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About this blog

This blog represents a work in progress, a collection and assemblage of thoughts, rants, research and practice, in an attempt to navigate my artistic learning and practice through my MA in Fine art at Birmingham School of Art.

It’s organised (if a little chaotically at times) into a few categories:

  • Contemporary Philosophy and Aesthetics – CPA (Option module)
  • Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Environment in Context – MAW (Option module)
  • Research in Practice – RIP
  • Advance Practice – AP
  • Radical Art and Social Practice – RASP (A space to let off steam and hopefully turn it into something positive)

New categories to come:

  • Things Imagined But Yet To Be Made – TIBYTBM (A repository for good and bad ideas and proposals, a place for them to sit and hum, to be later raided and perhaps realised)
  • Stop Look Make – SLM (A section which follows the development and delivery of a new course linking philosophy, art and wellbeing, to be delivered in Jan 2018)
  • Final Presentation – FP (Final MA Show Presentation/Dissertation)

Objects

Alongside my AP proposal for a ‘sound’ work I’m also playing with the idea of the introduction of objects, all found whilst on various research walks. I’m interested in the relationships people make between the sound and the objects, so planning to bring them along to the tutorial for feedback.

Dropping in for the last time – The Craft of Insect Music

Final workshop of the Art and Sound symposium was an exploration into the craft of insect music.  Run by PHD student, musician and amateur entomologist, Justin Grize (University of Sussex), the workshop explored the process of imitating insect sound, using every day objects, to create a mini insect opera. Participants were given a sound to mimic, then with our eyes closed, we were instructed to make the sound, take one step closer to sounds which we felt were the same as ours and a step away from those which might be predatory, or ‘diferent’ sounds. The peice ended once we felt we had achived spacial groupings of our own species.

Needless to say, appart from rasing some interesting questions about musical craft, it was emence fun.