Diogo Guerner caused rather a stir recently among the press at my university after winning the prize for best fiction in the Yorkshire Region for his film Snapshot at the 2013 Royal Television Society Awards.
Diogo is now a third year student on the BSc in Film and Television Production course at the University of York and directed his winning film in his second year. The judges said Snapshot stood out because of the way “a simple story was so effectively told with assurance and real skill, with the quality of the script matched by the quality of the camera work”. They also commented on the great use of special effects and overall high standard of direction.
When asked, Diogo said: “It was a great honour to receive the prize for best fiction film at the RTS Yorkshire Television awards. I’m really proud and excited to have Snapshot representing Yorkshire but also the University of York at the RTS national competition.”
He also wanted to thank everyone involved in the project and thanked his department and fellow students for their hard work and commitment to the cause.
The head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at York, Andrew Higson, commented on his pride in his student. The aims of the course are to create world-class film-makers of every kind, and he commented that he was happy his students were rising to the challenge.
A talking squirrel isn’t what everyone looks for in a friend, but ‘Gary the Party Squirrel’ and his African adventure is what Luke Malkin is currently shooting in Tanzania. Luke; a film-maker originally from Stoke is currently living in Tanzania and working as a teacher. Some people just have all the fun!
The film he’s currently working on is a spin-off from a show that was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011 called “Squirrel Party”. It was an extremely successful show parodying Saturday morning children’s television, and Luke’s puppet, Gary, has since taken on a life of his own. Luke is the fictional children’s entertainer and Gary is, well, Gary, and they are struggling through the jungle in a futile search for the non-existent ‘Dark Green Squirrel’. Sounds a riot!
Luke did an MA in Digital Film Production at the University of York, and his final project, “Shed” (see production still far left) was a stunning and very moving piece of cinema. The 30 minute film was an adaptation of a play by his friend Tom Crowley, and followed the lives of a group of friends who had grown up visiting a shed in the woods in a small dead-end town. It was about growing up, getting out and letting go, and was a fantastic production. The whole film was shot inside a wooden shack they built within one of the York production studios and the logistics of the build were incredible.
Since that project, Luke has worked in Spain, making virtual learning films with the Virtual School as well as advertising films for a large independent Seville hotel. His portfolio is building and is set to be a big name in the film industry in a few years time.
If you want to check out more of Luke’s work, including his digital show reels, visit his website: lukemalkin.wordpress.com. There’s links to a lot of his films on youtube as well as an up-to-date blog of what he’s up to at the moment.
I am a fan of Tim Minchin, and as such, I follow him on Twitter. So, naturally when I read the tweet, “Tim Minchin: Gig Tip: Saw @ManosDaughter live the other night. Huge fan. Unique sound, brilliant lyrics, beautiful vocalist. Next gig Dec 6th @Cargo_LDN.”, I decided to check them out.
Upon doing so, I was amazed that this band hadn’t crossed my path before. They are an extremely talented trio, producing a wonderful collection of alternative electronic music, most of which cannot be described as anything less than hauntingly beautiful.
Hailing from London, the group consists of Sarah Carter (Vocals), Matthias Garrick (Synths, programming) and Dan See (Drums). They have been described as a mixture of Little Dragon, Florence and The Machine, with hints of Portishead. When seen live, (by audiences other than Tim Minchin) they have been described as “an explosive three piece, with their almost anthemic choruses and thought provoking lyrics”. They really do provide a really interesting listen, and go particularly well with essay-writing or coursework (something of a preoccupation of mine at the moment!).
Their influences range from The Invisible, Foals, Everything Everything to Bon Iver and Moloko. Mano’s Daughter make songs and song-writing the heart of their sound. The story and production values both play an equal part in this band’s finished product.
Check them out at http://www.manosdaughter.co.uk/ or just search for them on Youtube. Their own written stuff is incredible, but also I can thoroughly recommend their cover of Bon Iver’s ‘Towers’ which is just stunning.
