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 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.”