Perform Project day 1
Performance project day 1 reflection
Waste off Evaluation
I have found this project a real challenge so far, with a lot to think about. At first I was really focused on the transformation concept of my costume, thinking about my initial idea and how it could be transformed and communicated as a performance; with the added idea of sustainability I had to think outside the box when sourcing materials. I have been quite lucky with a few materials such as the pillow stuffing which was a stroke of luck, had i not been donated the pillow and duvet stuffing by my uncle i'm not sure how my costume would have turned out, I think the pillow stuffing was the perfect material for the tights and it would not have been the same with an alternative such as paper or rice. I had to think about value for money when sourcing materials; as I live outside of London I had to think about whether the cost of travelling in and back out of London for material would be worth the extra cost. I stayed local when searching through charity shops as i was looking for quite accessible materials, the plain bed sheet was really easy to find in my local British heat foundation store; however if i was looking for something like curtains I think train fare to London would have been worth the extra cost of travel. The bones were also quite easy to find, In my local area there are 3 butchers all within walking distance of each other, I was very lucky to find what i was looking for in the first I visited and I found a bargain when i got a pile of bones for £1. I tried to be as sustainable as i could be, I even made use of the old pillowcases once their stuffing was removed, I used them to make the sleeves of my Gin lane shift dress. I did fail in being sustainable slightly when I purchased a pack of 5 pairs of natural tights to complete my Beer lane coat, although this was the only material that I used which wasn't sustainable. I found the Central Saint Martins costume store a really good resource for finding scrap material, their colour coded boxes make it easy to find what you need and their scrap bin is useful for finding any trimmings that one might want to add to a costume; I will definitely use this resource again. I also visited some good second hand and vintage clothing stores in Brick Lane, although i didn't find any materials I could use for this current project, I think i would visit these stores again to see what I can find; I thought Absolute Vintage was particularly good for costume materials and accessories as it was cheap and full of variety, whereas I would use Blitz as a place to shop for everyday clothing. Overall, I think i have been as sustainable as I could have been in making the costume I designed, although if i were to do another sustainable project I would be more lenient on the fabric and shapes in my designs so that i could be less strict when looking for materials and colours.
My Beer Street costume
Beer Street to Gin Lane Day 9
Today I came in to class early as I was determined to finish my Beer Street costume today after completing my Gin lane costume in my free time yesterday. I was worried today that I wouldn't have enough stuffed tights to complete the jacket to floor length as i had hoped but I managed to make it work so that the back touches the floor horizontally how i wanted it to, and the front became more like a vertical fur dressing gown. I am really happy with how my costume has turned out and that the hard work is paying off; I feel like i've really pushed myself with these costumes and Im ready to really focus on our group performance now and how all of our characters will communicate to the audience. At the moment my biggest worry is our group performance as i don't think our group has gone through our performance in as much detail as we could have, this does worry me but i'm sure that our rehearsals on Monday will make everything clear, and show us how much we really need to think about to make our performance successful. We had a session with Kate today on breaking down fabrics and costumes, im excited to try the techniques out on my costumes and scrap fabrics I have gathered.
Sarah Lucas inspiration
Beer Street to gin lane Day 8
Today we were allowed the day to work on our costumes whilst also taking part in tutorials with Fred Meller and listening to a talk on Make-up from a professional, thus gave me about 3/4 hours in class to work on my costume. I'm quite pleased with the progress although i did not finish it as i hoped despite working during lunch and for some time after class ended. I decided today that i will go to class early on Thursday in order to complete the costume to the standard i want it to be. The images above and below were taken just after lunch ended so i managed to progress a lot more after lunch. I really enjoyed taking to Fred Meller as she helped ask me the questions that i need to ask myself about my own contribution to the performance and the performance as a group effort. she made me think about how the transformation of my costume will be performed so that it doesn't just look like im taking off a jacket to reveal another dress. I want to think about how other characters within our performance cold aid my transformation and how i could aid theirs to create the effect of greed and taking wealth and more than one needs from others. Today was really productive, I am quite tired but I know that the time I put in will reflect in my outcome at the end of the project. I really enjoy watching our projects progress as a class and i am excited to see all of our performance outcomes.
Beer street to Gin Lane day 7
Today was a day for costume construction where Kate helped us with construction problems and ideas. I found today really productive and useful I got a good start on my Beer street costume and I got some really positive comments from my class mates too. We also learned how to take peoples measurements in a comfortable way this afternoon which is great to know, learning the technical terms of locations to measure to and from and how to make the person you are dressing feel as comfortable as possible. I am happy with my progress although i still have a lot to do which is worrying me slightly, I am almost half way through my gin lane costume at home which is good but i am determined to finish my beer street costume tomorrow . I have briefly researched Sara Lucas today who uses tights often in her work, i want to research her work in more depth as i think she could give me some good construction ideas. I am making an Action plan for the rest of this week to organise my time properly as i really want to make the most of this project and make it a successful one.
Storyboard - Beer Street to Gin Lane A3 word document
Storyboard - Beer Street to Gin Lane JPEG
Group design digital collage
Final transformation design print
My design for the costume after transformation so far
My design for the first part of the costume so far
Beer Street to Gin Lane Day 6
Today in our groups in class we were presenting our final designs in our groups, unfortunately for reasons that cannot be helped only two of us were in to present our work, we explained our group performance as best we could and I think we got some good feedback on what we need to talk about and work on with our group. We know that we need to think about how the audience will read the performance and how we will incorporate a puppet with three character interpretations, will one of us be holding it or will it be controlled by its constructor? I learnt from our presentation that we all know our own parts very well but there needs to be a better understanding of each others pieces in order to really work collaboratively well together. In the afternoon the group A's and group B's were able to switch from our allocated work rooms to look at each others work and leave comments and constructive ideas about the final designs presented. This evening as a group in our group conversation chat, we discussed the storyboard we have to make as homework and how we will construct it as we are not able to all met up on the same days over this weekend we will do an exchange process over the chat message and bring our plans together completely to be finished by Monday.
Lucy and Bart Germination day 1
Lucy and Bart Evolution
Beer Street to Gin Lane Day 5
We started today with an advanced Photoshop session, I found this quite challenging, I have used photoshop before but I haven't used it for a while so I had forgotten a few things. The session started off okay however as it went on it got more difficult, I think I will have to take some time to go on photoshop in my own time and figure things out for myself. In the afternoon we were able to get into our groups and discuss our performance ideas further to finalise designs and drawings, we were one member down again which was difficult to pull our ideas together into one performance and figure out how our characters will interact. I found today useful to really think about the interaction between our pieces and how they will put across our message of what is there and what is not and the class gap. I've been really thinking about what materials i might use for my first costume for the wealthy woman and was inspired by pieces by lucy and bart such as evolution which uses tights and balloons to distort the body. Tomorrow I am collecting bones for my bone corset and luckily my uncle has been clearing out his loft and found a number of old pillows he was going to throw away, I have claimed the pillows for their stuffing and I have found a few pairs of laddered tights that i can experiment with, i am hoping to start material experiments tomorrow.
