So, the lurgy struck and today I am remote linking into Uni with ideas and an unfinished presentation but more of a clear idea for the end of Semester intention and loads of research. The blog feels like my holding space, so the images below are the start of the map study and over the day I will add the links to the sites so I have references for easy access.
I feel like i am not on top of my game mainly because `i am not, and this lurgy has taken my concentration for three days now, and I am dosed up on all types of tablets to stop my body screaming at me as it attacks the weak joints in my body and makes them ache. Sleep has not been a friend so I am probably delusional as well. Saying that it might give me some weird thoughts to think through so I will take that.
The above, is a beginning to see if there are any areas of interest. I also found a couple of reports - round excavations post 1950s and this will lead onto the next set of research.
I have over the weekend created an aural record of moving through the thought process but as yet I haven't been able to upload it.
Ok, so show of this run last night, so body achy, but it has given me extra time to balance time as I watch Earthshot prize, which is beautifully shot and presents some outstanding projects around the globe to reclaim the earth for good.
So for with my Semester 1 substantive piece - The following themes keep returning :
Ghosts of the past
Change in land-use
Gridding - the archaeological Dig grid v these three words
All the senses plying with the senses
Then thoughts ( the how)
Developing skills in premiere pro
Looking at creation of a sound piece - Logic
Looking t VR headsets as a medium
What platforms and how to create content.]
little confused by the research. Maybe for today I will focus on the intention and what I am trying to converse.
Steve Jeyes sent out a request for profile pics: last minute I have decided I will use it to develop my re-learning of photoshop :
Every year we hold a student competition to collect a set of profile images to use each month on the Writtle Design Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels.
You’ve sent us some great images in the past, and now we need a new set.
Your image(s) could be abstract or realistic but it’s important to bear in mind that the Writtle Design channels should be able to represent our Art and the Environment and Landscape Architecture and Garden Design courses (at degree and masters levels). You might also consider a range of images that reflect seasonal variation, have different surface qualities, or show aspects of your life at Writtle. For consistency, when launched each month, the logos will include the WUC white shield as a central element (see below for examples).
You can submit up to 5 images, so choose your best ones. You should email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll be launching the new profile images on the first Monday in November, so the deadline for submissions is on Friday 22nd October, just 3 weeks’ time!
We look forward to getting plenty of awesome submissions, and we’ll use a new one every month (we also have a special competition for the Design Degree Show).
To help you construct the logo I’ve attached a Photoshop template with a layer containing the WUC shield at the correct size and position.
You can just submit an image that you think would work as a background to the shield and I can ‘construct’ it for you.
Otherwise you can use the shield logo .PSD file and submit that (with layers and a new title).
A challenge on a challenge!! I have also in the same time observed a Quality Assurance standardisation for PR and Communication - ironic, but has been useful in terms of reiterating the reasoning behind communicating brand forward. More to follow ....
Spent the day sorting my professional projects, A show on Friday at Brixton Jamm with Symphonica - The History of Drum and Bass, final advancing and tech load in and guest lists, liaising with the Australian promoter, urging her to send new dates through so I can pencil in to work around or confirm if they are over my hand in periods for UNi. Then I moved onto a morning training on Quality Assurance and Standardisation, before EQA and verifying 3 colleges and their creative courses. The last an exemplary college for creative media adn adult learners.
Throughout the day I took time to make sure my diary was straight, that the finances were staright and current. I downloaded Autodesk CAD, I started to think how I can present my ideas on Monday for the proposal fro the peice for this semester, drawing thoughts together adn ideas for responses, I mooched about thinking about the student led creative, realised I had missed drawing session again, guilty and then carried on with teh EQA so that the colleges wuold meet their ILR deadline for funding. I got into bed at 9pm having spent 11 hours in front of a screen, my dreams may be a little odd tonight.
Tomorrow I am going to get up and write blogs, continue with the EQA ( critical times for FE this week!), lead a standardisation session on EPA Standards for PR and Junior Content Producer and then carry on with my thoughts for the presentation and writing the journalistic piece for WAA.
I am interested in the usage of land, how these areas have changed. In terms of King Johns Palace, it is clearly ,arked on the maps as far as I have seen. The earliest map to date from Digimaps shows a footbridge from nearing the pond . Thought to be a fishing lake. The illustration below is an artist impression. In terms of placement of buildings that were found, The next ACTION will be to understand the locations of the buildings according to the plans found in then, consider the intention of the piece.
This is a really interesting piece, encapsulated .
