Monday, 27 September 2010

hello. haven't wrote in this for ages but time for a new blog for the new year. third year.

so i plan to carry on with the city landscape idea and my urban surroundings manchester.i want to carry on experimenting with light, specially the light from flats and city structure making them move. light painting.

i have started to research in to my HHC 3 Essay which is based on advertisement v graffiti why one from of art is allowed to invade pubic areas and one is not and how damaging or beneficial both are with in our society. i have researched in to different ad campaigns some that are beneficial and show so achievement in making people feel better within themselves such as the 'real beauty' campaign done by DOVE yet other advertisements have had harmful affects on society and given out he wrong impression to venerable people such as the D&G adverts portraying a group of men standing around a woman that is being forced to the ground by one of the men in a sexual manna. Soa Paule city has banned all outside advertisements and have shown some positive results by doing so. Banksy and invader are two of the main graffiti artist that i have looked at since Banksy is the most famous street artist and is well known for his controversial images yet invader shows his work in more of a playful way and acts on taking back the public space for the public. with in a male dominated art form i have also included Lady pink and researched in to swoons art.

so as that is all going on and i am tryingto get in to my art again after a lil break .. so will fill you in more when i have done more. xx

Thursday, 13 May 2010


MMU have set up a series of talks for students and tutors to learn about what is happening in todays media about how top get in to the industry and if there is a place for new people in this industry..

week 1

this weeks was on journalism. completely not my field of practice but i still found the talks really interesting and found that a lot of the info could be used in any line of work usually.

will Astburg

will Astburg is 24 and a journalist righting articles as part of the group for tic tac press. he has worked on previous piece for a magazine called bean which is based on universities around the uk comment on the whats happening on there area of the university and the city, changing cities each month.also runs manchester mouth which is a web based media and digital spy which is a gossip website.

he himself did a degree in english and history and then went on to do a intensive 20 week course in journalism while on a placement for a newspaper. Basically from that he just took any job that he could get his hands on from house magazines as you can't be picky or you'll get no where.

his basic advice was to be flexible. go where ever the job takes you and if you have to move move because you have to take every chance you have. to ring people rather than send them and email that way you actually talk to someone and there for your more likely to catch their eye rather than just and email. also to do little notices about the convocation that you have such as the date, what you talked about what they said, and then when you talk to these people again you can comment or ask about something on the previous chat and feed to their personal side and become more friendly than just contacts. also to keep a contact list of every one you never know when you might want them.

although you need to go for every opportunity in your spare time you should also wright about something you are passionate about such as a blog rant on about your favourite music or a new tv program anything that could get noticed and something that will improve you skills and make you think more about what you are righting and what makes a good story.

John Robb

John Robb is a very famous man in manchester and many places for being a music journalist righting a lot of articles, releasing two books interviewing big bands and also being in a band himself called the Goldblade.

John is very passionate about music and the DIY side of music which started in the 70s with the punk music along with this become the new kind of culture with new journalist wright stories that mattered and making magazines that were hand wrighten messy retro style.

he explained that journalism's has changed a lot not only the way the it is produces and seen but the way that it is done as back in the day the wrhters would right about anything they were passionate about and anything they liked and got excited about but now they seem to just care if the song/band will be big and where will it get in the charts and it's kind of took teh sole of the journalist side of things as the world today you can't just write what you want to right you have to think about what the readers will say or if it's politely correct where as before people wrote what they thought and didn't care. there are still people like this but not as many as they don't want to get sued or anything.

