Personal Development Plan

In Constellation, I have had the opportunity to widen my knowledge to areas of the fields that are based around fashion, philosophy, sustainability, neo-futurism and more. I’ve had the pleasure of learning and understanding these subjects with in my keynote lectures. Having a taste of these subjects has gave me an insight to how the art world works and has shown me a complete different perspective with what the power of art can do.

When it came to the time of deciding which subject to focus more closely on, I found it very difficult to choose. I wanted to do ‘New materialism’ because it seemed like a very broad subject and ‘Things can be otherwise’ which was based on philosophy. However, doing these subjects I thought that it would be too much pressure and I wouldn’t have the knowledge or capability to construct work. Which is why I chose smells like teen spirit and things can be otherwise. Unfortunately I didn’t get smells like teen spirit and instead got new materialism. Although I was nervous from this outcome, I felt in some ways it was fate that I went with my original options. I learned so much with in those sessions and about myself. However, throughout this process I learned that I was capable to do the work and found a passion within in an area of the arts that I never even knew about.

For my first term I did the New Materialism and what I gathered from the lectures was amazing. I went in with a complete open mind and learned how to see the world from a different perspective. One task that I loved learning was that I had to draw a circle with a pen and paper down on a surface. Once we had drawn it, we were told to draw it again, but this time we had to hang the paper in thin air. We found that we could draw a perfect circle on paper, but couldn’t draw it perfectly, when the paper was held in the air. We were asked why is that? Who or what fault was it, that we couldn’t draw a perfect circle when the paper was held in the air? Our response was that we didn’t have a hard surface, the pen wasn’t bold enough and that the person wasn’t holding the paper still. However, we were forgetting about what we couldn’t see. We were oblivious to the concept that the answer could have been because of gravity, air or even the forces of nature.

This helped me develop as a designer with in my discipline because it showed me that the answer is always right in front of your eyes, I just have to be open to my surroundings and ideas. Taking on new materialism surprised me as I found a whole new depth of knowledge, which I invested into my writings and I felt as if I was a different person. Out of everything that I have learnt, I couldn’t of done it without my lecturer. I felt as if the lecturer new how to capture the students attention and kept them intrigued. I felt like I was always being tested whether I knew it or not and sometimes I would get all the way through the lecture wondering with confusion and finally an answer would be revealed and I would be filled with amazement every time.

For my end of term essay I wrote about Body modification, which was about how people modificate their bodies to become the state of perfection. I enjoyed writing this because I felt that I could relate from historical events to modern events. One of the main points I had spoke about was the lotus feet which was when Chinese women would bind their feet causing deformation and severe pain, in order to pleasure the men as it was a symbol of beauty. I’m very happy with the outcome of it as it got me a good mark and I was very confident with what I had produced.

For my second term I went into Things can be otherwise, which was based around philosophy. With in these sessions I found that I was forever asking questions that I never really had an answer to, which was kind of interesting. I had learnt that with in philosophy its more about the journey of finding the answers rather than knowing them. Which I can relate to within my practice, having to know what all my outcomes are before making a final piece. From what I understood from the lectures, was very beneficial. I learned about how modern technology and humans have progressed and how the art culture has influenced the transitioning of humans. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend all the lectures as I went on a study trip, however what I learnt was that as a designer it’s good to have questions and not always having the answers but just embracing the journey of seeking for them.

The essay I have decided to do for the second end of term is based on what it means to be human. Which basically shows my theory of how humans are moving away from the definition of human and are now transitioning into the term cyborg. I have found this essay trickier than my other one because I felt I went with more of a harder and broader topic, which made me step out of my comfort zone. Although I’m glad I did because it has challenged me and also improves me as a designer. Testing my knowledge and capability of what I can produce.

Overall I have found Constellation very beneficial, I like how it has tested me and put me out of my comfort zone showing me that I can do it and that there is a world of imagination still waiting to be found. Even though I have enjoyed every moment of learning and exploring these disciplines, I believe it would be good if next time I try another discipline that I wouldn’t normally go for. That way it opens my horizon to new ideas and concepts, making me prepared for my future with in the design world.

 

 

Constellation- Deconstructing Form and Materials

Japanese Design Challenging Western Fashion Ideologies 

Notes:

-How materials we use can interact with forms.

-Always looking at form and function within materiality.