- artist intro
Audio : https://platform.newcontemporaries.org.uk/artists/incursions
INCURSIONS is a collaborative project facilitated by Archie Smith & Kitty McKay in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, hosting radio shows and walking forums that document neoliberal cityscapes through group participation and psychogeographic practices. Drawing on archival techniques, radio and sound production, social engagement, participatory research, mapping and moving image, INCURSIONS seeks to shift dominant narratives of space and place, co-authoring ‘counter-narratives’ with others. Part walking event, part archive, part radio broadcast, INCURSIONS interweaves walking and talking with overlapping social histories and personal experiences of pop culture, friendship and community resistance, to trace the aching proximity of an absent collective subject.
Sophie Bownes: In your work, FROM HERE #3, you open the broadcast up by asking if you as hosts are “on a par”. As multidisciplinary practitioners, you wear a variety of hats – of archivists, radio hosts, walking-tour guides, to name a few. Would you say that your roles defy the idea of the expert? And if so, can you elaborate on how this DIY or discursive approach may contribute to the production of counter narratives?
INSURSIONS: We aim to challenge how the city presents itself as hyper-objective and concrete. We are interested in peeling back its layers to reveal fragmented and collective counter narratives, ones that are rhizomatic, messy and disruptive. We are and cannot be experts: our work relies on knowledges that are shared and unofficial, DIY archives of the city navigated through multidisciplinary approaches.
Being a citizen, an artist, a friend, a radio host, offering hospitality, hanging out, loitering, being present together in spaces digital and physical are not the answers or the antidote to a neoliberal present. Through levelling out authority and making space for contributions in discursive and incomplete ways, we hope to scratch away at objective and concrete narratives and begin to collectively annunciate other routes.
I A fully immersive piece which engages the viewer with place, culture and the other realities a walking through place
Interesting choice of imagery a gate padlocked of a desolate waste landA bridge that hangs in the air ever reaching the other sideAn industrial wasteland and docks
Spoken Word is the city is always shifting realigning itself it is memory.
Return to place , spoken word always returning I can detect tiny edges of time,
Interesting layers of sound and memory induced immersion. Use of music as an underlay. Spoke. Word, original works?? Drum/ bass/trance - does it eminent from the place . Create movement in the viewer that is a juxtaposition the visual component .
Interesting to be drawn in this way. To be able to link a radio show - to words and images in a way. The visual would bring more to it, capturing walks through a city is hard, how does the artist make this possible.
Listen to full piece. Link above
FROM HERE #3, 2020
Audio / radio
1 hr. 44 min. 48 sec.
Becoming Nature, 2018
Plaster and cement
12 x 25 x 54 cm
"Asuf Ishaq’s practice is concerned with themes of embodiment, fragmentation, displacement, migration and memory, often presenting the physical diasporic body as an evolving archive that transmits experience with cultural and political meaning. "
Jukan Tateisi - To the fog
Jukan Tateisi’s To the Fog (2020) is a requiem, farewell speech and memorial to a loss in the pandemic. As the loss of a family member becomes public tragedy when caused by Covid-19, we are facing a new reality in which a sense of direction in time and space has been lost – a seemingly unrealistic reality. Referring to Antony Gormley’s Another place and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Seascapes, Tateisi carefully composes the image of an unrealistic reality. In To the Fog, Tateisi expresses his experience that public and private, static and dynamic, real and unreal are entangled.
This piece was so moving, having lost a parent during the pandemic aI recognised the despair of the artists narrative.
Seren Metcalfe Half Truths
Half Truths, 2020
24 x 17 cm
Seren Metcalfe’s multidisciplinary practice spans performance, moving image, installation and text. She attempts to create honest imagery that blurs the lines between fictional narratives and the poetic reality of being human.
In her work she combines themes of time, labour, television, fame, consumerism and class to question societal structures and the theatrics of everyday existence, using the body as a tool to question ideologies, drawing inspiration from Yorkshire landscapes, urban architecture and pop culture. Seren is the Founder of The Working Class Creatives Database and strives for art to be accessible for everyone, not just those who can afford it.
OTHER PIECES OF NOTE
Michael Landy : Welcome to Essex
Transporting across times. it feel like a long way from people.
The birds were noisy, the rain, was drizzly but reminded how good it was to feel on my face, and I took refernce pics to model the way I had trodden ,
In the middle of the path, there is a sudden dip , at the bottom stands a ramshackle structure at the bottom.
I emerged from the undergrowth a little disappointed that it had ended, I walked towards the TYTHE barn, to explore the Kings Lodge area of the Campus, walked round the back of the car parks, past the fields where the labyrinth used to be and headed straight to the library, recalling the archive talk I had attended - taking pictures along the downstairs corridor of the archived.
Lots to think about.
Explore the site, see if you might be able to incorporate aspects into the creative class.