Trip to the National Theatre costume store in Oval
Beer street to Gin lane day 4
Trip to the National Theatre costume store at Oval
Today, for students wanting to study theatre design at BA, we had the opportunity to have a tour around the national theatre costume store and a chance to look around at the costumes. This was really helpful to me as i am considering Costume design as a future option, this helped me to see how much detail goes to costume construction and how not all costumes are historically accurate, many are the interpretation of the practitioner. I enjoyed looking at the 18th century clothing as that is the period e are currently studying in class, Many of them fitted the convention of front panels, corsets and sack backs of the time; I was surprised by the amount of boning and structure that was used in the 18th century stays/corsets. Looking at the 18th century under garments was really interesting, there was a variety of petticoats, underskirts, frames and bussels that would be used to dress women of the 18th century, It was interesting to see how they were layered up into one costume. In general i loved the variety of textiles throughout the store, i was fascinated by the variety of garments made from the likes of fur to worn suede and leather; the patterns were also really beautiful especially in the 18th century area where patterns such as those of Spitalfields silk were popular at the time. I really enjoyed today it was so interesting to see how costume hire works and it was really helpful in making me think about how I could construct a costume in the best quality and sustainability as possible.
Trip to the National Theatre costume store in Oval
Beer Street to Gin lane day 3
Today in our assigned groups we worked on our ideas for performance. After a discussion with Kate we realised that our connecting factor throughout our work is 'all or nothing' in terms of the class gap, the rich who seemed to have it all in the 18th century and the poor who seemed to have nothing; really as a whole looking at what is there and what is not. I suppose we are all exploring the opposites in beer street and gin lane and together creating three separate characters who perform alongside each other; focusing particularly on the transformation between what is there and what is not. We also had a visit from the sustainability manager of the Arcola theatre, she spoke about sustainability and how small changes can really help the world, even as students we can help with sustainability by using recyclable and reusable materials to create our project experiments and outcomes. This made me start to think about what materials i want to use and how i want to use them; i've made a few character sketches on potential costume and construction ideas and I am excited to get some feedback and ideas in the stitch workshop tomorrow.
Beer Street to Gin lane day 2
Today we started by watching some of our peer's pecha Kucha presentations based on their inspirations and favourite practitioners, I liked this as we can get to know what our classmates are interested in and see where some of their ideas and research might originate from. Continuing, we were put into groups of 4 where we analysed our areas of beer street and gin lane. Each group was given a different section of the prints and these will be the sections that we combine to create a transforming piece. It took me a while to get my head around this idea but as i research i'm starting to get some inspiration. We analysed the images as we analysed the text yesterday, it was interesting to understand how to read imagery as one would read a text. After lunch we put our research so far to the test in a pub quiz, this was quite difficult, some questions were really obscure, but this just shows how in depth a practitioner must go to really understand the subject and context of what they are working on ; it needs to be specific to be believable and open to development. Our group did not excel in the quiz, so I am researching into the images a little more. I am trying to brainstorm some ideas for my transforming piece, at the moment I don't have quite enough research or knowledge of my section to be inspired, I need to look up 18th century butchers and hunger in london, i think i want my piece to circulate around class and impoverished children as this was so important to Hogarth I think it would be powerful to reflect his political views in my own work.
Beer Street to Gin Lane Day 1
Today was the first day on our new project which is based on mid 18th century london and Hogarth's famous prints, beer street and Gin Lane. We had a presentation at the start of today explaining what the project is all about and giving us some context and background on the prints and the era. This was interesting and i did some further research this evening. I found out that the modern slang for gin 'mothers ruin' may have surfaced in the 18th century and there are references to this in the print such as impoverished children and gin drinking syphilis infected mothers. I don't completely understand the project yet but after some research this week I'm hoping it will make more sense. In the afternoon we did a script analysis activity, which i enjoyed, it reminded me of my studies in A level English Literature. We had to take what we learnt about the script and transform it into 4 set sketches, setting the scene in the way we have interpreted the text. It was nice to see how different all our work was, however i did learn that i am quite a slow worker and i need to work on speeding up my drawings.This evening i carried on some research into the prints and analysed all i could see in them, i found some really deep connotations that I would like to look into more. Tomorrow I hope to go to the library after lesson ends to look at some of the books on the reading list, I also plan to visit the Hogarth cartoon museum exhibition on Wednesday.
Lez Brotherston Pecha Kucha presentation
- Download Lez Brotherston presentation Pecha Kucha.pptx - Friday, 02 January 2015 [15.6MB]
Lez Brotherston's costume design for Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands - Sadler's Wells - December 2014
Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells December 2014
Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands
I booked tickets with my mum and sister to see Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells because we all love the original Tim Burton film. It was really exciting to see how the original story could be adapted into a dance piece, especially with the odd characters and costumes that the movie conveys. At first i was unsure as the play opened with a plot change of the original story, however as the play went on i really enjoyed it. The costumes were really brilliant especially the topiary costumes that came to life and performed a dance with the characters Edward and Kim. Throughout, i found the scissorhand props really fascinating, they were really effective in looking like real scissors however seemingly easy to dance and interact with.
I have also discovered a deep new found interest in Matthew Bourne and Lez Brotherston collaborations, I love the way that Brotherston incorporates what he suggests to be 'normal clothes' into dance. This way he creates a character as well as a costume that the performer is able to dance and feel comfortable in. I like the way that the collaboration add twists onto well known fairytales and stories, making them unusual and visually interesting. From this performance i took a thought with me; In my next piece of work i will really think about what type of performance i am designing for, adding the character not only to a contextual area and place in time but to a performance context too; until now i have been adding characters to a performance space looking at how they interact with that space, but i will think more about what they would be doing in that space. Would the character be dancing, singing or perhaps performing a monologue? I really need to think about these things as i am making and my costumes, so that I can understand why I am using certain materials and how they will effect the movement of the character in their performance context.
Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells December 2014
New Storyage Character sketch - more material added
Danny Elfman's Music from the films of Tim Burton
Danny Elman's Music from the films of Tim Burton at The Royal Albert Hall 12/12/2014
I booked this event with my sister a while ago as we both love Tim Burton films and a lot of the time I feel that the music really adds to the tone of the movies, especially Edward Scissorhands, without the magical soundtrack I don't think I would enjoy the movie as much. The concert was really beautiful and I never realised how moving the Big Fish soundtrack was; it was amazing how the whole atmosphere of the venue was altered for each song. As the songs were played by the large Orchestra and band a big screen displayed Tim Burton's early character sketches relating to each song and film. I thought his sketches for Corpse Bride and Edward Scissorhands were really amazing to see, as I struggle with Character sketches, his were really inspiring as they are not perfect but they really convey the character traits such as personality and detail to clothing. The use of lighting in the performance was also really effective as a warmer colour was used for big fish and pee-wee's big adventure and a colder colour for batman and Corpse Bride. I really enjoyed the Alice In Wonderland encore, the music promotes a sense of adventure and fantasy and its so dramatic. Danny Elfman made a personal appearance and sung the vocals for Jack Skellington's character in the Nightmare Before Christmas section, hearing this piece was like watching the movie, it was performed so well and I really feel that Music is what can sometimes make a movie what it is. I also learned that Danny Elfman did not pick up a single instrument until he was 18 and started playing around with a violin; to me this says that anything is possible and it doesn't matter how old you are, you can always learn new skills and be noticed as Elfman was By Tim Burton. I feel so inspired by this performance, I get a lot of my ideas listening to music and I think this is something I should research into more in the future.
