Welcome to the most exciting exhibition of 2018. This website showcases this year’s cream of the crop from the BA (Hons) Media Arts degree at the University of Plymouth. Based around a curatorial theme of ‘Fruit’, the students have focused their practice on lively, thought-provoking and urgent work – it has been a bumper harvest. Fruits represent the culmination of a process, just as this exhibition represents the pinnacle of our students time with us. These projects, begun in February and organised around practice-based research methodologies, are the final outcome of their undergraduate studies.
The subject of Media Arts is becoming ever more central to the production of culture, as technologies converge and we move into a networked, knowledge-based society. Our students work across multiple media, both digital and analogue, exploring the rich interplay of practices and technologies, in a contemporary, post-digital culture. Within the exhibition, and represented on this book, you will see installation; still image; moving image; animation; soundscape and interactive works. This variety reflects a real diversity of skills, interests and applications, providing a rich source of material to contemplate, inspire and engage with.
The exhibition was ‘seeded’ in late September 2015. The students have been a test bed in the development of new modules and pedagogic learning, for example conducting an off-site exhibition in the public realm; publishing a book in collaboration with staff and students through Antler Press; working with external partners from The Box Plymouth and Fotonow to produce the Maker Memories Project; an international field-trip to Berlin and a live television broadcast for the UPTV channel.
The year group have been extremely hard working, engaged and creative over the past three years. They have been an absolute joy to work with and will be sorely missed. We are confident however, they will excel in whatever path they choose to pursue and on behalf of the entire staff team, we wish you all the very best.
– Media Arts Lecturers