Photography – Part 4 – Project 1: P. 151 Research Point

Read Gareth Dent’s article ‘Dealing with the flood…’ on www.weareoca.com

  • If you use social media, spend a few minutes reflecting on how you use  photography within it, particularly if you engage in photography in other contexts as well.

I use Facebook and Instagram, Instagram more than Facebook nowadays. Instagram is obviously a very photo-based platform, but I rarely post much on my personal account anymore. I do post on my weight loss account though, progress pictures and other random shots of me. I used to post a lot of photos of my kids when they were younger, mostly when I … Read the rest

Part 3 – Project 4: Exercise 2 – Knitting Patterns

Your view of knitting will be shaped both by your own experience of it – as a knitter, a wearer of knitted items or friend or relative of someone who knits – and through visual representations of knitting as an activity.

• To start with, produce a quick mind map of what knitting means to you and
what you associate with it.

• Do some visual research by finding contemporary and historical examples of
where and how knitting or knitted items have been represented, for example
pattern books, humorous cards based on 1950s patterns for knitted tank
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Part 3 – Project 4: P. 127 Reflection Exercise

Think about the appropriation of a space itself and how it can be transformed through alternate media depictions. Examine a location in a movie and how that environment may be perceived differently.

Refer to ‘Room One: Urban’ Pages 34 & 35.

The locations I have been looking at are Petra and Wadi Rum, in Jordan. Many movies have been filmed here over the years due to the amazing archaeological and aesthetic landscape, and Petra is one of the new seven wonders of the world.

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The geology in Wadi Rum is such that it has been used as the planet Mars … Read the rest

Project 2: Crop Circles

This little research question asks us to ‘write down the Signifier and the Signified of such images.’ and to ‘Take note of the places where these phenomena are formed and their relationship to the land.’

As a reminder, the signifier is the form a sign takes, and the signified is the concept that the sign represents.

The signifier here is the crop circles themselves. There are two concepts signified by them. The first is the concept of art, such as in the case of Rob Dickinson, who is talked about in the Places () excerpt. The circles he and his … Read the rest

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

Project 3: Research Point 2

We are asked to read an article on the Tate website, make notes, and highlight any artists we might want to look into further.

This is not the original article, as it has been taken down, but one detailed in the course errata. All the same, it was a very useful introduction to many artists who use text in their work, and the different types of text usage. Here are some notes I made:

‘Found’ Words: Printed Packaging, Labels and Layers

  • Add visual interest to work
  • Kurt Schwitters added bus tickets, sweet wrappers and other scraps to his works
  • Pop
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Project 3: Exercise 2 – Developing Your Research Skills

This exercise asks us to look at the work of Katie Paterson, particularly her piece Vatnajökull (the sound of).

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

Project 3: Place in Art – Research Point 1

We are asked to:

Make a list of the artists mentioned in Dean and Millar’s essay. Look up at least one piece by each of the artists mentioned whose work incorporates text. How many of these pieces are relevant to the theme of ‘place’ and how do they reference place? Make notes in your learning log.

There are quite a few artists mentioned:

  • Caspar David Friedrich
    Known for landscapes featuring contemplative figures.
  • John Constable
    Famous for his landscapes of the Suffolk countryside.
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay
    Finlay was a poet and writer, as well as an artist (and gardener). He has
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