-Considering the tradition within your discipline and how they can be modified.

-How we can challenge the norm.

Yamamoto Designs

Notes:

  • He likes to design dresses that are against societies expectations.
  • We have been grown to know the western traditional dress sense and he likes to show the comparison to how he defys the rules and creates a certain uniqueness to it.
  • Clothes can’t be separate from their function, which is to cloth the body.
  • He deliberately went for a materialistic form to convey the dress to have sharp corners. Where as if it were made of silk, it would fall.

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  • “The most valuable lesson learnt from Yamamoto is that sartorial and cultural conventions are flexible not absolute.” (Kawamura, 2011, P67)
  • He likes to challenge the idea of how we perceive clothing. (Breaking rules)
  • He explans that, is there not a place for clothing to become Art? Challenging the function of how we wear things.

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  •  Here he presents his work to have a Genderless- destabilizeation to fashion. We wouldn’t have to segregate people of their identities through this style of fashion.
  • Why can’t we extend and reform.
  • Materials disguise the so called ‘imperfections.’
  • If clothing is left for a certain amount of time they will begin to mold and decay. The V&A realized his designs were doing just that, but he didn’t want anything to change. He wanted to show the world that designs do grow old and that there is room for the new.
  • He likes to tamper with the way he designs his dress. What parts he wants to reveal and the parts he wants too conceal.
  • The ideal of western fashion is going out the window, the notion of deconstructing the fashion and breaking the rules, has allowed them to speak the truth of materialism.
  • If the outfit or the ideals project frails, let it frails because the imperfections can be just as beautiful.

 

Gender & Beauty

  • Symmetry is the norm of beauty.
  • 1950s women were skinny, but you could buy a bra that would lift your boobs and a corset that would make your waist small. Even from this era we were false advertising our identities.

 

My Thoughts 

I can relate this back to my discipline, because I don’t always have to disguise the imperfections of a poster or video. Sometimes making the pieces that are bold and distinctively wrong could be the course to perfection. What is perfection? Who says what works and what doesn’t, it the people that step out of the norm and adventure into the unknown that succeed. It just shows me to respect the imperfections and learn to embrace them.

Constellation-Arguing with Cyborgs

Defend or Challenge the Conclusions:

  • I am Cyborg
  • Indexical drawing is a significant form of drawing.

 

Notes:

  • You have to find the strength of the connection between opinions.
  • Arguements always take you upon opinions.
  • A fallacy- a bad or weak arguement, a common error in reasoning.
  • An Arguement- One or more statements in support of a conclusion.

 

In this lecture we were learning about the definition of cyborg and how we can express our opinions in a well constructed paragraph. Pin pointing the introduction, valid points and conclusion.

Example: 

“Women have rights said the bullfighter asscotiation presidents.” but women shouldn’t fight bulls because a bullfighter is and should be a man.”

The arguement is that women shouldn’t be bullfighters. However, the arguement is quite contradicting because the association mention women having rights, yet say they shouldn’t be bullfighters.

Task:

My task in this lecture was to collaborate in a group, to construct a paragraph to do with the conclusion ‘I am Cyborg.’ The paragraph below is what we created together as a team.

As defined in the oxford dictionary a cyborg is fictional or hypothetical person whose abilities are far beyond our human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body. Haraway states “a cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” An example of this could be the use of mechanical elements to helps us survive like a pacemaker or it could also mean human beings using technology in everyday life both of these create the hybrid Haraway has spoken about. The definition of technology has no limitations and until a better understanding of it is made with more research means we will not have a true definition of cyborg. Once more research has happened and gives us a better understanding, a much clearer conclusion will be in place.

 

Our Thoughts:

We had a lot of opinions with this case study. We were very much in the middle, we wasn’t sure whether to defend and support it or whether to deny it and challenge it. If we challenged technology we would be defying the technology that we use to survive like glasses, medicine, watches and more. However, if we defend it we would slowly start to lose our true humanity, from our identity, mind and soul.

Feedback :

Our feedback was very positive, but the main improvement that we were told was to get the conclusion in the introduction. Explain the main point and then start your case study from there. Below is an improvement of our paragraph.

