Late October Dissertation Thoughts

With regards to my dissertation I keep changing my mind about what I am going to write, and I probably could happily write ten essays of considerable depth and breadth of research, but I would be spreading myself too thinly so I think it ma be best for me to just write a hefty chunk of text as my draft, then infuse it with more and more research as the year goes on, so the draft I submit may end up being a couple of pages of general discussion, and I will work in key examples when ones stand out, as I do not want to fleetingly be mentioning odd bits of work, and would rather have fewer pieces to mention, but keep referring to them throughout the text. Using the written likes of David Shenk, Lev Manovich, and a few other key writers and articles as the thematic punctuation to my essay.

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Weekly Summary – 20.10.14 26.10.14

Project Room TV Tests - Epithaph - 15

Project Room TV Tests – Epitaph

Both the group and individual meetings with Nick and the rest of the Part-I project group provided useful motivation towards producing work, and a resolved for a currently problematic piece, both as a means of making the video more fitting for the exhibition event and to create an engaging piece.

After attempting a draft of my learning agreement and asking for a alternate opinion, I ascertained an argument I could analyse & antagonise in my artwork for the annum ahead. I have also been elected Student Rep for the year, an attended a training event in which my responsibilities and job ways laid out. I have also found a deputy rep upon Carl’s recommendation.

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Weekly Summary – 13.10.14 – 19.10.14

Project Room TV Tests - Epithaph - 6

With setting out a week-by-week timetable of the year, I have had to think more about prioritizing work, and facing that I will probably not get to try the majority of my ideas out whilst at uni, and should focus on one or two pieces before the winter break, which already breathes coldly down my neck. however, a useful discussion with a Graphics student did set out the simple terms on which they were allocating time for research; as the dissertation comes to around 1/5th of the grade, they were allocating each Friday for there contextual investigation, and using the rest of the week for there practical work.

As I intend to undertake the 10K extended essay, I will inevitably dedicate more time than most to critical research, though I do not wish to unnecessarily sacrifice practical work. It is also frustrating having to spend time planning that could be spent doing, but realistically in 3rd year this is inevitable, and I still managed to attend my tutorial, two meetings for the Participation project with Nick, the Briefing, as well as the first DrawSoc and FemSoc meetings, along with filming peoples faces for a new piece that uses image stabilization similarly to Unfamiliar, Instability, and some more photo editing and back-dated writings.

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Thoughts on: Computer as Intimate Object, and a Discussion on Data Smog

“Mac users can testify […] there is no other object or person I have spend as much time with.” [Shenk, 1997: 70]

Immediacy and intimacy exists both with and through interfaces. Their surface, an area of encounter which not only acts as a through-point to access other people or locations, but is itself an object of encounter, which may contain synthetic or representational imagery, so may appear as a transparent window, but the opacity of the interface is never totally subverted. For example, a Tablet Computer is not a synthetic object, or just a window, but a tactile piece of hardware that operates under the dual function of access and through point, one which is both optic and haptic. With the interactions of the touch-sensative interface allowing the user to suspend their disbelief at the presence of the tablet in order to interact with digital material in a seemingly naturalistic series of highly social-encodic hand-gestures. Like any other screen, it contains and presents optic objects, but is itself haptic.

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“Instead of spending time using my tools, I am forced to waste time organising them and combing through them.”

Shenk, David (1997) Data Smog. Harper Collins, Abacus. Great Britain: 47

Weekly Summary – 6.10.14 – 12.10.14

Cardboard Cutout Gallery Audience with Photographed Mirror

As my current practices involves dealing with the social aspects of modern technology, making videos, taking photographs, and sometimes engaging in performative works, but I wish to develop ideas and methods of display that will directly involve the audience’s involvement in the exhibiting of a piece, so that each interaction offers a unique experience.
So for the immediate future I wish to focus on producing works that are intrinsically related, and therefore completed through their display, rather than existing excursively in a static, digital environment being viewed passively. I want to make participating in my work desirable, interesting, and compulsive, echoing the sense of the growing constance of digital technologies in everyday interactions, as well as the electronic apartheid of non-interaction and immediacy through direct action.

After a 2.5 hour group tutorial with Victoria, and a 1-on-1 tutorial with Mark, and an influx in group discussion with peers, I have ascertained a greater level of clarity this week for my direction than I managed over much of the summer.

I also managed to get 99 people to sign up to the Drawing Society at the Societies Fair, wrote a vaguely linear plan for my dissertation and received my fake grass sample in the post. I shall hopefully experimenting with display throughout next week.

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