A REVIEW OF UNIT ONE
An ability to analyse personal skills, experience and interests, conduct relevant research, formulate related objectives and construct a plan for a programme of study.
The analysis takes place in the blog; pick an entry, any entry. There is possibly too much analysis: “I can’t even write a shit novel. I haven’t tried either.” (EIGHTEENTH POST). The blog is used to constantly pick over the carcass of my personal skills and lack of experience. Each exhibition is an opportunity to broaden experience and all of this is discussed in the blog. The blog is the answer to everything. In my case, I think that this is very true.
Everything is relevant to my practice and therefore the project proposal, so any research is relevant and how I conduct it is in secret and late at night. I will be adding a concise list of research at the end of this entry. Or on a separate piece of paper, I haven’t formulated the objective yet. When I do, it will be analysed in the blog. An example of some research, leading to a site visit, discussed in the blog: “On a lighter note, I found a really good space. The Red Gallery in Hull is a wonderfully evocative space, tucked away from the main thrust of the city. It is three small rooms, connected by a sort of corridor that isn’t really a corridor; each room almost a square with quite a low ceiling. There is only one way in and out which is a good metaphor for life, possibly, if I understood what a metaphor was or how that statement I just made had any basis in fact. I have missed the submission date for proposals for this year but I will be applying for June 2008.” (TWENTY NINTH POST)
An objective mentioned in that post is to secure an exhibition at the Red Gallery. The blog is a constructed plan for a programme of study. By study I mean the continued exploration of the role of the artist/definition of what an artist is/should be in the context of my project, PEEP! At this point I should possibly scan one of the many scraps of paper that make up my physical plan for a programme of study. If it is really necessary, I will. I have a lot of them. Some people would make them into work. For some people, that would be the work. I am less ambitious than that, preferring to undercomplicate things.
Knowledge of staff and peer work and current areas of professional exploration and research within Digital Arts and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the ability to contribute to group debate.
Yes. I think my text ought to be in bold, really. I read the other blogs and have a sense of what everyone is doing. When there is group debate I contribute, otherwise I make quips. Quips are relevant to my practice and therefore my project proposal. Firstly, a contribution to group debate: “Bob Milner: I read that Digital Arts doesn’t cover video/film art so I suppose they would fall under New Media.” (04/10/2007). This also supports the learning outcome of relevant research. Secondly, a quip: “Bob Milner: mental decline is the only process in need of definition.” (26/11/2007). Current areas of professional exploration and research within DA are covered by the research list.
A knowledge of key themes in contemporary and historical practice of digital arts.
I think that this is demonstrated by my research, the blog and my continued insightful contributions to group debate. “There is no ‘ism’ in Digital Arts. There is onanism.” (SEVENTEENTH POST).
An ability to apply specific working methods and processes in the development of your work, according to your individual study proposal. An ability to work independently with appropriate resources and a knowledge of essential health and safety issues. Knowledge of basic hardware, technologies, media and components and their uses and an awareness of electronic resources.
PEEP! has necessitated the development of existing working methods, for example the curation of a wide range of artistic style into one publication, as opposed to previous work on ‘Milk, Two Sugars’ where the symbiotic relationship of the two artists involved creates a visual harmony that defies meticulous or intellectual explanation. It is magic. PEEP! is work. I am able to work independently. I demonstrate this even in the visual partnership of MTS as we rarely work together physically. With PEEP! I have sole responsibility for the gallery and the publication. I carry on the work needed for both as well as being involved in MTS and other art projects.
Health and Safety is fully considered at the PEEP! gallery as the space is part of a larger building which has to adhere to H&S as the public are present. Specifically for the gallery, I ensure that each artist is fully aware of any H&S issues in dealing with the building and the gallery structure in particular. During other exhibitions and events, we always consider the spectator and this will be evident in future blog entries as we are part of a group organising an exhibition at a mill.
I have a basic knowledge of hardware, technologies, media and components and their uses and an awareness of electronic resources. I have rummaged around the bowels of the blackboard site and contributed to the wikispace for Camberwell. I don’t know what other proof you want. I wish I did. I have used the internet to make this post. I have made a very simple website for our last presentation (www.piczo.com/milktwosugars) and for the joint presentation I made a short film. It no longer appears to be on YouTube, I assume it was so popular that they removed it for H&S concerns. People were laughing so hard, they were having an aneurism. What an art movement that would be, so much passion that the body responds by almost killing the artist.
WHAT I HAVE DONE SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF UNIT ONE
‘Curious Animals’, Dewsbury. Exhibition moved from Huddersfield Art Gallery to the Black Bull, a town centre ‘art pub’, featuring the c’ART gallery and new work from MTS.
“Festival of Bathing Beauties”, Mablethorpe. Two day beach hut show/event. Display of framed drawings/prints. ‘Random Record’ public event. New issue of MTS.
Second Manchester Book Fair, Holden Gallery, Manchester. One day book fair. Display of new publications/reprints and associated multiples.
HOST 07, Bates Mill, Huddersfield. Three day residency/exhibition. Wall drawing with film projection. New issue of MTS: HOST special.
PEEP! gallery opened. First show was “Shockingly Taut”: new work by MTS. Drawings/prints. PEEP! gallery built/conceived as part of the project proposal.
Short film ‘Zero’ and MADA version of MTS made for the joint presentation.
Contributing artist to the Xmas edition of ‘irk’, Hull based publication.
Call for contributions to PEEP! Preparation work for the new publication, an international zine/community. Project ongoing, due for release April 2008.
Exhibition of MTS paintings, Whitworth Park, Manchester. Paintings exhibited at art/house venue/party on New Years Eve.
New PEEP! show: Kathryn Cooper ‘The Ecology of Making a Cup of Tea’.
New issue of MTS: 3D
http://www.piczo.com/milktwosugars updated for presentation of project proposal.
Wall drawing/demonstration, with digital projection at Batley School of Art and Design.
New PEEP! show: Katie Chaplin ‘Japanese Silk Painting’
Another Roadside Attraction: film night at The Griffin, London. MTS film ‘Cinefun’ was shown, new issues of MTS distributed.
New PEEP! show: Sophie Wilson ‘Pieces of Sylvia’
700IS: Icelandic Film Festival, MTS film ‘Cinefun’.
Contributing artist/PEEP! feature in the latest edition of Creaturemag, an online magazine/website.
And scattered bits of writing, some drawing that piles up. Plans, many, many plans. I have probably missed something but if you read the blog it is all there. I am very tired now; all my strength has been sapped. I still have to tidy up the project proposal, prioritise future projects, get PEEP! out there, do some work for the next issue of MTS. It never ends. Uploading this will be a menace, I do it all in word first and then have to copy and paste, which is all right but it does tend to squash all the sentences into one. I don’t know why, I don’t really care. It does and I correct it. Painstaking attention to detail. It has to be right. I won’t settle for less. I am a semi-professional. This is a serious submission. I am serious about my art, or MyArt if you prefer. I am expecting a delivery of four thousand paper cups which will take up all the remaining space in my studio-cum-home, much to the annoyance of everyone else. I then plan to pollute the family home with the smell of marker pens for at least three weeks. I do this because I have no studio space. There are piles of shit everywhere. All surrounded by a generous stretch of hazard tape; I am ever aware of H&S regulations.