The definition of ‘Cyborg’ is still undecided, and needs to be more clearly defined. As defined in the oxford dictionary a cyborg is fictional or hypothetical person whose abilities are far beyond our human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body. Haraway, states “a cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.” An example of this could be the use of mechanical elements to helps us survive like a pacemaker or it could also mean human beings using technology in everyday life both of these create the hybrid Haraway has spoken about. The definition of technology has no limitations and until a better understanding of it is made with more research means we will not have a true definition of cyborg. Once more research has happened and gives us a better understanding; a much clearer conclusion will be in place.

Constellation- The Theory of knowledge

Knowledge– As the representation or a grasp of how things are.

Notes: PLATO THEORY –

  • Everything we encounter, there is an original template living in a all kinds of different elements.
  • Essence and form, might not be here in our realm but could be in another (our thoughts) we’ve lost the ability to travel, between them realms.
  • We are shadows, living in a shadow world.
  • Techne– living or inspiring the state of perfection.
  • Moving from ignorance-opinion- knowledge.

 

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Here is a diagram to help explain his theory. When drawing we first find something that we can observe on, to then create a masterpiece on. Plato theory is that we don’t see the world for how it really is, whether it’s because of the course to our body functions or whether there is something that we don’t have the knowledge about yet. To explain this in its simplest form, above in the diagram it shows that we as humans see the object and draw it. However, we aren’t making that full cycle, we aren’t understanding the art of how we see, what makes that tree special not for how it is but the effect it has on us. Like the temperature and lighting within the atmosphere or the smell and touch we feel. Instead of finding the visual object, we should first start with the sun, understand it’s power of giving us sight and then from our sight we move to the visual focus point. It’s all about understanding different cycles and not always limiting us to just one.

  • Art represents the world but its just a copy/ reflection. Problem with this is we turn away from the true forms.
  • Art deceives us.

These are paintings down by Trompe L’oeil a very talented artist that can manipulate the human eye and create a whole new illusion from reality. Therefore the art of representation is a long way removed form the truth. The way this can deceive the human eye from reality what makes us think that the world we live in is deceiving us from the actual reality of the world. Maybe the world we live in is built up of lies and we don’t know how to find the truth anymore.

Notes: NIETZSCHE THEORY-

  • It’s about change and transformation. Reality is in a constant state of flux.
  • We hunt for the perfect leaf, however all we find is a story. Has no bearing with in reality.
  • We think we sense the world. Sound or sight, its our own translation to how we see the world.
  • Nietzsche believe we only evolve through change.

Note Advice:

  • Premise foundation- idea or belief.
  • Book or computer try to convince you but its whether your premise will support you.
  • Metaphor- love is a river, comparing an emotion to a realm.
  • Reality is stable- by this I mean we, as humans know our being, but what if we were transforming every single day and so was the world. We wouldn’t be able to identify what reality is and then how can we tell what the real truth is then.

Task- I was set a task to go in a group of two other students and find the answer to this question. ‘How do Plato’s and Nietzsche’s theories of knowledge differ?’

Plato and Nietzsche both have different terminologies of what the definition of truth is, in relation to our sensory experiences within the world. The causes to these differences, towards their views on art, differ dramatically. Plato believes there is a perfect version of every form and that what we perceive is the equivalent of only viewing shadows of reality. Therefore he explains that art is not worthwhile.

Nietzsche believes the world is a constant state of flux and that there is no truth. His theory is that the state of everything is still changing. He appreciates art, as it is simply another transformation of something that has a fixed reality.

Keynotes- ‘No Sex Please, I’m Sherlock’

The aim of today was to understand how to apply and write an academic theory to your own idea. I first had to understand where an idea comes from.

The topic today was on Sex and Masculinity, and how it can have an effect on society of today. We based our theory case around Sherlock Holmes, as he is portrayed as a person exhibiting unusual powers of deduction in solving any problem. He’s to be identified as a asceticism, someone who gives something up, normally religious people are known for this. However, in this case it seems Sherlock Holmes doesn’t have a sex desire towards anyone, which is why he gives it up and puts it into his work.

Sex and Masculinity on TV, has become more well known since the 50’s. Sex is about power and identity, within a sex scene you see the muscle and the power that the men possess of the women. However, with Sherlock there are no sex scenes, so the question is does this make him less masculine?

The way he even stylizes himself in such dull colours and a normal suite jacket, implies that he’s not someone to be the center of attention, that’s not what interests him. For Sherlock Holmes his masculine identity comes with in his own desires for solving problems and using his knowledge to his full potential.

