KPxUCL: Introducing our first submissions
We’ve had our first submissions in, our ‘In conversation with the judges’ series is in full swing, and we’re getting the hang of interviewing rather deftly (if I do say so myself).
Our first two submissions are both wonderfully creative, brilliantly executed, but the polar opposite of each other. So we thought it would be nice to share the stories of how they came about, what the teams learned by making them, and any lessons for people still thinking about their submission.
The first submission, made by the inspired Pia and Justin, takes a sensitive and nuanced approach to gender equality. Their submission, in true Koreo style, takes a multimedia form of film and written word, with the vision of an installation. It is called Reacquainting sensibility and it seeks to create a space where visitors are freed from the entrapments of gendered behaviour. In an interview with us, Pia and Justin described how gender is imbued within the spaces we inhabit and therefore our behaviour quickly becomes limited to that of a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ (or more and more, a conscious decision is taken to be ‘both’, ‘neither’ or ‘other’). Their installation aims to remove these limits through creating a space that overtakes societal norms; people will wear headphones with movement instructions and the igloo shaped space, illuminated with visuals and music, disrupts normal spatial behaviour by nature.
Our first two submissions are both wonderfully creative, brilliantly executed, but the polar opposite of each other.
Leone and Lucas gave us the second submission, Social Connections. Theirs is a dynamic snapshot of public opinion, condensed into a 6-minute documentary film, and accompanied by a photographic portrait series (obviously). The pair set out on a quest to investigate which of the six issues are most resonating with the general public, and came back with surprising insights. I won’t give too much away, but as well as becoming amateur film-makers, the pair learned how to interview and talk to strangers so they’d talk to you on top of shedding an important and rarely voiced light on the public’s take on social issues. In comparison to Reacquainting sensibility, Lucas and Leone’s project led them on paths unknown; they repeated in an interview how they were surprised at the twists and turns of public opinion and learned a lot about the social zeitgeist of Britain.
Pretty cool x2.
All in all, the two submissions present great examples of what we hope to come out of the Koreo Prize: multidimensional, varied, and cutting edge takes on social issues in the UK. So, having difficulty beginning your project? Don’t fret: just get stuck in. We promise you’ll get taken on a unique journey through the landscape of social change.
The two submissions present great examples of what we hope to come out of the Koreo Prize: multidimensional, varied, and cutting edge takes on social issues in the UK. So, having difficulty beginning your project? Don’t fret: just get stuck in. We promise you’ll get taken on a unique journey through the landscape of social change.
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