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
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.
A former nursery site abandoned and derelict and then taken over by the current owners who are in the process of developing the space further to improve on the current studio offerings to local cermic artists. Placing importance on clay as the core material we walk upon and eat from every day and having collected clay from around London they use it in current projects.
Annka Kultys Gallery
We visited the work of Aaron Scheer at Annka Kulty’s Gallery. He creates digital posters and images from on-screen source material which he then digitally manipulates until a painterly effect is achieved.
The Re-figure Ground Exhibition at Arebyte Gallery was an interesting and immersive place to be. Although I found it to be somewhat overwhelming – being a completely digital exhibition. I didn’t have a go of the VR as these often make me unwell. However I observed that everyone appeared to be really impressed with the experience.
We first visited an exhibition of paintings and other works by David Troostwyk who had previously taught at College of Camberwell. A paintstakingly catalogued collection of work some of which had not been on display before. I was drawn to the rocks he had collected from Culloden – perhaps this is because it has some relevance to my current investigations into Evocative Objects and the absent space left behind once an object is removed. In the catalogue he references the drawings of such objects (Black and White Paintings) outlines of objects from a tramps doss box from outside the Savoy to stones collected from historic battlefields. He says “The objects are drawn not exactly as silhouettes, nor as shadows, but as absenses. And as such their whiteness burns with a tragic brightness.”
I really liked the Hyper Mesh exhibition at Assembly Point, the piece that I was most interested in was the piece Ban (2018) by Fleuryfontaine, silicone tinted by pigments.I have recently been looking at alternatives to latex and would like to experiment with silicone.
South London Gallery – Bloomberg Contemporaries
Lastly we visited the Bloomberg Contemporaries at the South London College.
Most mesmerizing for me was the piece I told you there was something in the air (2017) by Jessica Jordan Wrench an installation about static with audio from road trips, radios and splintered voices with mirror balls and blistered paint.
I was also impressed by the attention to detail and the perserverance demonstrated in the piece Penance (2016-2017) Hand Burnt Fabric by Camilla Hanney.
Curious about the piece Hatchery (2018) Ceramic, Acrylic and Metal by Viviana Troya. In the interview here she discusses the piece “It explores the basic needs in our society, such as food, reproduction, religion and humour. I see different layers in the work that speak about the forces that glue society together, ranging from what is supposed to be natural to our culture creations, and how we have transformed both over time.”
The morning of the second day began with a group tutorial session where we were split into small groups and an invited artist facilitated the group. In our group there were three first year online students, one second year student and a student from the Designer Maker Course. We were facilitated by Maiko Tsutsumi – the Designer Maker Course Leader.
All of the presentations were extremely interesting and a lot of common threads were found between all of the work. A lot of good advice was offered and this was a good experience to have had. Afterwards several of us reflected on the value that we had gained from the session.
For me in particular, I had in my mind the idea of recreating my clay masters and keeping them flat to use as latex masters, however on reflection and in response to some of the comments, it doesn’t have to bee this way and this was a fixed idea that I had in my mind that could benefit from some more flexible thinking. I had this idea in my head that the latex had to be flat but yet it would be better to experiment also with these masters in a 3-dimensional way. I also came away with the idea of using really thin layers of latex with the net curtain fabric, something I have already experimented with, however I have not experimented with silicone and this I intend to do soon.
I presented the images shown below as an outline of my work to date.
Where it all started
Fragments and Evocative Objects
Christian Boktanski – The Crossing of Life and Moved at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.
This was the first day of the Low Residency and we were divided into groups for a day of collaborative making using 35mm film.
At the start of the session Jonathan gave a short presentation that spoke about ways of seeing using the way that a tree grows as as a metaphor for an ideal society where in the natural growth cycle of the tree all the leaves grow in such a way so that they all receive the most light that they can and how if people were also equally exposed to opportunity the society as a whole would prosper and not just the few who gained more exposure.
With this in mind and in our groups we set about gathering materials and preparing our 35mm slides. Each group were provided with a 35mm slide projector and we were able to use this to test the slides that we had made. As we tested the slides we had made, we also photographed the projected image at the same time.
It was a beautiful day outside and we also took some photographs outside. We decided to project the colour slides and photograph the monochrome slides outside.
Once we had all the photographs we divided into two smaller groups, one preparing puppets to create a narrative of sorts and the other to put together a video using all the material we had gathered so far. We used iMovie to prepare the video. The Group Final Video is displayed below:
This was a really fun day where we got to play with some cool projection and get to know each other in the process. We worked really well as a group and everyone had good ideas to contribute.