Free Writing

Since the beginning of the film industry people have been endlessly disappointed by the films that have been adapted from books. This is because books can only describe so much so the reader is forced to make up their own minds. A writer cannot be expected to describe each and every curve unless they are Davinci or a technical illustrator. Imagist psychologists and propositional psychologists agree that the mind generates its own imagery and will echo a person’s perceived world.

The book ‘The Lighthouse’ by Virginia Woolf, and many books by Frank Peretti, tries to guide the imagination and see what they see. Imaginations are perceptive and subjective so it is all a matter of opinion. But how much can an author actually guide a person without dictating what they should and shouldn’t see word for word, and without images?

The book ‘House of Leaves’ by Mark Z Danielewski is written in a way to describe the mood changes and scene changes in the book, but nothing much else. It is a guided reading text that is laid out in intricate ways and uses typographic designs to attempt to hijack the reader’s emotions and imagination.

The book is a horror book and tries to encapsulate this by not only giving the words a personified nature, but also attempting to confuse the reader. The reader has to not only read deeper and between the lines, but also has to attempt to make sense of it. The decryption is part of the entertainment in the book.

Science Behind The Art

Many people dislike the theoretical side of our course and question why we need it. When we look back to our days in primary and high school education, we see that in maths for example, we learned about trigonometry and algebra, and struggled to understand how we would use this in the real life. We argued that perhaps we should learn more practical skills like how to fill in a cheque and do our taxes.

When looking back, we see that the skills we did learn, are perhaps very crucial in real life whether we see it or not. Algebra is used more often than we believe and, especially in engineering, a knowledge of tolerances and trigonometry are crucial. With this is mind, how crucial is the science and history behind our subject?

The science behind colour, especially that of Josef Alber’s discoveries and teachings on colour theory, are very important to how we view our final outcomes. If certain colours don’t work together, we need to know why and avoid it. We see the trends and follow them, or don’t if we are attempting to be controversial or have meaning behind what we are doing.

Learning about how other cultures see our designs are also of high importance. Realising that in one culture something may be offensive, where as in the culture we are used to is deemed acceptable, could aide us from avoiding a very uncomfortable situation.

Other theorists and philosophers that seem out of date, aren’t. If we look into the philosophies of the likes of Plato and Dewey, we realise that we need to understand the development of our own practice, and see the trends in how it will develop in the future. Opinions and perceptions of theory will change as society develops, so we must consider how our work can progress in a society that has developing unwritten taxonomies to function.

The world is constantly developing, but just how we lear about history in high school, we need to understand where we have come from to understand where we are going.

More Than Mere Words

This video was released not to long ago. I think it came as perfect timing.

For my “Conversations” project I am delving down the route of the conversations through music. This music video released by Ed Sheeran for his song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is perhaps a prime example of how a conversation can be more than just sentences between groups of people.

I suggest watching the video both with and without the sound. I also suggest only listening to the song.

Paralinguistics pay a crucial part in any conversation in person. Visually, even with out the sound you can tell that there is a conversation going on between the dancers. Although this may seem like no communication is going on between an audience and the couple, there is. In one sense this is a narrative conversation. The couple are expressing their narrative to us, through more than just words, and we in turn are responding by acknowledging the fact that they are madly in love with each other, i.e. we enjoy the song or perhaps an emotion is triggered by watching such an expressive piece. With all of this being said, the conclusion could be that a conversation can be much more abstract than initially thought of.

Although marketing would suggest that these lyrics are nothing more than a ploy to manipulate all women to thinking this song is about them, we can consider this song as a conversation. Sometimes music can express things what we truly want to say, a lot easier and more intimately than any other form of communication. With the way language has changed, we must realise that the way we express ourselves in modern day society is boring in comparison to that of the past. Love letters from war times expressed such sorrow at the parting between loved ones in such elaborate words and ways, but now we limit our words and our emotions in the hope that our loved ones will understand what we truly feel. The concept of romance now seems outdated in various means of communications, be it a conversation in person or via electronic media. For this reason, perhaps it is music and other expressive arts that keep romance still alive, even if it is just a marketing thing.

For this reason, after mind mapping, I propose the following for my project. I would like to reignite the concept of romance in a conversation through the medium of music, since music is one of the most accessible expressive art. I will look to collaborate to write a piece of music using my own skills as a musician, and attempt to make art from the piece, be it through sound waves or an animation.

Censoring History

Relating what we are taught to The Monuments Men post I did last week, I came across some notes, I had missed from a lecture. The lecture talked about the DocumentA exhibition. Curating exhibitions like that, make history.

In one way, you could say that it in fact replaces the history we lost. World War Two and many other topics are not taught in certain countries, for political reasons. Curating exhibitions can help tell the untold stories. Works from prior centuries can make up for the stories lost over time. It could even be to make the ruins of the world seem nicer.

The ruins from Coventry, after the bombings in WW2, were dumped onto Kassel. Kassel was destroyed anyway from WW2, as it was a prime target due to them manufacturing bomb shells and tanks. In 1955, however, Kassel was chosen to host a garden show. The show was designed to bring back the concept of a not so kosher art form at the time, post modernism. The rubble from the destruction as made to look stunning, but merely making it the canvas for art. As artists, although we are meant to make something beautiful, we also need a purpose and moral to send out in the process. DocumentA X have continuously done this with finesse, around the world, and should be admired.


The Monuments Men

I have sadly had to take this week off due to a bereavement, but I have been keeping up to date with as much work as possible. Last night, with my father, we went to see the new film “The Monuments Men”. I must say that before watching this I did question if it was merely a more believable Indiana Jones with bigger guns. I wasn’t too wrong, it was probably the truth behind Indiana Jones.

Moving on, in a brief over view, the film follows a group of men, sent by the USA military to recover and protect art that the Nazi’s stole, during world war 2. Two men out of the original seven, lose their lives for this cause.

This made me rethink about what art and their artists are. At the end of the movie, George Clooney is asked if the art was worth losing lives for. Of course, he answers yes. His character continues: “They tell us, “who cares about art?”. But they’re wrong, it is the exact reason we are fighting, for culture, for a way of life.”.

Thinking about this, the monuments men are seemingly forgotten about in the history books, but we a subconsciously thankful to these men who recovered the lost artwork. Art makes up culture in many ways. Years from now, what we once worked on will one day be a collectors item, up in a museum, or worth a lot of money. People are fascinated by history. Art is one form of history that seems to be the most popular. Works dating from the 1800’s, now a days, is scarce and a high in demand commodity. We cannot go back in time and ask the likes of Michael Angelo and Picasso to merely paint one more master piece, so future generations can admire it.

A painting, a sculpture, an art piece, is a moment in time. At that specific moment that that piece was imagined and crafted something was it’s trigger. The likes of the blue period styled painting of Picasso and the invention of cubism, demonstrate that outside influences write the stories behind the work.

Many people may shrug off the fact that a painting of a flower or a statue of a random model, were destroyed by the Nazi’s, but we must consider what that piece meant at the time. Art is like the periscope into the day and age it was created. One day people will see that in our own works.

In my own course, we must learn to critique art. We have to look at historical pieces, even if they are only 5 years old. It helps us mould our own work. What if we never preserved what we worked on or even distributed it. How would anyone learn? A world without art, is a world without history. The protection of art is not only worth dying for, but it is just as worthy as dying for most other causes. We must protect our history, all of it, not just the things we think the texts books will appreciate. Without looking back, we cannot decide where we want to be or go. We need history, even if it’s for the sole purpose of learning from our mistakes.