Author:Reporter: Artist recommendations

Looking back on the suggestions of artists and designers to look at. I picked out a few, who have had influence, or I’ve taken interest to in relevance to the collage workshops.

Hannah Hoch

A Berlin Dada artist, most known for being a member with in the movement. Her work explicitly explores through the form of photo montage the issues of gender and the figure of women with in society.

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5bfb2704661606f218315dbc97a9def8While her work is very playful in the way she plasters the cut outs to the canvas/paper, each piece is different and unique in their very own form. They’re all very distinct from each other in terms of form, structure, mood and colour schemes. For me, they seem to bring up a lot of questions- What’s the point she’s trying to express? was there a motif? The fact that they’re unusual with their own aspects, I think a thing that stands out to me is the textured backdrops and murky colour tones. 

Dada Puppen (Dada Dolls) (1916)

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Author:Reporter: Anthony Browne

As I’m going through my ideas, and the plans I have so far. I’m thinking of narrowing down my ideas. At first, I had planned to focus more on the story of the brick and try to think about how the brick has bought together the focus of reunion through a historical memory with in South Hampton. I was pretty excited to start developing this idea, as I had planned to do a short comic strip of the soldier scrawling over the wall, and then animating it, but I feel that this idea may not be very clear.

I progressed through trying out one more collage idea, which you can see in my previous post and it didn’t quite go as well as I planned it to. I wanted my idea and views to be expressed clearly and visible to the eyes of the viewer(audience). So, I decided to take a step back and look at the other narratives and I’m starting to think, that my other narrative which is more focused on South Hampton Zoo may provide me with more graphic and an interesting, more focused view.

The theme, if there is one for the narrative besides it being about South Hampton; I would very much like to start considering the mistreatment of the animals with in the zoo. For an adult to explain a memory from childhood so vividly, it’s quite enthralling.

For example, the monkey being handed a cigarette and then smoking it with what has been described with human-like traits, it reminded me of the author and illustrator Anthony Browne.

I’ve been focusing on his book ‘Gorilla’ as the story shows the Gorilla doing human traits, but there was one particular image that struck me as a link to my idea.

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CIP; Pastiche1560: Wayfinding Exercise

Wayfinding
Referring to a system of information that helps to guide people, or individuals through a specific, set system or/and route that gives them an understanding and experience on the space around them. 
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A video story boarding workshop was set for this day.

Going off in our groups, we separated in to two separate teams. The editing team would go and learn some techniques in Premier, while the second group, which is the content group would go and find, collect and record the content needed for our very own wayfinding video.

Our group were set with creating a guided/navigated video that would help lead someone from the Mac room to the lecture theatre on the 5th floor.

The images needed to be set out clearly, and at least have some consideration on where they can be taken, in order for the viewer to understand it, as it’s the photographs duty to navigate a complete stranger through to where they need to go. Also, the music or narration helps to keep the viewer/audience focused.

It was actually pretty interesting, now that I start to think back on it. I didn’t think I would ever enjoy a group task as much as I did this one, but I was able to understand how to co-operate with other individuals and understand the many considerations that must be made when putting together a photo montage.

 

Things to consider in future:

  • Timing
  • Content for the video
  • what the content is going to be?
  • how will the content navigate the viewer?
  • How will the content or what can I do to make the content understandable to the viewer?
  • Music? narration?

Author:Reporter: Artist and morning task

Friday morning broke the usual routine of producing some new ideas to contribute towards the South Hampton project; why? we were able to go around the class and check out all of the interesting concepts that each colleague has been working on, or are focusing on.

This short task was actually quite enjoyable, as it allowed us to grasp what each of us are up to and it helps us to consider how we could use a similar method or idea to put towards our own. Another thing, that I came across was how each out take was different in their own way, even if two people are using the same piece of text from one book or resource provided; both of their pieces are taken in to different contexts and/or they appear different.

