My Views: Teaching, Learning and Research in Creative Arts education

My colleague Angus Fraser asked me to fill out a questionnaire for a paper he is writing.  As I like to recycle and re-connect content, I’ve pasted my answers below.  All the views are my own and not my employers or departments. ============= QUESTIONNAIRE BY ANGUS FRASER NAME: Dr Shawn Sobers         

Nothing Matters Everything Matters (my new film with Tim Andrews)

Please see my new film ‘Nothing Matters Everything Matters’. Something happened to set Tim Andrews on a different path. Formerly a lawyer, he has dedicated himself to portrait photography, having been photographed by over 240 artists for his ‘Over The Hill’ project. Deviating from photography, I pitched an idea for a short film, which he accepted

Review of Shooting Youth photography exhibition at Knowle West Media Centre

In Roland Barthes’ influential book about photography, Camera Lucida, the French theorist writes, “Ultimately, photography is subversive, not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks.“ The new photography exhibition at Knowle West Media Centre, Shooting ‘Youth’, is subversive therefore for a number of reasons.  It is an intelligent photography exhibition

Photography, protest and politics (deliberate small’p’s)

Over the next year I’m going to go back to my roots and make more pictures, both still and moving, as well as writing words (which I may do less).  As a political (small ‘p’) animal at heart, it is work that has something to say, or maybe more importantly work that asks questions, that