This is a closing post to give anyone visiting this blog a bit of info and context. I graduated in summer 2015 from Wimbledon College of Art's Fine Art: Print and Time Based Media degree course, and this was a (somewhat loose) online component of my research journal. I'm leaving this blog up as an archive just so that maybe it can help someone else on a similar course or thinking about doing one, and also so I can look back on the things I was thinking about and exploring here.
Please do have a look at my research journal navigation page and e-portfolio to get an overview of the projects I did and the general structure of the course (especially in third year).
I found a lot of the structure and guidelines of the course quite confusing, so I really hope someone finds this blog helpful in that respect. If in doubt just note down and annotate everything and try everything you can, because your tutors will be looking for ambition and variety.
Here are some of my favourite posts from this blog: moths in colour, a savaloy-based poem, art as therapy.
Please also check out my constant and looming internet presence here and here, and have a nice day!
All the best,
So here's the continuation of this project. I like the photos that show my tiredness and skin depression and messy/greasy hair. And it's evident which trousers I wear literally all the time. It's nice, the realness of what I look like in these moments by myself. We have a huge culture now of online sharing, but we still tend to stick behind a certain accepted way of presenting, because naturally most of us want to look our best. But who says this isn't my best? Who decides that every moment isn't my best? In every moment I am myself, after all.
I've been wanting to do a simple photo portrait project like this for a while but I guess I thought I wouldn't be able to take very appealing photos with the way my bedroom is set up so I avoided it. I decided to try it though and I like the mundanity of these shots, the greyness of them. The massive square of light intruding from the window like this big, bright thing kept just separate from me in my room. I don't know, I like lots about this, and it's another thing I could very easily continue with and build up a big time lapse series with. I'm not sure how else to progress with this, but for now I will just to continue with it and build up a series.
So I'm creating collages roughly each day on Newhive at the moment, including a one take vocal cover of a song autoplaying on each page. I think these are pretty effective as snippets, and I'm treating them more directly like diary entries by collaging photos I've taken that day with pictures I've seen that day, some inspiration from that day, as well as in my most recent page some text examining something of my thought processes, again on that day. So it's very much another diary-like project. I think the text really gives this entry more depth, so I will be continuing to use text like this. The key strength of this project, I think, will be the cumulative aspect of the collection of entries. They are reasonably small collages, like snippets of life (I like this and really particularly wan to keep this aspect, so I hope it will be appealing to an audience in this form), but altogether should build up an impressive database and unusual digital diary. Approx. 3 months worth of pages should look pretty decent by the time the degree shoe rolls around.
I do need to think about how I might display it, given that it involves a lot of sound and needs to be interactive so people can click through the chain of pages. The obvious choice would be to display it on a computer, but I'm not keen on leaving my only laptop in the exhibition since I need to use it for work and projects and things, so I'm not what options will be available.
Further progress & experimentation with this project - I could try to implement more video and personal drawings, overlay more images, use more moving images/glitter images, make my pages denser, etc. There's lots to play around with, so I definitely need to explore that as much as I can.
The screenshots in this post include 4 entries. You can see them all on my main Newhive page here, and watch out when you click through to the actual project pages because they have autoplaying songs.
I made a new Newhive page (click here, but be warned - it autoplays me singing Britney Spears). So I've played with Newhive a bit before, but I think I have an idea which brings back the 'new entry every day' concept I used as part of my 360 book. I liked that concept a lot and the way it recorded time in a consistent way, and I figure if I make a new Newhive page every day it will:
1. allow me to continue with that sort of incremental record of the passing of time
2. build up until a sizeable collection of pages by the time we get to the degree show
It also I think intuitively feels more loose and personal and candid than the 360 book because I can combine my drawings, pictures, and all sorts of visual things, but also I can have music and movement, which obviously was not possible in a book. This is a big advantage to creating some sort of digital landscape. There is a much bigger scope for what I can do and what kind of atmosphere I can create. I also really like the idea of simply recording myself gently singing well known songs and autoplaying a song on each page. The lone vocal with reverb makes for a really soothing and intimate atmosphere.
I'm not sure how I would show my Newhive pages given that it needs to be clearly interactive, so that's something I'll have to figure out.