A far green country under a swift sunrise

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

  1. Surrealism
  2. In praise of shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki
  3. Tony Oursler, phantasmagoria, magic lanterns
  4. Pipiloti Rist, projection mapping

I’ll put the getting making workshop in a new post…..

ANT xx


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