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The Scottish Endarkenment: Art and Unreason 1945 to Present

By | Film, Fine Art, Galleries, Photography, Study Visits

Join OCA tutor Wendy McMurdo on the 14 May in Edinburgh. The Scottish Endarkenment explores a wide range of disturbing and provocative topics, from ever-escalating international conflict, social inequality and unrest, gender identity and sexual prejudice – all fired by the dialectical struggles within the Scottish psyche between good and evil, self and the Other.

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Fangs and soup cans

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

As far as the world was concerned Andy Warhol died in 1987 and had an open coffin ceremony, but on Easter weekend last there were reports of several sightings of Warhol in Manhattan, lurking in the shadows near where the original Factory would have been. Completely implausible and absurd sure, but what if…

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Getting the most out of your learning log

By | Creative Writing, Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications

One of the key components in developing your learning log or blog is visual analysis – looking at, selecting and recording the artists/photographers who you find interesting, challenging or useful in progressing your work. The more you document and reflect upon those creative practitioners who have had a ‘marmite effect’ on you, the more you will improve both your critical thinking and creative skills.

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Are we in a golden age for documentary?

By | Film, Popular Culture

In my last post I focused on fiction. But in film culture that is only part of the story. Documentary has, from the very start of cinema and the moving image, been at the heart of film culture and a large part of the module is devoted to exploring the importance and influence of documentary in many of its forms.

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About the length of a piece of string

By | Education, Film, Fine Art, Music, Photography, Textiles, Visual Communications, Writing

How hard are you supposed to be working? Over the last 3 – 5 years at the Open College of the Arts there has been what could almost be described as a revolution in the proliferation of ways for students to interact with each other, see each other’s work and discuss their courses.

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