Robert Bloomfield, Author at The Open College of the Arts
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‘Do the Trod’

The past couple of weeks have found us in the middle of a culture war around statues and TV but, as Ash Sarkar reminds us, ‘the context of a work – film, telly, whatever – is bigger than that piece of content on its own. Meaning is what happens when a work is in conversation with its audience’. 

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Revealing the gaze in Vince Staples’ ‘Señorita’ 

In a time when we’re saturated with images of race and violence, reading an image should also involve thinking about how it positions me, the viewer, in relation to it.

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Student work: Plenty to see here

Here, the body is purified of self-image, stripped of everything even its tattoos, those ultimate symbols of individuality. In terms of edit it’s great progression – each body is wrapped or obscured until at the end it’s just you, nothing but self. 

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Decolonising the curriculum – a ‘serious need’?

Dr. Andrea Stultiens replied that to her decolonising meant adding perspective, not changing from one perspective to another: ‘I’m making my gaze relative by placing other gazes next to it’.

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Photography is Simple

‘Photography is Simple’ is a notoriously difficult assignment. It’s controversial (especially the older version which gave you the option to submit just one word for your assignment notes). The work coming in has been variable and it’s really tripped some people up, including some of our most confident students. So I decided to give it a run through myself.

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‘I am tired of guilt…’

At ‘Don McCullin’ you’re not supposed to think so much as feel. But the other function of an art gallery, besides educating us, is surely to provide a public space for debate and criticism. And I’d like to concentrate on that part now, rather than the private response, because what is there to say about our private responses to those photographs except that they’re valid?

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