The Best Things Happen Whilst You’re…

One of my favourite films of all time has to be White Christmas. Though, yes, it is well past Christmas, one song in particular comes to mind when I considered the blog post for a lecture we have recently had:

The best things, may happen whilst your dancing, in the case of musicals and the nineteen fifties, but what about in the real world?

Louise Bourgeois’ Insomnia Drawings collection highlights something that most creative and students will know a little about. Anyone who has pulled an all-nighter will tell you that the best ideas tend to come at the time you are the most sleep deprived. It seems that at the point where sleep is desired most but can’t happen, captivates a bridge between the subconscious and the conscious. Basically, creative juices flow better when we have insomnia.

The artworks produced by Bourgeois at this time, mostly followed the post modern, futuristic styled artworks that go under the type of ‘free drawing’. Whilst many people can relate, Bourgeois’ artwork seems to describe her state of insomnia, which she describes as like waves of water: the need to sleep will be coming close, but then the wave breaks and you remain awake.

As a person who struggles in sleeping, I can honestly say that I have to agree. Insomnia does feel like the waves on a sea. My best ideas for projects happen at silly o’clock and although this may not be the best of moments to have them, they do. The craziest and most out of the box ideas for me happen at these times. My idea of mind mapping confuses many people, and yet for me, it all makes sense, as there is a key to it: each direction text is written in is linked. This idea was taught to me in primary school, and yet I find it easier to recreate when I am tired.

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First Lectures

Art- it’s what our senses perceive. During today’s lecture, the realisation that there is so much more to my topic of degree (Graphic Design) than what I originally thought, was apparent. Today highlighted that I had just been a novice. Thinking back into the lecture, I realised that my mind could be opened up so much more.

Ways of thinking.

The first lecture of the day highlighted the importance of learning how to learn. I never realised that there was more than one way of thinking. Everyone has their own individual styles. Mind-mapping was highlighted to us. My idea of revision, perhaps isn’t the same as everyone else’s. I, for example, cannot work with mind-maps too well as I struggle to see the links between things. Not everyone is the same though. My idea of revision, and mind-mapping, is perhaps one of the oddest going, and therefore will be posting a final mind-map in the next coming days.

Everyone learns in different ways; we are all unique. 

Ways of seeing.

The second lecture posed problems, not only for my poor note-taker, but for many students. It was certainly at times like that, when I was thankful to be an academic wanting to go into such a prestigious industry, like the art and media industry.

Philosophical points were mostly made in this lecture. Hypotheses of various great minds, including that of Kant and Freud were mentioned. Kant posed interesting theories based on cosmological ideas. Rationalists and Empiricists debate these ideas.

In considering the thinking process behind Kant’s theories, named the main critique and the critique of judgement, I can honestly say I do not have much of an opinion, in which to side with what I believe. In one way, you could say I am taking an agnostic-like approach to the beliefs of this man.

To be objective is perhaps going to be the best stance. I should neither believe, nor be against such theories, only understand both arguments and the theorists themselves. To make an actual judgement, I would need to know a lot more, which I intend on doing- After all, you cannot go into a battle, without first knowing what you are up against.

In application of what was taught in the lecture of ‘ways of seeing’, many struggled to see the relevance. In any art subject, everything is relevant. Learning about economics and politics, is just as pertinent in art as learning about artists. The Kantian theory of the critical move and the phenomenal-perceptual experience, is very relevant. People, every day, come into contact with art, or graphic design; people experience art everyday. Perception of what the senses feel, is very real, and yet very different for everyone. In applying this theory, we need to open our eyes, and realise that what we do, impacts an audience, yet we may not be able to control what they perceive, we can only try. This can be proven just by watching and reading the various takes on the story of Alice in Wonderland.

Ways of perceiving. 

Our final lecture today was an introductory lesson based around how art has changed and the cultural theory. We noted the changes of how we express emotions through art.

We were shown a short clip of a film produced by a Moscow based group, AES+F. Art has moved on in ways that our ancestors never would have imagined. Animation and photography were all just dreams once. Looking into the progressions of the short extract, we realised that there were a lot of recycled graphics and ideas being regurgitated into this modern clip. For example, the baroque styled, original painting of the legend, that is Narcissus, had been recreated. The images did contradict each other, in colour and emotions that they were meant to manipulate an audience with, but were similar in other aspects. By small changes, a monumental idea can be changed in an instant.

Euphemisms seemed to be the basis of the film, where children were harming adults, potentially killing them. The act of killing them was shown, but not the death. Perhaps the innocence of children is meant to be kept? The contrasts between the young children and their old fashioned weapons seemed to confuse and make the audience think. Why? We will perhaps never have an answer.