Overall reflecting back at these two fields I am very pleased to say that I have experienced two totally different modules which have pushed me out of my comfort zone as well as informed me about my own artistic values and thus encouraged more ideas.
In Language Environments I was introduced to the idea of creating an environment through any means and mediums. I have never truly examined how an environment can be created through for example – opposite words – obviously presented in an informative way. But in my case I was introduced to book art and installation work which both were foreign to me. This module has really made me realise how affective it is to create an environment if you use the right tools and convey feelings within your work or how you install it. This module has encouraged me to create a book (I wanted to create something physical that an audience can touch) that was nothing else but frustrating. Having the audience physically and mentally feel and see its limits was the main aspect of the installation. I was really glad how well the installation went and how I have achieved to learn new skills including typography, paper making and the use of senses. I am 100% sure that if I hadn’t chosen this module I would have definitely not done an installation this year which would definitely be a shame.
In the second module – Art and conscious mind – I have definitely gained new ideas about consciousness and looking deep into what we are. How the theories and ideas discussed in the sessions have left me thinking about them after the sessions and even having discussions with people outside of the module. Theoretically I have been inspired to do more writing on the subject of senses and visual indeterminacy. How spaces and light can stimulate our senses. These ideas were definitely encouraged after seeing the work of Craig Thomas and how although this module has not particularly inspired my subject work it has though been the key to my dissertation research. Saying that this module has not inspired my practical work in subject does not mean it will never. I am planning to keep my dissertation connected with my practical work in subject next year.
I must say that even though the sessions were long I feel that I would never had an opportunity to discuss these important and still baffling ideas.
In the future I definitely plan to work in installation and with the ideas gained from art and conscious mind.
Now that I can relate both fields together I see that they both have a potential to become a piece together in the near future. As I plan to make spaces that affect our perceptions it means I am creating some kind of language environment.
To conclude, I am glad to have done these two amazing modules and I can definitely see them influencing my work in third year.
When choosing this module for my second field in my mind I had hopes to be a part of something that would influence my academic writing as well as my subject practice.
Looking back at this module I can see that there was plenty for me to get inspired from towards not only my dissertation proposal but also my subject.
The theories and ideas discussed in the 3 hour lectures were very intense but very insightful. In the sessions we have discussed plenty of topics, ideas and supporting theories that I don’t think I would have ever had a chance to discuss if I didn’t pick this module. I really don’t think I have ever been a part of a project that insightful in such short period of time. We analysed consciousness and its situation in our body, visual indeterminacy, self-reflection, spiritual art, hallucination visons, the unity and rationality of the consciousness mind and plenty more. These were followed up with questions to make us think of what is what we are analysing and seeing how different theories compete each other in very high level of understanding. These questions were most likely the only thing in those lectures that were interactive with us students. Which is a shame. But I guess this lack of interaction was lifted in the workshops that were set up each week for us. From meditation to unseen art and to my favourite workshop with Craig Thomas and his installation called ‘Labyrinth’. I was truly inspired by his ideas and his works. I really got into the idea of installations and their manipulation of consciousness. How we see the formless and our consciousness makes it up into forms. That is why light and space art is so great because it plays these roles in their works. This links up to the lectures by Robert Pepperell where we were discussing ‘visual indeterminacy’. These ideas made me realise that I want to have an intention to make people feel the intention. I am interested in body and mind and how you can’t separate both away from each other. These insightful lectures and workshops made me look really into the retrospective art and artists such as James Turrell and Robert Irwin. I have ideas gained from this module that I want to explore in my future work and link my practical with my academic writing which I am doing right now.
Overall I do realise I have chosen a module that was lacking practical and personal work. I really do wish we had more time to really discuss ideas and perhaps do work that could practically influence my subject. I feel that this experience will definitely influence my future work in Cardiff but at this moment my academic writing has influenced the most from this, hopefully soon I can put these ideas into my own practical work.
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. Each week we attended different workshops consisting of experimenting with different languages; sound, book art, body performance, nature, etc. After finding out what I would want to base my final piece on it became rather easier than harder. I was sure I wanted to do something that I have not done before and being introduced to book art and its artists I was very excited to start it 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.
The piece that I have created was aimed to be frustrating inside(content of the book) as well as the outside(environment/elevator). 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. Therefore my book was installed in the elevator in the B Block and the content of the book involved the viewer to be ask things to do that were impossible thus making them frustrated thus creating a language environment, eg. ‘Meow like a dog’ or something physical as ‘Tear this’ and attached was a piece of metal.
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 for 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. Also these sessions pushed me into the typography room and paper making. It meant I was doing something completely new and therefore I am grateful to have done this module
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.
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’.