Research task: artists speaking about their practice

This is designed to underpin assignment 5 although, due to a mis-alignment of my printed copy of the course materials, I had already completed the video element. Fortunately, I had also viewed the recommended videos and formed an impression based on these and other interviews with artists, writers, scientists, and in documentaries. These seem to break down categorically by inclusion/non inclusion of the interviewer; sedentary/mobile interviewee; front/partial profile aspect; and lighting. Interviewees in a recent documentary about the Grenfell Tower fire sat alone or as couples, directly facing the camera with occasional profile shots, and a completely dark background. The … Continue reading Research task: artists speaking about their practice

Inventory of Dreams: project 4

This is a reading task centred on Marina Warner’s 2001 book, Fantastic Metamorphosis, other worlds: ways of telling the self. I don’t really understand the title – what does ‘telling the self’ mean? – but the book uses Bosch’s Garden of Delights as its focus for discussion of fantasy, self, and the kinds of metamorphoses found in fairy tales. Perhaps the telling is related to psychological self-talk. I struggled with this, having never read Ovid or Plato, or in fact, any of the other texts to which Warner refers. There are tracts of Latin which I doubt my 1960s school … Continue reading Inventory of Dreams: project 4

Project 4 research task

This begins with researching Ian Andrews using the links in the course materials and then moving beyond that via a set of key words derived from that research to find other artists using ‘archival or appropriated material, stories, dreams, symbolism, or other ways of categorising/ordering knowledge and ideas and ideas which are partial or have degrees of unreliability in their systems’. As none of the links are active and I have come across Andrews before, I have used YouTube videos as a reminder. I am not going to spend much time on Andrews because unfortunately his work reminds me of … Continue reading Project 4 research task

Project 4: mirroring and the multiple

I’m coming to this at a moment when a mirror made on earth is about to reach its orbital insertion point one and a half million kilometres away. Its job will be to look back through time, as they put it, examining wavelengths originating close to the beginning of the universe. Just now, it’s twiddling its individual mirrors and looking, from the graphic, as if it just invented Space Invaders, but in a few days it will arrive at Lagrange Point 2 and begin orienting, focusing, and settling into place. Astro physicists have all sorts of expectations about the meaning … Continue reading Project 4: mirroring and the multiple

Back to Option 1 – the edit and the digital

Project 3 focuses on Donna Haraway, an American scholar noted for many things but primarily in this context, her 1984 ‘A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist feminism in the Late 20th Century’ in which she argues that all of us in, (at the time), western societies have become so integrated with technology that the distinction between humans and machines is blurred. That was a prescient view, given the actuality of technological integration at the time. Unfortunately, none of the referenced texts is available via the links in the course materials but there is a plethora of video material, including … Continue reading Back to Option 1 – the edit and the digital

Part 3, project 3 – contextual focus, relationship with materiality

We’re asked here to think about materiality, a word I’ve only recently come to terms with, and to consider Lange-Berndt’s question about what it means to give agency to material, to follow it and act with it [see reference below]. My initial response is to reject the idea that I give agency to my materials. I choose them after all so I make the first choice as to which class of medium is going to go on stage, as it were. But that isn’t the whole story because I have discovered that, exactly as with writing, while I may have … Continue reading Part 3, project 3 – contextual focus, relationship with materiality