University of Brighton / BA Graphic Design & Illustration Study Trip 2014:
Foam photography museum:
Kaveh Golestan - The Citadel
21 March - 4 May 2014
Kaveh Golestan (1950-2003) was an important and prolific Iranian documentary photographer and a pioneer of street photography. His photographic practice has hugely informed the work of future generations of Iranian artists but has remained seriously over-looked in Europe. Kaveh Golestan - The Citadel presents 45 vintage photographs from the series entitled Prostitute taken between 1975-1977 of women working in the Citadel of Shahr-e No, the red light district of Tehran. The photographs will be exhibited for the first time as a vintage set since 1978. Alongside the photographs, the exhibition will include original diaries of Golestan, newspaper clippings and audio interviews that he collected from and relating to the area.
Richard Mosse - The Enclave
21 March - 1 June
Foam presents The Enclave by Richard Mosse, a major multi-media installation which represented Ireland at the 55th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. The installation, consisting of six large screens, represents the conflict situation in Congo and was shot with infrared film that was designed for camouflage detection resulting in vibrant, psychedelic magenta coloured sites of the jungle war zone. Besides the film installation, related photo works are shown.
Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs - Adding, Adding, Adding
In 2013, the annual Foam Paul Huf Award was awarded to the Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs (b. 1979). The international jury was deeply impressed: “As true illusionists intent on pushing against the boundaries of the medium, Onorato & Krebs skillfully engage their audiences and convey some of the magic that lies at the core of photographic image-making.” Foam is proud to present Adding, Adding, Adding including brand new work by this duo, as part of the award.
Open dally 10am - 6pm / Keizersgracht 609
Tot Zover Museum (In a former crematorium)
Rabih Mroué - The Pixelated Revolution
The solo exhibition by artist and theater-maker Rabih Mroué (Beirut, 1967), to show up to June 8, 2014, is about death through the eye of the lens.
Once the saying “the pen is mightier than the sword”, now says the “iPhone is more powerful than the Kalashnikov. Mroué’s multimedia installation The Pixelated Revolution, which was previously presented at Documenta 13 (2012) , showing shocking images of Syrian citizen journalists, whose phone accidentally shoot the sniper who kills them. The camera falls to the ground when the filmmaker is hit. “Syrians are filming Their Own death,” so begins Mroué his story. What follows is a bewildering pas de deux between someone with a smartphone and a person with a gun who kill each other with what they hold in their hands. The sniper kills the filmmaker by him (or her) to shoot down. The footage of the filmmaker, made public on the Internet, ‘kill’, then the sniper he clearly expose as perpetrators and blame.
Rabih Mroué (Beirut, 1967) works at the intersection of art, journalism, theater, performance and storytelling. He makes use of a new form, the lecture-performance, in which he gives literary readings (complete with powerpoint presentation) those facts and fiction interwoven into a new story. Due to its complex and varied work, he has become a key figure in a new generation of artists in Beirut. Negotiates his work on topics not discussed in the current political climate in Lebanon. In 2011 he received the Prince Claus Award . Go here to his biography on Wikipedia. Or read this article on krachtvancultuur.nl.
The Last Image
The Pixelated Revolution is the first part of the exhibition series The Last Image, which is about the love triangle between the dead, the lens and the viewer. Since the invention of the camera in the 19 th century man seems increasingly fascinated by death. As if it would be to capture a lifetime with the camera’s most elusive and incomprehensible moment and to understand possible. With the rise of digital media is displaying died in overdrive: anyone with a smartphone and an Internet connection can and will add to the ever-growing amount of content on the transition to the other side. Sometimes by way of farewell, sometimes to protest, sometimes as evidence, sometimes out of pure voyeurism. ‘Sometimes the show begins after it finishes, “says Rabih Mroué. Which tells a story last image? So far Museum presents The Last Image list.
The museum is located on cemetery, crematorium and memorial park The New Eastern.
1097 GA Amsterdam
Tuesday / Sunday 11:00 to 17:00 hours. The museum is closed on January 1, 27 April (2014: April 26), May 5 and December 25. On 26 and 31 December, the museum is open from 11:00 to 15:00 hours.
illustrator Noma Bar - interview in the Guardian about new exhibition:
Very interesting article .. a must read for all creatives!
Jan Švankmajer - The Inner Life of Objects
11th Oct 2013 - 2nd Dec 2013
University of Brighton Gallery
Prolific across the arts, Jan Švankmajer is best known for the dark, surreal visions and macabre comedy of his films. Combining live action, puppetry and a rich range of animation techniques, he is widely recognised as one of the most original and influential film-makers in world cinema.
Jan Švankmajer - The Inner Life of Objects heralds the 50th anniversary of his first film and features sets and decors, puppets, costumes, drawings and storyboards from many of his acclaimed films including Alice, Punch and Judy, Lunacy, A Quiet Week in the House, Little Otik and Surviving Life.
Alongside these artefacts from 50 years of film-making, THE INNER LIFE OF OBJECTS presents prints and sculptures – including imaginary beasts assembled from bones, shells and stones – in his Historia Naturae series, made by Jan Švankmajer between 1972 and 2012.
Closed on Sunday
Jonathan Barnbrook lecture at the University of Brighton Graphic Design & Illustration Professional Practice Lecture Series October 2013.
A very stimulating talk, some brief notes from the lecture ..
'Graphic Design is about the spirit of the age, it is ephemeral, it is about the now'
'Computers are good at refining, sketch in pencil first!'
'There is no play in commercial work'
'Abandon the viewpoint that designers are the transparent conveyors of the clients message - call for more meaningful design'
'Stick to your principles!'
Our 2nd year Graphic Design students submitted their own poster designs (limited criteria: one font, one weight, black & white, no image), Jonathan chose these three:
1. Matt Purdon
2. Alex Michael
3. Eugene Noble
'Playing to the Gallery' .. Grayson Perry and The Reith Lectures
Grayson Perry: ‘There’s an awful lot of guff talked about art’< /p>
Artist Grayson Perry was commissioned to draw a series of pictures to illustrate his Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4. The first Reith lecture, in which Perry analyses the complex process of judging quality in contemporary art, will be broadcast in full on BBC Radio 4 on 15 October 2013 at 09:00 BST.
Mining town near Butte, Montana, NW USA 1995 - Phil Taylor
Article in the Guardian newspaper today on a new book by Bryan Schutmaat on abandoned mining towns and communities in NW USA - I recognised many of the locations from my time there photographing .. abandoned mining towns.http://www.hotelvitrine.com/content.html