Archive for March, 2009

Research for Essay – Public Art

Posted in Working towards an MA on March 31, 2009 by karenloiswhiteread

For me this is Public Art that engages, changes our perceptions of place and draws us in. It has the ‘wow’ factor.

The Sultan’s Elephant
Lyn Gardner – The Guardian – Saturday 6 May 2006

“If art is about transformations, there is no more transforming experience than The Sultan’s Elephant, a large-scale outdoor free spectacle produced by French company Royal de Luxe. This is a show that disrupts the spectacle of everyday life and transforms the city from an impersonal place of work and business into a place of play and community. It does something very simple and important: it makes you feel incredibly happy and it gives you permission to let your imagination take flight. It turns us all into beautiful dreamers with silly grins on our faces.”

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Negative Networking

Posted in Working towards an MA on March 24, 2009 by karenloiswhiteread

Still feeling negative about networking which was reinforced yesterday as I spent all day googling and didnt get very far at all ( submerged in looking at mindless  youtube videos that offered nothing but a badly filmed, badly edited boring insights into peoples lives).

I have set up a facebook account and spent most of last week persuading my daughters to let me be their friend. They were very reluctant to let me into that part of their lives even though we all have a very open and honest relationship (I think). I suppose its like nosing in their bedroom or school bag and finding things you and they would rather I not see.

I spoke yesterday with Amber my youngest and a friend of hers about how they felt about facebook. They both said it was something they enjoyed doing but felt that it did have a  negative effect on other aspects of their lives. They both said they used it as a distraction from their studies and felt that they were wasting time. They also said that it allowed them to stay in contact with people that they would other wise not see. When I asked them what this contact was and did they actually see these people they both said no (How is this staying in contact?).

Still stuggling to find a real idea for this project. Spoke with Mike about my origional thoughts and felt that I wasnt really meeting the brief. It seems to me that as more and more people are self publishing on web 2.0 the opportunity to achieve a network project with any impact or

(Public Art) Arts intervention = community cohesion?

Posted in Working towards an MA on March 22, 2009 by karenloiswhiteread

Researching for presentation with Dan.

Arts intervention = Community Cohesion? Does the Community Artist have  an impact?

“The Battle of Orgreave was a re-enactment of one of the most violent confrontations of the 1984/5 miners strike, when police mounted a cavalry charge through the mining village of Orgreave in south Yorkshire.

It was conceived by Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller and produced by Artangel in 2001. The event was documented by acclaimed film-maker Mike Figgis.

Figgis’s film includes footage of the re-enacted clashes, archive material from the original event and interviews with:

Jeremy Deller; Politician Tony Benn; Mac McLoughlin, a former miner and policeman who served  during the strike; David Douglass of the National Union of Mineworkers and Stephanie Gregory of the Womens’ Support Group”. http://www.artangel.org.uk

Breakdown

Michael Landy acknowledges that he will probably always be known as “that bloke who destroyed all his belongings”. In his 2001 artwork Break Down he publicly and systematically shredded, dismantled and demolished everything that he owned. “I’m always trying to get rid of myself,” he says, “so that I can move on. And then I end up always coming back to the same themes… I guess I’m a creature of habit.”

This work had a profound impact on me, I felt that he had come up with a concept which would challenged everyone that viewed it. His life being shredded, everything he possessed from his birth certificate to his car, everything! Would he live to regret it?


Waste of Spacebook?

Posted in Working towards an MA on March 20, 2009 by karenloiswhiteread

I hate computers and web 2.0

Just spent an hour carefully updating my blog and the bloody thing crashed before i published it.

Here I go again. Still feeling negative about this networking project which was reinforced yesterday after spending over 10 hours researching web 2.0 and not  getting far at all. I was drawn into the murky world of You-tube (submerged into looking at mindless  youtube videos that offered nothing but a badly filmed, badly edited, boring insights into peoples lives). trying to find examples of good web blogs either funny informative or just entertaining and all I found was car crash video blogging.

