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Monday 23rd March 2015

SWFTA footage in the Big Screen Spotlight thanks to Inspired Student Media Arts Project

Plymouth's big screen will be the centre of a student art project this week, as they take over the screen and plan to show a mash-up of old and new images of Plymouth.

A group of 21 Plymouth University media art students will have complete control of the big screen on Thursday 26 March between 10 and 3pm, as it becomes the centre of their project. The students have teamed up with Fotonow CIC o present a live multimedia public photography and film event.

The event titled Foto Here and Now will begin at 10am on the Piazza. This free event is open to all members of the public, featuring live DJs, VJs and the chance to be photographed and have the image displayed on the big screen.

Erin Black, second year media art student, is helping to organise the event. She said: "The project is all about working with different people and professionals across different mediums.

"We have collected lots of footage and photos from the South West Film and Television archive. We are busy putting them together with footage that we have filmed."

The students hope as many people as possible will head down to the big screen and take a look through the history of Plymouth. The still and moving images will show the gin distillery, the lido, Crownhill fort, the old pier and much more.

Erin continues: "We are going to be taken photos there and will be putting them up on the big screen. We are hoping to have a green screen so we can put images of people on the day against the old ones we have collected. 

"It's a way of people understanding what we do on our course at the university, as well as using old images in an inventive way. We are trying to bring those old images into the twenty-first century and show them in a different way.

"Our primary theme is focusing on the past and present of Plymouth and the hidden or forgotten parts of our city."

Luch Gosling is one of the students who made use of SWFTA footage and says “Foto Here & Now is a public event created by the Media Arts students of Plymouth University and FOTONOW. Our aim is to treat audiences to incredible archival footage of past and hidden memories of Plymouth. Along with the latest VJ equipment the blend of modern day Plymouth and past Plymouth will allow for an eye-catching performance.”

The public are invited to the big screen between 10 am and 3pm on Thursday 26 March to see the installation .