Both talkers talked about how the internet has changed everything dramatically and that there since the internet the sales of hard copies have fallen and keep on falling as the years go bay. The internet is such a has such a vast amount of information on it that people can go on to any site and read everything there is to know about a band and also every lie there is to know about a band. john commented on that there is no real mystery about music anymore and that journalist can't be one step ahead of other people because the internet is already ten steps in fount of them and every can asses the internet and find out about something.

although it kind of sounds like the internet has killed journalism it has in a way but it has also made it easier for some people as say if you were asked to wright a piece on something you had never heard of you can easily get the internet off the web and then put it in to your own words. also a great place to start is to start a blog but also there is millions of them so you think is there any point but if you don't do it you'll never know.

the internet has made it free for music and this has evetced journalism in the same way as bands. it's alright for the famous bands that have loads of money but for the other little bands it's not fair as they are making no money and can't get any where. but it surveys them right the people should be able to get music for free and that they sell albums for £12 yet they cost 50p to make but again the little bands have spend time to produce these and so the same goes to the journalist when they people say you shouldn't be paid for that your only writing a review on the gig and you enjoy it but it's your time your giving up to review the piece and it's your jobs and your trying to make money out of it so why shouldn't you charge.

anyways, there also seems to be a little bit of trouble with the idea of who owns what.. you did the interview and the righting yet as the newspaper/magazine published it they own it and can pass it on to as many people they like with out paying you agin or do you own it and you past it on or what. different people go by different rules and you would have to watch out about that . but in life people are going to steal your ideas. turn you down and rob you but you have to be thick skinned and keep going.

so is there a place for music journalism now well yes in a way although there is no real money out of it and it would seem more like a hobby than a career music journalism isn't just about he gig or about the music but linking the pieces together and thinking about where that came from and how that links to that and how music is influences by other music and linking the points up with the different genre.

it's also more of a personal buzz rather than a job as if you right a blog about a band and then introduce people to that band your spreading the word and people comment back saying thanks i love that band now. you have spread the word and made them open their eyes to a new band giving yourself more of a person buzz, you can't make money that way but still makes you feel good about yourself.

so yer thats basically what i got from the talk it was good and interesting but not really my field and if it was my field i think i would try and reconsider as it sounds like a hobby rather than a job now teh way things are going.
since my last blog i have been working very hard to omplete the 5 minute dvd that is based on our work./ this dvd is like a p[rofile of our experiances of the year - what we have done, what we have learnt and what we plan to do in the furture. i enjoyed maki9ng this dvd as it made me look back at the year and think what i have done and evaluate how my year has been.

i think i have done more work than i had thought but yet sill maybe no enough to show for a whole year i think this has been don't to not rteal;ly being moptervated on my wortk and not have the excitment for the work or the course that i was always thinking over the whether i wanted to keep on with the course as i didn't feel like i was getting anywere on the course. as i only had 1 and a half years to go i decided to keep goping and i think this has paid off.

through outr the year i have been jumping from one idea to the other and not really basing my work on one idea. this makes the work lack a concept and not have any real direction or struture making me enjopy the work that i was doing but i would alway hit a wall and never carry on with the idea but instead more on. i have now got more of an idea of what i want to base my ideas on and will stick with this idea to develope my creative sklills and ideas.

follow on from the dvd. we have had the 2nd year end of year assements. for this i lengthend the 5 minute dvd in to a 15 minute dvd and showed it with in the presentation. i thjink this went well as i was able to time my video so it would run to the correct time and so that i knew i would say everythink i want to say about my work instead of forgetting it while talking infront of people.

as i don't attend alot of meetings people don't really get to see how much work i do or what i am working on so iu think people were supprised to see the work and see how my ideas and myself have developed since the half year review where there was none real structure to my work and now finished produce.

so in conclution to this year i think i have worked well to find more about my self and how i want to work and i think this has been the bioggest think for me as i now feel i will be able to develope my ideas more and work harder making more work.

so an OK year

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

collective vision

collective vision is a group of interactive art students from the MMU that formed together in 2009 and have been making a wide variety of work since, exploring differently ideas and being adventures.

this year collective vision has come together to great an exhibition. the exhibition was set up in the week of april 6 - 11 and was set in the noise lab 42, market street, manchester. collective vision was a collection of about 25 different artist showing a wide variety of works such as paintings,photographs,sculptures,installations and video works each with there own concepts and meanings.

