Project 3: Case Study – A Place Beyond Belief by Nathan Coley

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

Exercise 2: Interpreting Video Art

This exercise asks us to watch the video of Sam Taylor-Wood’s Still Life here: http://samtaylorjohnson.com/moving-image/art/still-life-2001 [accessed 13/03/17]

The main aim of the exercise is to write down our understanding of the piece in 250 words and explain what we think Taylor-Wood wants us to think about or experience from watching this?

There are a few questions we are told to think about:

  • Your initial response after first viewing

It took me a while to realise what the piece was about. Not a lot happens in the first 44 seconds of the 3 min 44 sec video and I fast forwarded … Read the rest

Project 2 – Exercise 1: The fourth dimension

This exercise asks us to make notes about our thoughts on time in order to know where we’re starting from.

An interesting point I came across on this art education website, was to begin the process of incorporating time into art by thinking about things that happen over time. Examples from the site include things growing or deteriorating, and things moving from one point to another. One student explained her time-based water and sand artwork by saying:

“Time can erase memories in a negative sense, but the passage of time is also very healing. As time goes on, our anger,

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Project 1: Exercises 1 & 2

Marcel Duchamp, 1917, Fountain, photograph by Alfred Stieglitz
Marcel Duchamp, 1917, Fountain, photograph by Alfred Stieglitz [Public Domain]

Exercise 1 asks us to write down a few words about our first response to Marcel Duchamp’s piece Fountain, shown in the photograph.

Looking at the original work, right, I would say it does not surprise me that this is presented as a piece of art, but, at the same time, it does not appeal to me and I don’t understand how anybody could see this is art. My first impression, without looking up any further information about the piece, would be that it is representative of something important … Read the rest