I am very happy to announce that I will be hosting the first in-person German Talk since March 2020 on the 7th September at 5.30pm! I hope you are as excited as me and will be able to make it.
I will be talking about the life and work of Welsh photographer Angus McBean (1904-1990). Our undergraduates have been putting the exhibition together as part of their module ‘Creating an Exhibition: Researching, Interpreting and Displaying’, and, if you are at all interested in photography and/or the glittery world of mid-20th century film, dance, music and theatre, then this one is definitely for you.
I hope you are all well and that you will have the chance to catch up with your friends and families during the festive season – despite Corona.
I spontaneously decided to create another digital German Talk, because I realised that I published the last one quite some time ago. So I entered all sorts of ‘Christmassy’ keywords into our collection’s database to see what images would pop up. Given that I always have to respect copyrights, Victorian illustrations were the safest option. According to what the database had to offer me, I wrote the following little Christmas story. It is an old-fashioned, cosy tale from times gone by, which will hopefully distract you for a short while from the worries of the real world.
The PDF includes the verbatim script and a list of vocabulary as it appears in the text. Just click on the link to open the presentation. I’m still not perfectly happy with the sound, but hope you will have no problems understanding everything.
Have a lovely Christmas and a great start into 2022!
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer.
The good news is that our School of Art galleries are open to the public again. However, due to the ongoing situation, visits need to be booked in advance and visitor numbers have to be kept limited. You will find a link through which you can book your (free) visit below. Continue reading →
I hope you are all doing well during these unfortunately still very unsettling times.
Because we are currently still unable to open our School of Art Galleries to the public, I decided to put together another ‘digital’ German Talk to give you a chance to see some of Veronica Calarco’s great works, which comprise part of her PhD in Fine Art, and to maybe expand your German vocabulary a bit more at the same time. The below presentation will only show part of her work, but you will find a link to her online exhibition in this text and in the presentation, if you would like to see all her images. Continue reading →
I hope you all had a lovely summer – despite the on-going situation.
Given that many of us are currently not able or prefer not to go on any trips, I thought I might take you on a virtual journey on the river Nile in this talk. I came across a variety of 19th century photographs of Egypt in our School of Art collection and, as I did a wonderful Nile cruise myself years ago, thought it might be a nice topic for a German Talk. I tried to keep it short, but discovered in the end that it is possibly the longest Talk I have created so far. However, at least you can go through it at your own pace, listening and reading as much as you like at a time. Because of the length of the Talk, I decided not to add any extra exercises, but you will find some vocabulary within the text. I hope you will find it interesting and enjoyable. Continue reading →
I hope you and your families and friends are all keeping safe and well during these truly ‘interesting’ times.
As I am not sure when we will be able to welcome you again in our School of Art Galleries (which are currently, of course, still closed), I thought I’d try something new and create a ‘digital’ German Talk. This is a first for me, and I certainly had some fun playing around with PowerPoint & Co. I hope you enjoy the outcome.
You find the instructions below. They should help to navigate the different documents and the presentation itself. I had a kind friend who patiently proofread and tried the various documents, the presentation and instructions, so – hopefully – all should work just fine.
You are very welcome to send some feedback – positive and negative. Just email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
In a couple of weeks or so, I will also publish a slightly longer English version of the text here on the School of Art blog. It’s something I have been working on since last spring, but kept getting distracted from. Now seems the right time to finally finish it….. 🙂
Take care of yourselves and all the very best wishes,
The first PDF is the usual document with the text and exercises that you would get from me during a talk and which I would usually upload here on the museum’s blog afterwards. You might want to download that one first of all. If you can, print if off, so that you can read along the presentation which is the next link. I included the images in the text as well, in case you can’t open the presentation.
You should be able to download the PowerPoint presentation. When it’s downloaded, you can just click on it and it should open without problems. I tried to make it a bit more ‘exciting’ than a usual slide show, and hopefully it should give the impression, as if you were walking around an actual exhibition – more or less anyway.
You can ‘walk’ through the gallery from ‘wall to wall’ simply by clicking your mouse.
There are little arrows on the left at the bottom of the presentation with which you can also move forwards and backwards between slides.
You see a loudspeaker symbol in some of the slides. When you hover across it, you can see a ‘play’ sign. Click, and you get the text that goes with the image/s read out by me. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn’t fantastic, so you might want to turn up the volume. I tried to read quite slowly, so I hope you are able to understand it well.
When the recording is finished, you can move on with another mouse click.
After the Vagrants images, the exercises will start with the next slide. I tried to make them ‘interactive’, so please don’t be too quick with clicking your mouse again. You might then see the solutions to the questions/tasks before you solved them yourself. You also have all the exercises/solutions in your first PDF as well.
The other PDFs are poems that are mentioned in the talk. The Summer Woods is the one you’d need for one of the exercises.
As usual, you are very welcome to print out everything for your own personal use, but please don’t distribute or use anything for any other cause, especially the images, as they are under copyright. All images that have a ‘PL’-number are from the School of Art collection. However, some images belong, for example, to the Tate, and they kindly allowed me to use them, because the talk is educational/non-commercial.
it was lovely seeing you all yesterday, and I hope you enjoyed the talk and the exhibtions. For those who couldn’t make it, they are still open until the 1st May 2020, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm (closed Easter 10th – 17th April).
As usual, you can download and print a copy of the talk for personal use. All content and images are subject to copyright:
The next German Talk will be advertised here and in the other usual places, such as the EGO magazine, as soon as possible. However, I am actually in the process of planning and curating an exhibition for the summer (my very first!), so I probably won’t have the time to organise another German Talk before the middle or end of June.