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05 May 2010


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It can be argued that art has always documented life but then Art has only really existed as we understand it today for a couple of hundred years. I don't have a problem with a film being presented as both a documentary and as Art but the two things are not intrinsically linked. There are levels of creative and critical exploration that I expect from works of Art that I wouldn't necessarily look for in a documentary.

The problem I have with, for example, Chen Chieh-jen's video being presented to us as Art, is that although offering us 'food for thought', so to speak, is that it offers us nothing more than documentation of the situation at a time when we have come to expect a lot more from Art at this level. Personally I don't think the artist has really exploited the media in such a way that he is 'creatively exploring an idea'.

Hilary Perry

As mentioned elsewhere, I have found my 2 visits with my ESOL students very exciting. They all had their own opinions which in no way were they afraid to express. At times discussions reached fever pitch! This is as it should be. The students were able to contribute considerably to my understanding of the works, being able to use their own personal experience and knowledge of their own countries.

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