University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

The Spotlight Effect

By: Alastair Holmes


What objects are meaningful to us? What do these objects say about us as people? These are the questions The Spotlight Effect hopes to answer. The Spotlight Effect being the belief that people are playing closer attention to ones appearance and behaviour than they really are1. With this in mind what objects do people gather when asked to supply 'six to nine objects that they feel reflect something about themselves?'

The Spotlight Effect explores the material objects of a select group of eighteen to twenty-five year olds. Is this a generation of iPods and mobile phones or are the objects provided more carefully thought through. With the knowledge that they will be viewed and judged only on their material belongings how will The Spotlight Effect influence the participants?

Exhibited are three images of the participant's objects, mounted on translucent Dura Tran and displayed within wooden light boxes.

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The show will open with a bang on Thursday 15th May; this will be the first opportunity to see the culmination of three years hard work from the Media Practice and Theory finalists. There will be a drinks reception to kick start the evening, with a chance to view the fantastic photography and interactive projects on display throughout the building. Following this, screenings of this year's documentaries will take place at 5pm and 8pm. This will be the first chance to see the 2008 MPT films, and food and drink will continue to be served throughout the evening. This night promises to be an extraordinary showcase of talent from one of the most innovative courses on offer at the University of Sussex - definitely not one to be missed!

Due to limitations of space, we regret that the opening night is attendable by invitation only. However we welcome requests for invitations from anybody currently working in the media. If you are employed in a relevant field and would like to attend, please get in touch and we will try to arrange an invitation.


Relentless Optimism

By: Emma Davies
Julie Sowa

A closer look at east London's nu rave subculture through the eyes of one of it's key players: singer, stylist and fashion muse Namalee Bolle


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