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Dom Dawkins’ Review of Youth Cultures project

Production Analysis for youth Cultures;
By Dominic Dawkins
The concept of; ‘Youth cultures’ and ‘tribes’ is very broad and can be defined in many different ways, this project demanded a sophisticated overview of the topic and a creative approach. From the beginning of the project, the ideas contributed to project looked beyond an obvious suggestion of how to describe ‘Youth cultures’. At times during the early stages of the project, me and my colleagues struggled for directions to take the project in, and looked into numerous different ideas.
I think that the main problem was that rather trying to visualize how the pictures would look aesthetically; we were focusing on the concept and trying to find solid meanings for youth cultures. After a while working on the pre-production stages of the project, my colleagues and I made a collective decision to allow the project to flow naturally and try to have as much fun as possible with it, while still trying to convey a message about youth cultures, I found this to be the best method to work with and some very interesting images were produced in the first few sessions.
The idea of working with a director of a scene was something that I found to be very productive and gave the work structure, which was reflected in the images.
I was pleased by the amount of input from my colleagues who regularly attended and I feel that we were able to compensate for when some people may not have been available. Obviously the dedication and research made away from our meetings was going to be important to the finished product and being able to communicate with my colleagues away from the meetings was very helpful for the pre-production stages.
When I reflect on the project as a whole I think that the individual concepts look really inventive and produced some quality images.
The week working in the digital gallery was an interesting experience, being the first week working away from our classroom I thought we were all able to cooperate with each other fairly well and the idea of using someone to direct the scene was most notable in this week’s project and the manipulation done on the Mac being streamed onto the projector made for some very interesting looking pictures and added some surrealism to the scene. I think everyone enjoyed this particular week and although at times the purpose was a bit confusing, the ends justified the means with the quality of the work.

The re-enactment of the Napoleonic war was the next scene that we experimented with, this required much more research and planning than the previous scene but was potentially the most successful week. Working in highly populated public areas is always tricky due to a limited amount of space and time, and especially when you are dressed in a strange outfit pretending to be dead on the floor this can attract a lot of attention, my colleagues coped with this really well and got into character to the point that they weren’t aware of the attention of others, this made it easier for the photographers of the scene to work more confidently.

The next scene that myself and my colleagues worked on was in the ‘mock hospital’ room, the amount of props in this room allowed a lot of scope for creativity and there was much planning applied to the content of the scenes which included sketches detailing the positions of individuals and props in the scene. We had fun with this re-enactment although there were some scenes which were a little uncomfortable and tedious. Ultimately the pictures reflected out initial vision of what to produce so it was obviously pleasing to have the results we did.
Working on the ‘Party’ was an interesting experience, there was a very laid back atmosphere and I how wonder productive this week was towards the eventual project. There were some really interesting costumes coupled by once again working in the digital gallery, which has a unique lighting system. I feel that this week suffered slightly from having a few less colleagues to work with than usual and less planning into the content of the work.
Of all of the scenes that I worked on this semester, my personal favorite was the fancy dress week which included shooting in the garage. This was a really surreal project and once again the group responded well to working in the public. Those of us taking photos were all able to produce some real quality images because of the strange environments we chose to shoot in, the shots of my colleagues coming out of the Black Taxi were my favourites.
To summarise, although I had early scepticisms about the eventual quality of this project and how the work would look, I think on reflection, it looks really interesting and the hard work applied by a few of my colleagues contributed heavily to the eventual quality of the project and an interesting view on youth cultures.

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Additional Photos- Friday Club ‘Smart Politix’

Further photographs from Friday Club Edition 030409

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Friday Club: Collection #01

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friday club rules

In our last Friday meeting we agreed on a certain number of rules with the aims of:
1-facilitating group work
2-insuring everyone’s participation
3-providing thematic /stylistic/photographic consistency
4-enabling pass of the unit

Inspired by the manifestos put together by other image collectives like the Dogma 95 manifesto ( (*1) some of us in the group have been outlining the rules we agreed upon. If there is a rule you want to change or add, you need to reply to this message as a thread in the facebook message. The deadline for changes is Wednesday 25th of March.


  • -All the images to be created relate to the theme of youth cultures
    -Visual strategies to include one or more of the following: the role of self in everyday life, defamiliarisation, uncanny, contemporary re-enactment, image theatre, and newspaper theatre (*2)
    -Shooting is done in location with props and sets brought in
    -You must bring a camera and be responsible for creating your own images
    – As the images develop, you must take turns as a model as well as a sculptor/photographer
    -No external models to be brought in
    -If you have a problem being photographed facing the camera this must be acknowledged and a compromised attained that doesn’t involve looking at the camera
    -You must come prepared with clothing and props that reflect everyday life, particular sub-cultures and/or spectacular fashions that you will wear or include in the images you will sculpt with the others
    -You must come prepared (on your mobile or in print) with a stock of images from the news and/or Internet that illustrate the image you want to create
    – The images you create must not contain superficial acting
    -You need to bring in additional lighting if required for a successful image
    -No single photographer to be credited; instead all images to be credited to the friday club
    -If you are being photographed, insure your camera is not in view unless it is apart of the scene.
    -To pass the unit, in addition to all other requirements, you must be present in the three remaining sessions. Presence means presence in the images. Absence must be followed with doctor’s certificate or other evidence.
  • (*1)For more info on Dogme 95: The Vow of Chastity (abridged):
    Dogme 95

