Colin started off our lecture by explaining to us it was crucial to link our essay to our Final Major Project and complete our reflective journals as part of our journey. This I know from last year is the key to having a successful final year.
There are several points which will provide us with the means to create and structure a well informed essay and therefore project. These are as follows:
- debates in practice
- create a context in which you can place your emerging practical work
- major project – inform
- critical and contextual rationale
- implementing research stratagies
- inform the nature and needs of your project
- tutorial guidance
Colin then explained the fundamental steps for us to become a thinking practitioner, he created an equation to show this in a more simple way.
History+research+studio projects + visual culture = idea generation = thinking practitioner
The next part of the presentation introduced us to several different artists and points of research. The first of those was American DJ, DJ Spooky who has just released a book. He explained to us in his promotion video the relationship between technology and art production and how times have changed the way in which art is created. He creates an enquiry and a methodology about our visual culture and how we need to come away from creating the same style. This lead Colin to link us back to Brian Eno, a sound artist who produced a project called music for airports. Looking a bit deeper into his work I have discovered he is very well known in popular culture working with some famous music artists and has changed the way that people work with electronics. Again the theme of technology and its use it highlighted in his work. He also plays with improvising and improvisation to create his harmonious sound.
Next Colin showed us a interesting and thought provoking animation work by Max Hattler who created a piece using flags for his degree show piece six years precedent. His animation “Collision” plays with sounds and icons creating a conflict piece to show the situation between America and Iran. His work uses American quilts and Islamic patterns to create a kaleidoscope of colour and geometric form.
The next artist Linder Sterling is famously known for her feminist collages. Sterling created her work concepts from when she was bored going into her final year of art school. She tidied her room and started cutting out pictures of women from both men’s and women’s magazines. She then juxtaposed her images creating exciting collages. She highlights the themes of chance, sex and time. Although her work is not time consuming she feels it gives out a strong message along with a theme of boredom in some of her videos.
Next, a video, showing the World Cup from The Guardian website. It is very one sided in terms of masculinity and gender but Colin wanted to show us the strong link between the video, sound and creation of a series of images. The video was cleverly done providing us with a journey through every stage of the World Cup. Although it was produced with more the male in mind, I thought the actual creation of the work was very well done providing us with a quick yet timed view of an event that happened over several weeks.
The Type and Typography video did not catch my attention as much as the others, there was a lot of talking and less visuals. However it did explain how technology has made our access to creating new, in this case, typefaces a lot easier and simpler. Technology is a key part of the art we create today and it is thought provoking to think how the explosion of technology has enabled us to create different art processes. Type and Typography is a small part of this.
The last video Colin showed us was a mini promotion video for a book called I am Dandy. It talks about a sub culture of fashion called Dandy which is a particular dress style. This style is more of a life style and some see it as a rebellion. People also use this style in the creation of their own contemporary look with “Dandy” bases. However Colin found it interesting that we could look at sub cultures and how they influence people.
Colin highlighted that the most important thing was that we would have space to experiment both in a methodological and practical way. These two would always interlink.
After this he quickly showed us a exhibition called Tokyo Fibres from 2009. The aim was to show all the possibilities of a new material. The material in particular Smash is a Japanese long-fibre non-woven polyester which can be manipulated by heat. The artist chose to use glass blowing techniques to see how this would effect the material.He then lights his installation using LED lights to create a beautiful sculpture light exhibition. In his work he find forms shapes and colours secondary to his use of a story. He names the piece Nendo after the play-doh of Japan.