Friday, 14 September 2012

Project Brief

Level 2 Art and Media
Time Based Art and Digital Film
Tutor: Mel Woods
Location: TBADF Studio (Matthew L5) and Facilities
Weeks: 1 – 5

Welcome to Time Based Art and Digital Film. The first project of the year is designed to introduce you to the facilities, equipment and people of the art school associated with still and moving image. The second project (Weeks 7 – 12) will cover Sound Art and Design, Performance and Installation.

‘Utopia and the Everyday’

·         To support your practice through approaches to help research  ideas and develop concepts.
·         To help you to develop skills for group and individual working.
·         Introduce facilities and equipment for making digital films, wet process and digital photography.

What is your personal utopia?

‘What’s really going on, what we’re experiencing, the rest, all the rest, where is it?  How should we take account of, question, describe what happens every day and recurs every day: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual? Maybe this is our personal utopia?
Perec, G. (1997) Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, Harmondsworth: Penguin, p.206

Visual technologies are not only ways to think about and record the contemporary landscape: they are a major part of that landscape, the constant backdrop of where and how we live. The project begins with individual research, group mind-mapping, a 24hr group film project and individual work.

The project will include research, group and individual tutorials and workshops. Introductions to HD Video Cameras, Lighting, Editing with Final Cut Pro, DVD and BluRay Production, B+W and Digital Photography and Photoshop.

The project will be in two parts:

Weeks 1  - 3

Personal Research
Organise Studio Space

Use sketchbooks and/or blog eg tumblr/wordpress or posterous to begin to document your project and progress. Note down a diary and schedule books, artists, exhibitions, films, websites.

Establish yourself a working space in college.

Choose 3 x artists/filmmakers/writers that represent the theme.  Gather material to present to the group in wk 2.

Start to display documentation of approach in your studio space.

Being a large drawn mind-map of your response to the project theme.

Group Inductions

Research and mind-map presentation

24hr Video Project

Health and Safety, and access to HD Camera/Lighting

Visualise your thoughts and links to artists/creatives, theory, history

Create and Produce a 24 hr video project. You will be divided into groups based on common approach to the theme.

You can book equipment through

Everybody will present their ideas and show research material and mind-map to the group.
Make a 2 minute film on the theme of ‘Utopia and the Everyday’ 
The film must have sound, and must use a combination of still and moving image.

Group Inductions

Group Critique for 24hr Film

Individual Project
Photoshop Induction, DVD ad BluRay authoring

Share and comment on 24hr video work

Further Research and Short tutorials with Mel Woods

1 group film per team of approx. 4

Begin work on your individual project (you may swap skills with others in the group, but everyone must produce a project as digital film and/or photography.

Weeks 4 - 6

Personal Research and Production
Continue with theme to produce an individual project. You are encouraged to support and assist each other in work, but everyone must produce a piece of work of their own.

Plan and book you own equipment

Research, plan and produce your individual project.

Group Critique
Complete your individual project and supporting material, tis project is not restricted, but must use skills in digital film and Photography.

Present to the class and staff team.
Everybody will complete an individual project

Present your ideas, material and completed individual work. 10mins per student.

Get feedback for your progression.

Reading Week
Consolidate all your work so far.

You are encouraged to explore the work of these and other artists:
Margaret Tait, Patrick Keillor, Shona Illingworth, Susan and Alexander Maris, Bjorn Melhus, Kurt Schwitters, Tacita Dean, Francis Alys, Louise K Wilson, Chris Petit, Johan Grimonprez, Andrew Kotting, Hans Schabus, Santiago Sierra, Lucy and Jorge Orta, The Situationists, Fluxus, Yayoi Kusama, Annette Messager, Sophie Calle, Julius Popp.In addition the current DCA Exhibitions.

Some recommended reading:
Broken Screen ed Doug Aitken
Experimental Geography ed Nato Thompson
Gordon Matta-Clark. 706.6(73)MAT
Richard Long. 73(42)-19-LON
Mark Dion :archaeology. Edited by Alex Coles and Mark Dion. 706.4(73)DIO
Land and environmental art. Edited by Jeffrey Kastner. 730.4
Mike Nelson :a forgotten kingdom. 706.4(42)EL
Dalziel and Scullion 706.4(411)DAL
Joan Jonas :performance, video, installation, 1968-2000

Editor, Johann-Karl Schmidt. 706.2(73)JON
Kabakov, Ilya: Public projects or the spirit of a place 706.4(47)KAB
Olafur Eliasson :the weather project. 706.4(48)ELI
The everyday / edited by Stephen Johnstone. London : Whitechapel, 2008. 709 EVE
The Mezzanine (1988) is a first novel by Nicholson Baker about what goes through a man's mind during a modern lunch break.

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