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Tutorial with Hannah Birkett

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Here are some notes from a tutorial with Hannah Birkett:

Email visual peace making interview to Hannah.

Make a Poster for the Iraq exhibition 

What is the right context for the work? Gallery/Media/Street???

Social responsibility is important to my work.

Instagater vs performative

How do you view work?

Look at Ben slow - Street art 

Look at Hans Hackke - Banner

Asks a question?

Is Dialogue important?

Tutorial with Hannah B

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Notes from a tutorial with Hannah Birket.

 

Look up Mark Lecky - Turner prize

Art and life

Collecting almost a database of material.

This sense of detachment? War photography

Remain open for the trip.

How would you like to display the work?

What's your ethos?

Concern social

Words for social?

EDL -Photographing them in their day jobs?

Mathew stone - Work on textured the grain of the wood

EDL - Tanning Salon

Mark titchner

Social ability

Write A few sentences? 

Main suggestion is to take a breather, take a minute to reflect and almost meditate on what is important.

Tutorial with artist Hannah Birkett

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Notes from a tutorial with Hannah:

 

Distinct

Hans hacke - Inflatable stone henge

Grand overseer

Institutions giving help

Sculptural

Palenstian photography

 Ann hardy

Communal gathering

Large format

Tactility

Reposibility of choice

Time space and place

 

Threads of interest

UK <> Iraq main important part of the work.

 

Mediation

Consistent: responsibility 

Carathus

Miners strike

Apex of art form

 

Hopefull

Concept of the Voyeur

Dialectics

 

Work backwards from final show

Drawing together create another story

Personal

Go to Saatchi Photography show

 

The work is basically a cultural exchange 

Tutorial: Nigel Grimmer

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Today I had a tutorial with one of my tutors and colleagues Nigel Grimmer.  The time felt short, but his feedback and advice was valuable.  His response to all he things I wanted to achieve was primarily to reduce/refine/streamline my intentions.  He suggested that the bulk of the stuff to sort out is in between the tension between the exhibition in Iraq and the return group show in the UK.

Essay: The Death of the Author, Roland Barthes

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After reading the essay by Barthes, we were requested to find an image which represented our understanding of the text.  I found myself getting overly confused and going round in circles in my head.

As I understand it the text can be summerised by the section: "The birth of the reader must be at the death of the author". The notion that the role of the reader/viewer/audience is more important in the understanding of a text (image/writing/film etc.) then the author (creator/originator/inventor).

I feel I have a basic grasp of the text, (although I had to read it several times), but I found selecting an image incredibly difficult.  This is partly due to the fact I am an originator of my own "text" and I found it hard to put more emphasis on the reader.

After much deliberation I found myself being drawn to the idea of reclaiming already used imagery.  ONe of the most interesting artists that have been working in this area (in my opinion) is Richard Prince.

Prince re-used the imagery in Malboro cigarette adverts and re-printed them.  Removing the context and a lot of its associations.  To me this leaves the image open to purely the understanding of the viewer.  As some might argue that Prince isnt even the author of the work.

Richard Prince Untitled (cowboy), 1989 Ektacolor photograph 127 x 178 cm © 2008 Richard Prince

Lecture on the poetry of space by John Stephens

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Here are some notes from a lecture by John Stephens titled the poetry of space. I particularly noted the main artists and works which stood out to me.

Artists working with & in spaces 

Henri Lefebvres' the production of space

Gaston Bachelard

Giotto

Piera della Francesca 

Perspective

Turner

Matisse the red studio

Bonnard

Clay ketter

Gordan matta-clark

Jim Lambie

Nina Saunders

John pawson

Interior designer

Rachel White read 

Doris 

Antoy Gormley

John gossage

The pond

Steven shaw

Alex soth

Joel sternberg

Lecture by Gavin Stewart: Art & The internet

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Here are some of the key words, phrases and artists which jumped out to me from a lecture by Gavin Stewart PHD.

