Project Summary (30/1/08)

30 01 2008

I. Proposal and Critical Essay

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Proposal

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Essay

II. 1st Assessment

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Presentation

III. Current Research

 

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Simplicity

 

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IV. Project Development

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Curation

 

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Tutorial Reflection

V. Final Degree Show

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Online Coordination

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Online Coordination

29 01 2008
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Archive of the Online Chat Coordination:
A lot of details. We’ll be working closely with the onliners and it’s looking very good. Honestly, they are quite organized and they get things done efficiently and really well. I also liked the sites they showed me. Very interesting. Simple yet strong. Wondering how we can organize a way to merge the F2F and Online. And even more importantly, how do we come up with a consensus for the cross-course Final Show overall design? I’ve set up a wiki page to organize the Final Show, and all the info’s on it:

http://madigitalarts.wikispaces.com/MA+Final+Show

Many have begun to sign up, so it’s all just about waiting for the first meeting with all the other courses.

About the chat, Sean registered a website : http://www.MA08.org.uk which will encompass all the courses. As soon as I can get all the info to him, he’ll be able to put up the main structure on the site. Regarding getting the info, I definitely cannot do it all by myself. Went to Alain and found out that the best way is to go through all the student reps (for names, project details, jpegs, etc.) Unfortunately, getting everyone to send in their stuff could be difficult. Will ask Shaz if she could help me out. And maybe I can be a little ‘brutal’ as Andy said. Really have to begin asking for help on these things, otherwise I won’t have time for my project at all (which is the current state of things). I really do not want my work to suffer, so i must get organized and ask for help from those around me.

Actually, people have been really sweet…and are more than willing to help. So the solutions are: PRIORITIZE, ORGANIZE and REST. Time to sleep now…





Cross-Course Coordination : MA Abstraction Show

28 01 2008

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Wikilink to the Abstraction Show:

Curated my first show with an MA Printmaking student, Siabhra O’Brien. It was the first of the test-site shows created to foster cross-fertilization amongst MA Courses. Not only did I learn how to collaborate with the other courses but I also learned  how important presenting one’s work is. It’s almost just as important as the creation of the work itself.

Created a page for the show as well, as seen in the link above. Despite all the emails and all detailed requirements on the wiki, still people submitted late and it became very, very difficult for us. We had to reprint the catalogues as well as the blurbs on the walls (which ofcourse when removed needed to be repainted.) Next time, also from advice from Andy, I have to put up almost ‘brutal’ deadlines. If you don’t submit by the cut off date, you’re not part of the catalogue. Things like this. It’s just not worth the stress and the exhaustion.

I also went about the space as everything was put up, and we got critiqued about how we stuck the blurbs on the wall without mounting them. After all the work we had done, painting walls, finishing the catalogue, creating plinths and organizing the work, that was the least of my concerns. I was just too exhausted to do it. But Sharon decided it was really important to really professionalize our work. And boy, did those small details make a difference.

Abstraction Catalogue:
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Another one was that I had burned my work Anamorphic, and as Adriano saw it he said that it would be more powerful if the work was framed by the LCD screens completely, almost acting like a frame. I realized he was right, so I’m changing the dvd tomorrow. These small things cannot be overlooked. It’s like running the last leg of the race; every detail counts and adds to how the viewer sees one’s work. It’s almost like you try your best to think of everything, so that everything else becomes invisible and all the audience sees is the work. Even just now, I have to begin to imagine and think of all the details of our final work. How to construct it, problems with light leakage, things like that. They seem small, but actually, they are integral to the work as well.

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The Sea, Video Still, NTSC, Katrin Maria Escay 07

Mosh’s work was gorgeous. He worked on it nonstop for a week and it shows. Sometimes I think that since I am handling too much and have too many concerns about everything, I don’t get to spend enough time doing my project. Honestly, I don’t think this is a good thing. And being beside Mosh, I do feel the pressure to focus on my own work just as much as he does. I cannot have crappy work next to his. So I have to figure out how to balance all this. To put my project first and to prioritize. This is very, very important.

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Progress, Video Still, NTSC, Moshe Ladanga 08

The team also really pulled through. That was basically Shazy, Nikos, Mosh, Siabhra and me. They stayed through the length of the installation, and what was amazing was that people worked fast, efficiently and independently. Because we were all thinking, everything got done well and honestly, I am quite happy about it.

So for the Final show, I must learn to pay attention to ALL the details. And to make sure that we have a great team. With that, no matter what happens (things always do) it’ll be a success.





Andy Stiff

24 01 2008

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Tutorial Form 24 Jan 2008

Learned a lot from Andy today. Basically, that I’m taking on too much as a student rep, so he’ll be pulling Gary and Dom to work with me as a team for the final show coordination.

Another good point was to ask the question, ‘So what?’ about our work. Why would it be of any importance to anyone?

Another one was to HAVE FUN! Crazy from a tutor, but I suppose, I’d been getting a little too serious and we all know that does wonders for one’s creativity.

Realized also how perceptive Andy was. Thought maybe he had like psychic powers or something;). He actually read our current collaboration to a T. He said how I was trying to bounce off ideas with Mosh but basically Mosh was doing his own thing, going deep into his own project… (I had never told anyone this) and basically, how I have to keep on doing it til I get through. I think it will, I hope it will, especially because I’m getting quite frustrated. Mosh has a different process from mine (which in the end would be a really good thing) but is quite difficult honestly.

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Man Woman, Paul Cava

 

He works with his hands…finding what he wants to say by doing it and tweaking it. I work differently. I write and I go deep into one particular idea, then I see the image.

We’re coming from opposite poles. Is this good? If we focus on the distinction, on the tension, it would be more honest. Things don’t always really fit, but somehow, there is a fluidity. I talked to him about it, and actually suggested that we begin to draw together. I’m willing to give it a shot. Something new. Something that does not need us to think. We’ll try it out.





Simplicity

12 01 2008

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La Jetee, Chris Marker, 1962

 

“On the tenth day, images begin to ooze, like confessions. A peacetime morning. A peacetime bedroom, a real bedroom. Real children. Real birds. Real cats. Real graves.”

 

Watched this film for the 1st time and what I found the most compelling thing about it was its simplicity. The entire 28 minutes was made of a series of photographs inundated by the voice over that seemed more like poetry than anything else.

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Despite the lack of movement (there was only one when the woman moved in her sleep), the broken narrative seemed to hold my gaze. I could not look away. There is a feeling that I should do the same with this work. Not to fall into the over-importance of technique, but the simplicity of what I want to say.

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It seems like this is what I keep forgetting. That it is not just about the digital, but more importantly, the content. It need not be so complicated. Like La Jetee, it could be a series of photographs dictated by a rhythm. I aim to connect, and not lose my audience in something so abstract and so foreign. How to do this with Mosh will be a challenge. There is much to do, but I must keep it simple.




PGPD Critical Essay

9 01 2008
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katrinmariaescaymadigitalartspgpdessay.pdf








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