Skype Meetings: Year 2, Term 1

1st Oct 2019

General discussion about Unit 1 Assessment.

8th October 2019

Discussion about the Research Paper Submission and discussion on making sense of the world, we are going to use some short clips of a film about the artist William Kentridge.

22nd October 2019

5th November 2019

Andy Lomas Live Stream

 

Skype Meetings – Year1, Term 3

14th May 2019

General Discussion introducing the Research Paper and the requirements for such. The research question will define what your paper explores…a rough example of the process of formulating a question might be:

  1. Find a broad subject area
  2. Narrow this interest to a specific topic
  3. Question that topic from several viewpoints
  4. Choose the question whose answer is the most significant to you

21st May 2019

Visiting Artist Talk – Johnny Briggs

28th May 2019

Discussion around Making Art is Difficult.

4th June 2019

Discussion around initial ideas for the research paper.

11th June 2019

Discussion around initial ideas for the research paper.

18th June 2019

Discussion around initial ideas for the research paper.

25th June 2019

General Discussion about our practical work to date.

2nd July 2019

Cancelled due to Group Show.

17th July 2019

Walkthrough of Group Show

Skype Meetings – Year 1, Term 2

08/01/2019 – Interaction in Art

Discussion on interaction in art focusing on Control, Immersion, Interface, Narrative and Play.

in a very broad sense here is a quote from Duchamp… what do you think of this?

‘All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.’ Marcel Duchamp, April 1957

this quote is specifically about curating but i think it is very useful for us…

… best way to curate — to produce, present, disseminate, distribute, know, explain, historicise — a work of art is to know its characteristics and its behaviours, rather than imposing a theory on the art Beryl Graham & Sarah Cook (Rethinking Curating, 2010 p.303)

15/01/2019 – Interaction in Art

Continuing discussion on interaction in art focussing on Control, Immersion, Interface, Narrative and Play.

here is a taxonomy of play called a ‘pleasure framework’ by one researcher – very interesting in relation to art… Costello, B., 2007. A pleasure framework. Leonardo,40 (4), 370–371.

if you remember we started with this quote:

… best way to curate — to produce, present, disseminate, distribute, know, explain, historicise — a work of art is to know its characteristics and its behaviours, rather than imposing a theory on the art Beryl Graham & Sarah Cook (Rethinking Curating, 2010 p.303)

it is their concept of behaviours that I think is so interesting and potentially liberating for us as artists and one final quote — not so much about interaction but more about exploring things beyond our own experience…

”By changing space, by leaving the space of one’s usual sensibilities, one enters into communication with a space that is psychically innovating. … For we do not change place, we change our nature.” Gaston Bachelard The Poetics of Space, 1964

22/01/2019 Artist Talk Xavier Solmera – Live Stream

I was not present for this artist talk but watched the live stream video later.

29/01/2019 – From Lev Manovich Reading The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life

Discussion around the Lev Manovic Essay we had been sent. Manovich asks: In short, while modern artists have so far successfully met the challenges of each generation of media technologies, can professional art survive extreme democratization of media production and access?

05/02/2019 – Professor Christian Heath Lecture

The anthropology of an object.

12/02/2019 – Sound Lecture – Ed

http://sharktracks.co.uk/tutorials/images/Murch_diagram.jpg

Walter Murch is a near legendary film editor and sound designer who’s worked on countless movies – in particular he both edited and did the sound design for Apocalypse Now

19/02/2019 – Low Residency

26/02/2019 – Low Residency

05/03/2019 – Reflective Blogging

Discussion around reflective blogging where we were to provide two blog posts one where we thought the reflection was good and another where the reflection was not so good. The comments on my posts uploaded are below:

12/03/2019 – Mid Point Review

Silent Crit around the Mid Point Review Videos that we have created. Here is the link to my video.

Below are the Blog addresses for all the students taking part.

Reflection on Reflection

Skype Meeting – 5/3/19

Today we reviewed some of our blog posts with a view to improving our reflection. I will reflect further on the comments I have been given once I have thought them through in more depth. The blog posts I used were as follows:

The comments on my reflection were as follows:

Jonathan, 13:52
ok Michelle – so can eveyone take a couple of minutes to look at Michelle’s posts

Jonathan, 13:52
just the 2 posts linked above

Jonathan, 13:56
so any thoughts or comments for Michelle about those posts?

Alexis, 13:57
I like the beginning of the ‘not so good’ post. It connects the technical with the philosophical/contextual

Aristotle, 13:57
Both seem reflective to me

Pav, 13:58
Visually reflective

Jonathan, 13:58
I agree – both are good reflections – the 1st post abtou latex provides detailed notes of the process which will be very useful in the future to refer back to

Matt, 13:59
Michelle I think I understand why you chose those two – I think your reflection is very thorough in terms of your process – trialling and testing. It is easy to read and the visuals are very helpful. I like your foil molds! Im sad those pieces fell apart actually because they look lovely

Jonathan, 13:59
Michelle, you have also specifically commented about what you would do differently next time, or how to develop the ideas

Alexis, 13:59
I like the fragments at the end of the foil post

Jonathan, 14:00
I agree with several of you commenting about the visual reflection, the photos really help

Michelle, 14:00
I felt that I didn’t reflect enough on the not so good one – I got fed up with it and just left it there whereas I could have thought more about what went wrong and how to fix it…

Alexis, 14:01
Michelle, how would you feel about documenting your response to the process in non- technical terms in addition?

Jonathan, 14:01
fix it and also what could develop from the fragments…??