Harold innis

The medium is the message

Marshall McLuhan 

Mediate messages

The global village

Kranzberg first law of technology

Code is law

Lawrence lessig

Karl Marx 

Luddites

Military

Vannevar Bush

War

Memex

Concepts: All information should be free

You can create art and beauty on a computer 

Max bense

Prehistoric digital poetry 

Nam june paik

Magnet tv

Robert Rauschenberg 

Ted Nelson

George Landow

George Ryman

Nicole Syenger

Information arts

Nancy Paterson - Stock market skirt

Talan memmott

Kate Pullinger & Babel

Jeff shaw

Daniel sandin

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Mary Flannagan

 

I have researched into some of these artists and was paticularly taken with the work of Nancy Paterson and her Stock Market skirt.  The visual pun and effective use of information and technology created a interesting and fun peice of work.  Basically the height of the skirt gets raised or lowered depending on the current rates of certain stock in the world stock exchanges.  She is quoted to have said that todays culture relies on three things: capitalism, technology and narcissism

Although this work is interesting to me, the thing I most took away from the talk was this link between art and technology.  As Gavin explained: a paint brush was new technology at some point, computers and cameras are just newer forms of technology.  I think for me I am nost aware of this because I work with increasingly intelligent camera systems and computers.  This relationship for me is sometimes un easy as I find myself feeling removed from my medium.  I started as a painter and even fell in love with the photographic image in the darkroom.  Modern technology and equipment has forced me to get further removed from the physical contact with the materials and cause me to have a very clinical relationship.

Technology plays an important role in my practice, but as machines, autofocus', digital manipulation and systens get better I start to question who is really creating the image.  Is it the artist or photographer or is it the machine?  Previously I would have answered the question with of course it is the photographer, however, there are now moments where I feel less sure.

 

 

Lecture "Viles bodies" by John Stephens

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Here are some notes form the Vile Bodies lecture by John Stephens.  I have particularly noted artists and key moments which jumped out to me from the lecture.

 

R Betterton 'Body Horror?'

The abject

Manet

Oskar SCHLEMMER 

Yves Klen 

Keith Vaughan

David Hockney

Alan jones

Carolee schmeeram

Judy Chicago 

Gilbert & George

Dennis Oppenheim

Francesca Woodman

Cindy Sherman

Rebecca Horn

Stelarc

Marina Abramovic

Orlan

Tutorial with John S

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These key words and notes are from a tutorial with John S.

 

Neutral stance

Place space and location

Luc delahaye

None places

Morris deserto

Walking in the city

Pry la febvre

Walter Benjamin 

Beakers 

Where is it going

Twilight 

Gregory Crewdson

Situationists

MA space location

Post colonism

British museum

Collections

Focus

Places.

Journal essay proposal portfolio

Tutorial with John Stephens

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Here are some notes from a tutorial with John.

Practice

Intuition drives work

Starting point?

Aesthesetic criteria

More reflective thought 

Use Luton as a location?

Reflect on work

Mundane every day spaces, places.

John gossage

Block party album Covet

Rut blees luxemburg

Write space place and location

Essay

Reccomended viewing: Uganda art review

Importance of place in inventional 

 

Tutorial with John Stephens

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Here are some notes form a tutorial from John Stephens:

Send press release to marketing

Edit and update press release

Format different

Exhibition

Process note book reflect

What do you see?

What do you feel? Why?

What do you know? Context

Joel sternfeld 

Place space and location?

Reflect

Space

Place

Location

Mark ojay 

Atmosphere

History

Evoked

Faces and places

Visit same people/places

Henry lafared

Heal forward looking

Halabja

Black spring

Photos

Try creating the space? Four walled installation?

Get some more clarity

Trying and testing

More mundane

Focus on hinge point

Sculpture?

 

Tutorial with John Stephens

Posted on by Ben Hodson

Here are some notes form a tutorial with John Stephens:

Neutral stance

Place space and location

Luc delahaye

None places

Morris deserto

Walking in the city

Pry la febvre

Walter Benjamin 

Beakers

Where is it going

Twilight 

Gregory Crewdson

Situationists

MA space location

Post colonism

British museum

Collections

Focus

Places.