions and increases the public-facing the inner fears directly.”

Claudia Bigongiari

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“20 minutes represent a waiting, a condition to report a personal testimony of suspension.

They are a portion of non defined space and time, ‘in between land’, where the assumption of the pill let the day begins. This project became the documentation of these lands, a collection of waitings, the pills (collected as well every morning) a unit of measurement of time. Accumulating the pills has been as if it was an accumulation of memories.

There is not a medical discourse but a question about the repetition and the suspension, photographing everything was related to the 20 minutes, make us understand how the spaces of our daily life are always the same, but also in continuous transformation.”

John Whitmore

Jon Whitmore WebRes

“Walking for me is an outlet. It is intrinsically important. The autonomous act of walking allows me the opportunity to think and clear my mind, whilst also mentally and physically challenging my body.

Society has created a situation where we are becoming increasingly detached, not only from each other, but also from nature. This disconnection is proven to be a leading cause of depression, and with 1 in 4 people now being diagnosed with depression it is important that we highlight the benefits gained by reconnecting.

My reconnection is with nature, similar to those who practice ‘Shinrin Yoku’ or ‘Forest Bathing’. This romanticized reconnection allows my mind and senses to be filled with the sounds, smells, and sensations around me, which not only brings to the fore the realization of my own insignificance in relation to the power of the natural world, but allows my mind the opportunity to open and contemplate my anxieties.”

Shaun Hines

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“The camera stands as a bridge between the memorable and memory.

Constantly mischievous, in a continual state of flux, multifaceted, multifunctional and relatively contemporary, an exploration of photography sits at the centre of my practice. The self-referential nature of the images produced are the result of research that considers the medium from a historical perspective, a re-evaluation of its constituents be they chemical, photomechanical or digital in nature and a strong interest in our relationship to the comprehensive range of aesthetic effects and potential affects.”

Stee Louw

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“What is real intimacy in the age of social media and how is intimacy experienced and practiced in different environments? How does eye contact and proximity between strangers affect such levels of intimacy and what is the relationship between photography and storytelling? Nearby Strangers which predominantly employs the use of photographic sequencing as a storytelling technique touches on the theme of intimacy, identity and, place and tells a story about how people live and interact in modern western societies. 

Consisting of snapshots of people on buses, on the streets of Brighton and strangers’ bedrooms, Nearby Strangers primarily deals with issues of closeness and connectedness amongst strangers. And in a time where so much of our lives have become public, it also looks into this conflict between the private and public and what it means to be intimate yet distant.”

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Mon 16th Sept, 2019, 6:30pm – 8pm. University of Brighton at Edward St, Brighton. (map).

8pm onwards, drinks at The Sidewinder, Upper St James’ St, Brighton (map).

Free Entry.

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