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If you build it, they will come

By | exhibition, Fine Art, Galleries, gallery, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work

A few months ago we blogged about the [(6)] – six alumni photography students who have come together again to create a new body of work. This work shot in Oxford, England and exhibited in Oxford, Canada. To add further interest to an already exciting event the Oxford Riverside Gallery was set up by one of OCA’s MA students Mathew Aldred.

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Edgezine – issue 1 aftermath

By | Creative Writing, fanzine, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications

Collaborating with other OCA students has been a real highlight these past few months. All the hard work has paid off and our first issue of Edge-zine is printed and winging it’s way to various destinations in the UK and overseas.

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Making the course work for you

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, graphic design, Illustration, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Student Work, Textiles, Visual Communications, We Are OCA

As a tutor for the OCA I have at times had expressed to me a frustration from students on aspects of the course projects being a bit “vague”, or to put it another way, that there isn’t a clear set of instructions, such as “do this, now do that, in order to produce X,” and I thought it might be beneficial to current students to discuss this topic in a bit more detail…

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Waiting for the Macaws

By | contemporary art, exhibition, Fine Art, Galleries, Popular Culture, We Are OCA

At the opening of the new extension to Tate Modern there was a small notice next to one of the exhibits. ‘Due to expected visitor numbers’, it read, ‘the macaws have temporarily been returned to their owners.’ Given the quality of the other works on show, it is unlikely that this caused much disappointment to visitors…

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Je suis European – New photography from Rencontres d’Arles 2016

By | Ba(hons) Photography, exhibition, Galleries, Photography, Popular Culture, We Are OCA

The sun was shining stronger than ever on the first week of Rencontres. Those who have visited Europe’s most influential photo festival before will notice several changes. This year brings new venues, new categories, and new awards…

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Inspiring fairy tales

By | Film, Popular Culture, We Are OCA

The Film Culture module asks the student to consider the part of myth and fantasy within the various genres of cinema and how this has influenced many aspects of the way we consume content, from the comic-strip and illustrated novels that spawned the Marvel franchise, to the contribution of Japanese cinema. When cinema embraces the fairy tale and speaks to audiences of all ages – invariably with animation, but not always, the experience of cinema can be truly immersive.

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Double bills can be revealing

By | Film, Popular Culture

Travelling to the movies can be expensive, so any opportunity to maximise viewing and minimise cost is to be encouraged. Today, with most cinemas being multi-plex it is often possible to watch two films one after the other at the same venue.

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Edinburgh Festival 2016

By | Creative Writing, Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Music, Photography, Popular Culture, Textiles, Visual Communications

Edinburgh Festival is actually a suite of festivals. I think probably what most people think of now as the Edinburgh Festival is actually a fringe festival, developed as an adjunct to the Edinburgh International Festival. We now have 12 festivals running in Edinburgh, with 6 of those running concurrently during August.

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Can one film change the language of cinema?

By | Film, Popular Culture

Sebastian Schipper is a German director with a lot of nerve, if not verve. Barred from entry to this year’s Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film because there was too much English in it – I shall return to this later, his genre-busting one-shot movie Victoria, demands of the student of Film Culture some serious reflection.

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