Collections, groups, lists.

Another Monday morning and another talk, but this talk was with Matthew first. He gave us some more ideas to start thinking over, and he also presented us with some ideas of how something that we wouldn’t consider as a collection can be a collection, for example, the words, images and pages with in a magazine, or another good one can be all of the files, images and folders that are in a folder or on your desktop screen on your computer.

So, basically to sum it up, there are also things that aren’t objects or aren’t physically there that can be grouped; collected, analysed, organised and assembled. After the talk, I went ahead to the library and took a screenshot of my unorganised usb storage:

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Honestly, there’s no system to the way the things are organised, but then again, upon claiming that, they’ve been sorted out specifically. This may not be a clear image, but each file has been arranged by name ascendingly and they can easily be re-assembled by changing the sorting method.

Another example of a collection could be a contact sheet?

Or, nature can become a collection. There’s herds of sheep that are re-arranged and grouped up in to a collection by a Sheep dog or their owner.

I found this particular photograph to be astounding, due to how the sheeps have arranged themselves on the field. It’s not as if they’ve huddled themselves in to one big group, but they’ve spread themselves out across and have only stuck to the sheep that they know or where there’s specific patches where they feel comfortable.

 

Penguins are another great example of how they’ve re-assembled and gathered together.

Currently, while I’m typing this post up, I’m starting to get more of a clear insight in to how things can be grouped, collected and re-assembled. There’s another example, which I wasn’t specifically sure on whether it can be considered a collection or not, but it will somehow link back in to the previous project: ‘The soundtrack of our lives’. Music is created with a collection; a song is a collection of vocals, lyrics, words and sound. Luckily enough, Adrian’s talk clarified this up a bit more, when we were discussing ideas and starting to look in to how we can approach this. I felt so relieved when he started to discuss this idea, as it was one I had considered in mentioning in the post. It would of been pretty interesting to have something that was music related and can be collected in some form, and yes, he did go on to talk about ways this could be done, such as in forms of a music video.

However, I have a feeling this could be done in another way, seeing as our poster project was based on the songs. Even each poster contained a collection of marks, emotion, associations to do with the song.

Just to quickly jump back to Matthew’s discussion,  he mentioned about hoarders. Now, as soon as this was brought up, I recalled an American show called ‘Storage hunters’, where people go around and collect more junk that belonged to people who enjoyed collecting, but couldn’t keep it as they were in debt. There’s people who can store all of the things that they can’t fit in to their house, they can place it all in a rented storage shed, but another enjoyable thing about this particular way of keeping hold of the objects is that they can put it in boxes, then place it inside the storage shed. That’s one way of assembling and organising.

At this point, I have an inkling that the way something is organised and reassembled may affect the function in how that thing may work for someone, or could possibly influence a change to how it may be seen or re-arranged in future.

 

The soundtrack of our lives: Crit and sort of a final concept, maybe?

Focusing on my concept of trying to fully express my feelings individually for each song (Mr Blue sky, Love roller coaster and Year 3000), I found this task to be particularly difficult. I spent most of my time brooding over how I needed to show this, and how I could make this clear to others. I came to the conclusion, that if someone can easily pick up on emotions from colours used, or a simple mark made, it may provide a fascinating result if I were to apply this same or similar strategy towards each poster.

Personally, I see that this method has worked, as during our crit presentation on the project overall, there were a few that were able to grasp the sense of ‘raw emotion’ with in the posters; which goes to show, that my technique was successful, but I feel that there’s so much more that I could do for this project that may be beneficial towards it. I have in mind right now, that I may want to consider creating a animated projection of the posters instead and it’ll show the brush strokes gradually making their way on to the screen as the animation runs.

 


Besides the quality of the print out, I’m a little disappointed with the text. When I look at it from afar, I’m unable to see it clearly, so if I’m going to come back to this in future, I may need to consider working on it by making it bolder. Though, if i made it any bolder, it may distract the viewers attention away from the outcome.

The soundtrack of my life- 3/?

This is late, I know, but as an update, I’ll update you fully on my plans for this project in this post and in the next couple of posts to come. I’ve made the decision of focusing each poster on my feelings for the song as a consequence of that I have far too many associations for the songs chosen (Year 3000, Mr Blue sky and Love Roller coaster) ; I have a strong feeling that if I were to use associations, it would make the idea(s) for the poster(s) far too busy in appearance. Although, I have considered it with in my plans.

Moving on to the plans, I made two brainstorms in my sketchbook to start off, I decided to go a bit further than coming up with ten things and instead, came up with as many ideas until it filled up the whole page. I had to consider the details, such as what shapes come to mind when I play the song? what colours? when I thought about it this way, it allowed me to sort my ideas out and even come up with more of them. In the end  of doing the first brainstorm, I figured out that the information that I placed down was pretty cluttered; to tidy this up, I made a second brain storm to separate the main ideas that I wanted to focus on, or/and would help me with my main focus of the emotions for the songs. It’s quite a handy start, in my opinion. It would’ve made a better brainstorm, if I were to probably draw in some drawings to go a long with the text.