the show went well with the opening night on the 7th open 6 - 8 at the noise lab and the after party at common in the northern quarters. a lot of people turned out at the noise lab to look at the work and get interactive with some of the pieces.along side the art work we had free drink for quests and performances to keep the atmosphere positive and lively.

i was pleased with my work at the show and how it was set up in the show. The piece of work i shows was 'peace and quiet' and 'county with a pinch of city.'

i liked a lot of my other peers works such as the idea of the cookie confessions where people would have alphabet cookies and they would wright out a confession in the cookies and take a polaroid of them .

i also liked the light video looking at light in the city and how it paints over the canvas of the camera. i have done a similar idea to this and i'm very interested in this concept.

alin all the show went well and got some good section said about it in the MEN newspaper.
with my interest with buildings and architecture i have been thinking about making little models of buildings and possibly creating a city landscape. i want to experiment making these models out of salt dough and creating different texturesa and effect. photos will follow when i have made some test pieces.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

with the idea of bring the country to the city. i was thinking of having some fun and possibly setting up a face painting exercise where i would paint peoples faces with animals images such as deer.cow,pig,hen and so on. to document this i would take a photo of the people that took part and then display them some how.

as a follow on to this i was thinking about getting poeple to dress up in farm animal costumes and walk arond town as i films them or took images.bringing my home life to the city and making country people feel more homely in the big city rush .
havn't up dated this in a while so i will fill you in whith whati have been up to .. i have been working in the cube on average 2 days a week and have been enjoying spending time in the gallery and meeting new people and also getting out and defeloping my socail skills and becoming more conferdance in the work place.

on my practice i have been carring on with the light art idea and making short animations.
i attened the cross year crit with the 1st and 3rd years where i went through the work that i have been doing and the ideas that i have and i had some usful infomation back such as artist sucesions and the fact that i need to have a concept to my work to help my work have a structure and so i know where i am going with the project instead of just being experimental but all in all i think they liked the work that i have produced.

taking the advise from the cros crit i went back to the drawing bought and though about the things that really intrest me. i thought about a few topics and then started to develope them and try and find a way of how the work i have already produce would fit in with the concept ..

a few of my interest are arcurteture, counry side and city life and also animals and the circus.

i started thinking about the country side and the city life and how they are different but i love them both.thinking along with my light art this concept relates to it as in the city is bright light,clourful,fast and busy and the country side is quiet and calm and more white light.

i have made a short film with sites from the city and sites from the counrty side and edited them together using a multiscreen effect so that you see a clip from the city and a clip from the counrty on the same screen. the ideas that i have used are such as the calan in manchester and the river dee in north wales. where you can see like the stillness of a city canal compared to the running water in north wales.other ideas i have used are the landscape of the city building compared to the landscape of mountians in wales.

i have also been make some short stop motion animation of buildings and the countryside and also farm aniamls such as pigs and cows and then i hope to layer them over the city films so it's like bringing the counrty to the city and it's an idea of making myself more homly and feel free. i think i am getting in to this idea more as it is relating to myslef and the feelings in have to the places where i live.

Monday, 22 February 2010

david waters

david waters is a freelance illistrator based in moscow, who is currently in his senior year with the university of idaho studying graphics design.

Monday, 15 February 2010

web links for light painting ideas

britsh gas tv advert


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Danny cawley documentry
i have been given volunteering work in the cube which i am really happy with as it will help with my networking part of my course and will also allow me to gain some experience about the way galleries work.i start there next thursday and have put my name down for a few other days aswell.

this weekend i am going home to look after the cats while my perants go away which goves me a brilliant opotunity to work on my light painting project as i will have big open spaces and alot of spare time just to mess around and experiment with different ideas and effect. i hope to creat so effective photos and possinly make some short animations using light and see how they turn out. i have also been thinging about using objects with in the animations and then adding features to the objects such as a cup and adding arms to it to make the cup come to life and also other object could work in the same way ..

i have been thinging of making an animation of what happens in your house at night when your alseep and then having all the house hold object coming to live and moving around the place but with light as hands. i hope to just go crazy and see what i can make out of the result i get. but well see how it works out and i'll let you know