Look on Digimaps to see if you can find maps across the centuries and link to tect books :
Excavations at King Johns Hunting Lodge, Writtle Essex, 1955-1957
Rahtz P.A The Society for Medieval Archeology, University College, Gower Street London WC1 1969
Monograph Series No.3
Writtle - a village of Distinction
Owen . G 1993
Blueprint Publications Chelmsford Essex UK
Tonight I joined the Dark Arts: Peatland Connections zoom to discuss the Art/ Science partnership in engaging the wider communities in the restoration of the PEATland in both Dumfries and Galloway ( peatland Connections and Hearing from Dr Kerry Morrison on her engagement project with Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. Both projects are making headway at climate action and increased engagement in raising the importance of the Peat lands and the carbon bank they store, yet how they are degraded due to human intervention from earlier times when the land was drained to provide ground fro grazing/ forestry or agriculture. Interesting inventions had started to take place with the Spaghnum Splat where a group of engaged participants and Kate Foster. Plus an really interesting presentation around engagement of wider community in the peat restoration and understanding the importance of-the space aside from it being a walking location, site of the witch trials and foundations of the Quaker movement,
The zoom put all the artists in touch with each other and i shared my email so I could keep abreast of what was occurring .
Kate Foster - work and drawing - great inspiration for the drawing parts of the course.
Dr Kerry Morrison
"It is the theoretical in-betweenness of the social artist - between two aesthetic ideals - which leads to confusion around the ethical engagement of people and place."
Kestler _ taken from this article that appeared on the In-situ page around role of an artist in everyday life.
Aural Histories from Pendle Hill as part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership
Points to take forward:
Lots of wanderings and wonderings today, A mind befuddled of ideas and the discipline of slowing down enough to catch them.
First stop was sorting the studio space out, it needs to work for me.
New found things added to the hanging sculpture.
BIG ideas for Assigment two...
So my thoughts on the way home the other day were the following:
VR - interpret and film a walk with binaural headphones that can be experience in a polar opposite setting.
USe of film and music/ sound create experience,
USe of a VR headset to place viewer in controlled space.
This excites me, not sure how to start or how to do it but definitely intersting - pulls up thought about caturing the landscape and how this might be something I might do as an activation for a product of Brand.
Action : Explore the intention and research themes. - is it genuine or safe?
A walk consisting of a meditative enlightening of the sounds and smells to touch the senses -
Reflection ion these thoughts :: This is definitely more educational than art practice -----IDEA NOT CARRIED FORWARD FOR LARGER PIECE
ACTION : Remind self to look at Self practice not what others will gain from it.. What will I gain?
3) An exploration of a space.
What exactly does this mean. What context are you placing around this? Why do you want it?
ACTION: THINK LIKE AN ARTIST JO>not a producer/ educator ...
4) Use of what three words app to create a narrative produced by the space.
This could be a method - a way to denote space in current environment.
ACTION : Continue down this path, explore what and how you would like to do with it, what narrative could you produce and why would it have relevance>
5) Combining MOE to the project
6) Exploring how to produce this. -
ACTION : MAke it your process
So a mindsful of thoughts, some comfortable, some uncomfortable.
12/10 / 21
I have gone back in and added thoughts.
Another day at college, flooding on the way in made the roads snarled up, and the drivers were edgy. I focused more closely. The last of the school traffic leaving the roads clear as I approached Writtle.
Letting myself into the studio, I have become used to being alone in the space, it is becoming home, although I still feel like I am setting up a temporary camp, my thoughts still distracted by the various projects, the yearning to get out in the grounds and explore possible spaces or ideas for the CAaE proposal and project.
Pryle appears, we chat for a while, I eat yoghurt, make a sachet Latte in a re-usable mug and keep on sorting out the growing list of papers that I want to read, I attach the latest addition to the mobile hanging in the window,- a bronzed or rather brass feather, that I felt wanted to be placed there, attaching the dislodged cone that is opening in the head to the cord .
The day continues, our session with Pryle, brings new thoughts around writings, of visiting First Site next week, and the group discuss the creative student led sessions. The session plan proposal sheet, sitting to be completed shortly. It sounds like all have interesting ideas, and Mondays/ Tuesday sessions are going to prove exciting.
After lecture I headed over to the main site, slowly, exploring and starting the thought process for a walk, or capturing a walk.
Last night I had thought of wishing to use VR to engage the place in a film, that could be experienced from anywhere. I explored basic camera and the link between that and the VR software, I thought about binaural headphones, how would the participants experience the journey, what would the intention be - how would that be achieved? I went and spoke to Steve and checked out the equipment in Design 2, got a call from the Australian promoter about the next tour dates and then sat with a bottle of water looking at the gardens, which are looking slightly sad at the moment and thought, I wonder if you could image the land use of the time past.