I’m going to be studying MA Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, BCU from September 2020 – August 2021. This blog is going to be documenting the ideas and artworks I make, as well as the thoughts of the exhibitions I visit. Its aim is to support my work for assessment.
I was mainly focusing on the publication this week. The reason why I want to prioritise the publication now is that I can get it printed soon, leaving enough time to film and photograph the publication.
I’ve based my publication on a camera as a container for photos, but more abstractly as a container for memory. Rupi said that these are on the topic of philosophy. These are the notes I’ve written during the tutorial.
Have a look at Holodeck, Jubilee Centre
Roland Barthes – Photography and Affect
Add quotes in the book
Rupi- Anthology of the Self
Tutorial with Esther – Notes
Emma Hart – How to do things with cameras
Chris Marker – Film La Jette
Stream of associations
Drawing over classical paintings interesting
Publication – Mark making, individual lines throughout the pages
Drawing and lines exceeding the page
Diffusers – nice in contrast to spiders, pubic hair undesirable
Tutorial notes – Ana
- Play with the speed of the videos eg flicking the pages at different speeds create different effects for the viewer
- Cut the video into different parts, select change the speed of some parts
- Play with the lighting and shadows – frame the work with different lighting
- The sound – turning of the pages
A bit of an anomaly
I’ve made a video documenting self-isolation (I’ve currently self-isolating) by using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit the clips and sound, to comment on the length of time spent waiting. It’s a departure to what my current is about, but I thought I’d take the opportunity of self-isolation to produce a work about the passing of time.
Notes from yesterday:
Douglas Gordon, 24hr Psycho
I made a couple of video samples for the online tutorial with Ana this Thursday.
The content is irrelevant (They’re the work I did before the course). I wanted to test the presentation of the publication as a form of artwork. These videos are mock ups of presenting the publication once it’s printed in book format.
I had to change a few things with the Research in Practice module, such as what artwork I’m looking at. I have chosen to look at Andromedan Sad Girl, a collaborative exhibition by Florence Peake and Tai Shani. I decided it was going to be this artwork when I read that the sound suggested a pre-linguistic dimension where speech is not yet required, but open. It relates to the mirror stage because this stage happens before language is acquired. These’s are quick drawings I made as an attempt to deconstruct the work.
I also think it’s interesting to relate Shani’s symbolic sculptures; psychedelic interpretations of mystical objects to the interpretation of my studio work, and even make work in response to it.
Initially, the idea for a book was very different to the book now. The working concept of the book is the loose associations between objects, labels and diagrams, and the formations of metaphors. I changed the fundamental design because it didn’t feel like it was a description of my practice. Plus I was relying too much on Blurb. It’s a good programme, but it didn’t utilise my skills. I decided I want to use my skills from Luke’s Indesign workshops, and produce a book that has personality, like some of the examples of artists’ publications shown in the previous lectures. I like Ruth Ewan’s Another Time publication because of the digital drawing on the front cover, and the use of monochrome throughout the document. I wanted to take things further by using my own handwriting as the text font. I find that it creates an unedited feel that gives an illusion that it’s the process of how I make artwork. I also like Ewan’s method of documenting the publication on her website. I’m having a tutorial with Ana next Thursday to discuss how to document something using film as a medium.
At the moment, it appears to be focused on cameras, but I’ll write about bottles, and relate the cameras to bottles because they’re both containers. The bottle is a container for liquid or something more abstract like thoughts and emotions. A camera is a container for photos, but is also a container for memory.