Thursday, 27 April 2017

MA tutorial / workshop discussion

This morning I briefly discussed my interim show plans and intentions. I felt that the feedback seemed rather blunt rude at times. I spoke about the idea of a narrative and that this would develop into a drawing. I use the work drawing lightly because of the connotations of people associating it with a sheet of paper and a pen. I have considered drawing as 3-dimensionla and very much spatial. Throughout the tutorial Pete kept asking me what my role was? I seem to be the only student who is asked this question . . is it because he doesn't consider me to be a designer? am I designer? a researcher? who knows. If I am honest I don't really care, I feel that at every step of the MA I have been responding to the research sourced in both my practice and theory. Another remark that I was taken back by was when Pete referred to me as a "Gagosian groupie" as to say that my work is some form of promotional claim for the Richard Serra exhibition. It was hard to not take this personally, but to avoid any further upset and to try and resolve perhaps Pete's understanding of my project I took it upon myself to read out the introduction to my CRP. This seemed to clear up so points and Pete was considerate to this mentioned that I write well. I have had some tough tutorials recently and this seem to be another one. I almost feel like I am defending my purpose for being on the course.

After the tutorial I went and spoke with Frank [lead technician] about my interim show ideas. Because I am going to be showing a document, I wanted to make sure that there was some considerable effort made in the presentation. I wanted to somehow create a visual connection to Serra's work that I was writing about as I am not going to mention his name within the narrative. I discussed with Frank the idea of making a steel plinth that would then rust and add mass and weight to the work juxtaposing with this light and white piece of text. We went through a series of options as Frank made it clear about the skills and workload involved in making this. He really wanted me to consider alternative options and we arrived at the option of cladding in steel a pre made MDF plinth that was no longer in use. 

I was however happy to find out that a family friend of my fathers could potentially be able to fabricate a steel plinth from scratch offering my the additional opportunity to identify a scale that was unique and connected to other elements of my practice.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

MA ISD Meeting

It has felt like months since I have been into the studio and seen my peers. Almost three and a bit weeks of break and now it is time to return to what is going to be an extremely busy final few before hand-in. With all eyes on the completion and submission of the CRP it is fair to say the practice has taken a step back, but it is now time to really think about the direction of the project as I have an interim show in around two weeks time.

Notes from meeting:

- 10 studio days to complete interim show work

- 27.04.17: presentation and discussion of what interim show plans are

- 04.05.17: Submit interim show proposal (include notes, dimensions and sketches)

For the interim show I am going to concentrate on the production of a spatial narrative that explores the experience of walking around the Gagoisan space and engaging with Serra's work. This is something that has still been very relevant to my previous work and deals with experience, time and memory. It will also give me a chance to produce some additional written work which I have thoroughly started to enjoy. Writing about space that will hopefully set me up for unit 03.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Critical research paper [draft 2] submitted

The Easter break has certainly been an key opportunity to take a break from the whirlwinds of term 2. With the project slightly inconclusive and a bit grey, the CRP was certainly a struggle. I have worked incredibly hard on putting together a real robust introduction and context to the paper so that hopefully the feedback from Ken in a few weeks can focus on what next.  The writing certainly does offer an opportunity to reflect on all the research gathered and really gets me thinking about my interests.  I have pushed my luck with a submission that is way over the word count, but I am hoping that Ken will not dismiss this and provide me feedback on the whole paper.  It comes to light that 5000 words as a final thesis is not a lot and I am going to have to be very clever about how I continue to write and what about. What all this writing has done for me is enable me to relocate the practical side of my MA and consider some options moving forwards. I will be proposing this for the submission of unit 02.

I have run with the title "Museum of the Ordinary". This is a title I used on my portfolio and with my previous submission of both study plan and crp. Yet to decide if this is 100% the final title, although it hasn't been asked about, so perhaps it seems to work.