Rebecca Horn - Mechanical Body Fan -1973-4
Rebecca Horn - Arm Extensions- 1968
Overall, I really enjoyed this project and I feel like I really pushed myself to complete and achieve everything I wanted to. I think I overcame my hesitant attitude towards working with wood and now that i have used the Archway wood workshop and learned how to use some of the main tools, I would be happy to work with wood again. I learned that I can get a lot more done when I really utilise every moment of free time, i am happy that I managed to create a sculptural wooden headpiece and a brace made from belts to balance the headpiece as well as a skirt and cape that I stained myself along with a range of photographs and a short film to show the various locations where the character could perform and the numerous movements that the material made in the wind. I also managed to add a few loose lights to the costume to add a glow to the character that promotes the bright lighting of modern Kings Cross. I'm really happy with the amount of work I have produced and the encouraging feedback from my tutors on Thursday is really good encouragement for me to keep working harder. To Improve I was given advice to notice the floating effect that the wind gave to the skirt and cape so I am going to make some sketches of this idea in my own time, working from my photographs and extending the movement of the cape. I was also told to look at the artist Rebecca Horn and think about how the headpiece and cape and skirt alters the way that the performer moves. I think the headpiece encourages the performer to keep good posture, keeping the head held high in order to keep the correct balance of the headpiece, whereas the skirt and cape encourage the performer to move freely and gracefully as the material moves in the wind. To summarise, I think the project has opened my eyes to creating a performance that tells a story and really think about how my character will interact with the audience; I have also learnt valuable lessons about collaboration and organisation, knowing that we should always be prepared as a team in case we have any absences n the day of presentation. I really enjoyed this project and my outcomes are my favourite so far, I'm now really looking forward to the new year and our new briefs.
Storyage day 9
Today was presentation day and we started by moving our outcomes up to a larger room where we could all present our work in our groups. Unfortunately, out of our group of 6 only 3 of us were present, so after a quick re-organisation and some last minute preparations such as re-making the map, we were ready to present. We had a presentation from Fred Meller the BA PDP course leader, it was really interesting and I think its the type of course for me; I loved the idea of collaborating with the drama department and helping backstage as well as having so much freedom to work on what we are interested in and building our skills as we wish to. It was so interesting to watch other group presentations because each one was so different, the diversity of work based on the same project is amazing and the way some groups linked their work together was really effective in creating a legitimate story and performance plan, it was really great to see my class mates work in this way because we can all see where our interests are, which gives opportunities for us to collaborate more in the future. After lunch we did our group presentation, I think it went well and we made our journey plan quite clear, we linked them well and explained how the audience of 15 would be led from one piece to the next. I got some really good feedback on my outcome, especially the way i documented my work, comments included that I used my character really well with the Kings cross area, selecting good locations; I also had good comments on how the wind blew through the material in the way i wanted and perhaps to extend my work I could use larger sheets of material to really show the effect of the wind which makes for the powerful and purposeful look I was going for. Overall I am really happy with how today went and I learned a lot about the BA PDP course at CSM, I would like to do some sketches to show how I would improve my work, to show and extension of my thoughts.
Storyage day 8
Today we had a short presentation on costume for performance in the morning which was really interesting and I was exposed to new artists who's work really interested me. We were then put into groups of 6 / 7 where we were told to combine our final outcomes into a performance depicting a journey. In our group we were focused on the modern History of Kings Cross from the 80's to present day; this worked really well as our pieces all linked to each other starting with prostitution and drug abuse in the station area and continuing to the regeneration of the area, its industry and architecture. I think we came up with a really solid plan and order to our story and I think it really tells a story about the recent past of the area and rapid growth over the past three decades. I found it really different working in a group after creating completely separate outcomes and responses to the project, it was a new experience collaborating and collating our work after working on our own; I really enjoyed it and our group got along really well with similar ideas and good organisation. Im quite confident about presenting as a group on Thursday. This afternoon we were given free time to finish our outcomes, i spent this time varnishing my gas holder headpiece and staining the material at the bottom of the cape. I used acrylic paint and a sponge to dab and smudge a black shade onto the material, layering white chalk on top. This created the dirty industrial look that was involved in the process of re-building and regenerating the area. Before the lesson ended, I met my friend Sophie who modelled my costume as the elegant, powerful and curious character of re-generation and industrialisation; I think i got some really good video clips and photographs which i will compile into a video for the presentation on Thursday.
Storyage day 7
I felt confident going into class today knowing that i completed the construction of my gas holder headpiece at Archway on Friday, I almost finished painting it black so i just had to complete that and varnish it to get a metallic look and add rusty colours at the joins to show wearing and industrialisation. I also managed to complete inserting the elastic into my costume skirt and cape, I just have to add the worn texture to the edges. I didn't get much time to do this today as we had workshops all day, the pattern cutting with kate was helpful as i have never used a pattern before and this has encouraged me to try in my own time over the christmas break. I understand now how i can transform a 2d object into a 3d object and vice versa which took a while to get my head around but i eventually understood. In the afternoon we had a workshop with Allan on adobe premiere software, i found this really interesting and extremely helpful as im not always good with computers but the workshop was interactive and explained so clearly. I had fun with premiere and i think i will be happy to make a video using the software. I learnt a lot today and managed to start varnishing my gas holder, i just hope i'm able to complete my costume tomorrow.
05/12/2014 Archway wood workshop outcome - wooden Gas holder headpiece
Problems with wood glue
Storyage day 6
Today we were allowed to work on our projects all day and have tutorials about how our projects are going. I worked on my gasholder headpiece today although the wood glue was not working and the wood wasn't attaching very well, I had a conversation with gary about alternative materials and foam board was suggested, so I started working with foam board as an alternative although I really would like the wood to work because that's how i imagined the structure to be, I plan to go to Archway tomorrow to see if the wood will work, if not I always have the foam board as an alternative. I also had a tutorial with James where we discussed my project and the decisions i had made and what inspired me and it really made me think about why i had made the decisions i had and why i should always really think about what i am making and what its purpose is. I have a lot of work to do over the weekend and I have made an action plan, im hoping that i will be able to tick a few things off of my to do list and have everything completed to my best ability on Thursday.