(Here’s the second brainstorm).

As I kept my diagram as a reminder of what I had scrawled down; I started with Mr.Blue sky and started quickly getting down anything that came in to my head, that had anything to do with the song. I found that through the majority of the song, they repeatedly sing ‘Oh, Mr Blue Sky. Please tell us why?’ the vision of a million question marks hanging in the sky is what came to mind, but I started to think that this was a pretty obvious idea. I continued to extend this idea with both lines, imagery and soon text. I found that I wasn’t getting anywhere, until I was reminded that I was concentrating on feelings and how they link me with the song, so I took  on the idea of shapes, colour and line to encourage me to get some more concepts.

Doing so, I got one down; I was determined to get another five or seven done. I had to recap several times to work out where I was going with it; I had the idea of having just shapes and lines at first because when you listen to a song for the first time, you’re not really sure what to think of it until the second time of playing it, or even the third, forth or fifth replay. Your opinion of the song isn’t going to be your first, so I continued to work on the ideas a bit more while drawing shapes and lines while listening to the song.

Here are a few examples of the ideas I began working with:

 

 

These were focusing on the Red hot chili peppers song ‘Love roller coaster’; I found myself at first fiddling around with what imagery came to my head first. I’m pretty pleased that I started off with doing that, as it gave me a starting point before moving on.

I wanted to employ this same, or similar method to the other poster ideas and I did start to do that, but I felt like i could do a lot more. To reflect my feelings for the song, I started making a link to them via the shapes curvatures and the choice of colours used. However, I used the same colour scheme for each poster idea, which is the downfall. I was advised by Sara on my feedback to probably not use the same colour scheme simply to make each song individual which I didn’t think of at first, so that’s been helpful.  It allowed me to rethink on my ideas and experiment with them more.

I’ll begin to discuss about the tests, experimentation with medium techniques and my extended ideas in the next couple of posts to come.

Review week – 1

Starting off the day, we all broke off in to our 3 groups. As we decided to keep to the far right hand side of the room, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to start laying out the work, I brought in to discuss for that day. I do admit it was tough having to press the pins in to the wall, just to hang up the work produced, but I figured that it would only last a short while until the pain and pressure in my thumbs would go by the time it was break time, anyway, I tried to think about how I wanted to present the work.

I was left with these four questions in my mind:

  • What was I going to discuss?
  • What was I going to present?
  • How should I lay it out, so the members of the groups would understand what I have done over the last three weeks?
  • And, with the work left over, how will that be presented?

With that, I left my sketchbook open on the desk, so if anyone wanted to look at the process, thoughts, ideas and research I’ve done alongside the projects, they can feel free to do so, and with the drafts I had on A3 and A4 pieces of paper, I placed those underneath the presented work.

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IMG_20151102_105407-minIn a way, this appeared to me as if this was more than simply a discussion about work. It was more like an exhibition; seeing everyone’s work pinned up to the wall, though when it came to discussing the work, I was nervous.

Not only did my selective mute-ism kick in; I had gathered all of the things I wanted to say in my brain, and the words I wanted to say couldn’t leave my lips.

It wasn’t all that bad because in the end, I was able to at least, briefly state what each project was about and what I did for it, how and why I did it.

Everyone in our group worked so well with each other, when it came to making the final decision. However, it was a shame when it came to the end of the task and there were a few stragglers who hadn’t finished or haven’t presented the work yet.

It would’ve been nice, if we were to see what those people had done as well and then made a final decision on whose work we were presenting.

In the end, Monday was a nice learning experience; I did learn some things about presentation of work, how to discuss it and referring back to other people’s work, I found myself amazed at how many different outcomes you could achieve out of the fist poster project and what meanings could/have been portrayed.

When I do another review in future, I need to remember to try and put in some more input because there were on several occasions where I wanted to comment on someone else’s work, or ask a question about it, but I wasn’t quick enough to ask. This was mainly due to time limit again.

Studio culture week

For  this week, we shall be visiting the studios of Itsnicethat; their studios were located all in Haggerston. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend to the session we had with them as a group, but the task for that day was to find out what their studios were like; how they organise their studio, where they keep their work and how they lay out their desks, tables and equipment.

Returning on the Friday, we had to organise ourselves in to groups. The groups were set out as this:

  • Library
  • Inspiration
  • Tools and equipment
  • Separate area to store work
  • Communal cutting area
  • Desks
  • Working/Testing area
  • Storage
  • Lockers
  • Tutorial area
  • Drawing wall

From the fine selection of groups we all had, I chose to go in the most difficult one. The Desk group. Our task was to plan, discuss and coordinate where the desks will be laid out in the studio. We couldn’t come in to terms with a decision at first, there were some disagreements due to the fact that we had so many people and few desks and chairs. We all decided to work out how many of us there were first; then measure out the length and widths of the space in the room. Each member of the group were working very efficiently and we got this task done quickly.

I was left to take photographs of all of the different changes the group made. From the floor plans to the final desk layouts.