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Laura Nicholson: CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED Live Stream



As part of Platform 2017,  an annual award designed to nurture new artistic talent, artist Laura Nicholson is hosting a live streaming of their work CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED.

“In CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED I am exploring the relationship between the embodied self and the  performative artist identity. This stream runs from 12-1 and 3-4 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and allows you to watch me produce myself and my work over the course of the exhibition. This is my invitation for you to become my witness, and to consume and validate my practiced honesty.” – Laura Nicholson

During the exhibition Laura will be selling comics and prints of their work in the Modern Art Oxford shop.

CONSTANTLY TERRIFIED is on 19 July – 6 August 2017.

Data Studio: Environmental Change


On Wednesday 24 May, as part of Modern Art Oxford’s Future Knowledge exhibition, designer and artist Lucy Kimbell hosted a practical workshop in collaboration with the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

This Data Studio explored and materialised models and data about environmental change. It also raised questions about how models are constructed, translated, mediated and engaged with, and the publics, audiences and users involved.

Future Knowledge Studio: Young people’s filmmaking residency


As part of the exhibition Future Knowledge a group of young filmmakers aged 11-14, all new to the art of filmmaking, considered the past, present and future of Oxford. Embracing a shared sense of inquisitiveness, play and humour they captured their own visual stories of the city that they call home.

The group took up residence within the gallery, transforming the space into their own film studio from which they could explore central Oxford to investigate its people and places while collecting footage. The resulting films depict the diversity of the city and a variety of perspectives held on it. A playful montage reimagines a tourist’s eye view with reference to Oxford’s main sights and ghostly history, a thought provoking thriller questions stereotypes and trust in our communities and a short interview sequence offers an insight into the perception of Oxford and its future from the viewpoints of visitors, students and locals.

The videos made during the residency are below:

The participants gained knowledge both in the art of filmmaking and in the complexities and curiosities of their locality:

‘When I was watching movies I didn’t realise how they did a birds eye view or a worms eye view, I just watched it and thought it was normal, now I know its harder to do!’ – Participant

‘I like how the vicar was saying you can pretty much be yourself in Oxford and the ice cream man was saying about a class division and I thought that was a really important message actually…’ – Participant

‘I think Oxford kind of stands still in time, like the architecture and how people view it’ – Participant

It was interesting working with young people who have grown up around Oxford and seeing how they interpreted their knowledge and experience of it through film. – Artists, Moira and Yasmin

Thanks go to filmmakers Moira Lam, Yasmin Falahat and Samuel Herklots for facilitating Future Knowledge Studio.

Re-Visit: In Conversation – Kazem Hakimi & James Attlee


On Thursday 1 June 2017, photographer Kazem Hakimi and author and journalist, James Attlee were in public conversation at Modern Art Oxford. The talk was part of a series to accompany Kazem Hakimi’s exhibition, Portraits from a Chip Shop, held at Modern Art Oxford from 2 May — 2 July 2017.

In this talk, Hakimi reveals his influences, early inspirations and the processes behind his practice. James Attlee lives in Oxford and is the author of Isolarion: A Different Oxford Journey.






Kazem Hakimi: A White Wall – The Making of a Documentary


Postgraduate Media students from the University of Sussex, Matthew Gibson and Kate Drucquer have spent the past few months creating a documentary about Oxford-based photographer, Kazem Hakimi. Titled, A WHITE WALL, after the space at the back of Hakimi’s Fish and Chip Shop in which he captures his subjects, the documentary follows Hakimi’s journey towards his solo exhibition, Portraits from a Chip Shop, held at Modern Art Oxford and Arts at the Old Fire Station from 2 May – 2 July 2017. In this latest Channel post, we present the final documentary and hear about Matt and Kate’s experience of making the film, including how they first heard about Hakimi’s work. 

A WHITE WALL – a documentary by Matthew Gibson and Kate Drucquer

“In July last year, BBC Oxford ran a short video about photographer and Fish and Chip shop owner Kazem Hakimi and it showed up in my Facebook news feed. I shared it instantly with the comment ‘What a legend!’ Little did I know that almost a year later I would be making a short documentary charting Kaz’s journey to the exhibition of his OX4 project at Modern Art Oxford and Arts at the Old Fire Station.

Kate and I, both postgraduate Media students at the University of Sussex approached Kaz about the project. Our initial phone call to Kaz at the shop, however, was greeted with an odd response! ‘Is this Elsie?’ said Kaz. Aware that neither of us were called Elsie, he duly informed us that someone from The University of Sussex had already contacted him recently to propose a documentary project. We couldn’t believe the coincidence – let alone our bad luck! Of all the possible avenues of exploration and the myriad of potential subjects, Kaz gets two phone calls from different Sussex postgraduates within a matter of weeks! Selfishly, we knew we had to find this Elsie and somehow persuade her not to make her film.

Fortunately for us, however, having chosen a different project, Elsie kindly gave us the green light and with both the support of Modern Art Oxford, and Kaz’s approval we travelled up to Oxford from Brighton. Sharing a portion of chips we observed Kaz interacting with friends and customers who wandered in and out of the shop. Kaz’s bright personality lit up the faces of everyone that he encountered, and we felt then and there that we were about to embark on a special project with a unique individual.

The experience of making A WHITE WALL has been immensely rewarding. We couldn’t have possibly dreamt of a subject as welcoming, open and compassionate as Kaz, who throughout the whole process remained unwaveringly supportive and encouraging. We feel incredibly grateful that Kaz has allowed us to share his journey and for the opportunity to contribute towards a portrait of such a remarkable photographer. In close collaboration with Modern Art Oxford and Arts at the Old Fire Station, Kaz kindly provided an opportunity for us as two aspiring creative documentary filmmakers to hone our skills and techniques and explore the important role of the artist in bringing people together.

Given the important role of the media in documenting today’s many challenges, we feel that A WHITE WALL perhaps represents a metaphor for the blank slate offered to all filmmakers. The question we must ask ourselves is, how best should we fill it?” –  Words by Matthew Gibson and Kate Drucquer.

Studying at The University of Sussex, Kate Drucquer studies for an MA in Media Practice for Development and Social Change and Matthew Gibson is doing an MA in Digital Documentary.