During the autumn term the department hosted a Jazz movie night in the Department in support of one of our event branding/poster project. For this project we currently either design a poster for film or jazz festival. But can you really portray a message if haven’t experienced a film or jazz festival yourself? The pandemic has made affected our chances to experience these things in person. Well, this jazz movie night was the next best thing. With drinks and food provided by the department through the Typography Student Fund we were able to get the full experience.
We watched ‘What Happened, Miss Simone’, about Jazz singer Nina Simone: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4284010/ A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.” Where we witness the importance and what it meant to be a part of jazz, and the relationship between music and activism. This gave us a new view point when designing our posters to be more specific to the event rather then just illustrating jazz.
After the documentary we had a special guest come in to play the saxophone and harmonica for us, to give us a live performance of Jazz. This enabled people to take photos of real instruments, rather than looking online.
From all of us in part 2 I would like to thank James and Catalina for organising this event for us and providing the food and drinks, making an educational event fun.