Your chance to watch 27,000 Rice Krispies being counted (warning – it takes 10 hours)

Do not betray the moment for some distraction ahead, Amy Louise Nettleton, MA Fine Art. Picture: And

Do not betray the moment for some distraction ahead, Amy Louise Nettleton, MA Fine Art. Picture: Andi Sapey. - Credit: Archant

A 10-hour film of 27,000 Rice Krispies being counted into a bowl is one of the highlights of the Norwich University of the Arts MA Degree Show.

MA Textile Design work by Jo Clarke. Picture: Andi Sapey.

MA Textile Design work by Jo Clarke. Picture: Andi Sapey. - Credit: Archant

Fine art student Richard Brooks's video installation is entitled Assimilation (27 million), and is part of the free exhibition in St Georges Street, Norwich, opening Friday.

'The work refers to the commonly cited statistic that there are 27 million people in modern day slavery,' Mr Brooks said. 'The screen is gradually filled with thousands of Rice Krispies until one can no longer see the bowl, and the total is only a tenth of one percent of the number of people in modern day slavery.'

Work by Jo Clarke could contribute to providing a sustainable way of managing the indigenous materials of the Norfolk Broads.

The textile design student used basket weaving techniques to create a collection of decorative and functional bowls and containers.


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Andrea Kelly, senior ecologist at the Broads Authority said: 'We're very enthused about the work Jo has done. Currently only 15pc of Norfolk reed is used for thatching and an awful lot is cut and burnt, piled up or not managed at all.

'We are very supportive of finding alternative markets for reed which would enable it to be harvested correctly in such as way that maintains the habitats of local wildlife.'

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The degree show exhibits the graduating work of the university's postgraduate students, with work by MA students of fine art, textile design, moving image and sound, communication design and curation.

The event is held alongside For What It's Worth: Perceptions of Value in Contemporary Art, an exhibition of work from the Art Council collection curated by NUA MA Curation students in the university's gallery, also on St Georges Street.

Paul Fieldsend-Danks, MA leader at NUA, said 'The character of the MA Degree Show is always reflective of the academic journey of the students participating and this exhibition is the culmination of an intense period of practice and research.

'This year there is a strong focus on being active in broader contexts outside the university and, while research is central to postgraduate study, the students are exhibiting the results of work that is informed by professional practice.'

The show runs August 30 to September 4, 11am to 5pm, but is closed on Sunday.

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