I set up a Facebook account and spent most of this week trying to pursued my daughters to let me be their friend. They were both reluctant to let me into that part of their lives, even though they say they have no secrets from me. I suppose its like nosing in their bedrooms and finding something they don’t want me to see.

Spoke with Amber and her friend about Facebook and what impact (if any) it has if any on their lives.

They are both 16 and have been using Web 2.0 networks since they were 10.

When I asked them what they thought of Facebook they both said they hadn’t really thought about it,  as it was such an integral part of their lives.They said it was something they both enjoyed doing but felt that it did have a negative impact sometimes.  They use it as a tool to organise their social lives and said they spent a lot of time using it as a distraction from their studies (which they both felt was a negative)

When I asked them what the positives were, they both said it allowed them to stay in contact with people that they wouldn’t otherwise not see, but when i asked them if they actually saw these old friends they both said ‘well no, we just say hi to them occasionally’.

When I asked them if there were any other negatives about using facebook they both agreed that it did make them feel bad if no one had commented them for a while or if they saw that there had been a party that they had not been invited to they would feel left out and they both had examples of people falling out over negative comments left on other peoples facebook pages.

We then discussed ‘Facebook/ Myspace, stalking’ and found a youtube video that was very disturbing. It is about a young girl who committed suicide after negative comments had been posted about her on her Myspace. The perpetrator was an older woman posing as a young lad.

We came up with a name for the project “Waste of Spacebook?” Im going to set up a group and see how many people join.

Still stuggling to find a real idea for this project. Spoke with Mike about my origional thoughts and felt that I wasnt really meeting the brief. It seems to me that as more and more people are self publishing on web 2.0 (212,340 bloggers, 185,350 new posts, 44,125,096 words today, and that’s just on WordPress) the opportunity to achieve a network project with any impact is getting harder, as I said befor do people really have the time to get involved in these project with so much ‘Noise’ out there how will people find it.

Still stuggling to find a real idea for this project. Spoke with Mike about my origional thoughts and felt that I wasnt really meeting the brief. It seems to me that as more and more people are self publishing on web 2.0 the opportunity to achieve a network project with any impact .

This is a short film shot as a starting point for the project.

Re Debate on Networking

Posted in Working towards an MA on March 19, 2009 by karenloiswhiteread

i⋅con⋅o⋅clast    /aɪˈkɒnəˌklæst/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ahy-kon-uh-klast] Show IPA –noun 1. a breaker or destroyer of images, esp. those set up for religious veneration. 2. a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.

I dont think so!

What I am thinking about is questioning the value of these networking platfoms set up for self expression giving people (of any age) complete freedom to access and publish anything.

Are we all being brainwashed into thinking that this is freedom?

Do we want our childen to have access to everything?

Have we got time to really question everything we consume?

Is it making the world a better place?

Is it dividing generations?

Are we able to distinguish between what is true and what is false from publishers that have no legal comeback?

For example if the BBC put out a news item that has not been researched, verified and edited, that was later found to be untrue or libelous they would face prosecution, where as anyone can write a libelous blog anonymously and get away with it.

Screenig with the clients

Posted in Working towards an MA on March 14, 2009 by karenloiswhiteread

Had a great time today, showed the final edit of the ‘Growingroom’ film to the team at Haring Woods associates. They all loved it and didnt want any changes, which means a weekend off. Only a bit of tweeking to the sound.

Got an email back from the musicians who produced ‘Moon Ride’  the sound track Im using in the film. They agreed to let me use the track for free.

Pro ana networking

Posted in Working towards an MA on March 13, 2009 by karenloiswhiteread

This YouTube video is the starting point for my networking project.

Exploring negative networking, inspired by a book that I am currently reading “The Culture of the Amateur” “How blogs, Myspace, YouTube and the rest of today’s user generated media are killing our culture and economy”.