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With a dissertation deadline this Friday a live brief may seem like a pain in the back! Not for our level 6 student who we’re busy tackling one today. Set by the local NHS, student were tasked to create a name and logo for one of its new muscle physio class. Lectures gave a helping hand providing some exceptional names for the class… ‘the gym won’t fix it’.

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Dance student gains placement with acclaimed videodance artists Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes: Post from Perform@tees

goat shootFor my third year work related context placement I was eager to work with professional dance filmmakers to further develop my theoretical and philosophical approaches to dance film whilst gaining knowledge and the fundamental skills in the processes of making dance film.

I expressed my interest to Goat Media (Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes) in Scotland. This was warmly received and we agreed that I could join them in the development of their new film project ‘Wild Land’

The Wild Dance Film project is collaboration between Goat Media and The Centre for Mountain Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, based around models to map the attributes of wildness. The aim is to support research carried forward by Dr R McMorran in developing robust and repeatable methods of mapping wild land and on planning, policy and the management of these protected landscapes.

Project Description: A cross-art form project using video to work with landform mapping data to explore how conceptions of wildness differ according to the observer’s point of view and how this can be and is influenced by romantic representation of the wild lands in the past and present.

Being able to work with established professionals and well-renowned directors from Goat Media was an excellent opportunity for me to ‘get to grips’ with the professional aspects, technical issues and evolution of conceptualization when shooting dance film. Therefore this site-specific work placement was an integral learning process for me.

Katrina McPherson’s ‘Making Video Dance’ book was also one of the most constructive textual presentations and guided filmmaking processes that I have studied.

(Away From Here, 2012) (The Time it Takes, 2010) (There is a Place, 2010) and (Force of Nature, 2011) are some examples of their film work.

I have found Goat Media’s work and this placement highly inspiring and adding in furthering my development of new skills. I hope to utilize these skills and develop a sufficiently comprehensive knowledge base to synthesize my ideas and produce a dance film for my Final Year Creative Project, and hopefully enhance my career prospects through future opportunities within the dance film industry.




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Year two dissertation prep was given the go ahead yesterday, which sees some of the Level 5 cohort more enthused than others. I quote here, ‘Do you ever love a book so much you wish you could live in it?’. Wise words following an hour long nose to page session with ‘Sometimes I Think, Sometimes I am’… Oh, and just in case, here’s a demonstration, well rather an attempt.

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Middlesbrough 1 Charlton Athletic 0: Ledesma’s left foot settles cagey affair

KARANKA’S Boro have taken 16 out of the last 18 points available as the Teessiders march up the table to the dizzy heights of ninth.

Boro 1 Charlton Athletic 0

Boro 1 Charlton Athletic 0

Emmanuel Ledesma’s thunderbolt after 17 minutes settled the tie in the home side’s favour. Boro had countless attempts to double their advantage after Charlton last Rhoys Wiggins to a straight red.

Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main replaced Albert Adomah and Lukas Jutkiewicz in the Boro starting line-up from the 2-0 win at Blackpool. Kei Kamara and Jonathan Woodgate were fit enough to take their places on the bench.

Chris Powell gave Yohann Thuram-Ulien his debut after joining on loan from Standard Liege as part of Charlton’s link up with the Belgian club.

Boro could have been 1-0 up early on. Main’s through-ball to Carayol ricochet off Richard Wood and sat up kindly for a shot, but it went inches wide.

The home side kept present Charlton with opportunities having lost possession in their own half. Both Jann Kermogant and Jordan Cousins had efforts after Boro mistakes, however neither tested Shay Given.

Ledesma netted for Boro out of nothing, with a shot from 35-yards. The Argentine picked the ball up on the right touchline, cut inside and unleashed – Thuram-Ulien was helpless in the Charlton net with a wicked bobble just in front of him.

The Teessiders could have doubled their advantage after Carayol was twice denied by Thuram-Ulien. The Charlton stopper saved well with his feet from an initial long-range thunderbolt before keeping hold of the follow-up.

Ledesma tried to repeat his heroics of earlier with a shot from downtown, however on loan Thuram-Ulien watched it go well wide.

