DAT 403 – Movie poster tropes – What are they?

“A literary trope is the use of figurative language – via word, phrase, or even an image – for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.”


The DAT403 Photomontage assignment states: “It should work as an original movie poster, including their traditional tropes…”

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DAT 401 – Assignment – Week 4 – Remixes Mashups and the Readymade

Guitar - Try Me!

Brief: Working individually or in your groups, produce an intervention/remix/readymade action that will be documented as a short film.

Your intervention can be street-based, in a public place, or part of your home or univeristy life. It can also take place online, e.g. an adbust, mashup or remix.

Myself and Jordan Trembeth decided to create an artistic intervention by placing musical instruments (two guitars and bongos) in a public setting. The setting we chose was a busy area of the Plymouth University campus.

We were interested to see people’s reaction and engagement with these items being placed literally in their path in an environment where such things would be incongruous and unexpected.
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DAT 401 – #LoveYourMorphology: Blade Runner vs Match.com

Following on from the previous post, I spent some time mashing up some clips from my favourite movie, Blade Runner, with the audio from the latest match.com television advert.

I find match.com‘s adverts annoying upbeat and optimistic, but this was perfect to juxtapose with the gloomy distopian visuals of the film.

And here’s the result:

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DAT 401 – Assignment – Week 3 – Disinformation

Wrist X-ray showing 'Dignitas :)' message

Brief: Working in a small group (3-4 students) produce a project that:

a) Subverts an existing information medium, data set, or mode of surveillance (spreading false information – disinformation)
b) Offers an alternative method of communication or avoidance

Nazca Lines: Giant ancient line art drawn in the Peruvian desert so large that it can only be fully seen from the sky
Nazca Lines: Giant ancient line art drawn in the Peruvian desert so large that it can only be fully seen from the sky

Working in a group of three, we discussed two ideas to meet the second option of this assignment brief. The first was to display a message or performance visible only to satellite photography by creating structures or heat signatures on the ground that would be photographed by surveillance satellites. This had a precedent in the Nazca lines of Peru.

The second idea, and the one that the group decided to pursue was, again, to use an unusual alternative method of communication to send a message or make a statement, this time using a method much closer to home.
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