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FoodCult

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FoodCult “Food is more than itself…it is identity, and culture, and history. It is the most important matter in our lives… it is transcendent.” ~ Bill Buford FOOD, CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN IRELAND CIRCA 1550-1650 Exploring the period c.1550-1650, one of major economic development, unprecedented intercultural contact, but also of conquest, colonisation and war, it focuses on Ireland as a case study for understanding the role of food in the demonstration of authority and power, and as a site for the development of emergent ‘national’ food cultures. Moving well beyond the colonial narrative of Irish social and economic development, however, it enlarges the study of food and identity to examine neglected themes in Irish historiography, including gender, class, kinship and religious identities, as expressed through...

The David Parr House Film Project

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The David Parr House Film Project by Cathy Elliott and Norma Silva In 1886 a small house in Gwydir Street, Cambridge was bought by David Parr, a working-class decorative artist. So began his forty-year project to decorate his modest home in the style of the grand interiors he worked on every day. After Parr’s death in 1927, his granddaughter Elsie Palmer came to live in the house and stayed for the next 85 years, preserving the house in its original state as best she could. In 2014 a charity was set up to save the house as a museum. Parts of the house were very well conserved but some areas were badly deteriorating due to damp. A two and-a-half year project to conserve and stabilise...

Arriving

Arrival
Arriving: Objects & Discoveries Portrait and soundscape driven project exploring migration ‘Arriving at a new place’ is a core aspect of migration, but stories of arrival are not limited to the migration experience. We all have stories of arrival (e.g. school, workplace, new home) to tell, reflecting commonalities of human perceptions, reflections and emotions. The project documents younger and older people who define themselves as migrants, non-migrants or global citizens. Together they discover the secrets behind a special object that the other one holds. The objects unlock stories of ‘arriving at a new place’ and create bonds between people of different ages, biographies and migration backgrounds. Powerful photographic portraits of people and their objects in combination with audio-recordings of their conversational exchanges are accessible via...

Italia Terremotata

Italia Terremotata
Italia Terremotata Forty years after one of the most devastating earthquakes in Italian history, this 3D interactive documentary investigates the long lasting impact on the rural community of Senerchia, Irpinia, South Italy. This interactive documentary combines 3D visualisation and multimodal storytelling to tell the story of Senerchia terremotata, that is, hit by the earthquake that devastated the Irpinia region (South Italy) in 1980. This was one of the most devastating earthquakes in Italian history, with at least 40 towns almost completely destroyed, 2,483 people dead, 7,700 injured, and 250,000 homeless. After the earthquake, many people lived in prefabricated houses for more than 20 years before they were able to return to the new rebuilt towns. The reconstructions of these towns took different shapes: (1) rebuilt...

The Crossing

Human Trafficking
The Crossing The Crossing is a multi-screen and 2D screen interactive exhibition, which provided new interpretations and understanding of the black-market economy of sex trafficking through the journey of a trafficked woman. The emotionally charged project investigates the exploitation of hope and the black market economy of human trafficking through the story of a young girl sex trafficked into an organised industry who use the ‘lover boy’ technique to entrap their targets. Her story unfolds through interconnected screens with perspective shifting visuals and an intimate, binaural sound design. The project itself sits within an increasingly complex climate of hardening public opinion; moral self-questioning and a $150 billion dollar world trade in people. As such the film takes as its starting point the concept of ‘hope’...

Could Try Harder

Could Try Harder
Could Try Harder Could Try Harder: An Audiovisual Investigation into Capturing and Creating a Shared Memory Experience   Sophie Jackson’s research investigates ‘memory moments’ through the capture and creation of shared memory experience. It utilizes school reports as artefacts to trigger central memory, documented through a process of participant interviews forming the basis of a series of individual films. In doing so, it explores whether the words and textures of the artefacts (the reports), integrated with the personal recollections and responses captured on film as participants read their reports for the first time in many years, can generate a felt or shared memory experience with the viewer. These reflections shed light not only on the impact of practice-led processes on invoking memory and a shared...

Algorithimic Signs

Algoritmic Signs
Algorithmic Signs Tracing the Missing History of Computer Art Through Curatorial Practice Algorithmic Signs - Ernest Edmonds, Manfred Mohr, Vera Molnár, Frieder Nake, Roman Verostko, is a research project exploring the history of pioneering computational art conceived, researched and curated as a major exhibition by Dr Francesca Franco in collaboration with the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice, Italy), who produced and hosted the exhibition. Algorithmic Signs provided new interpretations of the history of computer art in the mid-1960s for a wide public and an international audience. The exhibition has been reviewed around the world (Studio International, FlashArt, Wired). Through this exhibition, the Bevilacqua Foundation evidenced impact in the fields of public and media understanding of digital art and on the curatorial and documentation processes related...