Tuesday, 26 October 2010

MARY GREGG





The Platt Hall visit was inspiring and evoked ideas and I was intrigued by the back rooms as it was interesting to see whats kept there and how everything is stored and having this private access lead to ideas to whats visible and what isn't. I liked the way everything is dated and listed in the typewriter font and could progress with this. Mary Gregg's letter within the fabric was a highlight as it seems that she made her own collage and was keen on experimenting.

Monday, 25 October 2010

60xEnvelopes: The Big Sheets



60XEnvelopes










These are a small selection of the letters and envelopes that i found in my cellar. They contain invoices and letters from my dad's business but the most interesting thing i found about them was that they had been kept in the same place for 4 years, abandoned and forgotten about. I don't want a direct link to Mary Gregg but think these will work well for my project.








Friday, 8 October 2010

36EXP



I was told about this exhibition through meeting someone at the MUSEA meeting and agreed to volunteer...but they ha vent called me in all week. However, I visited the exhibition and even though I'm not that much into photography,(i think this view might change during the year) and my favourites were Katarzyna Pelaka and Scott Ramsay. I also saw how contact sheets could be transformed into something more than a simple boring contact sheet and into more of a character that's part of the camera and the patterns a couple of Photographers made them into.
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'36EXP.’ is a photographic exhibition involving 36 artists and 36 contact sheets. The concept of the exhibition is based upon a standard 36 exposure photographic film. Over the past six months, ‘36EXP.’ has been accepting submissions from artists, photographers and students from all over the world, including Germany, Amsterdam, Canada, India, Israel, China and Australia. The outline of the brief was simply to return to photographic film, whether 35mm, 120mm or slides, and to produce a contact sheet from the roll of film used. The exhibition features a selection of photographs from each artist as well as their contact sheet, providing an unusual combination of ‘finished photograph’ alongside an accompanying contact sheet, revealing the photograph’s development and production.

In this ambitious exhibition, digital photography is rejected in an attempt to rejuvenate traditional film methods. Each artist has taken a critical and considered approach to the exhibition of their contact sheet; some have consciously planned each frame, creating ‘aesthetic contact sheets’, whilst others have retained a more organic and natural approach, simply exhibiting the result of using film.

MUSEA



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The Manchester University Society for Emerging Artists (MUSEA) aims to cultivate a collective group of like-minded people who are both interested in and have a passion for the practice of contemporary art. It will act as a forum in which Manchester students can develop artistic skills, techniques and ideas through regular workshops and socials. Ultimately, the intention of the society is to generate a collective group of people who are interested in producing works of art that may be considered for exhibition next year.


Ive joined the MUSEA Art society and excited about what i can do with it as Ive been to the meetings, spoke to like minded people. However, the workshops aren't really my cup of tea as i prefer more contemporary Art work but Ive spoke to some people at the meeting who. like me, are interested in Installations and contemporary Avant Garde pieces so we could work together and do a group project or even an exhibition.

Plan C: The Liquidator







In the Summer 2010 a group of six artists embarked on a journey to Chernobyl, to develop a secretive Plan C...Before they departed, a rural tractor left the Zone, leading west.

A month later a load of scrap metal was sitting in an anonymous warehouse under the railroad in Manchester, UK.

The group moved into the warehouse and started secretly working day and night on The Liquidator.

After two weeks The Liquidator is ready. The strange interactive sculpture was installed last night in Manchester’s Whitworth Park and is now fully operational.

I found it an interesting take on a fairground ride and came across this as it was in the park opposite my halls and staretd asking the artists about how they out it together, I was so intrigued and had to take part in the ride as it featured my love of thrown away objects and they told me about it. They were a abunch of enthusiastic skilled artists. My friend and I went on the one with the car seats but thought they had no seatbelts which was a bit nerving but luckily they had some. I would like to do a similar project in the future so will probably organsie something like this when I build more contacts.

GROUP PROJECTS

Party Project : Stag and Hen Do

This seemed like the easiest party to do as its covered by the media and soaps all too well…but not everybody knew what it was apart from the group members. We did a ‘Old English; take on it, taking it back to nature and having leaves from the local park for the set of our party. We had the L plates, the rebellious Feminist, the Pimp and Boxer to signify the masculinity and drunken brawls of Stags and Stag nights. And the ‘hoes’ to accompany the Pimp in their typical fashion for the clich├ęd Stag night. Ours wasn’t the stand out attraction, and there was a clash of ideas and not the best communication but I guess I’ve learnt with working with others and how to improve next time !
‘Old English meets Modern Stag night meets After party’

Film project: Forest Gump
I love this film ! So was pleased to know we had our own take on it and to make a Sweded . We haven't finished it yet but the group is working well together and have our props ready- Shrimp Boat, Leg Braces, placards with famous quotes such as “Run FOREST Run”, and some beards for the running scene. The production came together really well considering we filmed it on the morning of the final day and we worked really well as a team.

Next weeks project…to be announced !

CLUSTER CRAP







For the summer project I created a game for 6 players with the aim being: fish out as many clusters of crap so that the 2 highest scorers qualify to the next round and so on so that we get a winner.
The game surprisingly proved a hit considering I made it at 2am and was stuck for ideas. However, I rummaged through my trusty garage and found random bits of small objects (screws, leaves, broken pegs, nails, drill bits etc) and put them into some balls of insulating foam and stuck hooks on the top of the clusters, I also spray-painted them for a more aesthetically pleasing look and they were added into a bucket. I also made fishing rods with the heads of clothes hangers, string and twigs. The game went down a treat!

CLUSTER CRAP

‘CLUSTER CRAP’



For the summer project I created a game for 6 players with the aim being: fish out as many clusters of crap so that the 2 highest scorers qualify to the next round and so on so that we get a winner.
The game surprisingly proved a hit considering I made it at 2am and was stuck for ideas. However, I rummaged through my trusty garage and found random bits of small objects (screws, leaves, broken pegs, nails, drill bits etc) and put them into some balls of insulating foam and stuck hooks on the top of the clusters, I also spray-painted them for a more aesthetically pleasing look and they were added into a bucket. I also made fishing rods with the heads of clothes hangers, string and twigs. The game went down a treat!