I was really excited to start this module at the start of the term. I was looking forward to working outside my discipline area and working with other people. I have never done any installation work nor any performance writing. I found the workshops very broad and each week we were introduced to different ideas and ways of working which have broaden the ways in which we could base our final piece on. I have enjoyed all of the sessions/workshops and Camilla Nelson was definitely very helpful and informative in order to help us be creative and think deeper into what is language environment and how we could create our own.
After finding out what I would want to base my final piece on it became rather easier than harder. I was very excited to start book art and think about what I want to convey and where I want to install my piece. I have never worked with book art and that was definitely outside of my comfort zone but having helpful tutorials and people around the school who know how to do book binding was extremely useful for me. I really enjoyed spending my time in Typography room letter pressing my books, doing interesting research, book binding and planning where to install my book.
I feel that Language Environment was a great module with a lot of possibilities. A the end of week 2 and our workshop sessions I had a lot of to choose from which is very important foe us students as we don’t want to be stuck doing something we don’t enjoy or we don’t have a choice in choosing.
Overall the sessions were very well delivered and I feel I have really engaged in them all and importantly in a new field of study which was Book Art.
After not even whole 10 hours of my book being displayed I was introduced to extreme interaction(mark making? graffiti?) from a viewer. Not entirely sure what the ‘G’ stands for? Perhaps that person didn’t have enough time to finish it (which is quite frustrating). But I’m gonna go with what my friend said ‘G for Good’ 😉 .
Looking at how I wanted to create my language environment, I concentrated on the emotion my book wanted to convey and the location I wanted to pick. I wanted everything to come together in one and connect, did not want anything being anywhere randomly. My purpose of the book was for the audience/readers to feel it, take it in their hands and read it. Read it like a normal book. But I wanted to add things to the environment for the viewer to enhancer their experience. I was thinking about ‘frustrating’ places in the School of Art and Design. I realised that elevators in B block are quite frustrating, not only you wait for them, they are small and always crammed. I felt like if I placed my book inside the elevator suspended on a string, at an awkward angle it would definitely work for the readers and enhance their experience (frustration). I went onto looking at the elevator as a piece. The door became the covers/entrance for my book, you entered my environment as soon as you stepped into the elevator, and then you had the chance to read my book. It became a physical entrance to my book/environment. I thought the time it takes to get from 0 floor to 3 floor wouldn’t be even enough to read the whole book. It was perfect, I wanted people to be annoyed that they couldn’t read it all, that the book was suspended on its spine meaning you had to take extra movement in order to read the book, and then you realise that the book doesn’t even allow you to fulfil it’s wishes. Is the books purpose gone then? Is it gone when you can;t do what’s asking you? I don’t think it does, it still makes you reflect on the book and what’s inside it and why have I done it that way. Why would I want to frustrate people even more?
Location + Creating an environment within the book = a much greater emotional engagement with the piece.
The book I created is purely based on the idea of riddles. Giving the viewer a command but giving them an answer or impossibility to complete it creates a confusion. Confusion that wonders ‘I can’t do it, was I supposed to be able to ?’ and then the confusion turns into frustration because the viewer cannot complete the book. The environment has a massive impact on his thinking process and how the book is installed. I thought of a title for a while, and it was quite like a riddle to me, but I realised I asked in the book for people to ‘Find’ something a lot therefore I decided they could try and find the Title themselves. Or perhaps leave that as a title. For more frustration I also left empty pages, takes more time to get to another page and therefore more frustration is created.
Audience physically engaging with my piece = touching and reading = thinking!
Creating an emotion through the book giving actions that are impossible to be completed = frustration.
Physical engagement + thinking process +physical surroundings = emotion.
One of my early ideas was to create a loop. I always thought that if i created something that would tell you to go and find it somewhere else would be quite frustrating/curious and interactive. But, what if there was NOTHING there apart from another action for you to look even further for that one thing? I based these two little books on the idea of ‘SEE PAGE X, BOOK Y’ and creating a loop within it. Obviously I think I would need to develop this idea further, I can imagine the readers just going through the whole book trying to find that one thing he is supposed to ‘see’.