Alper Dostal & Sylvia Moritz, a dynamic Austrian duo working under the pen name ‘UNKN‘ have teamed up again after previously collaborating on projects with the release of a short film discussing the idea of abstraction, focusing on the movement of ink on the human body. Having been featured for their previous work ‘Disappear’ on online art communities, which involved large scale psychedelic black and white pen drawings that filled an entire white room. Receiving praise from arts writer Sally O’Reilly, the pair are ‘sticking’ together with this messy but engaging performance art.
“follow the track. step back. wear black. turn white by light. go dark if you like. transform by night. we pour. you take. you move. we pace. what once was black has now come back. you fear while hear. we shape we rape. we rinse we spin. you lose you win. you can’t deny. we identify.”
The ‘slick’ editing and contemporary production skill is immediately clear from Alper, incorporating a dramatised soundtrack that does the interesting footage justice – black and white ink, trickling over a professional model, performing under the watchful eye of Creative Director Sylvia Moritz. “Making a video like this it is important to have outgoing and like-minded collaborators to make it a reality”.
Munich born Photographer Leon Eckert is studying design at Goldsmiths College London, a place where thought and intention is exalted over simple cosmetic. At sea on the east coast of Spain one moment, witnessing riots with fire bombers the next, wherever or whatever Leon always has his trusty camera on hand ready to capture. He has travelled through China, worked in advertising production in Barcelona, flown into Tokyo and strolled the harbour of Hong Kong to name but a few; It’s this awareness, an understanding of the culture he has experienced, that permeates the very purpose of his work. Leon believes that every time he puts his finger down to press the shutter, he is advancing his “eye” for imagery, whilst fulfilling his need to document his endeavours.
For one of his enquiries, Leon explored the notion of public transportation, questioning the experience gained in return for the price of a ticket. In this instance a day ticket was purchased, which enables the purchaser to a full 24 hours of transport, yet rarely is this ever fully exploited. Riding 60 different buses continuously over 1460 minutes, Leon nearing exhaustion managed to capture a couple embracing in front of the bus during the latter of his journey. This couples stolen moment of affection suddenly becomes a public event, much like the transport itself.
Leon’s photographs are determinedly direct; a gritty state that comes from examining the root of a situation. They’re hearty intention is tied with a vastness and stillness that becomes vibrant in its celebration. The focus on the events impact over their visual state is beauteous in design and admirable in content. Leon’s work emphasises the relevance of communal experience in the advent of social media living.
You can also check out Leon’s Website, Blog and Facebook page at the links below!
Michael Furman received his BA in Photography from the University of Denver. Prior to going to London College of Communication for his masters he focused on editorial and varying documentary series’ dealing with identity through different issues. He is freelancing, organizing future shows and next documentary series in Denver, Colorado where is he currently based.
Michael will be exhibiting from the 29th of August at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He also has taken part in a variety of group shows in diverse galleries in Denver and London. His practice has been published in regional newspapers as well as the CMYK magazine, the Less Common magazine.
While in UK using stills and video he explored the subculture of the commuter, showing the conscious and unconscious actions and reactions portrayed by travels while having to be around strangers on public transportation on the London Underground. Also he did a series of portraits of 50s enthusiast during an annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender in Norfolk. He is planning on focusing his attention on portraiture.
“Make work that people want to talk about and have fun doing it.” Take a moment and question how many of us would eat a banana, and instead of throwing away the skin, think that it could be turned into a piece of art? And how many of us picture a muscle car, a toy muscle car, ramping into the air, over a piece of cake? Well ‘Tumblr’ sensation Brock Davis is doing an impressive job of finding creativity in uncreative places; and in doing so, has aquired a whole host of followers and built an impressive client list. All from simply making a few clever observations, and realising his sometimes weird & wonderful ideas.
