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Current exhibitions

Digital Visions: The Garden 7 - 22 June

The Digital Visions exhibition is part of BU lecturer Mark Bond's PhD research "Examining the Impact of Emerging Digital Technology on the Craft of the Cinematographer". His practice led research aims to investigate the evolving role of the cinematographer; to understand how the cinematographer’s professional knowledge, craft skills, artistic creativity and responsibilities been influenced by advances in technology and how this affects his/her role as a lead creative in the production of the moving image for film and television.

The Garden has a distinct significance for each person, drawing on childhood memories of imagined worlds; a place to escape rooted in many culture - in our stories, myths and legends. This exhibition is reflexive and asks questions about the fidelity and permanence of the digital medium and the viewer’s spatiotemporal interactions with the digital visualisation of events. 

The installation incorporates a short reflective film, shot in the New Forest, complete with associated photographic prints and soundscape. The images explore the destructive processes on trees felled through catastrophic natural phenomena juxtaposed with images of organic decay and decomposition through environmental erosion, fungus and insect attack over time. Perception is challenged, repositioning the viewer to interrogate the different forms of media. The exhibition examines the cinematographic approach to filming in the forest, exploring form and materiality, provoking a dialogue regarding the limitations of a narrative enquiry fixed to a human time scale. 

The film’s musical score composed by Nina Perry and Danny Keane, is composed in response to the images and explores themes of disintegration, reflection and inversion and the polarity between earth and air. They include residual components such as breath, harmonics and reverberation as textural elements within the score, which is composed for voice, piano and cello. The dynamic gallery soundscape designed by Gary Hayton, constantly evolves. Ambient sound tracks are programmed to provide a sound environment that is continually refreshed and renewed so that no patterns of sound are repeated, with forest sounds decayed to subliminally enhance the reading of the images.

Mark Bond is a lecturer in Cinematography at BU, teaching film and television production at the Faculty of Media and Communication. He joined BU in 2010 after a successful career as a Director of Photography with over 20 years industry experience working for all of the major UK broadcasters. 

Visit the exhibition at the Atrium Art Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus.
Open from Monday - Saturday, 9am-6pm, until 22 June.
The exhibition is free to attend and open to all.

SHOT17: 15 March - 14 July

An exhibition of photographs by students on the MA Cinematography for Film and Television programme

Curated by Mark Bond: Lecturer in Cinematography

On the MA Media Production Framework FMC we are fortunate to have a body of international students from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of filmmaking knowledge and experience.

In redesigning the MA Cinematography unit: Camera Image Style and Motion, it was important to address the core principles of photography in relation to the moving image. The question was how to engage students with these fundamental principles in an approach that was exciting and relevant whilst acknowledging their filmmaking experience.

This exhibition represents the culmination of a series of 10 photographic briefs designed as non-assessed formative assignments, encouraging students to engage with these essential photographic skills.

Students were asked to ‘think outside the box’ experiment and have fun with these exercises. The results speak for themselves, with students producing challenging and ambitious work, contributing to their cinematography skills, professional competencies and enhancing the visual quality of films produced by the MAMP framework.

Visit the exhibition at the Lees Lecture Theatre Lobby, Poole House, Talbot Campus.
Open from Monday - Saturday, 9am-6pm, until 14 July.
The exhibition is free to attend and open to all.

Interested in becoming an exhibitor?

The Atrium Art Gallery is available to exhibit your research, or work generated by your professional and personal interests. Contact the team for more information on how to book the space.

View our Previous art exhibitions page to see the variety of work which has been on display in the Gallery.

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