University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

Rooted Identity

By: Sylvie Francis, Louise Pepe, Grace Messenger, Matthew Parsons


Hair the picture frame of the face,

Ticket into the space,

The rooted identity of she, he, me

Identity, what, who, where, how, why, describe, show

For many of us a part of our daily life centres round personal presentation and concern over how others perceive us. Questioning why we place such emphasis on our appearance has become topical in critiquing modern consumer living.

Through the lives and short stories of three individuals, from contrasting cultures, religions, and life experiences, we have endeavoured to explore the importance of hair to each of them. We learn that the seemingly shallow topic of hair can actually reveal a “Rooted Identity.”

Influenced strongly by new media films such as Life on a Train (Eric Argiro, 2004, Art Directors Club, New York), this documentary includes poetry and experimental visuals to demonstrate the topic of hair across British Culture.

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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.



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