Loris Greaud 2013 - Light inspiration
Storyage Day 5
Today we had the chance to take part in a drawing exercise where we had to draw the person opposite us looking only at their face, never the paper, it was interesting to see how the drawings turned out, at first the facial features i was drawing were not in line and the hair was also out of place, but as the activity went on my spacing got better. We then had to do the same but add a prop to the other person, my partner held a mug to make herself look older and hunched over for the effect. Finally, we had to fold paper in half and draw half a persons face on half of the paper without looking at the paper and then do the same to a different person so we ended up with a head with two faces. To finish we had to draw a character based on a limerick we were given, and then repeat but this time cutting the character out as a silhouette on black paper, this taught me that expression in the body is important to convey the characters personality, the outline can do more than the face can, which is something I should always remember when doing character drawings. In the afternoon we had a speech from the London College of Fashion and I have decided that their costume design course will definitely be one of my options. I also had a tutorial with Marie this afternoon where we talked about my project, we decided that a video could be a good option to show the floating quality of the material in my sketches, also I need to think about weathering and wearing the edges of my material to convey the industrialisation theme, I have a lot to do for next Thursday so i realise that i will need to start working on it tomorrow in my free time, i have collected the wood and my materials and measured up the angles so I can start sawing and gluing the wooden headpiece together. I really want to make this outcome my best yet and I would love to make a video and add a soundtrack to incorporate my interest in music and advertising into my work also.
Winter Sun on the Viewing platform
Storyage day 4
Today we were mostly working on our Ideas for this project, in the morning i did a lot of drawing work trying to make the sketch convey the powerful and important aura of my character based on industrialisation and energy. I think my idea is coming along well and i really want to put it into action as soon as i can. For the rest of the afternoon Marie gave group tutorials on model making where she showed us what materials are best for making and which were cheapest and easily accessible; i really enjoyed watching how the little figure people were made with such intricate detail, its something i would like to try in my foundation year. Group tutorials on our progress were also going on this afternoon but the tutors didnt quite make it round to our table so I will keep working on my idea and talk to someone about it tomorrow to get advice and another interpretation. We also looked at how to write a good personal statement today and i am going to write this up tomorrow night and Wednesday morning so that i have the rest of Wednesday to start sawing up my wood for the gas holder headpiece i am making.
I took some photos on my ipod when I left class today in order to capture the effect of the lights in Kings Cross in the darkness, the new winter sun installation on the viewing platform is beautiful and I think it could be a suitable backdrop and location to take photos of my final outcome.
Granary square in darkness
Storyage Day 3
Today we could decide to do a performance or character drawing workshop, i chose the character drawing one as this has been something i struggle with. The workshop was really helpful we worked in pairs to take on one of the character movements on the board such as the 'float' movement which is very delicate and graceful and the 'press' movement which is very intense and gives an aura of purpose and strength. In our pairs we both took on one of the movements against a grid on the wall and e then had to copy this grid onto paper and sketch out our partner in the correct proportions onto the grid. I learnt today not to rely on facial expressions to convey the mood of the character, i need to show personality and feeling through the body and its posture. I think my drawing knowledge has improved today and from now on i will think about body movements and maybe ask people to take on the role of my character so i can take a picture of the character i want to convey and work from that.
Storyage Day 2
Today was our second day in a bigger class and we started by being split into groups of 3 to create a site specific performance with a twist, we had to create a performance for an audience of 1 convincing them that they were not in Central saint martins. Our group decided on a train station scenario where each audience member is convinced that she has lost her child or is the lost child. I think our performance was successfull, the first went a bit wrong and we had to fix it along the way but the next two went a lot better and i think our idea and story was quite believable. We saw a second group who transformed their area into an clinic in which we had been frozen for 50 years, which was really fun and creative. I liked this first task as it was fast paced and we got to now more of the new people in our class which was fun. Our second task after lunch was to join the group we presented to before and create another performance which we based on hell, purgatory and heaven, we had to present to a larger group and take them to 5 different locations without seeing our other group members. This task was challenging and there were a lot of different ideas in our group which meant that we were not left with much time to actually create the performance, we managed to settle on one idea but there was debate between a few embers on what props to involve and the narrative, eventually we all decided upon our roles and what we had to do. We watched another groups performance first, theirs was really entertaining and took the form of a game taking us on a journey to find a queen at a party, I think theirs was really successful as not much was said but a lot of objects and symbols were involved. Ours could have gone better I think if we had decided on our roles earlier we would have been able to rehearse our performance and maybe added more props. Today I learnt that it is difficult to work in larger groups and there should always be someone keeping track of time; I enjoyed today and met a lot of new people.
Storyage Day 1
Today was our first day as a class of 52 which at first seemed like a huge change but the number of group activities today helped us to get to know each other a bit better. We started with a presentation on the different types of performance such as site specific (performance made for site), site generic (performance altered to fit new site) and site responsive ( resources for performance collected from site) and then went on to do some observational and interactive activities, we started off with Chinese whispers and then went on to form 3 lines and as a class split in 3 we led lines doing different actions down to the station and back up to the university; we ended with a bingo activity where we had to draw people doing different actions around the university. These activity's showed me what it is like to be the performer and the audience and how certain places can change the way we behave or the way the audience reacts; for example, the conga lines would probably have been accepted as normal in university or at a party but in a public area by the station peoples reactions showed that they found our actions strange. To end the day we were split into groups of 3 to create a site specific performance based on the name of a road we chose and travelled to in the Kings Cross area, we chose 'Polygon road' a 10 minute walk away where we tried out a few ideas such as drawing polygon shapes with pens and paper and leaves and twigs, we then tried to make shapes using our bodies; however we settled for a simplistic and comedic approach as one person faces the other naming them 'poly' as 'poly' continues to walk away and be gone. Overall today has taught me the different types of performance associated with different sites and areas and i think i understand that a Site can be an inspiration or a place to shape or alter a performance around.
BA Performances in CSM street
I took time today to visit the BA Performance Design and practice exhibition in the Street to see what the course is like and get some inspiration for my research and my way of working. I went to the 13.15 performance at the north end of the street which was a one on one performance where I entered a small space stood face to face with a lady holding 2 slices of bread each with a cube of butter on. The build up featured a short story that was read out analysing the philosophy of not knowing which side of a slice of bred is the right side to butter a bit like 'which came first the chicken or the egg' I was asked in the performance what side he buttered peice of bread would fall butter side up or buttered side down i said down, i was made to drop my bread and it landed butter side up, i was told that my answer was wrong before the next person was called in. I liked the way that the performance was set up like an embassy waiting room where we were called into our appointments, I liked the effort put into the characters and costume as well as the sign made featuring an emblem of buttered toast and the words 'institute of importance'. The second performance was in K001 and displayed a white room where in the centre was a large piece of white material suspended from a column in the room and hanging to the floor where it was allowed to fall around the floor in the room. Some music began to play creating suspense for what would come next, the material moved as three people inside began to move and explore the material, they eventually exited the material and were displayed to be inquisitive foreign creatures who are born into a new world unaware of their surroundings, the performers were dressed in white to match the room and also wore white make-up and prosthetics. I really liked the way that the performance was visual, audible and interactive as the performers explored peoples shoe laces or the fur on our coats, I really liked the way that the atmosphere changed when I went into this performance room and both were a really good insight into what the BA PDP course is like at Central Saint Martins, its definitely an option for me as i really enjoyed their work.