Half time: Boro 1 Charlton Athletic 0 – The home side are good value for their lead, however Charlton have had a lot of possession in the final third, but have looked very laboured.

Wood should have levelled things up for Charlton. He was given plenty of space in the box by the Boro backline, but his shot went inches wide.

Brilliant footwork on the left from Carayol give him room for a dig on goal. The Gambian’s goal-bound effort was well held well by Thuram-Ulien at his back post.

The visitors thought they had drawn level through Simon Church. Kermogant hooked the ball back into play, the substitute bundled it over but clattered Given in the process.

Wiggins was dismissed for a clumsy, off-balance tackle on Boro sub Richard Smallwood. The Boro midfielder was lucky to come away without an injury.

Ledesma had a goal saved off the line from a very rapid counter attack. Jutkiewicz and Kei Kamara both had bites at the cherry to put the game beyond doubt.

Given pulled off a wonder save right on the final whistle to ensure that Boro wrapped up the three points. The Republic of Ireland international hurled himself in front of a sweetly struck volley from point blank range from Dale Stephens.

Middlesbrough travel to Leicester next weekend for a top of the form table clash at The King Power Stadium. Charlton switch their focus to the FA Cup midweek where they take on Oxford United in a replay. man of the match: Shay Given – was very rarely called upon but the wonder save at the death was simply world class.


Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Given, Varga, Williams, Friend, Leadbitter (c), Whitehead, Emnes (Jutkiewicz 57′), Ledesma, Carayol (Kamara 88′), Main (Smallwood 79′)

Unused subs: Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Woodgate, Butterfield,  Kamara

Goals: Ledesma (17′)

Charlton Athletic (4-5-1): Thuram, Jackson (c) (Green 67′), Morrison, Stephens, Harriot, Wood, Wiggins, Cook (Church 67′), Kermogant, Wilson, Cousins (Ajdarevic 77′)

Unused subs: Phillips, Hughes, Evina, Dervite

Sent off: Wiggins (serious foul play)

Attendance: 14,548 (258 visitors)


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Students make historic trip to Auschwitz

Historic Visit: Andrew pictured at the Auschwitz site

Historic Visit: Andrew pictured at the Auschwitz site

Teesside University’s History students visited the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum this week in preparation for this months Holocaust Memorial Day event.

The three day trip was made to give the students an insight into what exactly they will be commemorating on Monday, January 27.

Second year History student Andrew Robson of Middlesbrough, 20, will be taking part in the event and says it is vital that students recognise the importance of Auschwitz.

“It is a really difficult subject to learn about and difficult for teachers to speak of but it has a significance that will endure forever.” he said.

“I believe as humans we have a duty to ensure that those who have died in acts of war and genocide are not forgotten.

“By teaching young people we will make sure that it is not all in vein.”

As an aspiring history teacher himself, Andrew feels that it is vital that the younger generation are force fed information when it comes to being educated about such atrocities of war.

He said: “The Spanish philosopher George Santayana once said ‘those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it’ and I think that this shows the significance of learning about the Holocaust.

Entrance to Hell: The Auschwitz entrance sign; translating to 'Work Makes You Free

Entrance to Hell: The Auschwitz entrance sign; translating to ‘Work Makes You Free’

“I think it’s also important not to water down any of the teaching; the most harrowing details need to be mentioned because sometimes it’s the only way a subject will stay in people’s minds.”

Despite having always wanted to visit the site, Andrew admits that he felt both anxious and apprehensive about making the journey.

He said: “As much as I had learnt about it in the past I was still very unaware and I think it was the not knowing which unsettled me.

“When I first stepped into Auschwitz the feeling of apprehension had intensified drastically.

“I was deliberately walking around quite slowly because I wanted to take everything in, so it would be the eye-opening experience I thought it would be.”

During the visit Andrew and his fellow students met a survivor of the Holocaust who was just nine years old when she was subjected to the cruel experiments.

Andrew said: “To see a woman before my very eyes, who as a child witnessed the loss of her family and for three years had the threat of death hanging over her affected me in a way I could not describe.

