Low Residency day 7 & 8

Two days workshop; worked collaboratively in teams making a pop-up show, under the title: “Bring some work and we do something”.
It was exactly what Patatas Guerra did when they met in Milan some years ago. They were kind of stocked raise funding and needed new energy while just doing arts. They transformed frustrations into art and fun, made something lose and free.

Workshop guidelines:
· Find an area to install and curate
· Everyone needs to exhibit, collaborate in curating it
· Gather a lot of documentation
· Present the set of documentation of your group

I was in a group with Lyu, Dwa and Kat. The first day we looked for a place for making a pop-up show. We had no idea, talked about our art practices and decided to let the place inspires us.
A little place near Peckham library with five olive trees in pots seemed like a good spot; a lot of everyday life, people, traffic and shops and then the static trees.

After lunch, Lyu and I returned to the area in order to get a better understanding and bigger impression of the place. At the same time, it was interesting to hear Lyu explaining about performance art.

The performance “Five Olive Trees”:


Low Residency day 6

Happy to spend my Sunday at Whitechapel Gallery. My luck was that Mark Dion, American artist, had a big exhibition in a part of the gallery.
Dion’s installations, sculptures and works on paper explore natural history and its institutions including the language and imagery used to identify species, the uncanny quality of natural history museums displays; and nature in popular culture. Inspired by cinema as well as Surrealism and Minimalism, Dion’s tableaux also draw on his expeditions.
I was especially excited about exploring Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacy, 2005 and Tate Thames Dig, 1999.
I didn’t know about him before, but some of his work seems so familiar with my ideas; like working with a catalogue of element and surrealism. I also had a more personal experience while watching his stuff; one thing was my production design trained sister and her carpenter/artist husband. They build, restore and design exclusively with recycled materials; found in flea markets, dumps and in nature.
Another thing was the association I got to my fathers “green cabinet”(he is a natural scientist), which has attracted the curiosity of my since I was a child. A metal pot with coins from all over the world, heads of dulls found in the ocean, pictures of kids and other family members, skeletons of animals. I could make a mini Mark Dion project out of this cabinet.
I bought a small book about the Bureau of the Center for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacy.

Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacy, 2005:

Tate Thames Dig, 1999:

In another exhibition I saw at the gallery was: itself Collection The Upset Buck
Among others I found a painting of Francis Alÿs, one of the artists I mention in my Research Paper.

This display of works by 28 major artists examines how we project our identity through our appearances and consumer choices, ultimately shaping our sense of self in relation to society.
A small painting hangs on a yellow patterned wall. The canvas is only half rolled out on its stretcher, and a dog, an upturned chair and a spilt bucket are visible. This enigmatic work by Francis Alÿs (b. 1959, Belgium) lends its title to the exhibition, which considers the question what do our possessions say about us?
Artists are in a unique position to prompt us to reconsider the use and value of objects. Alÿs examines and disrupts the conventions of domestic decoration and decorum, while Rayyane Tabet (b. 1983, Lebanon) takes a simple yet significant object, a suitcase, which he encases in concrete for posterity.



Low Residency day 5

Margate gallery tour
Turner Contemporary a really nice museum almost on the beach. They had a collective exhibition based on the inspiration of TS. Elliot’s Waste Land. It was an interesting curated collection, but we had very short time at the gallery, therefore I decided to take photos of first impression/attention according to my own work.

I have briefly been studied Ana Mendieta, nice to see a video of her here.

I had briefly been studied Ana Mendieta, nice to see her here.

Like Turner Contemporary had other galleries and studios embraced T.S. Elliot poems “The WasteLand”.

Hantverk Found Gallery
Exhibition Eye of the Needle by Tim Meacham

Staff and students from UCA Canterbury used the artist book to explore The Waste Land.

This sequence reminded me of some of my former motion graphic design solutions. I got indirect inspired by my self 🙂

Lombard St. Gallery, From Wasteland to Wasteland
This exhibition is part of an ongoing project by this collective of five artists, who have been given unique access to Crater site to inspire their work.