Based in Minneapolis, the photographer / designer / modelmaker / everything-else’s twists on the everyday, ranging from a ‘Cucumber Killer Whale’ to a ‘Cauliflower Treehouse’ have caught the eye of hundreds of thousands and set a trend for a generation of low-fi artists. It’s the kind of craft that makes you sit back and think ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’
The lack of text in his work and pure dependance on image allows the work to be appreciated by any age group; and without language barriers, the work has a universal appeal, which could contribute to his world wide web success. The intuition and craft of Brock Davis really must be applauded. His specialty lies in making the small big and the missable unmissable, but simultaneously the work is comical. Something so realistic and accessible as is the medium of food allows us to relate to the work and understand it instantaneously. It’s good clean fun at it’s best.
“It could be autumn leaves in a park, reflections in a lake or walking past a skyscraper. I believe beauty can exist anywhere, when you look.” The unmissable Lisan Ly and her global explorations are the foundation for similarly global ambitions. Flying the flag – or should I say flying her scarf designs – proudly in the air for all to see. One would perhaps need an atlas to explain the sources of inspiration behind the beauteous creations of the British born designer. Malaysia and Thailand are a few of the many pins in her map.
Lisan painted a picture for me, describing how ‘temple tiles, vibrant florals and beautiful insects’ played a role in shaping her explosive colour pallete. Chinese and Vietnamese heritage are another ingredient confidently stitched into the surfaces designs of the London College of Communication graduate, who makes reference to England’s Kew Gardens and Japanese kimonos as research points for the delicately balanced designs of her impressive debut October 2012 collection. “I absolutely love travelling and try to see as much of the world as I can. It’s an amazing source of creative inspiration.”
Lisan’s work displays a considerable level of technical excellence, perhaps stemming from previous studies at Kingston University; not in design, but computing. To this day innovative techniques and quality craftsmanship such as (deep breath) hand illustration, computer aided design, screen printing, pattern cutting, laser cutting and embroidery, all contribute to the elegance. Much labour and attention to detail has been woven into the fibres of this ‘wearable art.’ There is certainly much more than meets the eye.
Making reference to two of my favorite words – ‘organized chaos’, Lisan explains how her creations “aim to reflect beauty in the world and embody the simple pleasures in life” and I think she is successful in her intentions. Her luxurious but playful designs breath a level of sophistication that would make a perfect gift for the perfect woman. Lisan has great admiration for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Yohji yamamoto, Elie Saab and the prints of Basso & Brooke, Erdem and Peter Pilotto – but keep your eye on the catwalks, and listen out for the alliterate brand name – ‘Lisan Ly’ that will hopefully one day stand alongside the work of such well-known designers.
Pablo Antolí is a London-based Mexican photographer and filmmaker interested in the creative tensions between the documentary and constructed image. Working across different formats, his work explores the themes of history, memory, and identity. He obtained a Master in Photography from the London College of Communication and since then he has been working on personal and commissioned projects in Europe and Mexico. Alongside to his image-maker practice, Pablo Antolí has also lectured and delivered workshops on photography and moving image.
His Bachelors Degree dissertation, The Multimedia Photographic Documentary: An Investigation into How the Application of Semiotics and Design for New Media Can Repurpose a Photographic Documentary, has been published by Verlag Dr. Müller and he is contributor and photography editor at Los Hijos de la Malinche
Pablo Antolí is now working in a series of photographs that explore the interstitial urban space where Our Lady of Guadalupe shrines inhabit. The Urban Guadalupe project proposes the creation of an artist’s book consisting of a collection of photographs of Our Lady of Guadalupe in an Mexican urban context. Guadalupanas images in various forms inhabit interstitial spaces between public and private. The documentation of these virgins is motivated by the symbolic and historic importance of the Our Lady of Guadalupe as an image.
Born in 1986, Simone Padelli, is an Italian photographer and artist. After his graduation from “Libera Accademia delle Belle Arti” of Florence in 2010, he became close to fashion photography working at Gucci in Florence. One year later, he decided to moved to London where he took a Master’s Degree at the London College of Communication in December. Now he works as a freelance photographer mainly fashion, architecture and design fields. He is collaborating with “LineaShow” photographic studio in Prato and he is about to create a CoWorking space in Florence together with other young professionals, photographers, designers and photo retouchers.
