University of Sussex Degree Show 08 - Media Practice and Theory

Coed Hills

By: Lauren Simpson, Laura Bailey


Coed Hills takes a contemplative look at the experience of a ‘low impact living community’. We went to live as part of the community for eight days to see what it was like. Were they all going to be raving hippies or is there the opportunity to learn from such an alternative lifestyle?

Our intention was to embrace the spirit of communal living and consequently document the narrative of everyday life within our environment. The current condition of the environment became the driving force of our idea. We were inspired by the recent film Garbage Warrior to take a look at how alternative lifestyles can be less damaging to the planet.

Surprisingly, our ideas progressed into a more personal approach focusing on the character’s motivations for living communally. Coed Hills thus became a film that on the one hand captures the beauty of our experience and on the other questions the stereotype.

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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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