Austin Kleon’s ‘The Life of a Project’ from the book ‘Steal Like an Artist’
Today we will begin with a brief meeting with Teo Treloar who is the academic in charge of the Graduate Exhibition (please welcome him and thank him for making the time to come over). I have learnt during the break that the exhibition will run for an two weeks into the first and second week of the December.
This will mean;
1) our tech committee will have to organise for an extra week of rostered morning exhibition checks.
2) that people planning on presenting using their own equipment will need to make sure there are plans to do so for the whole three weeks of install and two weeks following the launch.
Today I need the committee work requested last week to posted to google docs and an invite sent to me (only one group has done that). At the top of this document I need the contact details for a representative of that committee. Under this I need clear documentation of who is doing what by when – this needs actual names and dates so that I can contact the person involved if needed and see who is available to do other jobs.
We also need to ask any questions regarding funding and purchasing and the requirements for the print catalogue while Teo’s here – we should also find out if we can organise music for the garden space- and anything else the groups can think of as pressing.
We have also (just) decided that we’ll put together a video presentation of the install and final exhibition – if I could have some volunteers to help put that together -that’d be grand – it’ll be another credit for your portfolio.
We will meet in committees and ensure that we know exactly who is doing what and by when – document this in the document you share with me. Please make sure you are aware of what your role and responsibilities are. If you feel you haven’t been given responsibility for something please register your contact details with me as someone willing to operate as a ‘runner’ when we find the need (and we will).
Today we’ll try and spend some time locking in exhibition spaces and making some curatorial decisions – it will help in development of your work to commit to a space and shape your project to it over the coming weeks. Curatorial can spend some time interviewing discussions this with people now –
An element not really very well worked out in the mid year exhibition was attention to detail in installation – if you need plinths make sure they are the right height and they are well presented (check to see if they are the right colour and well finished.) Cords and cables need to be hidden or neatly presented. As we saw last term tv’s on a plinth don’t really provide the ‘ethos’ that we are looking for and undermine the work. What creative solutions can we come up with. Screen works really need to consider their context and presentation not just their completion. Screens should have brand names and LEDS blacked out. If you need to hang a screen (or have some other requirement) we need to know well ahead of the week of install – most things are achievable given time to organise.
Some are already planning on using black boxes – so we need to be sure we have the right spaces for each of you and that we can commit to those spaces. I’d like us to lock in equipment as much as possible so that projects can be developed accordingly (native resolution of projectors and etc, sound and driver requirements).
Events and Catering:
The Events and Catering will need to start planning in order to ensure foam-core is ordered and delivered well in advance of the date (see Glen – order spare as you will mess the odd one up and need to try again). Sushi was good but there wasn’t enough and it was very expensive – I would suggest ordering individual rolls from a supermarket style supplier and slicing ourselves. Dips, Fruit, Carrots, Celery was great and we could go with more of that.
Events and catering will also need to have a close read of this document : 2015 Exhibition guidelines
These are the guidelines for staging an exhibition in the School of English, Media and the Arts. They have been carefully developed to ensure the legal, safety, and intellectual property requirements are met and publicity is approached in a coherent and organised fashion. Its the responsibility of the events and catering committee (with my help) to ensure these requirements are communicated and met appropriately.
Publicity and Design:
Program of launch event: will there be a program for the launch evening? (Yes – please and A$ map and hand out with programme)
Advertising copy? Invites? (Use list from last term)
Signage of exhibition: Where will this be posted? You will probably need to liaise with the exhibition managers and the main campus exhibition committees
Style and formatting for didactic panels: How will the exhibition identity be incorporated into these panels?
Catalogue Website Development: (Publicity and Design with help from Aristo and Harry)
Everyone needs to submit the following at the end of this class:
(requirements for print catalogue?)
A. Name, website, email, contact
Your name (what you would like to be known as)
Any contact details you would like to provide such as website address (optional)
B. 85 word statement
This can be edited from your profile statement assignment. Please use first person and titles of works are to be italicised. Mat will copy-edit and proof your statement.
C. 1 – 4 images (One 300 dpi, CMYK, 150*150 mm- width (tiff) & 72dpi, 3 * RGB, 600 pixel width,maximum – images for width )
You have the option of how many images to include on your page.
Captions for the images are required and need to set out as follows (no commas):
Title of work year of production (medium)
D. portrait shots
We will be using the photographs shot by Aristo in week 2 for the profile statement. If you were absent that week or for some reason do not like your photograph, you will need to have ones done in the same style.
Dropbox for files:
Please make a new folder within the dropbox with naming format: Surname_Firstname
and a p word for access is media arts uow without any spaces.
this dropbox will expire in 3 days please ensure you’ve uploaded all we need by then.
Lets read through assessment three an ensure we are ready to hand in our process diaries in whatever form they take next week. This assessment is designed to ensure the work is done over the previous weeks and no extra burden is imposed other than working on your ideas – very happy to see quite a few of you in during the holiday working on projects. We need to see more of this.
While this is going on on I will expect a briefing from each of you on the process of your project and a run through of your work to date.
Please book a time in 10 minute blocks to sit down and go through this with me – I want you to tell me about your academic research, your creative research and your experiments to date. At this point I expect 2-3 weeks of research and development completed.
In addition find I will assign you two people who you will present your ideas and project development too sometime during the workshop. I want these people to be your harshest critic and confidante. To be the people you go to when you need an honest opinion and second opinion. These two people are as responsible for your final project as you are – They are not you friends. They are your mentors. Swap emails with them commit to weekly shoutouts from now until exhibition. In part this is a process of caring for each other, taking responsibility for each other, and ensuring the exhibit is running smoothly.
Today in the workshop I’d like us to come up with an impressive installation that might be installed in the foyer space. The people assigned to the projection mapping workshop will work with me on this after a brief consultation with the group. In fact I’d like this work to be as ‘self directed’ so that I can get around to each of you for consultation.
At the beginning of the workshop you can gather in the foyer and discuss what face you’d like to present as a group….how can you best use your collective talents to provide an impressive entrance to the gallery space? Should this work be functional/informing/aestheti. Who will we pursue this work as a group to ensure a good (how will will divide up responsibilities)? What equipment will we require? Are there ways of incorporating the different tech – pure data, cnc, projection mapping, drones into one coherent work that demonstrates what we do and what the possibilities are? How do we blow there collective minds?
The workshop group will take control of this initial process and start working out how we might pull the elements together for testing…. What do we require in terms of projection/content ect. How can we start.
If this doesn’t result in a work or agreement then I have another project ready for development, experimentation and will brief the group directly.
The rest of you will continue with you project work/experiments. The walls of the gallery are now freshly painted (although require another coat) – so projection and etc can proceed.