Beside his professional experiences, Simone’s work has been published in Harpes Bazaar magazine, and displayed in several solo and group exhibitions in UK and Italy. He developed different series of photographs around the concept of “Sublime” in contemporary visual art, and the role of the “aesthetic experience “.
In his pieces Simone researches the understanding of Art in the world.
Art is in the world. It is the skill to give shape to a concept. It is the puzzling experience that can transform reality into a metaphor.
It is a mixture of intuition and research of the artist, which facilitates the viewer to look beyond the first glance.
Is a manifestation of beauty? Is art a manifestation of truth?
Surely, throughout history, art has been capable of creating a pleasurable experience even if it is revealing the terrible side of human nature; which is not a manifestation of beauty, but is dimly a representation of the sublime.
Sylvia Moritz has never strayed from artistic disciplines, having studied Graphic Communication from an early age at Die Graphische in Vienna. Encouraged by her college tutors to cross borders, the multi-media artist and designer flew the nest at 19 en route to America. Here she discovered a lot about herself and her discipline, studying Illustration in Boston, and partaking in a six-month printmaking course in San Francisco.
On the back of a range of practical and industrial skills acquired from her travels, Sylvia enrolled at the University of the Arts London. In 2012, she found herself back in America on an erasmus exchange programme, this time showing The Big Apple what she was made of, in a six-month intensive at The Parsons New School for Design. She made the most of state of the art facilities, gaining advanced knowledge in branding and packaging design from peers such as Lance Wyman (Mexico ’68) as well as honing her illustrative expertise, mentored by reportage fanatic Veronica Lawlor.
The Austrian is an advocate of both the use of traditional and digital techniques that work hand-in-hand with one another, and such an ideal is conveyed in a lot of her work. Observations of Moritz’s surroundings play a vital role in shaping the direction of her practice. Usually with underlying environmentalist attitudes, her stunning mark-making qualities display a meticulous attention to detail and an enviable dedication to the creative arts. She continues to develop her style and relentlessly pushes herself to improve with every project she participates in. And the hard work has paid off, recently winning a Best of Year award with the D&AD for a project with the V&A.
Sylvia must be congratulated on her immaculate level of craft, her delicately balanced tone and liberating colour combinations. In the main image we capture an insight into her exotic amalgamation of geometric elements that satisfy the eye hypnotically – a feat of technical excellence comparable to that of the late and respected Escher. One can only hope that Sylvia continues to lead us on inspiring journeys through her labyrinthian creations. I have full confidence that she will.
After departing from a Graphic Design career in favor of a love of music production, it’s clear that Robert Manning has still got a creative flair when it comes to illustration. This multi-talented creative loves anything that allows him to express himself. What started out as just fun has turned into an obsession of his, after buying various pens, inks, and watercolours to help create his ‘unfinished’ portraits. The amount of work that has gone in to these seemingly photorealistic pieces is just staggering.
Here we see the famous film star Bill Murray, as well as other beautiful and recognisable faces, depicted in stunning accuracy using an inventive colour palette and envying illustrative style, that somehow seems to come extremely naturally to Manning, who, has always stated that it was just a hobby (Studying music production at Kingston university is currently his main focus, as well as utilising his talents on an impressive collection of bass guitars). However the amount of attention that the portraits garner on social media websites suggests it could be a full-time occupation one day, if the multi-disciplinary can find the time.
‘Unfinished’ is usually a word associated with poor-quality work, but here we see the effect that an unfinished work can have on us, adding another layer of interest and meaning, taking them more into the conceptual fine-art realm.
There’s a real buzz about his work, and it’s clear to see why. With demands for prints of Robert Manning’s work, it would be easy for him, like so many others who decide to ‘sell out’, to profit from his creativity. However he has stayed true to himself by not replicating his work, instead deciding to use his work as promotional gifts to continue to gradually build an internet presence. I myself am even lucky enough to have an original of his work on my living room wall.