Matt, 14:02
Yes – analysing the potential of the fragments might be developmental

Michelle, 14:02
Alexis I agree the non technical would be a really good addition

Jonathan, 14:02
Michelle this line is great – ‘The greatest challenge in completing this task is the one thing that always raises it’s head and that is my lack of patience…’ really useful self reflection

Michelle, 14:02
Jonathan I just ended up making a mess – still have the fragments though

Matt, 14:02
Or the potential of the parameters you are setting yourself with the latex

Alexis, 14:02
Michelle – thinking about the implications on your ideas, future work and developing your conceptual narrative

Michelle, 14:03
Lack of Patience is probably my biggest challenge

Alexis, 14:03
I have found that if I do that then the technical and the conceptual can move forward hand in hand

Jonathan, 14:04
Michelle but as you are very aware of the patience challenge, that provides a signifcant foundation to build patience

Michelle, 14:04
That sounds good Alexis I’ve been struggling with keeping the technical and the conceptual together

Alexis, 14:04
Michelle, what I do is think about the materials and ways of uusing them and what it means to me, existentially, practically and philosophically

Alexis, 14:05
How what I do represents my deepest self

Pav, 14:06
What is your creative intention Michelle?

Matt, 14:06
In our group tutorials Michelle the concept came across very strongly – I think it does in those two posts as well. Maybe relating the process back to the nature of the concept (loss, fragmentation, wrongs) like you say Alexis might be something to continue

Michelle, 14:07
Pav For now – just to experiment and play – take some time to work with materials and processes

Pav, 14:07
Are you trying to communicate any concepts? Dilemmas?

Alexis, 14:07
Michelle and Matt – as you experiment, you could think about what you do reflects on who you are and your past and future self

Michelle, 14:07
Definitely Matt I’ve been thinking very much recently about how we contextualise our work and what I can do to make this stronger for me

Michelle, 14:10
Pav I’m discovering that something I thought was about memories from events that have nothing to do with me are actually metaphors for personal memories and experiences from my childhood

Alexis, 14:11
Michelle – so true, I always go back to early days to see what it is that makes me truly tick. Things may change but there are some elements that do not

Matt, 14:11
That strikes a real chord with me too

Pav, 14:11
Is it about memories, remembering or forgetting?

Michelle, 14:13
Its about all of that Pav memories of being moved from Scotland as a small child and wanting to return and remembering those times as well as forgetting – losing lots of my memory in recent years through illness

Alexis, 14:13
Michelle,. there will be a core in there that is reflected in what yuou do

Alexis, 14:13
Probably physical and conceptual

Alexis, 14:14
Michelle, find it and it will communicate

Michelle, 14:14
Thanks everyone for your comments – really useful

 

Skype Meetings – Year 1, Term 1

02/10/2018 Introductions

A general introduction to everyone and a lot of introductory information relating to the course.

09/10/2018 Presentations

This was the beginning of our individual presentations outlining our work to date and our proposed direction of work.

16/10/2018 Presentations

Second week of individual presentations outlining our work to date and our proposed direction of work.

23/10/2018 – Library Visit

An introduction to the Library Services at UAL.

30/10/2018 – Reflection

Discussion on Reflective Blogging as a permanent record, extension of your memory, conscious, deliberate process, opportunity to stand back from a situation and the sometimes intense emotions involved, opportunity to sort out what matters and what is significant, process of monitoring and reviewing own development and regular blog entries develop the discipline.

06/11/2018 Aims and Objectives

General Discussion around Aims and Objectives in preparation for our Project Proposal writing.

13/11/2018 Coding Workshop with Paul Douglas Abbott

I was absent from this workshop and found it difficult to follow afterwards.

20/11/2018 Art in a Digital Environment – Elusive Taxonomies

Discussion around Elusive Taxonomies. Some quotes from Jonathan here. More reflection to follow.

This is a developing list from Christiane Paul…

computability, process oriented, time based, dynamic, networked, real-time, telematic, interactive, participatory, collaborative, non-linear, performative and modular, variable, generative, customisable.

here is a quote from 1999 – so VERY old in this context!!

‘there is no ‘ism’ associated with digital art’

Rush, M. New Media in Late 20th Century Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 1999 p.168

in that quote from Rush – ‘there is no ‘ism’ associated with digital art’

he doesn’t make very clear if he thinks there will be a new ‘ism’ in the future,

he is more commenting that the previous ‘isms’ of the 20th C have run their course (Cubism, Surrealism, Conceptualism etc.) these were ‘intra-art’ practices, ie one movement reacting to its predecessor

we will finish with this quote as it is more focused on practice…its s a quote from 1997!!

‘The artist’s ability to effortlessly reposition and combine images, filters and colours, within the friction-less and gravity-free memory space of the computer, endows them with an image-making freedom never before imagined.’

(Fifield, G. The Digital Atelier. Art New England: Oct/Nov 1997)

27/11/2018 Art in a Digital Environment – Elusive Taxonomies

Further discussion around Elusive Taxonomies.

how do you react to this quote? (note it is from from 1997 – so LONG time ago!)

‘The artist’s ability to effortlessly reposition and combine images, filters and colours, within the friction-less and gravity-free memory space of the computer, endows them with an image-making freedom never before imagined.’

(Fifield, G. The Digital Atelier. Art New England: Oct/

04/12/2018 Discussion with Vic Von Poser

Discussion with the artist Vic Von Poser. @vicvonposer vicvonposer@gmail.com vicvonposermfa.wordpress.com