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Just from watching a movie you can gather lots of ideas, on how to make a study case on any sort of topic. Once you have your own idea, you can then start to research and analyse all avenues to support your theory. This is helpful because I was shown ways of layering out and structuring my work to help me in its simplest form. This is good preparation for my future assignments and dissertation.

ACADEMIC THEORY & WRITINGS FOR IDEAS (ADVICE)

  • Unlikely to find books and paper that directly match your idea so try link it to another avenue and don’t give up.
  • Your Job- Make the links between reading and your idea.
  • Push idea’s further and don’t replicate anything. Come up with something unique.

Keynote- Purple Haze

Channeling Art Nouveau within 60s psychedelia.

 

 

Here I was learning about how styles from the past can still have an effect on the present and future. Most designers will take artistic concepts from the past and experiment with them, within their own style, then they’ll portray it as their own design, into todays society. From my research the past has always had a way of re-occurring, whether its to do with art, fashion, war or even politics. There are fragments and traces with in all areas from the past that have been used for the present and will soon be used for the future.

With in fashion the key concept of the mid 6os was beyond the revolution. The revolution was all in the head, for example the occurrence of Art Nouveau, the style manifested into our heads and was then represented within clothing, buildings and cars. This style was changing the European civilization by creating buildings such as Casa Batlló, Barcelona, Spain.

 

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This is a personal photo that I took whilst I spent time out in Barcelona. Here you can see how the building had been styled from the perspective of Art Nouveau, from the swirls to the curves. If you look closely at some of these buildings in Barcelona, you will notice that the majority of them all have women’s face imbedded in the structure of the buildings and naked statues across the streets. Art Nouveau was expressive about sex and sexuality. “Sex was a key subject of psychological and spiritual investigation. It was a potent universal force capable of subverting and transforming life.” wood and Greenhalgh, 2000:84. When it came to women around the time of Art Nouveau they were treated very diversely. They were seen as goddesses of the Earth and that’s how they were portrayed. Which is why every single Art Nouveau poster, building, clothing, has designs of them with long majestic hair and beautiful flowers cast all around them.

 

 

We as humans are very visual people, we liked to go beyond the obvious and create new perspectives. Throughout time, psychedelic patterns are forming in our brains and we liked to be adventurous with our skills and capabilities. Back in the 60s, they liked to go beyond the norm of tradition, like for example the suit jacket below is a very formal attire that we still like to step out of the boundaries and re-invent.

 

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Learning this is beneficial for my course Graphic Communication, it shows me that it’s not always about trying to move forward in order to come up with something new. Sometimes it’s about going backwards understanding the history of art and then re- inventing it to become something modern and new.

 

 

 

Constellation- What is Reality?

What is reality? This has been a question that philosophers have been trying to decipher for many years. We first must try to understand, what the definition of it is. How do you define real?

People say it’s how you talk about your feelings, what you can smell, what you can taste and see. Surely then it is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. Then I ask myself can I trust my senses? We can’t assume that ourselves senses speak the truth when responding back to the world. Maybe we are ignorant of the way the world’s perception actually is and only acknowledge what we want to see. We contradict the human scale, we see with ignorance, but we don’t make ourselves broader to the idea of a certain perspective. I guess as humans, we are constantly challenging the perception of reality.

Albert Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” What if we don’t all see the same illusion. In my lecture today I was opened up to the idea that each and every individual sees the world from a different view. We worked with a theory that was used by a philosopher named Bertrand Russell, in his book ‘The Problems of Philosophy.’ He described there being a table in the middle of the room and around it is a room of people. He asks the people about what they see. Everyone went to the most simplistic answer, which was a brown table. However, they all lied because each and every one of them, would of got a different perspective of the table. From the angle and the changing of colour tones, caused by the sunlight. It would of been a different experience for all of them, so do we limit ourselves to our brain’s capabilities to what lies before us.  Do we really take into account what the world shows us or do we make it up as a figure of our own imagination.

I found this lecture really interesting to learn about because it opens my eyes to a broader way of how to see the world. It makes me want to yearn for more knowledge about who we are and what we can be made of. This is a good skill to learn for my practice Graphic Communication because it shows me that there is always questions and answers that are ready to be investigated.