This assignment asks us to choose an example of contemporary visual communication, so I’ve picked the below ‘The New Yorker’ cover by Olimpia Zagnoli.
• What characterises it as ‘new’? How does it fit within wider contemporary trends?
Some of the features that strike me as being ‘new’ are:
The bright, contrasting, colour– block effect
The ‘digital art’ style of the illustration
Simple, curved shapes
Fun and quirky
Olimpia’s designs are very illustrative of many contemporary illustration trends, infact, her work is featured as an example in many ‘2019 design trend’ articles online such as this one from Creative Bloq.… Read the rest
This exercise asks us to attempt a close reading of Dylan Thomas’ poem Fern Hill. The instructions suggest making an entry into your learning log and jotting down some notes as follows:
• What’s the mood of the poem? How does it make you feel?
The overall mood is light and happy. It makes me feel the freedom of childhood. At the end, however, the narrator appears to accept the fact that these days are gone, and the poem takes a turn for the more serious
• What poetic devices does Thomas use and what effect do they have on … Read the rest
A Place Beyond Belief is a 2012 work by Nathan Coley which you can view on his website here. It’s described as illuminated text on scaffolding, measuring 6m x 7m x 3m.
We are asked some initial questions about it:
What’s your first response to this piece?
At first look, I thought it was quite cool. The lights look like those on an old American theatre, or a bit like the lights around those Hollywood dressing table mirrors that I’ve always loved. The text coupled with the pretty lights makes it look like it could be the entrance to … Read the rest
We are asked how we would define this piece in terms of media, and told to make notes on the different layers of existence, the forms it has been displayed in, how it’s a genuinely site specific piece (unlike Longlayer from Project 2), and on Vatnajökull’s relationship to place, as well as Paterson’s use of text.
Firstly, I would categorise the original piece as mixed media. It is a sound installation, but there is also the neon phone number displayed … Read the rest
This first exercise asks us to read the opening essay in Place (Dean and Millar 2005, pp. 11-26). We are told to try and get an idea of what the authors are saying, to reflect on how we found the exercise, whether we agree with what the authors are saying, and whether the piece has expanded our understanding of what the word ‘place’ can signify.
Firstly, I found this exercise difficult for various reasons. At a basic level, I have never read such a long piece of writing relating to art in the way this one does, and the vocabulary … Read the rest
This case study looks at a piece by Pogues member Jem Finer. It’s really a musical work, but could also be considered an installation and a performace piece. It started playing at midnight on the 31st December 1999 and will play for a thousand years. The ‘song’ is made up of 6 different versions of a 20 minute, 20 second score written for Tibetan singing bowls. One of the pieces is the original, and the others are transpositions. One is an octave below, one 7 semitones below, one 5 semitones below, one 5 semitone above and one 7 semitones above. … Read the rest