University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

To Have and to Hold

By: Amy Barlow

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To have and to hold explores the relationship between married couples who have been together for at least ten years. Inspired by Bill Owens and Martin Parr the series explores the couple’s relationships through their body language and home surroundings. I wanted to celebrate the commitment these couples have made to each other and honour the longevity of their relationships in a society where marriage and long term commitment seem increasingly disposable. My project explores the fine line between private and public spaces. Every time we leave the house we are subject to close scrutiny by cctv and surveillance - our homes have become the last private space in which we can express ourselves. This series crosses this boundary into personal space and invites the audience in by appealing to the voyeuristic side of human nature - the fly on the wall part of us that likes to take a peek at how other people are and how they live.

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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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Radio For Children - where the pictures are better


By: Frances Ainley

Imagine a simple radio set that is not tethered to a screen or keyboard but can be moved around and carried outside… Listening to a colourful mixture of music and movement, stories and games, documentaries and dramas - the good old 'wireless' is now a modern medium of freedom, learning and fun…

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