Low Residency day 4

Workshop: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality 
I had signed into the workshop to get more insight of AR and MR.
Terry and Patrick made a nice introduction of VR, AR and MR. They talked about the overall possibilities; VR: you go into a new world where AR and MR are in your world.
They also showed gadget and equipment.
We tried Microsoft HoloLens. It was amazing to see the high resolution and quality in HoloLens. I didn’t try navigating through gestures.
I tried Tilt Brush once before; it is incredible to stay inside your drawing, but because of the limitation of brushes, the result is pretty much the same. I guess that it is possible to work with self-created brushes.
Patrick demonstrated a 360 camera Richo Theta and talked about ODG (American smartglasses).
Terry presented his Master project, which I saw last summer. It was an MR project; video projection, 3D printed sculpture and HoloLens view with sound.

At the moment there is an exhibition at Tate Modern with Modigliani where you can have a VR experience visiting Modigliani’s studio.
The American artist Jeff Koons made an AR project.

I had expected a little more “hands-on” teaching or at least an explanation of how to make stuff for VR, AR and MR.
There are so many possibilities and different techniques; you have to have high skills in coding and technical knowledge.
I concluded, that if I’m going to use AR, it has to be simple.
Terry was nice to ask for files for making a film of our stuff afterwards. I will send him more of my characters, but I will also try to do it my self; see tutorials and ask other people for help.

Later the same day, I went to the Lego’s flagship store in London, where they have a digital box to scan unpacked Lego in order to let the lego come to life as a 3d model.

Low Residency day 3

Careers and employability
Skills and attribute acquisition, facilitated by Hannah Breslin, artist and specialist Employability Practitioner.

What are skills? We made lists of our skills and had a discussion. Hannah expands the understanding of what skills are, it could be inherent abilities as curiosity and patience.

She encouraged us to make stories from a model she called STAR (situation, task, action and result). Based on an experience we had where one or more skills were used a short personal story, would tell much more about us. The story can be part of an application or an informal presentation face to face.

History of Drawing exhibition at Camberwell Space gallery:


Low Residency day 2

Group tutorial with Charlotte, Vivian and Dwa. Donald Takeshita-Guy was the artist supporting us.
Nice to meet the other students and see their works and hear about their projects.
I presented my work and talked about what to make for the Final show. I got a good response and some few advice; trying to focus on the good dreams just to see if there will be any changing, looking at Sarah Fanelli and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov.
Afterwards, I looked up Sara Fanelli and realized that I have one of her books at home 😉

Book presentation in the Lecture Theater at Camberwell
Denise Haywrysio’s “Spotlight project”. She had been working on this project for years. We saw the original book and a 20 minutes long film sequence. It started when she found an old casting book on a flea market. The books contain black and with pictures of actresses from the middle of last century.

Denise starts cutting out the faces, it makes interesting forms, patterns and funny words in the negative space of the faces. She had an idea of removing the faces were as liberate them.

According to the sound she was inspired by Kurt Schwitters. A voice read the randomly cut text in fast and slow speed, sometimes it’s understandable and sometimes not, it strengthens the mysterious expression.

The whole project was really nice and had an attractive impact on me; something hid and forgot insisted to be present.

Low Residency day 1

Tourettes Hero inspired collaborative film/image/animation making.
Jessica Thom introduced her self, Tourettes Hero and how she turned tics to a creative inspiration source for her and other people.
This “crazy language generator machine” had made an enormous list of phrases at there website. They are at one time meaningless, thoughtful and crazy and we were encouraged to use a phrase as inspiration for an image, animation or film.

Together with Manolis, Gaby, Nancy Jo and Robin, I worked with the randomness the tics-phrases seems to be. We cut up the chosen phrases and put them together in new versions. We decided to let people on the street reading up the words.
While editing we once again cut up the phrases and randomly edited them together, change voices, made jump cut.
It was not perfect, but I think there was a lot of possibilities.