I made the most of my time in CSM today by visiting the library to start my research on the new project Storyage, i selected some books from the bibliography to research and found two of them. I really enjoyed looking at 'Altermodern' by the Tate Triennial as it explored spaces and how they inspire people which is what our next project is all about. I liked the small stories that went alongside some of the artists work. I thought that Katie Patersons work is really beautiful as she looks as far back as the big bang and how particles from back then form the basis of what is now. She looks at energy as a limited resource stating 'if the universe keeps expanding then the entropy will just increase and everything will slowly die and there will be no free energy left' I love how conceptual and philosophical her work is based on spaces and her photographs are really inspiring and convey her subject of an energy crisis.
Katie Paterson 'Vatnajokull (the sound of) 2007/8 - Altermodern Tate Triennial
Part 1 Assessment
Today I had my part 1 assessment with Kate along with another classmate; the feedback was helpful and constructive in terms of moving forward to part 2. I received a 'Good' for my research which i am happy with as I think i manage my time really well, making sure i visit the library as soon as i receive the brief and bibliography and I go to at least one gallery per week i've also got used to putting aside at least 30 minutes each evening to research using the internet or watch a film on the brief recommendations. I was however disappointed with my overall grading 'satisfactory' I really thought I was working within the time constraints to my best ability, I make sure i work ahead of what we do in class and after class when i get home. The feedback i received included comments on my drawing skills, I was told that my character drawing isn't a good standard and i should try life drawing classes, im yet to find a free one that isn't during lesson time, I have found one that takes place one Thursday evening per month which i would like to try as i have taken part in life drawing classes before and found them helpful when drawing proportions. I was also told to try drawing people from magazines which i have done in the past but i will work on and refine my ability to copy the human figure and draw my costume designs based around these poses and people. Ive been told to add more artists into my reflection to make it stronger, I realise that i have included artists in my Reflective Journal but perhaps not made a clear enough link or described well enough why they inspire my work. Another point was to see more live performances, I will be seeing the BA performances on Friday this week at their exhibition in the CSM street, i have also booked a Danny Elfmann Orchestra production at the Royal Albert hall based on Tim Burton movie soundtracks; I have also booked tickets at Sadlers wells theatre to see the Edward Scissorhands ballet. I have taken my feedback really seriously as i am disappointed in myself for not doing well in my assessment and i am unhappy with the assessment outcome and i am taking productive action to make sure I am not disappointed again.
Eat Me Evaluation
Overall, I really enjoyed the Eat Me project, it was interesting to develop ideas and outcomes based on the everyday process of eating or dining. Im happy with the choices i made and my final outcome, however given more time i would have liked to add a skirt made from cutlery also. The feedback during the 'final meal'/ crit was that the costume had an Elizabethan/medieval appearance due to the lace look of the spoon neck piece, I was also informed that placing the costume in a place where dining occurred was effective in adding context; however Marie suggested it might be helpful to shoot the costume in a location with more sculptural light in order to capture the structure of the costume better, also using a model so that i can take the photos without a timer and more control over the camera, I hope to do this in the near future. I'm happy with the feedback i received on thursday and I'm really excited to start part 2 and put all the constructive feedback and the new things i've learnt into my part 2 work.
Eat me outcome
Eat Me day 6
Today was the last day of the Eat me project and part 1 of the foundation course, I managed to finish my costume and photoshoot yesterday ready to show in class today. I am really happy with the way the photos turned out considering i both wore and took the photos using a timer, I think the choice to set the costume in a dining room was a good one because it added context to the outfit, however i would like to shoot the costume against a plain background in order to really see the costume and its details. We all had to present our work in the form of a final feast, i presented my sketchbook along with the photo shoot images, and the costume placed alongside white cutlery, a white bowl and black napkins. I think my presentation went well and i explained my concept and work clearly, i talked about my research and how I reached my outcome, i could have perhaps gone into more detail about my experimentation costume sketches and quick line drawings of family members eating lunch as i think these sketches informed my research and final outcome.
Eat me outcome
Eat Me day 5
Today in class i continued making my costume and working on the visual and conceptual plans for my photoshoot. I finished the costume this morning after making an action plan quite easily and quickly, I then decided to draw out a plan for where i want to shoot my costume and how i want things to look.I decided eventually that i would like a modern day performer in my costume to be sitting in an old fashioned Victorian setting, so i am going to place extravagant flowers and napkins on the table and perhaps some candles to mimic the old fashioned ways of dining. I think i will cook spaghetti for the performer to attempt to eat or make up a colourful salad and add a glass of wine to the table setting. I hope to set up the scene tomorrow morning and tae my pictures in the afternoon; i will also think more about makeup and composition tomorrow, i have already made a list of angles and shots that i want to take so i am feeling quite prepared for brining my costume to life.
Eat Me day 4
Today I continued constructing my costume which i started over the weekend, i managed to create one spoon neck piece and the head piece as well as the knife gloves and a short material collar, im happy with my progress and am thinking about making another spoon neck piece to create a layered effect. We had group tutorials with Kate today, which was really helpful, we had to speak to the group for a full 6 minutes, i didn't quite reach the 6 minutes but i think i explained my work and research clearly. I got some good investigative questions from the group who asked what type of back drop and lighting i would use for the photo shoot of my costume. The group tutorial made me think about the other components of my outcome not just the costume and performance itself; i now know that i will definitely shoot the costume in my dining room when its getting darker, using a harsh bright light shining on the costume. Tomorrow i will focus on how i will shoot the costume and how i will fit it, including make-up etc. I also want to look up long exposure shooting on my camera to catch the movement of the costume.
Eat Me day 3
Today we did a quick activity where we created the outcome we want to make for the final project outcome out of only 2 plates, 2 cups and a napkin; this was challenging seeing as my idea is a costume and character for film. I created a small hat using a cup and a neck piece using the plates, i then worked on my costume drawings thinking about how i would make the costume using other materials. At the end of the day we did a crit using paper plates to comment on each others work.It was nice seeing everyones' ideas and the variety of different ideas, i got some really good feedback on my drawings and it was brought to my attention that maybe i should be less straight forward with the cutlery and make the costume more abstract by adding other materials, i will think about this carefully when choosing materials to make my costume. I have also made an action plan for the weekend and hope to finish my neck piece by Sunday and start the headpiece on Sunday/ Monday and film on Tuesday/Wednesday ready for presentation on Thursday.
Costume based on opposite taste of ginger
Eat Me day 2
Today we worked with taste, sampling different flavours that we brought in for each other, we then had to describe the taste continuing to create a scale model based on that flavour, i chose ginger and created a sharp looking model due to the strong kick of ginger and the lingering tingling left on the tongue after. We had a limited time to make these models and i think working at a fast pace made me generate ideas quickly with little planning, this showed me that experimentation can be done quickly and efficiently. We then took our scale models and transformed them into a costume piece depicting the opposite of our scale model, i created a soft looking hat with a layer of honey conveying a sweet and smooth flavour such as marshmallows or honey.These short activities helped me to realise that inspiration can come from anything, even taste. At the end of the day we started to draw out and plan ideas for our final piece, I drew out my idea of a costume that constricts ones ability to eat, i think i need to study peoples movements when eating and think about how i will be able to create the costume and a video performance r photoshoot by the project deadline.