Monday, 8 February 2010

Peter Freeman

peter freeman creates light sculpture in public places,using light as a powerful source to interchange and create a new and uplifting feeling to the building and it's surroundings.

peter made his first light sculpture while studding fine art in Bristol in the 1970s. while taking a gap year he travailed to Los Angles where i was inspired my the use of light and after returning to the UK he took it up upon himself to learn more about the use of light.He learnt about the craft of neon lighting and took a class for 2 year based on neon glass blowing before opening his own lighting studio in London in 1983.Since then he has continue to light up the skylines of the UK and occasionally Europe, creating light sculptures, architectural lighting installations and gallery installations using a wide variety of light forms including neon, led, floodlights, and fibre-optics.

i really like the idea of using light in art as it seems to bring the work to life and add a different aspect to the work backing it stand out of the crowd and show every one that it is there. i have become really interested in the use of light painting with in photography but also find the other methods of using light forms interesting as peter freeman has shown in is work . i like the idea of using light to renew a structure that is already there and making people view it in a different way making the public appreciate their surrounding again.i would like to learn more about light sculture and the use behinde it.
from my research on light art artist have been using light as a source of material for many years either using the image of light to be captured in a photograph or using light structure them selfs in installations and sculptures.

examples of some light artist are Dan Flavin, Olafur Eliasson,[2] James Turrell, Waltraut Cooper, Aleksandra Stratimirovi─Ź, Austine Wood Comarow and many others.

the first sight of light art was founded in stain glass windows where the glass would be used to colour transmit light. this can be found going back as far as the 4th century in Church's and mosques.

another aspect of this subject has been used in shadow puppetry where the artist would use the light to cast a shadow. early forms of this have been described by Plato in the Allegory of the cave in the early as 380 BC.

every art piece uses light in some form, and all artist should take light in to consideration when producing work . light have become a very important feature in photography and moving images and also became a practice in the art world in itself.

LED art - the use of LED lights to create installations and sculptures has become very popular as LED are very cheap and an easy way of creating a new vibrant art piece.LED artist are usually guerilla artists also known as street artist who have been known to produce temporary pieces using LEDs in public places.

Pablo Picasso the founder of Cubist movement and one of the greatest artists of the 20th century experimented with light painting also known as light graffity.
the works undernieth show how he created his art with the use of light on to a photograph canvas.

light painting

i have recently been looking in to light paint and life painting animation. light painting is where you set a SLR digital or film camera to a slow shutter speed and then with a light such as a torch you draw a image in a blacked out room so that the image it picked up by the camera. these are some experimenst that i have tried. nothing to aventures just simple idea to get the hang of the technique.

i have also been looking in to light paint animation which is like stop motion where you take a lot of photos that are slightly different to make the image with in the frame move. i have done some basic ones of this such as enlarging squars and circle. i'm finding it queit hard to draw in this way as you can't see the lines that you have created so there it alot of concentration involed and also having conferdance to make a line that you think it correct but will not know till the shot is over.

i hope to loan out a camera from the AV store over this weekend and work on this idea making short animation and the extend with the detail and try more advanced animation. but well see how this works and how far i get with it.

while experimenting with the light painting i also started to experiment with the eqiment i was using. i placed quality street sweet wrappers over the torch lights to make the light different colours as you can see in one of the photos above and i was queit pleased with the out come. i have also brouhg some glow sticks of different colous and when i get a camers i will experiment with them and see what type of effect they have on the images.
recently i have been concentrating in getting placement in an art based area to improve on my networking and also help me with the course. with this experiance i hope to gain more of an insight to the art world and how galleries are run.

i have applayed for the Cube gallery and the Noise lab which both seem quiet positive but i'm still going through the stage of applying and transfering infromation from on to the other.

i have sent a CV to the cube gallery who have emailed back about the voleteering work and i haveto send back more infromation and then hopfully i will be on their datebase to start soon.

