Under the Lens is an online event and an open air exhibition (also available online). Whether it’s under the lens of a microscope, camera, or magnifying glass, this event explores how humanities and sciences continue to work together, and how arts still contributes as we move into this new remote and restricted world.
We are thrilled that cultural historian, broadcaster and author, Dr Janina Ramirez will be joining us for the Being Human Festival this year.
Nina has a career that began with a degree in English literature at Oxford, followed by an MA and PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies in York on the art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England. Her interests and work have continued to develop and branch into and across many areas of history of art, images and representation. Working on TV Programmes has created a space for Nina to do what she is so passionate about - communicate and reach new audiences in order to share narratives about narratives through history and art.
Nina will be sharing with us images and ideas that come from ‘Under the Lens’ - humans have created images before the development of cameras and history shows the different ways in which humans continue to find ways to show themselves.
This event is part of the Being Human Festival and involves a series of activities we have developed, involving children from a primary school (St Swithun’s Primary School in Kennington), Fusion Arts Oxford and Photo Oxford. The 120 school children in year 5 and 6 created cyanotype (blueprint) images in the style of Anna Atkins. Anna Atkins used cyanotypes around 200 years ago to illustrate her three botanical books.
When Covid allows the created images will form a dynamic open-air exhibition available throughout the Being Human Festival in the outside forecourt of the Radcliffe Humanities Building - but will go online until then.