Plate set model
Day 1 of the Eat Me project
This morning we discussed favourite foods, dining rituals and strange food dishes from around the world, from this as a class we realised that eating is not just a necessity it is a process. We then went on to share experiences with food, bad or good whilst peers acted out what we did, we turned experiences with food into improvised performance. We then went on to do some character design, we were each given the name of a vegetable which we had to illustrate, i was given cabbage, i imagined a cabbage to be an elderly man, short, round, wrinkly and slightly odorous. We were then put into groups of 4 where we had to create a performance using each of our characters depicting how they would come together on the table, we decided to create a stopframe animation where the kitchen became a spa and the vegetables were all relaxing in spa treatments based around kitchen utensils such as an oven sauna or a boiling pan jacuzzi, at the end all the vegetable characters came together cooked and boiled and served up onto a plate where they met. We did a lot of ideas generation tasks today and i think i have an idea of what i would like to do with today's research, i would like to create a character who is based around the act of eating and the setting of the table, for example cutlery and the motions that we make when eating, rather than a character based completely on food, i would like to take this character and place them in either a film or a photoshoot to be presented at the final meal.
I feel that my progress review went really well and was really helpful in letting me know where i am doing well and where needs improvement. I now know that i need to work on my evaluations after each project adding more detail and feedback from tutors and peers, i also learned that i am becoming more analytical with my research and reflection so i would like to keep that up. In terms of practical work i should work on my quick sketches of movement looking at how i can transform a quick sketch into a costume, and I need to stop using the black fineliner pen and start using other drawing materials. The feedback is really constructive and I am happy now knowing what i need to do to improve and progress for the part one assessment.
Magnifying glass evaluation
I really enjoyed the Magnifying Glass two week project, it has been my favourite so far. I feel good about my outcome and the feedback i received, i really put a lot of thought into my character design and I think constructive feedback from teachers and peers really helped me to push forward and create a believable character. After this project i think character and costume design might be a pathway i would like to continue and build on. Some critical feedback in our classroom exhibition was that more texture detail on the headpiece would be effective and some feedback from my progress review was that maybe i could shoot the costume again but just as a shadow or outline, hopefully I will put this feedback into action soon. I got a lot of good feedback about my photo-shoot and how the location brought the character to life, I think its important to put a character into its environment to see how it reacts with its surroundings, i will really think about this in each project I go on to do.
Final day of The magnifying glass project
The final day of the project required us to complete and present our outcomes created from the project brief, I managed to complete my character design today and yesterday i had completed my photo shoot, I decided to present my character costume on a mannequin along with my design sketches and 4 selected photos from the photo shoot. It was great to set up the class space as a gallery and see and comment on what everyone had created from the project brief. I got some good feedback on the detail i had added to the headpiece and also the location I selected for my photoshoot. Comments on the character included similarities to a sea creature, a lake monster and also a lizard look due to the colour; i was happy with these comments as my character was designed to be a water inhabitant.
Water Creature performance by lake in local park
Today I decided to photograph my water creature costume in my local park to see how the character would fit in and interact with the surroundings. I made some adjustments to the costume, the headpiece has become the main feature so i want it to be seen, instead of draping the material over her head, i draped it over the back piece so that the headpiece is in clear view. The photo shoot was successful and I'm really happy with how the character interacted with the lake and natural environment of the park, i used different perspectives to create the effect of the creature crawling from the lake and onto the ground. I'm happy with my work today and plan on printing some of the outcome photos for presentation tomorrow.
Today I feel like I progressed with my work a lot, i focused on my headpiece first adding detail and texture, after a short chat with my tutor i was given helpful tips on how to build up the texture by adding slits to the maain headpiece and inserting the geometric shapes of my design based around broken shells. I really thought about my character today and how she will move and interact with her costume, ive added black acrylic paint to the edges of the draped fabric on my costume to create the wet look reflecting the background of my washed up water inhabitant creature. I plan to photograph the character and costume tomorrow by a lake in my local park. I think today was really helpful in connecting with my character and how her background and nature will be reflected in her attire. I also learned that my drawings of my character should be showing her personality and movement, not just her attire, im going to work on my figure drawing, especially when sketching hands, something i struggle with. I was happy to tick off my action plan that i finished the headpiece and hopefully i will tick off the photoshoot and complete outcome tomorrow.
Today we continued with our magnifying glass project, i completed the fitting of my headpiece and created the shell of the back piece which i have now painted a dark green to match the headpiece. After a short chat with my tutor we decided that my best step forward would be to really research and form the character herself, as she is based on a texture of shells and a shiny casing i decided that she is a futuristic water inhabitant washed up on shore, i decided i want to add a shiny covering which i will create using a veil of sheer emerald green material. From here i thought about what i can add to the dark green shell to display the alterations in colour and texture, i decided some pva glue,golden paint, clusters of gold and shiny objects and tin foil would show this. I also decided that the character will be floor based, she will not stand to add to the washed up idea that she is out of her usual environment and adapting to her new one. Tomorrow i plan to complete the costume and start a storyboard for a photographed and presentation performance, on Wednesday i hope to photograph my costume by a pond or the lake in my local park.
Playing with perspective
Magnifying glass day 3
Today was our first day of independent working, our project requires us to choose from three options what outcome we want to create, i chose option three and I am creating a character/costume based on the texture i researched into. I was a bit apprehensive about generating ideas for a project of my own at first but after some research i have an idea of what i want to do, i am basing my character around a headpiece and blending into an environment. To get some ideas on perspective this afternoon we were sent out in groups to take photos changing perspectives and creating surrealist scenes; it was interesting to see what we can create from our surroundings and was a nice break from our projects to breathe and generate more ideas. We used the fountains to create the effect of water spraying from my mouth, making me look larger and the fountains smaller. At the moment i am feeling less worried about creating my own ideas and i am quite confident with the time I have to make decisions. There is a music video that has particularly inspired me and has given me a lot of Ideas, tonight tonight by the Smashing Pumpkins features extravagant costume and set creating a surreal and magical atmosphere for their song. The space planet scene gave me lots of ideas due to the surreal looking aliens on their surreal planet set.
The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight
The Magnifying Glass Day 2
Today we experimented with texture, each bringing in 2/3 different textures in a box to swap around and feel, as we felt the textures we had to draw what we felt. I found this task quite difficult, it was tempting to look at the texture we were feeling and draw from it, i think however i captured the texture of the materials more than the appearance. We then had to transform two of these texture sketches into scale boxes depicting the texture, using only black white and grey, I didn't find the lack of colour difficult to conform to as I was focusing more on what the texture would look like. I enjoyed working with scale boxes today and adding detail to recreate texture, i think my teabag reflection went particularly well, using tissue paper and sugar i think it reflected the grainy texture quite well. I think i learnt how to magnify and and really focus on texture and detail today.
