A long but fascinating day today, with a group tutorial with Shane W, a lecture with the College Dean, our Getting Making workshop 2 and the final of the 2014 Great British Bake-Off. I have gathered so much info, ideas and thoughts today – approx nine pages of notes in my notebook – I think it will take a few days to sift through it. I am not going to copy my notes on here (see notebook for originals), but I will add a few thoughts of reflection on what’s been going on. The following quote from one of my favourite books summaries how I am feeling today:
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.”
Thoughts from our Group Tutorial: it was a bit scary discussing my thoughts on my project in front of the whole class (particularly since I had to go first!); actually I thought it was ok – it was useful hearing what others thought of my ideas – and where others have the same worries or questions I have. I think I am getting better at explaining what my work is about and what I am trying to do. Specifics points:
- Technique can hold you back. I have realised that I am worried about my level of technical skill – but for now, why worry? Just play and try things and see what happens. I should let myself off my perfectionist leash and run away with my imagination.
- Create the opportunity to link your ideas with your experimentation. I get this now.
- Embrace the uncertainty. Easier said than done, but this is a life lesson needed for me anyway.
- I would like to consider the relationship between space / the object / the user / the user’s mind (inner space)
- Idea from foundation teaching – take one object and make it in 10 different ways, and then manipulate it in 10 different methods
- Consider focussing down – taking one thing and investigate this in a lot of detail. I will consider this as part of my planning; I have been hesitating focussing too much as I want to balance exploration with narrowing on the right area, but I should have time to spend a few weeks looking into certain specific elements in detail.
Our MAVA lecture this afternoon was from the Camberwell College Dean, Nick Gorse. Really interesting talk – and I suspect everyone in the audience thought it was aimed directly at them! A few key points extracted from my notes:
- At MA level you need to do primary research – don’t get sucked into just using the internet, nor living in the library. I have been visiting a lot of exhibitions so far, so will keep this up and think I should also start looking at more direct research – photos, paintings etc.
- I need to consider how I collect and organise the information I am gathering – between the blog, my notebooks, my sketchbook and various photocopies…
Things to research
- In praise of shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki
- Tony Oursler, phantasmagoria, magic lanterns
- Pipiloti Rist, projection mapping
I’ll put the getting making workshop in a new post…..