Yuting Hou

VR is this asteroid that’s going to hit the planet, apparently, in 2023.

Douglas Coupland

Statement

VR art with the coming of the era of “virtual reality” has come into being a new and independent category of art. In “Virtual Reality: an Empirical-Metaphysical Testbed”, VR art has the following definition: “In virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applied to the artificial intelligence technology as a means of media art form, we call it virtual reality, art or art of VR.” Can VR art control the art world and change the way art is consumed and even sold? As the most technical art form at the forefront of this storm, how can we re-examine VR art and the impact of VR art on museums.  This has increasingly become a topic worth discussing. This paper starts with the introduction of a brief history of VR art, and discusses in depth the representative and forward-looking artists and their works in the FIELD of VR art. Through layer by layer analysis, it leads to the current situation and existing problems of VR art. Finally, the significance and development prospects of VR art are summarized to explore VR art practice in more depth.

Contact

Yuting.hou@mail.bcu.ac.uk

Degree

Arts and Project Management

Oheneba Mensa-Bonsu

Theatre is a collaborative art
A production at the South African State Theatre. Photo credit: Facebook.

Theatre and the COVID-19 Pandemic: the implications of COVID-19 on Ghanaian Theatre Practice

Research paper 2020

For this paper, I used theatre practitioner-based interview questionnaires to research the impact of COVID-19 on theatre practice and the alternative presentational forms that can be used to ensure that this sector continues to adapt and grow despite world-wide ‘lock-downs’. Due to my experience and knowledge of Ghanaian theatre, the main case study focus was the Ghanaian theatre and arts sector.

Photo credit: ASASE YAA African American Dance Theatre

Statement

As an international student who saw the worldwide impact of the pandemic whilst being aware of social and economic climate back home in Ghana, I wondered how my home country would brave the storm that is COVID-19. Watching in earnest as the British government took measures to curb the spread of the disease, I wondered how the Ghanaian government was going to handle the global implications of the pandemic and its effects on our economy, especially the arts sector. The Ghanaian art sector (especially the theatre space), an already struggling area is far behind things like STEM education which was seeinga rapid pace of growth and improvement. Hence, this pandemic left the theatre space in a very uncertain predicament. This realisation led me to ask myself a few questions: what would be the new way of theatre in this ‘new-norm’? This was the motivation that inspired me to research more into the subject area.

Keys areas looked at include:

Digital Inclusion
Socio-economic impact
Alternative forms of the practice

Contact

kmensabonsu@gmail.com

Degree

MA Arts and Project Management

Links

Photo credit: ASASE YAA African American Dance Theatre

Yushan Su

Birmingham Chinatown Brand Design and Wayfinding Design

05/2020-08/2020

07/2020 Birmingham Chinatown Photographer Yushan Su

Designer Personal Website please see here: https://ysu398.wixsite.com/yushan

My major project focus on design a visual identity system and a guide icon system. At the same time, I will think about two specific problems, how to create graphic memory for the target audience? And Does continuous graphics is a good way to spread the brand image? I trying to use filed work, photography, drawing, software and reference review as methodology which help me understand the characteristics of Birmingham Chinatown.

The logo inspired by Birmingham Selfridges and Chinese chopsticks and I use red and black as the main colours. I chose IMPACT typography as the English character, Black Body – Simple typography as the Chinese character. Because they give the audience a strong visual effect and a sense of weight so that the audience can be better impressed with the logo.

Birmingham Chinatown Brand Design
Birmingham Chinatown Brand Support Graphics
07/2020 Birmingham Chinatown Photography Yushan Su