    (*2) For the slide presentation on performance/photography (Friday march 20th) and more info on the visual strategies , see:

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    Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting in exhibition

    Slovenian Galerija Škuc is showing “RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re- enactment, Re-reporting”, an exhibition of works exploring the themes of performance, e-enactement and (photographic) documentation curated by the Italian art critic and curator Domenico Quaranta:

    “During recent years the term re-enactment and the practices it refers to have enjoyed increasing success in the artistic context. On one hand, the success of re-enactment appears to be connected to a parallel, vigorous return to performance art, both as a genre practiced by the new generations, and as an artistic practice with its own historicization. On the other hand the term re-enactment accompanies two phenomena that at least at first glance have very little in common: re-staging artistic performances of the past, and revisiting, in performance form, “real” events – be they linked to history or current affairs, past or present. “

    The works included in the exhibiton include:

    Ich Lubbe Berlin! (2005, SilentCell Network), a take on the 1933 burning of the Reichstag building in Berlin, which explores the contemporary meaning of symbols such as the Reichstag itself, and of concepts such as “communism” and “terrorism”;

    -to Das KAPITAL (2006, Janez Janša), a performance which re-stages the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces with the languages of popular street artists;

    -from C’était un rendez-vous (déja vu) (Janez Janša in collaboration with Quentin Drouet), a project that plays with the paradigmatic history of a well known artwork, the film C’était un rendez-vous by Claude Lelouch, from “cinema verité” to “media fiction”;

    VD as VB (2007), a series of actions in which Vaginal Davis, the “grande dame” of the queer underground in Los Angeles, dialogues with Vanessa Beecroft’s performances.

    Mount Triglav on Mount Triglav (2007), the three artists Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša re-stage a well known performance of the OHO group from the late Sixties, recently appropriated by the IRWIN group for their Like to Like Series (2004), performing it on the Mount Triglav itself, and then translating it into a monumental golden sculpture;

    Slovene National Theatre (2007), Janez Janša translates an infamous fact of recent racism against Gypsies – known in Slovenia as “the Ambrus case” – into a piece of theatre, re-invoicing it as it was featured by the mass media.

    Synthetic Performances (2007), Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG reenact on the virtual platform of Second Life a series of historical performances that are all but virtual, raising issues such as body, violence, sex and pain, thus exploring the meaning of these very issues in a virtual world. In SS-XXX |

    Frau Helga (2007), Janez Janša (in collaboration with Dejan Dragosavac Ruta) again adds details and proofs of evidence to an “urban legend” recently circulated on the Net and mainstream media, concerning the presumed creation of a cyber-sex doll by the Nazis.

    Performance and reenactment are far from being the only strategies adopted in “RE:akt!”, which also involves strategies such as documentation, remix, re-invoicement, reconstruction and remediation (such as in the project The Day São Paulo Stopped 2009 by Brazilian artist Lucas Bambozzi),

    The exhibition is accompanied by the book RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting featuring the co- editors Janez Janša, artist and director of Aksioma and the italian theoretician Antonio Caronia. The book was published on March 2009 by FPeditions and includes contributions by Rod Dickinson, Jennifer Allen, Jan Verwoert, Antonio Caronia and Domenico Quaranta.

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    Chays Blogspot

    Hello, just an introduction to my blogspot and a little preview…

    ENJOY :0

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    interior /nhs simulation: location for photo shoot

    Room B310 in Borough Road building is available next friday 13th of March (10:00-13:00) for a photo shoot. It is a simulation of a NHS hospital room,an  interesting location to create an image of the world. Download the storyboard hospital-scenes-friday-march13-brorough-rd-v2

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    photographers needed

    Photographer(s) needed to document Around the World in Two Days, the

    two day event in the faculty of Business Computing and Information Management at South Bank.

    Please contact Paul Carden at BCMI for the brief.

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    becoming a blog editor

    Hi , i have sent you an email inviting you to become an editor to this blog, and thought i would leave you here a quick visual start guide to post your first message in wordpress.  Use. the opportunity to introduce yourself and tell us about your contribution to the unit. Tell us also about the photographer whose youth cultures project you chose to leave a comment (add the link to their page, so you can practice adding lnks and urls to your post).

    For a more in-depth tutorial  you may want to follow the youtube post:


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