4. Dada



Photography experiment with layering – FIELD GROUP

After watching the video of the Architecture Team in Athens I was struck with the layering effects as well as looking at some work of Rafael Ferrer.

I decided to go and photograph buildings in Cardiff and Photoshopping it together to great layering images.

These images are VERY rough and are just a starting idea to how we can use Photoshop in order to achieve abstract photographs and layering our ideas together.


So as a group we were talking about layering and I came across this architecture team in Athens who made this video with layering different types of representations of Athens.

‘The goal of linking the present data to their past memory will be achieved using as a tool the multiple layering of
text: describing Athen’s historical data, flows of people and sounds, litterature extracts
image: buildings and streets in Athens then and now
visual compositions in response to the urban imaginary
audio: material collected from the contemporary city.’

How they made the video and the meaning behind it is on this site :


and here’s the video :

I think it’s pretty interesting.. I mean the idea of recording the city noise and layering it with pictures and perhaps maps and creating this abstract thing..

I really love the final effect and as a group we are hoping to achieve something similar. We want our final piece to be very visual.

2. Cubism

In order to start of this session we had go through the key points that were happening in the art world and anything in the world in general that was affecting the art movements between 1848 – 1945.

In this session we were concentrating on Cubist movement in order to see how the art changed into the Cubism we had a look at Impressionist works such as Edouard Manet ‘Olympia’ 1863 – which was accepted into the Salon in 1865. The subject of ideal nudistic (Venus) was brought back by Parisian Prostitute inviting her next customer with her gaze.


After some time things like Photography was introduced meaning that artists weren’t as much needed. Usually they were booked to make portraits of people but now the cameras were able to do it faster and cheaper. Hence artists had to change their way of working, meaning Impressionism started and with that later Cubism.


Cézanne was a Post-Impressionist painter who had wanted to concentrate on how things really looked. The physical solidity of oranges and apple etc. in his Still Lifes. He was interested in different viewpoints and the;

1. Realisation: Bringing into being
2. Modulation: layering and adjusting paint.

After seeing the revolutionary work of Cézanne – Braque and Picasso saw an opportunity in his use of brushstrokes, colours and perspectives and began a new movement called Cubism.

One of the earliest works by the Cubists was Picasso’s ‘Les Demoiselles D’Avignon’ 1907



This painting was influenced by Cézanne’s Bathers and it speaks about:
• The way males look at women.
• More brute than Bathers.
• 5 prostitutes from the Parisian Brothel.
• Replaced heads with Nambarian Status and African Masks (sexual?)


The naturalism way of painting was then taken and made into images of cubes. Cubist painted object just as they saw them but from several viewpoints and flattening the shapes and colours that make the audience ask what we know to combine with what we see. These images became very abstract in Synthetic Cubism. There was a huge progression of reduction of shapes and audience had to start imagining more.

Picasso’s  ‘Still life with a bottle of rum’ 1911

still life with a bottle of rum






With a new module beginning we had a lot of tasks to do. In the week 1 our main aim was to get into a group of people that had similar outlooks on the theme ‘Hidden Cities’.

Perhaps our group doesn’t ‘connect’ in one specific place, but after talking with each other about our individual work and values we realised that we all took a look on the visual aspect of Cardiff City – with everything falling under the ideas of underground, eye level view points, architecture and mapping and looking through other people’s eyes on Cardiff City..pretty much looking at all the layers of the city.

After a bit of thinking we decided this is going to be a great opportunity to concentrate on the idea of ‘layering’ our individual values.

This starting week to this module we have just really concentrated on the research of artists that used layering, maquttes and collage. We thought of ideas to perhaps;

1. Mix up different buildings in Cardiff with different places by using photography collage or Photoshop.

2. To create layering images of maps and photographs of Cardiff.

3. Mix up the layers of the city – placing tunnels on ground levels, placing buildings upside down etc.

4. Mix up layers – they could be contextual as well as visual where contextual can concentrate on words about the history of Cardiff City.

We really want this final piece to be interesting for audience to look at..perhaps we could put humour into it at some stage?


mind map ideas