A series of our texture charcoal and figure drawings on the wall
The Magnifying Glass day 1
Today we were experimenting with ideas generation, by starting the class drawing a square inch of an interesting surface we ended with a character and atmosphere design through a range of activities. The series of activities were effective in stimulating ideas, although a little daunting at first. The large charcoal sketches we created on the wall using charcoal taped to a bamboo stick worried me at first however i quite enjoyed working on a larger scale and it was liberating having less control of my drawing. The change in scale from a square inch on the table featuring a splodge of glue to a close up and then the large scale charcoal drawing showed me how much can be done in little time and how much detail we can draw from something as minuscule as a square inch. I learned valuable skills in figure drawing today, i now feel more comfortable when drawing human proportions, we added these figure skills to our charcoal drawings in pairs and then drew our own versions in our books, i enjoyed this process of creating a character costume and atmosphere by adding colour to our sketchbook drawings, i think that character and costume designs could be a potential interest that i would enjoy looking into further.
The transform project introduced me to scale models for the first time, i learned how to measure using a scale ruler and how to design a set on small scale. Although i had fun with this project, i'm not sure that making scale models is a strong point of mine and i much prefer designing costumes and characters like we did in the reveal project.
Pleasant transformation scale model
Making in progress
Creating scale models opposite to original word
Today we were given the challenge to create the opposite atmosphere of our first scale model using only the materials we used for our first. To start with I felt challenged to alter a creey atmosphere into a pleasant one with the materials i used previously, I eventually decidded that i would transform the effect that the tangled cotton gave by tying it back so that the set was free and spacious, I also added a swing because I associate the word pleasant with open and bright places such as parks in the summer. We did a crit once we had all completed our pieces, some feedback got included that the transformation looked like an alteration of caged to free, i think perhaps i didnt get the two words accross as best as i could although i had good feedback on my use of the cotton and four pillars. I think i got more used to uing a scale ruler and my measurements were more accurate. Overall i think i did my best to transform the atmosphere to th opposite using the materials I had access to, if i had to do it again i might have used a smaller scale but overall im quite happy with my outcomes this week.
Wood, plastic, metal and plaster workshops in Archway and tutorail with Fadi.
Today the workshops were informative and it was interesting to know what all the different machines did. I took not of safety procedures and thought about what materials and equipment I might like to use later; I think i would like to use the plaster workshop and moulds at some point. I also had a ttorial with Fadi today, it was really helpful and i feel more confidennt about how i should be arranging my work in my sketchbook. I am going to consider a narrative layout when adding work to my sketchbook from now on and try to space photographs more freely and with more space.
Using red lighting to add to the 'creepy/eerie' theme
Using the viewfinder at different angles
A view of my scale model
Today we were creating scale models from our creations yesterday. We were allowed to alter the size and appearance of the model to fit a scale human model. I created my model on a 1 to 25 scale, the measurements sized up to a 5 metre box all around. I had ssome problems with my scale model mostly with how i was going to recreate the tangled string effect, i decided upon four wooden sticks to be used as pillars, these pillars were bending inwardly and i fixed this by creating a cross bar on top of the square.I am happy with how my model turned out in the small space of time we had to create it. I found out how the audience can be incorporated into a space by creating a viewfinder to take photos in the eyes of the human model scale and how they would view my installation in a theatre. To transform one space into another takes perspective, i found that a scale model helped me to understand how difficult or possible it would be to recreate the model into a life scale model.
People from class using the cube to distort vision
Dark corners around csm
Transform day 1
Today we started our transform project. We started by branstorming words as a class and then going individually to find places linked to our words and photographing and drawing them. I chose the word creepy/eerie and searched for dark and worn corners and stairways. We used charcoal as a drawing tool, i enjoy using charcoal however i disliked the way it smudged and made the detailes in my drawings appear soft, to correct this i later added ink to my drawings to capture the darkness and shadows. We then created abstract drawings from our originals, i used fineliner and it created scratchy lines. From this drawing i thought about my research on Chiharu Shiota and the use of thin black lines. Later we paired up and had to create a modelreflecting each of our drawings, my pair and myself focused on inspiration from Shiota and created a cube to be used as a helmet or headpiece, wrapping cotton around the frame we thought that looking out from the inside would transform the outlook from the inside and create the effect of spider webbing. Those who tried out our model said that focusing on the cotton blurred and distorted their vision making it creepy. I was pleased that we managed to get our word accross successfully.
I really enjoyed the Reveal project, it was really interesting to learn about the human kinesphere and movement can influence he way a costume is made. I've never designed or created a costume or performance based on movement alone so that was really new and exciting, I think i enjoyed the drawing and designing of the costume more than the costume itself, so i would really like to work on my making skills but i think costume design and performance design is a pathway i will really enjoy.
Movement in final performance
Today we performed in our costume outcomes from the 'Reveal' Project, we had some time before to figure out movements and timings; I found out that the costume i made for Emily did not fit well on the shoulders and the head piece was not secure enough. I overcaame the problems in rehearsal by adding a tie made from string to the arm extensions so that they could be tightened before the perormance started. I think the costume i made for Emily matched her personality and captured the fun and daydreaming vibe of the table plane of movement that she described to me. I performed in a costume that Anne made for me and she captured my door/wheel plane of movement well, i felt like my movements were inhibited by the tight and structured cardboard costume. The final erformances were interesting to watch, I think my costume could have been better as Emilys headpiece slipped during the performance despite the tightening of it, I also think I could have created a whole shirt out of the arm extensions and if the clothes worn underneath the costme were completely black this would have made the multicolour strings of the skirt stand out more. I was happy with the way that the hula hoop skirt made a sound as it added to the swinging movement that the costume forced upon the wearer. Overall i was pleased with how the performance went and i enjoyed watching the rest of the class also, everyone created something completely different which was a nice way to see peoples personalities or planes of movement being displayed.
Arm extension movement
Today in my free time i visited the Tate Britain Gallery with friends to research for the exhibition review. I found the Tate commission exhibit called 'dock' by Phyllida Barlow particularly interesting and i think i will use this exhibition in my review. I enjoyed the way that the installations filled the gallery space and the way they were created using easily accessible and waste materials. The use of lighting was all natural sunlight which was effective when bringing a natural outside feel of a dock inside to a galery space. I have added some images from my exprience.
Tate Britain commission 2014 - Phyllida Barlow 'dock'
Table costume day 1
Table costume day 1
Table costume design
Planes of movement: Table / Door/ Wheel
Starting the Reveal Project
Today we started our new project named 'reveal' we wrrked in pairs looking at movement and the Laban efforts of finding our own kinespheres, we took turns sketching and moving, i found that I am quite rigid when moving however i managed to reach a number of angles in my kinesphere. We then moved on to finding our planes of movement, out of the Table, door and wheel, due to my rigid movements i found that i am a door and slightly a wheel also, as i move i do not often use the space around me, i stay confined to my own small area, I have added some sketches from these activities. We moved onto pair work with others, looking at eachothers plain of movement and how we could create a costum or an extension to emphasise or reflect their movments. I am designing for emily and in our discussion found that she is a table mover and often feels free and floaty, i desgned an outfit extending the arms and adding a hula hoop to a skirt to emphasise the floating of her movement as she walks and swings. Today i learnt that everyone moves differently and we each have a distictive feature whih can be emphsised to create personality in costume. I feel that i improved on my drawing and designing skills as we looked more at movement and extension, i am looking forward to bringing my creation to life in class tomorrow.
