20 May 2016

Film captures themes of cutting edge relationships research

A film series inspired by The Open University’s cutting edge Enduring Love research project will be premiered with a live performance by singer David McAlmont at a special event in London this month.

The Art of Relationships is a film and musical celebration of Enduring Love, produced by artist Steve Geliot, which explores the nature of intimacy and how it endures. The thought-provoking series of short films will be shown for the first time at a free event from 6-8pm at The Vaults – Royal Society of Arts House in London on Friday 27 May.

It will then be available online at the project website:

The event is part of Citizenship and Governance Research at The Open University and is being led by Professor Darren Langdridge and Professor Jacqui Gabb.

Professor Darren Langdridge, said: “We are seeking to explore the power of art to engage the public with social scientific research. We hope that viewing this film will provoke the audience to think about their own relationships whilst also provide an entertaining experience.”

Steve Geliot has produced a series of short films, which are thematically linked, based on and inspired by the findings of the ‘Enduring Love’ research project, whilst also looking forward to planned future research by Profs Langdridge and Gabb on LGBT youth. As well as being presented live, the films will be shown online through various channels and will be followed by an online questionnaire evaluating the viewers’ experience.

After the live event, some members of the audience will engage in an innovative group discussion exercise to gather data on the value of this type of public engagement event for future research purposes.

The film will be accompanied by live music from the singer David McAlmont, with accompaniment from Guy Davies.

The event is free but tickets are limited and should be booked via
The artwork will be made available on various online digital platforms including OpenLearn, YouTube, Vimeo and the Enduring Love project website.

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About The Open University
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 200,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.
The OU is rated in the top ten of UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, since the survey began in 2005. In 2013/14 it had a 91% satisfaction rating. Over 70% of students are in full-time or part-time employment, and four out of five FTSE 100 companies have sponsored staff to take OU courses.
In the latest assessment exercise for university research (Research Excellence Framework), nearly three quarters (72%) of The Open University’s research was assessed as 4 or 3 star – the highest ratings available – and awarded to research that is world-leading or internationally excellent. The Open University is unique among UK universities having both an access mission and demonstrating research excellence.
The OU has a 41 year partnership with the BBC and has moved from late-night lectures in the 1970s to co-producing prime-time series such as Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory, Britain’s Great War, I Bought a Rainforest and Business Boomers. Regarded as Britain’s major e-learning institution, the OU is a world leader in developing technology to increase access to education on a global scale. Its vast ‘open content portfolio’ includes over 800 free courses on OpenLearn, which receives 4.5 visitors a year, and materials on YouTube, Bibblio, AudioBoom and iTunes U, which has recorded over 69m million downloads.
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