Following on from that, we visited the Woman’s library to check out the artist book collection. There were some things we had to consider and think about while checking them out:

  • Mood
  • Idea
  • Relationship
  • Form
  • tone
  • line
  • layout
  • composition

Quite a few of them were pretty interesting from what I’ve heard from the rest of the team, but I shall talk about the following three which I’ve looked at:

Erasmus is Late by Liam Gillick.

Created in 1995, published by Book Works, London.
When I checked this book out for the first time, I was pretty curious of what the contents was about. The text was layout out formally and pretty much appeared to me like one of those old-styled books.  I wasn’t particularly keen nor did my attention keep focused on the text itself, but the front cover was pretty intriguing. It was crisp and the edges of the dust cover weren’t sharp at all. The feel and look of it was pretty nice.

I also enjoyed other little aspects of this book’s appearance, such as the title on the front of the book being hole-punched out. It was a nice use of displaying the title.

As I wasn’t too sure on what the book was about, I did some research about it. There were quite a few definitions for Erasmus:

Def 1. European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.

A programme throughout Europe for students living abroad for either one or two semesters. It’s goal is to improve the students language and expose them to a foreign language.

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Def 2. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning “beloved.”.

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Emissions book by Katherine Maynell

This book on the other hand, was very interesting. Inside each plastic slot, there would be these little pullouts which would contain little objects in relation to the book. While the design was interesting, I wasn’t very fond of the contents. It was quite… disturbing? It’s contents was about pushing the body and the mind beyond it’s boundaries.

Horl’s outlandish and endangered species by Horl Mikel.

Last book. Celebrate.

I particularly like this book, it was a very nice change from the previous two, but it left my thoughts and feelings refreshed with every single page.

It was a book which contained mainly illustrations, as it was a witty colouring book about endangered species.

Each page was thick and had a nice textured feel.

 

 

 

It’s rare that I pick one of these up and take them home.

… Even if I did pick one up, it’s to look at the recipes or what they have on sale for Christmas, but I couldn’t resist taking one of these magazines home.

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I’m currently AND I will admit, that I’m not all that confident with type and type faces, but when I came across this on my daily shopping trip up to ASDA supermarket. I couldn’t help myself. Nearly on every single page… there’s a fantastic array of many type faces!

I’ve picked out quite a few, that I was very fond of and will probably (..most definitely) might use in future projects as a reference or will be influenced by. I highly suggest to anyone, if you’re browsing through the checkout or at least pick up one of these and look through it or just check out the ones in this post. I don’t mind.

Author:Reporter: Feed back, Metaphor and ideas development

After receiving some very helpful, useful feedback on the project and my ideas that I’ve gathered up so far, I found myself going back a step and rethinking my ideas. I thought about making one huge collage from many photo copies of just one narrative. While this idea was interesting at first, I felt that I was going no where with it. I had to consider the scale of my images, developments and how I was going to present them a little more.

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Above, are a few of the photos of the A2 sized collage, which was simply torn up pieces of the photocopied collages used for the line ” and re-assembled on the table.

I know that now is probably not the best time to be thinking about final outcomes for the narrative, but as I continued to play around with ‘The polar bears were dirty and yellow’ and trying out the suggestions which Susanna kindly suggested; I tried making a prototype 3D model of a cage and quickly drew out a polar bear.

I trapped the bear, but as I started to photograph the cage, I noticed that the model was portraying this feeling of being forced, or trapped. There was very little space for the bear to move about in and I start to consider with just that, perhaps the polar bears in the Zoo felt like this? maybe they had limitation? to put emphasis on the words ‘dirty’ and ‘yellow’, I’m planning on developing this idea further with working with clay and compost to try and really exaggerate this idea.

Overall, I strongly believe that I need to constantly keep looking back and forth from my chosen narratives and start pulling apart the meanings behind it and linking it back to the imagery, as the image needs to show its relationship with the text. In my opinion, I think I need to start playing around with text and the concept in depth more.