Moving tales of humanity showcased at media degree show
Stories from ‘the Jungle’ at Calais, a multi-sensory exploration of a Holocaust survivor’s childhood and an interactive box of memories for dementia patients are among the diverse projects to be featured in a student degree show at the University of Sussex.
More than 70 final-year Media Practice and Theory students will see their work on display for the first time in the recently refurbished Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University’s Falmer campus.
The exhibition, which is open to the public on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May (10am-8pm), includes interactive installations using digital media, photography, sound projects, screen dramas and film documentaries.
Adrian Goycoolea, Head of Media, said: “Once again our students have produced outstanding work. They have tackled some difficult, often personal, subjects and have demonstrated how media technology can be used to tell human stories with great compassion. I think visitors to the exhibition will be extremely moved by what they see and hear.”
Some of the highlights are:
Dysphoria – A multi-sensory documentary about Holocaust survivor and University of Sussex emeritus professor Ladislaus Löb, exploring his persecution as a child growing up in Romania and as a prisoner at Bergen Belsen concentration camp. By Faye Delahunt, Joe Paul and Sian Sycamore.
The Hakka – Jieyu Lin’s photography series documents the rituals and traditions of the Hakka Chinese community.
Nostalgia Box – Molly McCloy has created an interactive ‘jewellery box’ that helps dementia patients reconnect with memories through a touch sensor board and various personal objects.
Gossip! - Lois Zoppi’s feature length musical screenplay about a magazine journalist aims to critique the ethics surrounding gossip magazines.
The Migrant Crisis: Whose Crisis? - Mohamed Alali’s radio documentary goes to the heart of the refugee camp in Calais to hear from those who have lost everything and who are now looking elsewhere for a new life.
Unexpected Visitors – A short drama following a homeless young mother and daughter as they challenge perceptions, morals and personal space. By Vanessa Silva, Ieva Sproge, Toye Toye-Arulogun , Sam Grant and Corin Wai.
Perils of Palm Oil – Megan White’s installation depicting the lives of orangutans and pygmy elephants struggling in Borneo and Sumatra, where deforestation is destroying their habitat.