First Impressions – Photography

Here are some initial impressions of the work a local photographer (Vera Zrubrügg) from Dalston did @Ridley Road market, in collaboration with our TAD project.

She decided to focus on the market sellers and show their everyday lives and behaviors. Furthermore, she took photographs of the unique and rare goods that are being sold at the market and that show its cultural diversity.

WEEK 8 – Everything is coming together

This week we decided to bring all our research together and discuss it in relation to our up-coming presentation. As a result, we agreed upon the fact that theories alone are not enough to fully portray the weight the gentrification process puts on the affected people. However, we do want to discuss/link our research with theories on gentrification and show their inefficiency/lack of emotion. But then the question remains open: are theories ever efficient enough?

Linking our research on theories of gentrification:

Theories: Tom Slater, Loretta Lee, Ruth Glass vs. Contemporary Artists: Foreign Beggars, Johann Arens and Vera Zurbrügg

  • Do the theories of gentrification accurately represent gentrification in Brixton?
  • Are theories enough? (We argue that they don’t show the conflict within the communities/lived space and that examples of lived experience are more important)
  • Gentrification through the eyes of artists: multi-disciplinary approach: Art, Photography, Music, Videography (We argue that theories are too abstract and that these approaches show the weight of gentrification

To Do List: (last week dedicated to fieldwork/conducting interviews)

  • Contact Concrete Soldiers about their Film “Time to Say Goodbye” on Ridley Road
  • Planning interview with Brixton Windmill/Black Cultural Archives
  • Complete/formulate the interview answers
  • Be prepared to discuss all our research next week

Interview/Photoshoot @ Ridley Road

Today we got to interview a well-known local artist from Dalston, in his studio on Ridley Road. In a conversation-style interview we discussed the gentrification process of Ridley Road market and its impact on artists working/living in the area. Furthermore, he gave a more in-depth insight in the importance of art studios in Dalston and how the artists engage with Ridley Road market and its sellers.

Additionally, we contacted local photographer and organised a photoshooting with her at Ridley Road market. She then took photos of spaces/places of the market, in which she spends time and which she sees as crucial to identify/portray the market’s atmosphere/vibe. The idea of this project is to show the gentrification process through the eyes of local artists and thus people who have a special bond/connection to that specific location.

Ridley Road as seen from Artist studios 51-63
Ridley Road as seen from Artist studios 51-63

Action Points / Interview Questions – Week 4

Action Points

Tatjana – approach potential/suitable participants for the interviews / Explore potential spaces within Dalston market and take photos of them

Charlotte – update the Minimal Ethical Risk form and send it to George / Explore potential spaces within Brixton market and take photos of them

Josephine – explore Grime/Rap Music in relation to London and gentrification: “UK Hip Hop, Grime and the City” by Richard Bramwell and “Sounds like London” by Lloyd Bradley

Jake – collect/examine readings on gentrification/urban spaces/ London/ markets

Interview Questions – First Draft 

(https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/how-to-prepare-and-conduct-a-documentary-interview/ or/and https://www.lightsfilmschool.com/blog/interview-techniques-for-documentary-filmmakers)

  • Who/What/When/Where/Why?
  • How did you come to live/work/shop at Dalston/Brixton market?
  • How far do you live from the market?
  • What do you do on a daily basis/describe a day at the market for you.
  • How would you describe your average costumer? What about tourists?
  • Have you noticed significant/minor changes since you work/live here? (pricing, costumers, rent, amenities, transport)
  • What does gentrification mean to you? What does the market mean to you?
  • Do you feel gentrification is resisted/contested/supported?
  • How often do you come in contact with the local council?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conflict Group C – Essay Summary

How does the Japanese anime film Ghost in the Shell (1995) re-define or avoid the conflict of stereotypical gender roles/identity?

My essay examines the role and image of female characters in movies, by analysing Laura Mulvey’s film theories and by making use of the Japanese animation film Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995),as a case study.

To do so, I discussed Mulvey’s theories on the spectator’s fascination of the human body in general, and then the “to-be-looked-at-ness” of the female body in film.

My case study Ghost in the Shell (1995) covers themes such as artificial intelligence but also the human (or cyborg) body. I argue that the film embraces its female lead-character as feminist icon, by making her genderless and thus equal to all human beings.