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Entry 96: In View Of.

Can it be said, will it be said. I’m not sure if this came out right, in line, aligned with what I meant  for it all. Not from the start. Never from a start, though starts often stand undressed before styled. Defining more than we wish process might allow. I’m not confident in this being what I want, outright, its unsure, but that was surely the plan. Will this convince when I am already lacking conviction? Surely this methodology stands. I would, in line with how I’ve planned. Though sometimes it can be hard to hammer down, just how much might proceed what follows.

 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Completion of formal Research Proposal Presentation (Assessment)
    • Stating the ‘Thesis Question’ & ‘Abstract’
    • Outlining the research’s prompts and context
    • Discussing the ‘Research Question’ & ‘Underpinning Enquiries’
    • Proposing ‘Methodologies’ (including ethnographic case studies)
    • Etc.
  • Answering questions and responses
    • Reviewing the concept of ‘accessibility’ of contemporary art

 

~ Reflective Overview ~

In completing this part of the assessment I feel that the I have a clearer idea of the direction in which I want to pursue a future PhD. At the moment, my finite issue is with the realistic funding for my intended research, because though I feel my methodologies and approaches are reasonably sound, I feel that is a lack of specificity that would demonstrate the proposal’s ability to be fully completed and add to the total sum of knowledge that exists. Additionally, I think the general proposal still needs a massive amount of refining, especially if I am to genuinely use it as a PhD Proposal.

Intended Thought 95: A Conflict of Interests

I make no statements, besides from the approach I wish to manifest. Saying so in attempts for clarity. But vaguer and further does reasoning flee, further and further, much farther than intention. Let everything be accomplished, let everything be achievable. When in all surety, I know, it is not, in words, believable. Reachable. Confinable. No. It is doable. See, I have already shown my working, but with so many answers, which do I polish and discuss? Besides from the fact, that with all tact, all this is but one third a portion. 

 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Completion of formal Research Proposal (Assessment)
    • Stating the ‘Thesis Question’ & ‘Abstract’
    • Outlining the research’s prompts and context
    • Discussing the ‘Research Question’ & ‘Underpinning Enquiries’
    • Proposing ‘Methodologies’ (including ethnographic case studies)
    • Etc.

 

~ Reflective Overview ~

It was a real struggle after the meeting with Tom to process and review all the material and intentions I had gathered for this assessment. Taking his recommendation of developing my methodologies first, I managed to structure my three intertwining methodology strands, but I was hesitant about including so many case studies because I felt it opened the research to so many critical issues. Would the research be manageable and accomplishable in the time span of three years with such a wide scope of information? Would it be viewed as an over generalisation? How would questions interrogate the research without falling prey to the multitude of other elements the ethnographic research might reveal?

My question changed more than ten times, and the underpinning questions were equally as challenging, because I wanted there to be a clear progression of thought through them. Honestly, there were many times I was discouraged by how the proposal was developing, and threw away whole chunks of writing, not because the writing wasn’t clear or wasn’t clearly researchable, but because of the sheer lack of genuine interest I had in the research taking certain paths. The struggle at times honestly became to accept the different type of writing that was being asked of the assessment, rather than a full PhD proposal. I needed the proposal to demonstrate what I knew would be achievable as a proposal, but balancing a sense of ambition was the real obstruction to my final draft.

Intended Thought 94: In a Rut

Sincerely, whatever sense of surety I had was gone. 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Tutorial with Tom Schofield
    • Discussing Research Proposal Assessment
    • Discussing how best to approach PhD proposals
    • Reviewing potential reasonings for specific institutes to complete a PhD

~ Reflective Overview ~

Originally I felt I was in a strong position regarding my Research Proposal. My Project Proposal had gone quite smoothly, since it was an expansion on an existing proposal, and I had thought that it would be pose the greatest challenge because it had been rejected and therefore had left me in doubt of its quality. However, by using this assessment to draft a proposal for my prospective PhD project I have left myself with even more fears and worries about the approach for the writing. I had lots of research and approaches for research prepared, but I found that my initial question was still far to broad and left too much ambiguity.

With Tom’s help we managed to identify all the areas that needed addressing in the question, and I managed to understand more about what in fact I was interested in researching. Additionally, the discussion allowed me to replace my use of the word ‘culture’ that had been due to a lack of a better descriptor for what was in fact ‘practices’. My focus became on how to justify a range of case studies without having to specify my research to a specific region, as well as define my intentions for the use of said research whilst prioritising studio work and experimentation.

Overall, the experience was stressful and worrying, because I felt that there was so much more preliminary research that needed to be done, but time obviously was now limited. My main focus was to implement one of the biggest references presented to me, which was the ‘archival turn’, in particular the statements of Hal Foster.

