For this group tutorial we were divided into groups of three and were given a clear plan of what we were to do. 20 minutes for each person, You had to describe your problem, challenge or choice and then the other two people in the group had to ask open questions only. The purpose of this was that when responding to the open questions, you have the opportunity to access your own inner teacher. At the beginning we were given a finite amount of time to reflect on what our issues for discussion were.
My issues were:
Worried about contextualising my work and preparing for my research paper
Reached a point where I need to reflect further on other artists and
how this reflection can add additional depth/layers to the work I’ve created so far
Need something to add extra impetus to the work
Worried about producing a meaningful performance piece that integrates well with the rest of my work
Scaling up ?
My brief notes from the comments given were:
Balancing Research in Action with Actual research tasks
Copeland Park Gallery
Visit actual performance
Draw performance steps
Look at performance artists
Look at other materials silicone glass wax different plasters
In the afternoon we had a discussion with Rosalind Davis, artist, curator and co-author of What they didn’t teach you at art school. A really informative afternoon packed full of hints and tips relating to the best way to operate as an artist when finding your way in the beginning, including making the most of every opportunity.
There are no prescribed or straightforward career paths for an artist and there are no golden tickets. This talk is about giving you the tools, to empower and encourage you to be inventive and entrepreneurial in your career as well as with your art to make thriving as an artist a more tangible and realistic possibility.
In the afternoon we visited the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the London College of Communication where they hold material spanning the whole career of Stanley Kubrick along with other archived materials.
On the first day we were divided into random groups and given a brief to reflect upon.
Responding to local architecture and landscape. Explore the edgelands, the permanent and the meanwhile.
React to Change
Imagine the Future
Our group spent some time discussing what interests us the most and what seemed to be most apparent was the overwhelming sense of information that we all perceived around the centre of Peckham. Whilst in the centre of Peckham we were aware of several shops that we closing down and one in particular, Iceland had removed all of the fridges which were in the street.
As a group we identified two threads of thinking, one was about all the fly posting and the stickers that are prevalent around Peckham and the impermanence as they are removed, covered, torn and layered one on top of each other.
There was also significant disruption in the centre as a result of roadworks and although all encompassing and changing the feel of the space these are also temporary.
In identifying materials that we could potentially use we collected one of the shelves from the fridges in the street (with permission). Friederike has also noticed a likeness between hair products in the shop in particular curlers and netting and the netting and barriers of the roadworks. I purchased some of these hair products prior to the second day so that on the second day we had some physical material to work with.
We began the second day with a Projection Mapping workshop from Marius Simkus where we learned to use the Raspbery Pi in particular. Below are my brief notes from the workshop.
Projector: Full HD -1920 by 1080p – 16:9.
On the Spot – map with Photoshop and After effects – Use PS (Full Screen) to create template- Mesh warp – Use After Effects – spherical – Calculate Ratio width and distance Save then import to After Effects or Premiere Pro
Raspberry Pi – 2 dimensional
Instagram Accounts: projmapcentral and Bravomediainc
Vpt 8 – open source requies a laptop to project – Free but powerful
Street art at its best – a continually changing space where street artists present their work.
Diane Arbus: A comprehensive collection of photographs from the early career of Diane Arbus, fifty of the 100 photographs have never been shown in Europe. Most of her images depict urban life in the 50’s and 60’s and she creates very striking photographs where the subject may be in the midst of city life – yet can appear almost solitary. No Photographs allowed unfortunately.
Kader Attia: An exhibition depicting over twenty years of the past twenty years and following several thematic strands.
Daria Martin – Tonight the World
I visited The Curve at the Barbican Centre to see the Daria Martin Exhibition Tonight the World where she has an atmospheric film re-enacting some of her grandmothers diary entries from a 35 year collection. She also uses Gaming Technology to explore the historical context where her grandmother had fled her homeland to avoid Nazi occupation.
During the Sound Workshop with Ed Kelly Sharktracks.co.uk we experimented with recording sound using field recorders and then editing sound using Audacity.
Ed spoke about the field Recorder the Zoom H1 and the Quadraphonic Field Recorder Zoom H2. He encouraged us to consider sound events when recording sound and we experimented with removing Hiss from the audio.
Before we recorded the sound we set the audio levels on the devices so that the sound being recorded was at an appropriate level.
Some of the features we experimented with in Audactity were:
At Zero Crossings
Change Speed – metallic sounds increase size
Enveloping pro rechargeable batteries
Harmonics and Middle C (Potential to use my Tuning Forks)
I am more concerned with impercetible sounds in my recordings and this was my focus during the workshop, although I did record some sounds in the stairwell and then some smaller sounds. Here are some of the experimental audio tracks I created during the workshop.