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Looking at adverts: 15

By | Photography, Popular Culture, Visual Communications

Today, adverts invite women and men to play dolls with themselves. But for this to be acceptable for male consumers it must be disguised as playing soldiers, or at least some sort of useful ‘work’. A feminine version of consumption is only palatable if it is masculinised. Instead of relating it to pleasure, the product is made to signify a scientific process, an investment and a form of labour. It is about precision and adding value to the body, with the added help of Swiss engineering technology.

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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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Boys own comics

By | Popular Culture, Visual Communications, Writing

Ten leading comic book artists, including Daniel Clowes, Joann Sfar and Riad Sattouf have recently withdrawn their names from the Grand Prix lifetime achievement award from The Angoulême Comics Festival. Why? Well it appears that Angoulême initially assumed that comic books are a boys only pursuit, with no women appearing on their 30 strong short list and a male only judging panel.

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Narrow groove

By | 'Off the shelf', Film, Fine Art, Music, new years' resolutions, Photography, Sheffield, Textiles, Vicky MacKenzie, Visual Communications, writers' walk, Writing

The start of a new year challenges all creative practitioners to think about what we can do better. Here are the usual suspects for writers. ‘I will write every single day, even if it’s just for five minutes!’ ‘My commonplace…

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