~ Referred References ~

  • The Archival Turn
  • Hal Foster, art critic & historian
    • reviewed the ‘archival turn/ trend’ of artists presenting and visualising archives and collections that had been seen to be hidden or forgotten.
    • wrote ‘The Archival Impulse’ & ‘The Archive without Museums’

Intended Thought 94: In a Rut

Sincerely, whatever sense of surety I had was gone. 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Tutorial with Tom Schofield
    • Discussing Research Proposal Assessment
    • Discussing how best to approach PhD proposals
    • Reviewing potential reasonings for specific institutes to complete a PhD

~ Reflective Overview ~

Originally I felt I was in a strong position regarding my Research Proposal. My Project Proposal had gone quite smoothly, since it was an expansion on an existing proposal, and I had thought that it would be pose the greatest challenge because it had been rejected and therefore had left me in doubt of its quality. However, by using this assessment to draft a proposal for my prospective PhD project I have left myself with even more fears and worries about the approach for the writing. I had lots of research and approaches for research prepared, but I found that my initial question was still far to broad and left too much ambiguity.

With Tom’s help we managed to identify all the areas that needed addressing in the question, and I managed to understand more about what in fact I was interested in researching. Additionally, the discussion allowed me to replace my use of the word ‘culture’ that had been due to a lack of a better descriptor for what was in fact ‘practices’. My focus became on how to justify a range of case studies without having to specify my research to a specific region, as well as define my intentions for the use of said research whilst prioritising studio work and experimentation.

Overall, the experience was stressful and worrying, because I felt that there was so much more preliminary research that needed to be done, but time obviously was now limited. My main focus was to implement one of the biggest references presented to me, which was the ‘archival turn’, in particular the statements of Hal Foster.

~ Referred References ~

  • The Archival Turn
  • Hal Foster, art critic & historian
    • reviewed the ‘archival turn/ trend’ of artists presenting and visualising archives and collections that had been seen to be hidden or forgotten.
    • wrote ‘The Archival Impulse’ & ‘The Archive without Museums’

Intended Thought 93: Again with the Stories

When the question is not in making something different or improve what is lacking, where do you find space for enhancement. To add without consideration for quality simply stews a good idea to slop. Tasty but no longer enticing or appealing. When change is still necessary, consider: when it was the original how would more time have polished it?

 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Reviewing emailed comments and comments on my original rejected proposal to Seven Stories for the Late Shows
  • Completed formal written ‘Project Proposal’
    • Enhanced and furthered description including segment on the different ways in which the project would engage with the space, audience, ethos, themes, culture, etc.
    • Produced digital sketches/ mock-ups of the intended installation & card layouts
    • Enhanced formatting and specificities for budgeting and timeline
    • Etc.

 

~ Reflective Overview ~

After having my original proposal rejected from Seven Stories, it became a somewhat daunting and frustrating task to expand and recreate a proposal intended for the same project again. Not wanting to start from scratch because I did believe in my idea of creating trading cards as an exhibition piece, I drew upon the experience of having documented and conducting ethnographic observations on the actual Late Shows Exhibition/Event. As well as reviewing note made by members of Seven Stories and Tim.

There was come conflicting advice with regards to why my proposal had been rejected, but my greatest concern was if the proposal was simply poor to begin with. I was told that the approach to the proposal had in fact been good, and there was little to change other to enhance some of the aspects that had been left in question that I had been emailed about during the selection process. It was more due to the fact that Seven Stories had already done what they had deemed to be a similar project that I was unaware of.

I decided therefore to focus my attention on what elements I had been unable to do during the period of time I had created my proposal. I had wanted to create sketches and layouts as a visual aid to my ideas, but at the time I had been traveling and struggled for wifi let along a scanner or digital drawing device. Then, because I knew the biggest questions that bad been posed to my work were with regards to the validity of its engagement, I outlined all factors of engagement my project would and could be focused on, especially with regards to how to engage the audience using specific spaces.

Overall, it became quite an enjoyable process.

Intended Thought 92: Professionalism = Donuts

Click. Click. Click. Timer’s not working. So, click. I am watching the people that are pretending they aren’t watching. They don’t want to appear to be watching, when someone else is watching, including those that are hoping to be watched. Still, I’ve heard the same thing 50 times now, maybe more if I could stay. The space appears ill-considered, and though the idea is fanciful, the collaborative demonstration is lost. The kids watching would rather their supervisors watch more carefully, not them, but what they themselves have deemed to watch. 

 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Prepared for Seven Stories: Late Shows Exhibition/ Event Documentation
  • Documented using photos and video, the works of Mike and Lewis (in tandem with Garry)
  • Completed ethnographic observations on the audience’s reactions

 

~ Reflective Overview ~

I was a long night. Though thankfully along with Garry, I had a friend assisting. Juggling trying to capture Mike’s ongoing piece and Lewis’ range of performers that were spaced at different times and places across the building was quite a task. There really frustrating thing, was one of the cameras that was planned to take a time-lapse of photos stopped working. And then there were performances that ran late or started early.