i have been placed on the volerteing database for the noise lab and have recieved an email for all volerters to attened a nmeeting where they will show videos and works of how they got to the place they are today and also give out dates for people to work this will take place on wednesday 10th from 12.30 to 2.30. i am llooking forward to this and hope that somthing will come out of it. As a class we are hoping to set our end of year exibition at the noise lab and it should be good if i am able to get some work there which will help me learn all the project and the place.

i have also apply for more information about some voleterring work that i have found on the Commmu site as part of the uni and i am still waiting for them to get back to me which i will recontact if i don't hear anything after this week .

so hopefully i will have some placements yet to come and will get myself networking in no time.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Kumi Yamashita
June 10, 2008, 6:16 pm
Filed under: Art, installation art | Tags: Art, installation, Kumi Yamashita

Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita creates visually arresting installation pieces through shadow play. In this piece, 3D numbers are arranged on a wall so that they cast shadows, which combined, create the illusion of a woman’s body.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

i have been working on 3 project at the mo..

still working on the curry mile film and trying to think of some new idea to put in the film.

as the first edit didn't really work as well as i had hoped i am going to go back to the drawing board and rethink some of the idea. in the first year i became to love the effect of stop motion animation and i have thought about putting this in to my own curry mile film.. i have already done this with colouring in the curry mile. where i got old photos of the wilmslow road and in stop motion coloured them in highlighters and slowly brightened you and neonfied the black and white photos.
i have started to produce some more stop motion taking photos of the curry mile and then animating then cutting then up and then the slice of photo turn in to ingredients for curry such as carrots.

along with the live action of the curry mile i think i might rething this and i have been walking down and up the mile thinking about the film and how i will film it. when i am able to get a camera i am going to walk down and up curry mile at day and at night taking photos as a walk so that it capture what i view and how i see the road when i walk down it. so I'm going to try this idea and see where it gets me and hopefully in inspires me to other idea for the film..

i have been working on another project as well based on identity and surveillance. the idea that we are always being watvched with what every we do and how we live our lives. from little things like receipts to larger things like cameras,ID cards and fingerprints. when i think about the ID card shceme that could be coming in sooner than we thing i see it as a little bit of me that the government will be taking away and holding personal information that is mine and storing it in a data system will millions of other people taken a personal thing from me and just through along with billions of ether people that i don't know and how this data could be played with by the wrong people.
with this project i have been collecting my receipts,including bus tickets etc. i have made some masks out of mod rock as a way of handing your identity from the people and how the government See us now as just numbers in society and not as individual people.i have also been thinking about making a instalation of a crime lab scene and collect poeple details like finger prints,reicieps and other information and making it like we are always under inverstigation and under the eye.

a taking tin.. i have been thinging about making a talking tin such as the tin taks about it's life of being a lable and compares it self to humans and how they are turning in to lable in the world. just a rambling tin can and a little bit of fun.

Monday, 11 January 2010

i have been thinking about the blue-tack compertition and have a view ideas to try ot of how to make a film..

i have though of one idea where i film my self putting up photos of my family and friends and the as the photos are put up the come to live replacing the photos with videos of my family/friends/pets as a way of showing that blu-tacking your photos up brings them to life and makes you enjoy the memories.sounds better n my head i thnk.

also thinking about making a stop motion animation with the blu-tack but will have think more about that and a story line i would make with the blue-tack ..

i am thinkin of making a mind map to expained my ideas and make me think more deeply in to the project as the closing day is quite far away i should have time to try and make sme thing of a high quality

Saturday, 9 January 2010

over christams and new year i have not really wrote in this so i think it's time for a catch up ...
before christmas we had our half year presentations that seem to go out. i finished my cirry mile film to a first draft and plan to work on it more this term. i have throught about tha film more and have been researching and watching documenty style films to give me some ideas of how a film like this could be structured and how other people have tactled their own films.

talking about myt film over with my tutur has also helped.
i have the basic footage and i need to go back down curry mile and see it for what it is and get more footage /research of the mile and also i want to get some interviews from people and what they think of the curry mile and what it brings to manchester