“At one point she stood up, rolled up her sleeve and revealed the number tattoo that Jewish people were marked with at Auschwitz.

“That was the most emotional part of the journey for me as it made the whole experience very real and is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Last Stop: Train tracks which carried Jews to Auschwitz

Last Stop: Train tracks which carried Jews to Auschwitz

Despite the rollercoaster of emotions that was endured during the three day trip, Andrew says he couldn’t recommend it enough.

“Whether or not you are interested in history is beside the point, any person who goes there will feel the profound emotional impact as I have done.

“It is certainly not a trip for the feint hearted but if the only thing you take away from it is being more appreciative of your life and what you have, that alone is a worthwhile experience.”

Teesside’s Holocaust Memorial Day takes place Monday, January  27 and is free to both students and the public although booking is essential, please contact

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It’s over! Quarrelling Gallaghers make up at family wedding

Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis performing in...

Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis performing in San Diego on September 18, 2005.

OASIS fans across the country are rejoicing at the news that their favourite brothers have kissed and made up.

Liam and Noel Gallagher, former Oasis band members who split in August 2009, have said to be friends after sorting out their problems at a family wedding.

Since their split Liam, frontman to the famous band, began his own band, Beady  Eye, with former members of Oasis, whilst Noel went on a solo career with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

But unfortunately there is still no Oasis reunion on the cards, but a restaurant ran by the two brothers.

A source told the Daily Star: “Liam initially came up with the idea after a recent trip to Manchester with his mum Peggy.

“Then between them they thought Noel should also be brought on board.”

There are rumours that the bar will be called ‘Champagne Supernova’, missing out on the opportunity for “I’m feeling supersonic, give me gin & tonic” by calling their bar ‘Supersonic’, after another one of their famous hits.

Although Noel Gallagher, ex guitarist and song writer for Oasis, and older of the two brothers, has said there will never be a reunion, others think there will be one, including ex Oasis member Bonehead.

He told NME: “If someone said, ‘Here’s a field, here’s a stage, and here’s 200,000 people’ I’m sure Liam would jump up and do it, and I don’t think it would even take anyone offering him a massive bankroll of money.

“He’d do it because that’s what he loves, that’s his passion.”

Fans of the famous Manchester band are on Bonehead’s side, and think that a reunion will be soon.

Oasis fan, and guitarist, Lee Mosey, 23, said: “The Stone Roses said they’d never do it, and I think the Who did at one point too.

“I think that soon enough they’ll decide to go on tour, even if it’s just a one off, they know how much it would mean to the fans.”

Only time will tell if Oasis will get back together, but thousands of people across the world have their fingers crossed hoping that they will.

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Annual Santa Run is once again a huge success


SANTAS’ AT THE READY: Albert Park Santa run

THIS weekend Albert Park held it’s very special annual Santa Run.

The run started five years ago and attracts over a 100 Santa runners.

It 9am with the grand opening of the reindeer and Santa unicyclists and was followed by the 5k run. Tside Reporter Lucy Moody reported the event live on Twitter.



























ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO: the run starts at 9am











































If you would like more information or would like to register for the weekly run visit the Park Run’s Website.


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N54° progress: Post from Tees bit on the side

WP_20140117_022WP_20140117_028 (1) After careful consideration, the team working on the N54° magazine has made the necessary decisions.

The concept behind the latest issue is “10 words to represent Graphic Design.” These words will appear throughout the magazine, in images, quotes and experimental typography. The logo will appear in different styles but remain more or less the same.

Less than an hour to go but the team is making good progress. We eagerly await the results!

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Morning all! Friday the 17nth of January 2014 and a team of 2nd and 3rd year Graphic Design students have been given an exciting new brief; the production of the 3rd edition of “N54°”, a limited edition graphic design magazine. They’re equipped with inspirational books, computers, pens, scalpels, scanners and printing cards aplenty. Now they have numerous things to consider. Should they redesign the logo? What tone of voice is appropriate? What is the main concept? What about grids, colour, typography and imagery?

But there is no time for hesitation. The issue must be organised, designed and produced by 16:00 this afternoon. So it begins!

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