Most of all, in experiencing trying to conduct ethnographic work and digital documentation of performances was having to deal with the other performances and events within a given space. Trying to conduct observations of 10 minutes long events and an ongoing one at the same time sometimes just meant a lot of running around. Though I found one of my favourite observations and ways to document, was simply to document people documenting the performances or people viewing the performances. It was a strange experience to observe those that had taken it upon themselves to observe others observing too.

Intended Thought 91: Let’s Reference Tom

The codes, the codes they made the sounds in time, so time made progress. What making made time for making, there are things to see, judge and ponder upon not under. So many systems, made simply because making was necessary. But what about the unnecessary that then becomes necessary. Since often what is necessary soon becomes obsolete. 

 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Completed tutorial with John
    • Discussed the progression of my Creative Practice Project
    • Reviewed potential PhD proposal strategies

 

~ Reflective Overview ~

In seeking out a meeting with John, we were mostly focused on how to develop my ideas of the final exhibition project. As I had previously mentioned to Tom and Tim, my idea had become quite visual and I wanted to find the experimentation and research that must be fostering such a piece. We began with some of the discussion points I had had with Irene, especially the act of puncturing and etching.

Referencing many machines and systems throughout history, one of the more prominent references I given included some of his and Tom’s work. In particular, a piece of Tom’s earlier work. We also had a very animated discussion regarding the concept of creation and invention, and the frustration of what makes something ‘commercial’. Overall the meeting was very productive in a ‘throwing ideas all over’ way, though not a lot of structure came from the talk, it was helpful in establishing some new threads of research.

 

~ Referred References ~

  • Codes and cryptography
  • Euston Railway clearing house
    • The system developed to record all the transactions made became too much to count by hand, therefore a new coding system was developed to count and comprehend the money involved in a manageable manner.
  • Martin Campbell Kelly
    • The inventor of the origin of computing (IBM)
  • The Cabinet Mr. Wilson
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • 12 music boxes
  • Conton Nancarrow
    • Study of player piano
  • Toshio Iwai
    • Piano and Digicult (Strobe lighting)
  • Oiko-Noditi Pasarra
    • Knitted digital
  • Q David Bowers
    • The mechanical music press
  • The Encyclopaedia of Automatic Musical Instruments
  • David R. Leach of Huddersfield
    • The Mechanical Organ
    • Fairground and Street Organs (Rob Baker)
  • Herman Hollererith
    • Inventor of the Electromechanical Punch Card Tabulator

Intended Thought 89: Tutorials Galore

And then her thoughts and his thoughts and more of his thoughts. The day spoked in volumes, times, spaces, and change. Nothing changes like minds. 

 

~ Productive Actions ~

  • Completed tutorial with Irene
    • Discussing the approach and layout of final portfolio
    • Briefly discussed preparation for later tutorial regarding Interrogating You Disciple research progress
  • Completed tutorial with Tim
    • Reviewed my original proposal for Seven Stories and how it might be adapted for my Project Proposal Assessment
    • Discussed final Creative Practice Project ideas
  • Completed tutorial with Tom
    • Discussed final Creative Practice Project ideas
    • Reviewed overall progress through the course

 

~ Reflective Overview ~

Throughout today I had three intensive tutorial that almost covered every assessment in progress I have going. It was particularly stressful discussing my upcoming portfolio hand-in, because the assessment has a very open ended reflective approach, whilst asking for very specific bits of information. I was worried I hadn’t done enough to prepare an idea of how my work was progressing, but it turned out in the meeting that my system to illustrate my experience and involvement during the two exhibitions was clear and professional. The only note I was given was to be wary of how much writing I added to my laid out images and not over think how much needed to specifically be said, since Irene had been part of these projects already.

My tutorial with Tim was really focussed on how I might approach my Project Proposal assessment. Since he had been directly involved with the Seven Stories project and been part of the panel that had discussed and selected which projects would be realised. It was a little worrying to try and clarify what aspects of the work needed addressing, but overall it seemed like the project as a proposal was very solid to begin with, it had only been circumstances that had prevented the work from being selected.

With Tom, the discussion was much more based on a general overview of the course and the progress I had made. Much of the internal and external stresses since the beginning of the course, had been plaguing me, and it was generally good to work through some of the issues up until now. But when focusing on the final project, I found a lot of my ideas had become messier and harder to put into comprehensive statements. Therefore, I decided to take a step back and review my ideas more practically before trying to structure them to another person again.

 

~ Referred References ~

  • Winding Music Boxes
  • Autonomous Mutations
    • Research into Robotic Art & Semi-Automatic Art
    • Robot Opera
  • Etching & Puncturing Machines
  • Jacquard’s Machine/ Loom
  • Loom and Printing Press History
  • James Burke (science historian)