October 21, 2016
Unity Culture Club – On Your Radar 21.10.16
It’s been a big week for us here at Unity. If you’re reading this, you may have already heard that this week at the acclaimed PR Week Awards we won no less than seven awards, including Consultancy of the Year, Mid-Sized Consultancy of the Year and Campaign of the Year. Oh, and we won the self-awarded accolade of ‘Best and Potentially Least Appropriate / Most Cringeworthy Stage Pose’ (please see below for more). Our apologies to host John Snow.
To see our co-founders discuss the agency’s success – and tequila – with the PR Week reporter, this video is worth a watch.
But enough about us! It’s Friday, and this is Culture Club – so we’re pointing our lens at those who have been recognised as leaders in their field across other industries and corners of the world from film to art, photography and community development.
01. LOVIN' AIN'T EASY
Short film Stutterer won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film this year. The thirteen-minute film focuses on a London typographer, who has a serious stutter – to the extent that verbal conversation is difficult. But in his thoughts, which we hear, he does not stutter. And when he chats online with a woman he can express himself freely and is even charming. However, when his beau writes that she’s coming to visit, he panics – and how he deals with her visit provides the film’s narrative.
A combination of tense emotional suspense, unusual subject matter led to the film’s success at the Oscars – by showing how communication, like love, is never easy.
The film is available to download and watch online – a snip at £1.49.
02. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Onto photography, as today the Natural History Museum opens its annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – featuring the winning entries from talented photographers from across the world. This year’s winner Tim Laman beat almost 50,000 entries with his shot of a critically endangered Bornean orangutan above the Indonesian rainforest.
To capture the winning shot, Tim spent three days climbing a 30 metre tall tree and setting several GoPro cameras, which he then triggered remotely, resulting in a wide-angle perspective of the forest below – capturing the orangutan’s serious expression as it scaled the same tree.
The efforts that this photographer took indicate that success takes time, hard work, and is rarely straightforward.
Less of a competition, but more of a nod to success and influence, is ArtReview’s Power 100 list published this week. The list reads like a black book of artistic influence and power, including gallerists, artists, curators and directors – ranking Swiss curator and Serpentine artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist as the art world’s most influential person.
The list is compiled by ArtReview magazine in consultation with a panel of writers, artists, curators and critics, with rankings based on an individual’s or group’s “international influence over the production and dissemination of art and ideas within the art world and beyond over the past 12 months”.
Interestingly, only three women feature in the top ten – time for some more feminine influence in the art world, perhaps.
04. THANKS, BUT NO THANKS
The recent decision to award Bob Dylan with the Nobel prize for Literature has been seen as controversial by many – including Dylan himself. It took him a week to acknowledge that he had been awarded – and even then with a simple sentence on his website.
However, the line has now been removed – leading people to speculate that the artist has unacknowledged the prize.
Turns out not everyone like to win awards as much as we do.
Onto award-winners of the future.
Spaces for Change (S4C) is programme that finds, funds and supports young people (aged 16-24) to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community. From 2016-2019 100 projects will be awarded with grants of £5,000 available for creative ideas to transform places and spaces.
This an award with value and meaning, serving more than just celebratory purposes – to build communities and resolve issues – if you’re (lucky enough to be) under 24, get involved.
06. ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD
We felt it would be rude to leave you without the aforementioned winning photo (‘Best and Potentially Least Appropriate / Most Cringeworthy Stage Pose’), so we’ve included it here – as well as a link to lots more from the Awards evening.
Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.