My feedback can be viewed below, so this post is to pick out from it what I need to do next towards A5, which I am hoping to complete by early December. My tutor’s comments are shown in italics, with my own thoughts below.
You do mention feeling that you have been a little scatter gun in your approach and find yourself needing now to focus in more tightly on one particular theme, idea or technique with a view to presenting a coherent series of images for your assignment submissions.
As you note, this particular assignment (4) is meant to allow you to experiment with a view to refining your ideas in assignment 5.
Wendy has clearly picked up my confusion abut this assignment and my great difficulty in pinning down the subject matter concisely.
It seems to me from reading through your submission, the idea that has gained the most traction began with your taking apart of your own hard drive and then a re-photographing of the constituent parts – paired with images rescued from it. I think this is definitely worthy of future development.
Fair enough. It gives me something concrete to move forward with. I have plenty of scope still to add new images to the series, both from my archive and new ones using parts of the hard drive.
As discussed at our 1-2-1 it’s both useful and helpful to set some rules or parameters down for yourself before tackling a distinctive series of work. Usually this means deciding on:
1_the format of the work (usually this means a series of images that are all produced to the same format in the case of a distinctive series)
2_the formal attributes of the work (composition, technique, palette)
3_the concept of the work (can you describe your idea clearly and concisely, explaining what specifically you are exploring throughout your series, etc).
This is what I need to do next. I have already narrowed things down to a particular palette of pale colours, and am very keen to continue working with the transparent overlays, but Wendy suggested that pairings of straight images onto large areas of white paper, in the style of Ann Collier might work better.
If you haven’t done so already (and in direct relation to the potential development of your won potential project using your dis-assembled hard drive), I’d like you to look closely at the work of Evan Roth, whose project ‘Since You Were Born’ similarly explores memory and the online environment. Think about the way that he, for example, uses multiples – large banks of images often – to express his idea. You can hear him talk about this project ‘In Since You Were Born, Evan Roth presents an introspective view of his own internet browsing data to create a dynamic site-specific installation of saturated images that are both personal and universal. Filling the Atrium Gallery entirely, Roth’s internet cache captures four months of search history from the day his second daughter was born on June 29, 2016. Faces of “friends” from social media exist alongside corporate logos, fragments of Google maps, family photographs, and banner advertisements – lost narratives left behind in Roth’s interactions online’ here: https://vimeo.com/335477356
I have had a quick look at the Evan Roth video and see what my tutor means about it being relevant, and will write a case study about it, as suggested. I am also put in mind of some of Erik Kessels’ work, especially the sheer scale of the number of images. Wendy also suggested again (not for the first time) that I consider scaling up the work, so I will also be looking at ways of printing on a larger scale and layouts for that.
So, tasks for the next assignment are:
- research Evan Roth, Ann Collier and Erik Kessels
- investigate large scale printing options
- refine down the subject and format through format, attributes and concepts to improve clarity. In particular, I want to decide whether to go for a few carefully chosen pairings, or a complex tapestry of them.