Hello this is my Unit 2 Assessment post, will do my best to make some sense of what it is I’ve been doing for the last couple of years over the MA.
Firstly the stuff that needs to be here, link to the 2nd symposium video is here;
A link to the required 500+ words post about my own practice;
And now for the other stuff, will try not to ramble on too much.
- Present a resolved body of original creative practice that has evidenced the systematic enhancement of your knowledge and understanding.
Over the course of the MA my practice has changed quite a lot, not so much in the physical work (I’m still engraving bits of text from the internet onto physical objects) but more in my approach to how I go about producing the work, my perspective upon it and how I’m now presenting it.
This is most obvious I think after having finished the research paper which was about the idea of digital drift or online dérive, basically an argument in favour of time spent “aimlessly” online for artistic practice and the parallels between physical drifts and dérives. This is something that I feel I’ve followed through on in my practice since the beginning of Unit 2. The change of focus being put onto the actual journeys made in order to source material and the recording of that information.
Here are some (quite a few now I look at it!) posts about that process of making the journeys to find material to engrave. They also contain a fair amount of rambling on about my work in general (or critical reflection if you prefer).
This all lead on and into not only my work for the MA but also a couple of the proposals and applications I did, in particular the Aspen Online Art Award and the Mead Fellowship.
Links about which are here;
I feel like doing these applications really helped develop and force me to hone my practice a bit for each one. They were also important for my professional development as I definitely feel more confident about putting together proposals and applications and also giving presentations about my work.
The combination of all this stuff has I think been really important for me both in terms of my work for the MA and also more generally for my own professional practice. The work for the proposals lead me to using the line from the walks made as a major part of the final piece. That piece being here;
I’m pretty happy with it as an installed work and feel it shows a real change in approach that’s been engendered by the MA. The focus on journeys made and finding a way to visually represent that that I think is interesting and visually appealing. Going forward one of the things I would like to try and do is represent the digital journeys/drifts in a way that is also aesthetically considered and works well within the rest of my process. Something to be getting on with after the MA!
The MA has definitely helped in regard my ability to communicate and present my ideas, both in terms of presenting and being involved in discussion with my peers on the course as in the 2nd symposium
and also presenting to other people, such as during the Aspen prize or giving a talk to students on the foundation course which I found really useful and also had some nice feedback about. Post about which is here;
I’ve also done my best to continue exhibiting my work outside of the course and managed to get some pieces into a couple of shows that I was reasonably happy with.
The blog has been an invaluable tool to enable me to analyse and critically reflect upon my own practice, something which I’ve done quite a lot of, pretty much all the posts about making the work and taking walks contain a fair amount of reflection on the process as it goes along, I have also made some posts that are specifically about that reflective process.
As part of the marking criteria there is a “summation and evaluation of progress & plans” heading, I feel like this is all kind of covered in the 500 words post so don’t want to just repeat myself, will link to it again to save scrolling up though!
I think that covers it reasonably well. Putting this post together has actually been a bit of a struggle as my inclination and preference is always just to start typing and ramble on but this has forced me to go back through all that (shouldn’t have written so bloody much!) and attempt to put it into a coherent post. Hopefully I’ve just about managed it.