I have interviewed several people about paid and unpaid internships. Most of them would like it to be paid, but aren’t internships made to gain a lot of experience through them.
Some of the people I interviewed were saying that after spending 27 000£ to graduate, they would like to have a minimum wage. That is LCC’s point of view. But I asked also to my friends from Belgium, where the actual public universities cost you around 800£ a year. I had different point of views. One was that the minimum wage is the actual experience you gain through an internships. Another was, I think if the employer expects quality work from his intern then he should give him a minimum wage. Also if the company benefits from the intern’s work then he should also give him a wage. But if the intern if serving coffee, picking up the phone or works as an intern for a month in the company then he shouldn’t get a minimum wage, because as far as I know, you don’t need a diploma to serve coffee.
To conclude my research, I think getting a wage in an internships varies between the length of your intern, what you’re doing during it, if your still a student or if your a graduate, etc. But also what you expect from your internship a CV building or gaining experience.
Sion Whellens has been experiencing by working with students and graduates from City University, The University of the Arts (Camberwell, LCC and Central St Martins), East London, Bristol and Brighton Universities, the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths. He says that graduates are ready to work in cooperative because they were thoughts to work in collaborative practice.
The second point that Sion Whellens discusses about is that each year at University of the Arts London, a PPD // Creative Enter prises week is organised each year. As he also says through his article is « Advocating collective and ultimately co-operative working as an approach to the prospect of exploitation, isolation and underemployment is a very fruitful line ». I agree with Sion Whellens’s point. I think everybody need to work once in a cooperative to gain experiences and to work in a collaborative project.
I like Sion Whellens idea about focussing on Pre Start Ups. Working with existing collectives, networks and informal businesses.
I was asked during my CTS session to go and visit an area that has been trough gentrification, either Deptford or Shoreditch. I decided to visit Shoreditch. As I observed, this area has been through a lot for the past few years.
What is Shoreditch? Shoreditch is located in East London and is known for its artsy street art, little cafes most known by the habitants of Shoreditch. However, when I went to visit this area, I noticed that there were some astonishing old houses and cultural buildings, whereas there were many works on the roads an loads of buildings were being constructed especially around Old Street and the City: Liverpool Street Station. I think is it unbelievable when you exit Liverpool Street Station and in a five-minute walk, you are on Brick Lane visiting the vintage shops, some of the cafes and being in a complete different atmosphere close to Camden Town. But it has started to be increasingly touristic since several years and more budgets has been put into constructing popular shops such as Pret à Manger, The Breakfast Club, many costa’s…
The Guardian says on their article posted on their website on the 27th of September, that on the 26th of September, hundreds of protesters attacked the Cereal killer Café in East London. One of the owners says “If you want to talk about gentrification and different classes, you don’t go about attacking independent businesses who are putting their whole life on the line to open a business, you go to the conglomerates and big companies.”
To conclude my trip, I noticed that Gentrification is having a big impact in Shoreditch and some activists called the Anarchist group Class War wearing pig masks attack shops and cafes because they don’t want to be kicked out of their homes due to Gentrification. Apparently they want to have a Community.
The copyright lecture was about understanding the right of creative cultures. Copyright represents the exclusive right of the author of an artwork, a book, music, scientific theories for disclosure and reproduction. Those rights return to the author. The author has the exclusive right to exploit the work and set conditions to the ones who would like to use it.
A question I thought was really interesting was is the owner the creator? I researched about this subject and I found some interesting points that Stanford University Libraries says on their website about copyright ownership. One of the rules of ownerships is that as an employee in a company; every creation of an artwork, music composition, painting or any other creation, the employee does not own copyright over their work. It is the employer who does. I think this is obviously normal, but also unfair. On one hand, the company benefits from the employee’s talented work. Which could be understood as unfair. But on the other hand, if the actual employee got offered a job in that company, maybe it is because his style corresponds to the company’s branding image. And also, I suppose if people do not agree with the employer’s principle and they would like to have their own authorships then they should work as a free-lance. However, I think it is essential before being a free-lancer to work in a company to see how the employer is with the employees, but also to gain as much experience as possible.
Our lecture on the 17th of November was about subculture. What is a subculture? A subculture is a group of people that removes itself from the mainstream society. Most of the cultures are part of this such as music, fashion, writing, music, artists,… They are sort of activists that would like to be distinguished from the Mainstream by their passion.
To be part of those subcultures, you have to do commitments and show people who are part of those subcultures that you would like to be part of their cultures. Many subcultures where created in the 60s. In the US it started by the Hippies that left their hometowns because they didn’t want to go to the army. In the UK it started with the Skinheads and their racism…
I think people who join subcultures are people who are not completely satisfied with things that happen in their lives and they feel the need to be part of something so their passion is 100% part of their lives.
A question Adriana asked us to reply to: Are there still subcultures nowadays? And the answer is yes but the actual idea of subcultures is not innovated… Subcultures appeared in the 60s and it was like a fashion. Today subcultures are still here but no new ideas or cultures are being discovered. I thought about Hipsters… And it could be a fashion subculture: longs beards, beanies, glasses, organic food, unknown places, etc. For example there is Vampire culture, which describes itself as an alternative lifestyle, which bases itself on the modern perception of vampire in popular fiction.
To conclude this comment about the lecture about Subcultures, it is interesting to compare today what are and what aren’t subcultures with the evolution. And how people get deeply involved into their passion.
19/02/2015 – CTS
Today’s lecture was about « Holding Text ». It was a different subject that made me remind my whole french course two years ago. It was about the french litterature (dada, ready mades,…) It was a very interesting lecture.
The Exercise was about « Wasting Time on the Internet » and to create a new text with all the information we could fin on social networks, news website,… I decided to go on the FML website and to chose some part of life stories and put them together. It is not very interesting story but I thought it’s funny to see the way some famous people wrote their songs or texts,…
Thursday 5th of February 2015,
Today’s lecture was called: POSE! « That’s Not Me » given by Mark Ingham. A very interesting way to learn photography in a different way. Nowadays taking a picture does not has the same value as 150 years ago. When the first photo was taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1836, it was a revolution. Having a self-portrait perhaps could only happen once in your life time due to expensive fees and the time it took to take a picture. Today we take pictures as if it’s part of our lives, you bump into a friend in the street, you take a selfie to send it to other friends. But the difference between a selfie and a self-portrait is that a selfie is the way you want the people on social network to see you while taking a self-portrait is facing your real image.
On the 12th of november I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the Disobedient Object exhibiton. Interesting exhibition. I found it interesting to have social movements mixed with art. Seeing all those africans statues made me think about the only African Museum of Europe in Belgium, (Palais de Colonies, Tervuren) which is now being restored. It is the only one in Europe, as Belgium originally created its wealth from Congo..
The exhibition at the V&A was good; however, the exhibition room was way too small and I couldn’t focused my eyes because there was a lack of negative space, which in turn overcrowded the walls unabling me to concentrate on one work at a time.
No matter where you cast your eyes, there will always be an advert, a poster, a logo … If all of these are at certain locations it’s just because designers want to get your attention. Most publicists know the technique of Z in an advert. When we look at advertising our eyes are unconsciously « Z » through the advert. And if you look closely, the logo will be found very often in the lower right because that’s where the eye stops and your memory stores logo. Also, in a poster, do not fill it up with details of elements and overloading your image because the person who will look at your project, or watch it won’t remeber anything because they didn’t know where to look. The simpler and more clear your project will be, the simpler the person will feel involved and will remember your poster or advertising.