One of the many interactive exhibits
Wellcome collection : measuring height
Visit to the Wellcome Collection Exhibitions
Medicine now and An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the human condition are both permanent exhibitions at teh Wellcome Collection gallery, today i visited these exhibitions with a group of friends. The Idiosyncratic A to Z of the human condition exhibition explores the reactions and opinions of people and the way we are living, a lot of this exhibition was interactive, urging the Audience to take part in polls and activities. There were chances to vote on questions regarding life such as 'are you ever to old to have a baby?' or 'is war inevitable' I left this exhibition with these questions in mind, it really made me think about what humans get out of living and what can be changed. This exhibition also offered the audience to measure our height and displayed art works depicting natural human behaviour such as yawning (Franz Xaver Messerschmidt' photograph of a cast to his missing sculpture, 2007, The Yawner).
The second exhibit - medicine now - tackled existing medical problems such as obesity, this made me think about the condition and whether it is a problem for the NHS to solve or a problem that we should solve alone as humans; the most shocking piece depicting self image and perception was 'I cant help the way i feel' by John Issacs 2003, it is a sculpture of a human body being engulfed by lumps of flesh and rashes. The piece made me wonder whether it was targeting obesity or how self perception and image has spiralled out of control causing humans to become wrapped up in the idea of image. Medicine now aslo looked at the human form displaying various sculptures of the human form, identifying sight, skeleton and the human brain. This exhibit made me think about how far medicine has excelled and how humans have adapted and altered due to medical advances.
A sketch: 'I can't help the way i feel'
Shadow performance outcomes
19/09/2014 Reflecting on week 1
My first week in PDP foundation has been exciting and new, in the space between Monday and Friday in our class groups we have each generated ideas for a shadow performance, produced it and performed in front of eachother. I am enjoying the fast pace of the class and the group work involved, I think I am quickly getting used to the environment and how i should be working.I am excited for the weeks ahead especially after taking the stitch workshop induction today, it was interesting to see how much i could remember about using a sewing machine and getting to use the knitting machine was also a good experience.
We performed our shadow projects on Thursday, i enjoyed seeing other groups works and seeing how they responded to the music they were given. I also really enjoyed performing our peice, we got some good comments on our use of set and our final scene involving the transformation of a girl into a crow. We also recieved some constructive criticism such as how the wings of our crow could have been made larger in order to completely cover the girl when she was being transformed, after watching the performance back i agree with the comments and i think this will help me in the future to think more about the audience and how they might percieve a performance. I have learnt a lot this week and really enjoyed the first project, and i am really looking forward to the next.
Preparing for the shadow performance
Today, in our groups we were drawing out final storyboards for our performances and creating props, sets and costumes from materials such as cardboard. Each of us at first set about making part of the set using cardboard, this way we could see how big the scale of the set should be and what works best in front of the light. Two members of the group created birds which were verry successful in front of the light creating realistic shadows, myself and another member were creating the opening scene of trees and graveyards, however we found that in front of the light we had made the sets too small, meaning that they easily blurred and became almost unidentifyable; together we created a larger set which worked much better in front of the light. As a group I think we worked productively and made the most of the time we had; we all came together to figure out the timings of the performance and to create a set of wings for one of our characters, we debated how the wings should look including how large the span should be and how they would be attatched to a person before coming to an agreeement. Overall, our trial run went better than expected as we finished our performance in the right time to the music and all of our props worked well together in front of the light, to improve for our final performance on the 18th Sept I think we will need to be sure on timings and who is in charge of which prop as well as have a couple more practices in front of the light and behind the screen.
Preparing for performance
Beer Street to Gin Lane Day 10
Today was rehearsal day for group A's, I was feeling quite confident about our performance this morning however one member of our group did not arrive; although it couldn't be helped as she was ill, it made our rehearsals quite difficult with a character missing. We rehearsed with the three of us who were there as we have not yet seen our 4th members costume so it was hard to visualise how it would all come together. We had a really good rehearsal getting some great ideas on Marie and Kate on how the characters can be built to make a set around Francesca's puppet, I think that the choreography of Krystian's and my costume works really well; we are now moving in sync at a really slow place which puts the performance in the context of being in a different world or dimension. I think everything is pulling together and now I want to focus on finishing touches of the performance such as hair and make up to fit with my character. I want to have my hair up and out of the way so that it doesn't get in the way, i'm looking at the mid 18th hairstyles of Madame Pompadour, which involves plaiting and curling, so I am going to experiment with that. I hat a meeting about my portfolio today as well which was helpful, I am happy now knowing what I should compile and what I can re touch or go over to make the most of my portfolio.
Beer Street to Gin Lane Day 11
Today was the group B rehearsals so Us in group A had the day to continue with our work. I decided to make a storyboard for our final performance choreography so that I had it all clearly mapped out in my head. I also got on with portfolio work and made final repairs to my costume ready for performance tomorrow. I just made sure I was up to date on sketchbook work as two members of the group were missing so we couldn't go through our rehearsal again. I had quite a productive day and finished off by looking at 18th century hair and makeup in preparation for tomorrow, I want my hair up so i am pepping it by leaving it in foam curlers overnight so that it may be styled tomorrow. Ive been thinking about how my costume communicates and it has been likened to intestines and after researching images i can see the connection which gives another exciting context to my work.
Beer Street to Gin Lane Day 12
Today was the day of our class performance and I was really looking forward to seeing how everyone's work looked together, It was really nice to collaborate with the whole class as a team and it was a really fun experience. We rehearsed in the morning once so that we were all in good timing. I thought our rehearsal went well although being the first group I didn't realise how long we would have to stay in the same position before the performance ended. With this in mind I ended in a more comfortable position that I could hold for the last 20 minutes of the performance. I really enjoyed today the two performances went better than the rehearsal and as a class we got a lot of good comments from friends and people who just stopped to watched. I think this experience helped me to understand costume based on movement a lot better, i started to understand how i could make the most of the costume i created and the movements it could make.
Beer Street to Gin lane Day 13
Today was our day to document our work in a different location and context to the performances yesterday. I decided to document mine in front off one of the brick walls within the university as brickwork is present in the Beer street and Gin lane prints by Hogarth; I also thought the rough colour and texture was a nice contrast to the soft and light colours of my costumes. Despite taking pictures in this context today I really think I would like to take my coat to brick lane and do a shoot on the modern day streets looking at an artistic setting where second hand stores and sustainability are popular; at some time during assessment week. Im really happy with how my costume turned out in the end and how it looked and moved in performance, If i was going to do anything differently I think I could have experimented a bit more with stuffing material and making small pillow- like patterns to add to the costume, this could perhaps be a future project for if i was using the coat in a different performance context. i spent the rest of today working on my portfolio and Im going to use the weekend and monday morning to continue working on my portfolio. I have also come across the artist Nick Turvey whilst searching 'fat rolls' which people compared my work to; his piece 'Venus' is really interesting and makes me think about what my costume would look like if it was not worn but just a sculpture.